NCAA Football Is Now Openly Pro Football

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And as far as action in Congress, like much as cited in the article that reads for those parts more like an explainer article than news, it is not news that in an election year only the most pressing matters have a chance at attention, since everybody is campaigning already and not touching anything new that is not necessary now.

In the meantime the mess of differences in the laws of states is increasing, as cited accurately in the article.

In March Madness, we already heard discussion of all the teams that had experienced either an exodus or arrival of players via transfers, since now each season represents a transfer opportunity for ANY reason and rightly so the way it should have been long ago.

When viewing campaign ads, with all the messaging and promises made, it’s always telling what the politicians hope that you forgot even though it only happened in the last 10 years or so.

Totally agree with you, the NCAA is not getting anything through both houses of congress any time soon. The NCAA is the only one who sees this as an issue. Then throw in Ukraine, US/Mexico Border/immigration, funding Israel and any number of other issues, this one is not getting solved by Congress.

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Some other anticipated developments in the NCAA for PRO athletics, not “amateur” back then for many stars and top recruits and all athletes attending a college and playing predominantly football or basketball now:

Hardly a waiting period any more for transfers between schools, which the rest of the sporting world in North America calls free agency because that’s what it is! Screw you NCAA for taking so long on this one.

Revenue Sharing Already!? Yes, Because Otherwise Potential Treble Damages! Wow!

The SEC and Big Ten have increasingly taken over the sport as not just leading stakeholders but leaders, period. This was further evidenced by their recent demand to receive a combined 58% of College Football Playoff media revenue rights beginning in 2026. The conferences’ teams have combined to obtain 29 of 40 CFP slots across the first 10 years of the playoff.

The SEC and Big Ten are at the center of developing a revenue sharing plan with players that would redefine college athletics for the future, CBS Sports has learned.

The still unrefined proposal – currently utilizing the name “Modern Model” – would not only share revenue with players but also perhaps help settle the House v. NCAA lawsuit that goes to trial in January 2025. The antitrust lawsuit is a class-action complaint alleging the NCAA and power conferences have conspired to suppress athletes’ compensation.

Fans of “Better Call Saul” might be reminded of the huge Sandpiper Crossing case in federal court when reading this article with regards to House v. NCAA, for analogously it is a class action case in which the Plaintiffs are citing the following, to include unlawful acts of collusion:

The House suit claims college athletes are entitled to a share of television revenue as well as money from their likenesses appearing in video games from the past.

Because it is an antitrust case, damages sought could be tripled. If the case goes to a jury and the NCAA loses, the association could be on the hook for at least $4.2 billion.

It sounds like House et al found some attorneys as good as those brothers Charles and Jimmy McGill.

Here’s even more on this landmark case for NCAA athletics via CBS, who are doing an outstanding job in coverage of these matters:

Why is a settlement in House v. NCAA likely?

The NCAA and power conferences’ legal counsels have been in “deep discussions” with the plaintiff attorneys in recent months to settle the primary lawsuit – House v. NCAA – and avoid court, according to a report from ESPN. The settlement will carry a hefty price tag for conferences and individual schools, with plaintiffs seeking more than $1 billion in back-pay to athletes for the four years before the NCAA enacted NIL regulations in 2021. (Why is the NCAA and power conferences eager to settle the suit? Courts typically triple damages favoring plaintiffs, which amounts to more than $4.2 billion if the NCAA loses in court.)

How much will revenue sharing cost schools?

> In addition to back pay, schools are preparing their financial books for a new annual line item – revenue-sharing for players – that could range from $15 million to $25 million, according to estimates from several athletic directors surveyed by 247Sports. The Collective Association, which represents 35 NIL collectives, presented a revenue-sharing model to the NCAA and the SEC earlier this year that outlines a 20% share of media revenue, which would be distributed by the NIL collectives.

The money will specifically go to football, men’s and women’s basketball and other women’s sports with athletes promoting FedEx initiatives, a news release said. FedEx is based out of Memphis and is the state of Tennessee’s largest employer. As of May 2023, the company has over 500,000 workers. The company has a long-standing relationship with the university. Founder Fred Smith recently pledged $50 million toward a $220 million renovation of the Tigers’ football stadium. (Smith is the father of former Falcons coach Arthur Smith and a former minority owner of the Washington Commanders.) The men’s basketball team plays at FedEx Forum, which is also home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the company also sponsors the Tigers’ baseball field.

The $5 million agreement from FedEx comes with a 50 percent match clause, Veach told The Commercial Appeal; the university plans to raise an additional $2.5 million annually so FedEx can equal it. Veach said doing so is “very attainable based on where we’ve been in the past.”

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Also the same Fred Smith that was the owner of the Memphis Mad Dogs of the CFL.

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I know this is not NCAA football but this is pretty close - an NIL driven tournament - cash going to the collectives of the schools to help recruit players for the next recruiting cycle or to pay current players.

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How far we have come since 2011 with the following as noted by veteran sports writer at CBS, Dennis Dodd:

In 2011, 300 college football and basketball players from Arizona, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA petitioned the NCAA demanding a cut of television revenue. They were told such a move is not “fiscally possible.” What followed was an early effort toward cost of attendance which involved increasing scholarships by $2,000.

That all seems laughable by today’s standards.

Nowadays, the players – along with their representatives, boosters and agents – are dictating terms. There are unionization efforts at Dartmouth and a de facto players association at UAB. The current structure still can’t wrap its collective mind around an employee-employer relationship in college athletics governed by collective bargaining. It’s coming, though. It’s necessary.

Revenue sharing, and even legal employment status for all athletes playing revenue sports in college, are merely the beginning before there will be a collective bargaining agreement at hand with or without the NCAA involved.

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THIS. This is a great excerpt that is most telling from the previously linked article, with a telling quote at the bottom.

Also the claim is not literally true as evidenced by the bailout of the insurance industry in 2001, banks and the financial industry in 2008, and many businesses in 2020, but I think we can understand his core point in this situation when approaching government is entirely voluntary.

There should be no wonder as why we are still here on this matter. It’s a very short time ago that even NIL became reality ONLY after the NCAA fought it to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The ONLY reason this matter remains in any consideration for resolution by Congress, and be careful what you wish for when dealing with Congress, is akin to when two parties have to go to court for resolution on a matter.

Let’s exclude class action litigation, family law, estate law, and divorce for this example of a more common matter of one party against another in a civil case.

8 times out of 10, one of the two parties is just plain greedy and feels he or she can simply bully around the other party or get away with paying less. Occasionally that works out in a settlement for the Defendant.

Guess who has been greedy all along here?

There is still hope that Congress steps in to lend at least limited immunity for the NCAA to conduct some sort of business and adhere to its rules. Talking to sources, don’t expect anything on that front until at least next year. It’s an election year where Congress’ attention is occupied with the obvious: getting themselves reelected.

Consider what might happen should a new administration take over. In general, Democrats are labor-friendly, while Republicans are just the opposite. However, a stacked conservative Supreme Court delivered the Alston decision, a significant labor-friendly move that landed us in the current climate. Alston opened the door for NIL.

“For Chrissakes, we are [still] going to the government?” asked Joe Moglia, a former TD Ameritrade CEO who on went to coach Coastal Carolina. “There is no private enterprise in the world that would say, ‘Let’s go to the government for a bailout.’”

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If you get a chance google Jeffrey Kessler, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs. That dude eats nails and well you know - dude is tough in the courtroom big time.

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Those two schools on the CW to me is a pretty big win. The CW is not a top shelf broadcaster but they are not a complete bottom feeder either.

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As we have followed for over a year now in this thread, it’s better to have your team or any given live sport on the free and nationwide CW or Ion than on ESPN2 or FS1 or CBS Sports Network and the like stuck on cable.

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Totally agree with you on this one. I would not be shocked if the Pac-12 peels off a few of the MWC teams and stays on the CW. I am still not betting on the Cal/Stanford duo staying in the ACC long term. I really don’t think that OSU/WSU are in a horrible situation for the next two years. They are not locked into a bad contract and they can wait or things to come apart at the seams.

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If you don’t know his name, you certainly know what he has wrought. As college athletics stands on the precipice of transformative change to something that may not even resemble college athletics, Huma is the college landscape’s leading disruptor, a force so subtly impactful that he has earned that one-name reference that everybody knows in the college halls of power: “Ramogi.”

When you put the resume of Huma – executive director of the National College Players Association – up against any of college athletics’ power brokers, no one has done more to further college players’ rights.
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If nothing else, he has outlasted most of them. In reality, Huma has arguably accomplished more than any of them. During the 23 years since Huma formed the nonprofit NCPA in 2001, the NCAA has had four executive directors/presidents. The Power Five conferences employed a combined 15 commissioners.