Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CFB Super League


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. CFB Super League

On College Football: Who would make 15-team super league?
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY

"As controversial as the rollout of the European Super League concept has been, the fundamental theory driving its formation contains echos of a potential doomsday scenario for college sports that has been kicked around for years in the media rights world. 

How much money could a group of elite college football programs make if they broke away from their conferences, pooled their television rights and sold them to a network with an NFL-style package? A lot. A whole, whole lot. 

“I am not advocating they do this, but suffice it to say, that would be worth quite a bit more than whatever the numbers are you’re getting per conference now,” said Jeff Nelson, the president of data-driven consulting firm Navigate, which has worked with four of the five power conferences in college sports. 

How much more? Nelson’s rough estimate of a 32-team college football super league suggests that the bigger schools in the SEC and Big Ten could make 2½ times more television revenue than they take in now, while Pac 12 and ACC schools could make five times as much."

>> Situational Awareness: "Within those conferences, just like in European soccer, there are more valuable entities and less valuable entities. Regardless of how much they win, Ohio State and Michigan drive more of the Big Ten’s profits than Purdue and Minnesota, yet they make the same amount of the television money. The SEC doesn’t really need Mississippi State and Vanderbilt to make gobs of cash, yet they get the same 1/14th share — last year it was $45.5 million — as Alabama and Georgia."

>> The Big Picture: But the basic idea of building a season around the richest, most elite, most watched clubs playing each other makes perfect sense as a college football product. What’s more attractive for television? A Southern Cal schedule of Arizona, Oregon State, Utah and Stanford or Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU and Florida State? 

>> Reality Check: Unless the entire structure of the sport changes, no more than 10 teams in any given year have a shot to win the title. So in a weird way, a College Football Super League of 30 or so teams might actually make the sport more competitive. 

>> The Final Word: "It would be far more difficult to dominate season after season and much easier to slide back in the pack if there’s an injury or a recruiting class that doesn’t work out as expected. All of which, of course, would be the primary reason why this concept never comes to fruition. Because for the elite schools, the revenue they’re sharing with the least valuable members of their conference probably seems like a small price to pay to ensure their place at the top of the food chain."

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2.  NCAA Tourney Begins Today

The ninth annual NCAA Division III men's volleyball championship tournament gets underway today in Salem, Virginia. There are four first-round matches and four teams that received opening-round byes - Carthage, Dominican, Southern Virginia and Lancaster Bible.

Fontbonne (19-2) vs. #14 Messiah (16-2), noon

  • Ryan Lively, who became the first player in Fontbonne history to be named an NVA / AVCA All-American, leads with 307 kills and 4.65 kills per set. Preview
  • The Falcons' Mason Nissley was named the AVCA Player of the Year after leading DIII in kills per set (5.75). Preview

Hiram (10-1) vs. #2 Vassar (8-3), 2:30

  • Cory Fischer is sixth in the country in digs per set (3.24) for the Terriers who are making their first appearance to the NCAAs. Preview
  • The Brewers make their third NCAA trip and first since 2018. Andrew Kim is third in DIII in aces per set for Vassar (.870). Preview

New Jersey City (7-3) vs. #11 Wentworth (7-2), 5:00

  • The Gothic Knights are making their first-ever appearance in the national finals. Mahmoud Serour is second in the nation in aces per set (.889). Preview
  • David Marsh leads DIII in blocks per set (1.379) for the Leopards who make their third trip overall and first since 2017 to the NCAAs. Preview

#9 Endicott (9-3) vs. #7 Benedictine (13-3), 7:30

  • The Gulls are in the NCAA field for the seventh time (2-6). Gabe Felicetti was named the NECC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Preview
  • Chase Olson is 4th in DIII in hitting percentage (.438) and blocks per set (1.164) for the Eagles. Preview

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3.  Wrestling Committee Recap

"The NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee recommends rules changes that allow the referee to correct timing errors when that referee has reasonable knowledge of the correction that needs to be made.

All rule proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss wrestling rules recommendations this summer.

Committee members, who met virtually last week, proposed that competition that occurs when the clock is not running is not subject to the dead time rule. The recommendation also provides parameters for referees to use when determining the amount of time to add or subtract from the score clock.

  • The committee recommended changing the first sudden-victory overtime period to two minutes in length. Currently, both the first and second sudden-victory overtime periods are one minute long. With this proposal, the second sudden-victory overtime period would remain at one minute. 
  • Committee members proposed moving weigh-ins to two hours or sooner before the start time of each day of competition in multiday individual or team advancement tournaments.
  • The committee is recommending a one-time exemption to the 1.5% weight loss descent plan for a wrestler that moves up one weight class to compete.  When the exemption is used, the wrestler may weigh-in at the higher weight class, and rather than using the 1.5% weight loss per week rule, the wrestler may compete at the lower weight class after five days elapses.

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4.  Around the Diamond

Matt O'Sullivan March 30
photo: Alexis Addante

This Week's NCBWA/ Poll

  1. Washington, Mo. (22), 21-1
  2. Trinity, Texas (3), 22-3
  3. Salisbury, 14-2
  4. Webster, 23-5
  5. Aurora, 21-3
  6. Marietta, 18-3
  7. Washington & Jefferson, 23-1
  8. UW-Whitewater, 17-2
  9. North Carolina Wesleyan, 23-5
  10. Babson, 6-2
11-15: North Central (Ill.), Chapman, Berry, Randolph-Macon, Shenandoah
16-20: Rowan, Cal Lutheran, Adrian, Centenary (La.), Coe
21-25: Wheaton (Mass.), Southern Maine, Eastern Connecticut, William Paterson, Wooster

>> Rising: UW-Whitewater (+5)
>> Falling: Cal Lutheran (-11)
>> Greetings: E. Connecticut, Wooster

>> Games to Watch: #8 UW-Whitewater vs. UW-Stevens Point (Fri/Sat.); #12 Chapman vs. #17 Cal Lutheran (Fri/Sat.); #2 Trinity vs. #19 Centenary (Sat/Sun.); #4 Webster vs. Fontbonne (Sat./Sun); #11 North Central vs. Millikin (Sat/Sun.); #14 Randolph-Macon vs. Roanoke (Sat.); #22 Southern Maine vs. #23 E. Connecticut (Sat.)

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Congratulations to these conference champions!

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