NCAA Football Is Now Openly Pro Football

I agree because that’s the natural progression anyway, and it was dominant reality before NIL et cetera.

As we’ve seen done with the new Big Ten contract already, I also want Disney and ESPN OUT of the equation for the college football playoff or post-season as much as possible.

Akin to March Madness and the NFL Playoffs, most of the major networks, if not all, will be partners for a Super League.

And I have to wonder right now also, given past comments by Gerry Cardinale, if RedBird Capital would be the lead horse involved with such a Super League.

There will be a ton of interested money available to make it happen when it is the time, but first there are a host of legal issues that have to be resolved, for no investor wants to inherit lawsuits still with much uncertainty on the potential damages.

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Homer Laws:
And Now It’s Time For State Regulation of Public Universities for Scheduled Opponents!

Well here we are ahead of schedule, and many like me had figured we are going here at some point as well via some unit of government that is not the US Congress.

Stayed tuned for the Internal Revenue Service, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of Education, amongst others.

Of course even though this is pro football, it’s important to the schools and to the conferences to preserve traditional match-ups, much as it is also to the sports media.

But it’s also critical for state government, given all their funding of public universities, to keep their fair share and then some within the state.

So here’s North Carolina jumping the gun to attempt an early law to ensure that teams of state universities play a minimum of a certain number of other teams of state universities each season, no matter what reforms are to take place within conferences.

North Carolina legislation that would require UNC and NC State to regularly play the state’s Group of Five schools in football took a step toward becoming law on Tuesday, as House Bill 965, entitled “UNC Intrastate Athletic Competition,” passed through the house’s Appropriations committee.

The bill would require both UNC and NC State to play either Appalachian State, Charlotte or East Carolina every season in football – and not just at home. Under the proposal, the Tar Heels and Wolfpack would be required to complete a home-and-away series with all three over a six-year span.

Expect many copycats across the country since this is an uncommon easy money, easy votes idea.

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2024 College Football Playoff Schedule

It’s interesting that they are allowing about 10 days between games, which is beneficial for certain beaten up or injured players for healing.

I’ve never been a fan of “college” football past the first week of January though, and I won’t be now because it’s NFL time with enough games already in January.

To your recommendation, a great article about Jeffrey Kessler, with quite the career in wins as an elite sports lawyer, is linked below.

Fans of “Better Call Saul” would see him as vastly bigger than Chuck McGill for sake of his wins and the US $20M+ Sandpiper Crossing case, for the damages agreed upon, pending finalization of settlement, amount to US $2.8 BILLION.

This is now only three years after his work on the Alston versus NCAA case with his law partner, which after combination with another case before the US Supreme Court was the definitive case for NIL rights for athletes on college campuses.

Note as explained that it was the hubris of the NCAA to take that case to the US Supreme Court and continue to throw such excessive weight around.

No tears for the NCAA or their lapdogs in some of the sports media like ABC / ESPN over the years, I say. Eat it for years NCAA, and you too ESPN.

The effort took decades, thousands of billable hours and resulted in a nice nine-figure fee for Kessler and his partner in House , Steve Berman. Kessler brushes off his individual impact in representing scores of athletes but the lingering perception is he won the big one – because he usually doesn’t lose.

Any history of college sports written right now might as well be ghostwritten by Kessler. The entire enterprise is being rewritten before our eyes pretty much because of Kessler.

“It revolutionized college sports,” Kessler said, when asked of the legacy of his antitrust court victories. “I know some people think in the wrong way [but] whether it’s good or bad, it’s a revolution.”

Yes, now would be a good time for Kessler to call it quits but he’s not close. For starters, the co-executive chairman at power law firm Winston & Strawn would like to see that settlement agreement through.

“My life is fine,” Kessler said. “I don’t plan on going anywhere.”

There’s too much to do. Kessler came of age in Brooklyn in the 1960s, the son of a real estate developer (dad) and homemaker (mom). As a teenager he was inspired in the 1960s by political activism, the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests. His heroes were Muhammad Ali, Olympian John Carlos and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

With his dogged style, Kessler has done just about everything that can be done in sports law. If you don’t know about him as a sports fan, you at least have experienced his work. He helped create the NBA, NFL and NHL players associations. Kessler has also cost those leagues millions of dollars in litigation.

Those leagues are also better for it today. Because of Kessler and his peers, the success of any league is defined by revenue and labor peace. The landmark Freeman McNeil case against the NFL led by Kessler established free agency in that league in 1991.

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Yes, because it is pro football, but hey all that money generated by those stupid corporate-sponsored bowl games in all these years sure didn’t go to the players and not as much as sounded off to the actual “schools” instead of first to booster and VIP events, tour packages and promotions, political homers at the venue or as guests, and the “athletic department” blah blah blah…

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We are heading towards at Superleague - and they are the competitors to the Godfather NFL. All the pieces are being put into place.

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Can we put you on the committee to supervise both the College Super League as well as the UFL for improvements?

Maybe you should have veto power too with also sanction capabilities, but maybe take it easy on them for their early improper suggestions and ideas of course?

Anyway, my point is I think there are some very smart people in those rooms, but in some of the conferences and in the UFL, maybe they don’t have enough new ideas from new faces, not simply the average fan at or just slightly above bojack status of course, but too many of the old guard stuck in the cable television era in their mindset.

This is a problem in so many places beyond these examples.

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Oh to have the commissioners of all other pro sports leagues answer a similar question on prop bets including especially live prop bets, now that more players are being busted for betting, including on prop bets and on their own games or team.

But if you really want to trigger Baker, raise the gambling issue. He’s against those prop bets that are essentially micro-wagers. They can be placed on everything from how long it takes to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” to the over/under on points scored in the first quarter.

Baker believes prop bets add more pressure on athletes and officials if they don’t perform as prescribed in the wager itself. Of the 38 states with legalized sports betting, 18 don’t allow prop bets. Maryland, Ohio and Vermont banned college prop bets this year.

Baker released a statement in late March calling for a ban on prop bets.

“I think prop betting, in some respects, is one of the parts I worry about the most,” Baker told CBS News in November.

He was so concerned about the blowback from the betting public on athletes and officials that he hired a company to track and report to the platforms the negative social media.

“Some of the stuff that is being said is horrifying,” Baker said Monday. “I don’t think people appreciate yet how big a deal this is going to be.”

The irony, of course, drips from the ceiling. Baker reiterated his stance here in Sin City, the gambling capital of the world the NCAA has deemed worthy of hosting the 2028 Final Four.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this, and I can’t believe I’m saying this here,” Baker told the convention. “I kind of wish sports betting would stay in Vegas.”

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Private Equity Makes Its First Stop, Other Than for NIL, in NCAA Pro Football

Big 12 members are considering a first-of-its kind private equity investment to ensure the league’s long-term financial and competitive security, multiple sources tell CBS Sports.

On the table is a possible cash infusion of $800 million to $1 billion from Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners in exchange for a 15% to 20% stake in the league, those sources said. A portion of the money would go directly to the 16 conference members, and the partnership would give the conference access to CVC’s investment services and clients.

The deal would be the first of its kind in collegiate athletics, sparked by the growing need for new revenue streams as the industry prepares to share with players as part of the multi-billion House v. NCAA settlement. Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark presented the naming rights proposal to conference administrators during a meeting in Dallas in late May.

First reported by Yahoo! Sports, the idea is to drop the “Big” from the conference name and replace it with the corporate sponsor, though the “12” would likely be retained, according to a source familiar with the proposal.