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Florida State University’s board of trustees met and threw what amounts to a 5-year old temper tantrum

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August 3, 2023 3:39 pm

Florida State University’s board of trustees met and threw what amounts to a 5-year old temper tantrum

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August 3, 2023 3:39 pm

Florida State University’s board of trustees met and threw what amounts to a 5-year old temper tantrum about how the ACC will drastically change their revenue distribution model or else….

Or else, what?  

Where are you going?  How much are you willing to pay to get there?  

Drew Weatherford, a totally underwhelming QB at Florida State some 20 years ago is now a BOT member and said the following…

 

"It’s not a matter of if we leave, in my opinion. It’s a matter of how and when we leave."

 

Another BOT member wants an exit plan by 2025…..

Let’s add it up, folks.  $120m on exit….then every year you’re not here of the ACC TV deal, this league….our league….the one where we “only” distribute, like $35 million per year to each school….but this league would get your tv cash…

 

FSU can save the ACC, all by themselves.  That number is going to start at around $500 million…. Jim Phillips would take that through the drive thru personally.

So there’s that story…..and less than a week after the new Big Ten commissioner Tony Pettiti said his league wasn’t at all interested in expanding….that the only thing on their agenda was making it a smooth transition for USC and UCLA to make the switch next year….we hear that the B1G is absolutely looking at adding as many as four more schools from the west and growing to possibly 20 teams.  

 

Nothing says higher education quite like 20 teams in a league titled the Big Ten….

We have spent a great deal of mental energy worrying about players getting paid while they’re in college.  

  • It will destroy the game

  • It’s unfair to the players who don’t

  • Can’t be used as a recruiting inducement

 

Looks to me like it’s the power brokers in the sport that need the guardrails.  No one ever seems to think about all of the damage that has been done all because of money. 

 

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Definition of coast to coast. Right. And nothing says higher education than potentially 20 teams in a league called the Big Ten. Nothing says higher education better than that.

Yeah, an insomnia. But this has been, right, this has been folded as the ACC has a problem. The ACC's, air quotes, problem has been, over the last several years, they have had either one national championship contender or in the last couple, none.

And that's the problem. Clemson has been great last couple of years, not as great. And Florida State hasn't been good at all for about a decade. Virginia Tech hasn't been a national contender for a while.

Miami has been mostly a poser since, heck, since Butch Davis left Coral Gables back over two decades ago. And when your brand name schools do not do what they're supposed to do, automatically the league takes a hit. Now, the league has also not held up their bargain, their end of the bargain, really, from top to bottom.

Nobody is arguing that. Yet somehow, through all of that morass, the league is still distributing roughly the third most revenue of the major conferences. SEC in the Big Ten, way ahead for obvious reasons, and then the ACC, the Big 12, and until recently, the Pac-12, have basically been in the same general ballpark, give or take a million.

It's not a big deal. The ACC ultimately will be third in that, but it's not worth arguing about. But yet the ACC has a perception problem, in part because of things like what happened yesterday with Florida State stomping their feet and saying if it doesn't change, we're going to do something. What?

What are you going to do? Dan Wetzel, friend of this program, national columnist, Yahoo Sports, wonders about us here. Well, the ACC has a grant of rights contract that runs through 2036, and they have a deal with ESPN that is, I think, in the $30 million range. It's not competitive with the SEC and the Big Ten, and that's why you see Florida State particularly calling that deal out. The problem is the deal is a long-term deal. They took a long-term deal. They wanted the stability, but the rates went up. And so they're now 20, 30 million behind per year, and, you know, you start adding that up over the years, and it gets the real money. Let's just say that. And that's why you might feel you're a little less competitive or you're at a competitive disadvantage. The problem is they signed the deal, and it does not appeal to be a way to get out of this grant of rights until 2036. Pretty much says it as, I mean, this is what we've been saying. If Florida State had an option, they would have exercised that option already. So what are you going to do?

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We are family. The Mystery Sale of JCPenney. And all they're doing right now is trying to make waves and to see if they can scare the ACC into, I don't even know what they want the ACC to do. All right, well, Boston College isn't very good, so we're going to give you their share. Ain't going to happen.

No. This is not the deal everybody signed on for. New revenue coming in or revenue that is earned on the court in basketball through NCAA tournament shares? Yeah, we can give you more of that. College football playoff revenue that is going to be coming in? Yeah, we can give you more of that. But again, that ain't closing the gap.

My question is, why do we need to close the gap? Oh, I understand that there is stuff that needs to be paid for, recruiting budgets and all that. But until we start directly paying the athletes from the schools? I'm sorry. You're not getting a sympathetic ear from me because Florida will pull in almost twice as much money in shared media revenue as Florida State will. Just deal with it.

And then in 2036, as Bubba Cunningham said, you're free to go. See? That's OK. I'm not arguing that maybe the deal that John Swofford signed with ESPN now, what, five years ago? I'm not saying that was a great deal. At the time, it probably seemed like the right idea. In retrospect, probably not. That the league should have accepted a shorter deal.

And then you don't have quite the same stability, right? This is what everybody agreed to. It's funny. I wonder how many of the people who complain about this. From especially Florida State fans.

Complain. When players in the NFL would just use that. Want to renegotiate their contract.

Before their contract is up. I'm just curious. What's the Venn diagram?

What's the Venn diagram? People who complain that Florida State should be allowed to leave. Or the people who complain about players wanting to renegotiate. Because that's what Florida State wants. Well, you know what? We decided that the deal that we signed, it's no good.

We don't like it anymore. So, just saying. It's a tough situation. I get it. I understand there's envy involved.

But you signed this deal of your own free will. But, man, I appreciate and I am here for the clown show of Florida State stomping their feet. Real quick, I really meant to talk about the Big Ten issue.

Because these are the people who are essentially destroying what we all knew as college football. Now, we'll still love it because if you love college football, you are going to make peace with whatever happens next. But this is not going to look like it used to. It just won't. So, who knows what the unintended consequences are going to be.

But there will be unintended consequences. In terms, not in terms of fan interest, but maybe in terms of a fan experience. And rivalries kicked to the curb. We've already seen them. We've already seen rivalries. I mean, Oklahoma State, Bedlam. I mean, we don't know if we're going to see that. Texas A&M haven't played. We just don't know what's going to happen.

We're going to lose a lot of that. And the more we see these schools, what happens to Oregon, Oregon State? What happens to the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State?

Oregon, Oregon State is called the Civil War. What happens to those games when those schools are playing in different conferences? There's no guarantee that they stick around. None. These are traditions and rivalries are the fabric of college football. Maybe we don't care. And that's I guess that's fine if that's the way you like it. But there is a cost for all of the changes that are coming.

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