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Realignment Starting - UConn

BuffUp

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In a future where it's all pay per view and streaming, markets dont matter. Teams that win and competitive will always matter. We are the oregon st and wsu except they beat us recently.
 

TSchekler

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Serious question... If the P5 secedes from the NCAA, what's to stop that newly created "league" from going full professional and competing with the NFL? If they are no longer governed by NCAA, what rules suggest you must be a student enrolled at the University to play? Of course, they could self-impose rules to keep it just to college kids, but why would there be eligibility limits? Would multi-year and multi-million $$ contracts come into play? Free agency?
 

TSchekler

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In a future where it's all pay per view and streaming, markets dont matter. Teams that win and competitive will always matter. We are the oregon st and wsu except they beat us recently.
I don't think it's ever going to be straight PPV. Far too much money to be had in bundling deals, whether it's cable/satellite or streaming services. And unless the top 25-30 teams decide to just create their own tier 1 league, even the ****ty teams will be needed to fill out the schedules.
 

MtnBuff

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The NCAA has been steadily losing influence for years. As a governing body, they’re a paper tiger. If they actually decided to put the hammer down on a school like Alabama or Ohio State, they would soon find themselves in charge of a bunch of D-2 schools.
I love college football and fear for the future of it. Yes it never has been "fair." There have always been schools with more resources, easier recruiting, more supportive administrations. Yes there have always been those schools who thought the rules didn't apply to them.

It looks though like we may be moving into an entirely different era were what we know as college football is gone. Players will openly seek the highest bidder, the best financial arrangement. If it isn't what they want or somebody comes through with a "better" offer they will be off to the next school.

As much as I love watching Buffs football (even when they are bad) if we end up moving this direction I may end up dropping my interest level and put more attention on the small college game.

Even at D2 things aren't even but the kids are there for the most part because they love the game. Most at some point have a dream of "being discovered" but also know that they are in their last years of playing the game.
 

BuffUp

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Mtn. That is what has always attracted me to college sports. Sad to see it erode away.
 

Not Sure

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CU is squarely on the bubble of top tier football schools. Certainly not elite, but somewhere in that group of 20-30 schools that have the ability to be very good for an extended period of time. When changes come, where will CU fall in the new order of things?
 

MtnBuff

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Serious question... If the P5 secedes from the NCAA, what's to stop that newly created "league" from going full professional and competing with the NFL? If they are no longer governed by NCAA, what rules suggest you must be a student enrolled at the University to play? Of course, they could self-impose rules to keep it just to college kids, but why would there be eligibility limits? Would multi-year and multi-million $$ contracts come into play? Free agency?
Unless they figure out how to make the football programs a separate legal entity which would mean losing the benefits of being part of the universities they would still be subject to title IX rules.

That means that if your average player is making $45,000 (a few big money guys and a bunch getting the minimum) then they would have to fund an equivalent amount to the women's golf team, soccer, softball, etc.

Would they then be subject to minimum wage laws? How about workmen's comp? How much does a destroyed knee cost?

Most of the G5 would have a hard time even trying to keep up. CSU already subsidizes football by about $15 million per year.

Some would argue that the money could come directly from boosters to the kids for their images and names but then is a school subject to being sued if a kid believes the school has denied him the chance to get a share of that money. And that money wouldn't be "new" money, it would come out of what those booster budget to donate to the schools.

Beyond that what standards would apply academically. Would a kid even have to pretend to be a student? Would entrance requirements be enforceable?

I could see this blowing up in the face of those who were so concerned about the players getting their share suddenly facing a situation where the opportunity to even play is limited or gone for large numbers of players.
 

MiamiBuffs

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The most intriguing part of that column, IMO.
Not this?

Different economic models for Power Five and Group of Five schools.

And within the Power Five, different rules for the elites — for the 20 or 30 schools that have the resources and the tradition and the football culture to join an exclusive club.

“Are the students getting paid? And are they getting paid across the board, or just the schools that can afford it,” said the media executive.

There are conversations going on right now about how you might split the top five (conferences) in two.

“And if you’re a media company and you get the top 30 schools to play each other every Saturday, that looks a lot like the NFL.”

Which would be a good thing — for the media companies.

CU will not be invited to that party.
 

JCOLE12010

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CU is squarely on the bubble of top tier football schools. Certainly not elite, but somewhere in that group of 20-30 schools that have the ability to be very good for an extended period of time. When changes come, where will CU fall in the new order of things?
Look what happened to Clemson circa 2008-now, they hired the right guy. It could happen to us.
 
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