The troubled future of college athletics


Tonight in Unpacking: More than a few college sports leaders say a breakaway from NCAA football has significant momentum and could happen within the next five years. SBJ’s Michael Smith examines where the leadership is — and could end — for college athletics.

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  • MLBPA formalizes efforts to organize miners
  • Carli Lloyd talks about being a Teqball ambassador
  • Serena Williams’ swan song makes US Open headlines
  • Op-ed: Group Licensing is NIL’s New Frontier
  • Orioles and Fanatics sign 10-year contract
  • Monumental Sports hires its first technical director
  • Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall in new SiriusXM spots

In today’s Morning Buzzcast, SBJ’s Abe Madkour explains how the PGA Tour is getting exactly what it wanted with the end of the Tour Championship. Plus, the WTA Board is about to vote on a CVC investment, Steve Cohen makes all the right choices, and the sports community suffers another heartbreaking loss.

Leadership in college football has become so fragmented and confusing that it’s not even clear who the leadership is. Just look at all the governing bodies, entities, networks, commissioners, committees and task forces that have a role to play in directing college football.

There is the Middle School Football playoffsthe NCAA Football Monitoring Committee, Lead1Rules and Officials Committees, Division I advise, Transformation Committee and more. There are even entities which do not yet exist, but which could soon, like the National College Football Associationthe administrative body proposed by the knight’s commission.

But before any of these new plans can be fueled and launched, there’s a question that needs to be answered: Is the future of college football separate from the NCAA or is it tied to the governing body? ? There is a gap. SECOND Commissioner Greg Sankey advocated making the changes necessary to bring college football into the future within the NCAA structure. ohio state AD Gene Smith said it was time for college football to break away from the NCAA and exploit the inner workings of the game and its championship within the PSC.

More than a few college sports executives say a breakaway from NCAA football has significant momentum and could happen within the next five years.

With the college football season upon us, SBJ’s Michael Black-smith examines how NIL, the transfer portal and realignment are helping fuel fast-changing college football, and how many power brokers are looking for a new way forward.


The MLBPA confirmed he has launched an effort to unionize all minor league baseball players across the country, reports SBJ Liz Mullen.

The announcement came after the MLBPA Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly in favor of the plan at a meeting last night. The minor leaguers would have their own bargaining unit under the MLBPA umbrella, if successful. Any minor league player collective bargaining agreement would be negotiated separately from the recently concluded agreement MLB-MLBPA agreement. The MLBPA effort is supported by Advocates for Minor Leaguers, which has served as a resource and voice for players since 2020.

“Minor Leaguers represent the future of our game and deserve salaries and working conditions that befit the elite athletes who entertain millions of baseball fans nationwide,” the MLBPA executive director said. . Tony Clark said in a statement. “This organizing drive is an investment in the future of our game and our gaming fraternity.”


Since his retirement, former WE women’s national football team star Carl Lloyd became a fervent and official ambassador of teq balla growing sport that combines soccer with table tennis, though played on a curved table to encourage more foot bounce, writes SportTechie’s Joe Lemire.

Teqball has created an international federation, with the European Olympic Committees integrate sports into European Games 2023. The ultimate goal is Olympic inclusion, with Lloyd helping to promote the sport for the LA Games 2028.

“I’ve seen people like Ronaldinho, Messi, Beckham, posting on the table,” she said of her first introduction to the sport. “And then they sent me a table. It was actually really helpful because I started using it, mixing it with my rehab and found it to be really fun and an addictive and competitive option to add to my rehab.”

Lloyd became the first female U.S. ambassador for Teqball. “I was thrilled because I love getting involved in things that start from the ground up and move up,” she said.

Carli Lloyd became the first female Teqball ambassador in the United States

The U.S. Open is in progress in queens this week. Here are some of the SBJ the headlines from around the world of tennis as the last major of the year hits the hard courts:


Tonight’s editorial comes from Zack Flagel and Gregory Marinwho are litigators at Foley & Lardner LLP‘s Sports & Entertainment Group and are members of the firm’s NIL Task Force. The duo write that after NIL’s debut last year, there’s reason to believe collegiate group licensing “could represent an even bigger sea change” in NIL’s second year.

“In the context of name, likeness and likeness licensing, collegiate group licensing typically involves multiple individual student-athletes pooling their NIL rights into a collective license to be marketed and sold as one. colleges themselves license their intellectual property (such as logos, names, and color combinations) to be incorporated into group licensing with student-athletes…. Group licensing aligns student-athlete and college incentives in expanding access to NIL opportunities to a broader group of student-athletes and increasing sponsorship and merchandising revenue for college athletic departments.”

Read the full submission here.


  • The Orioles and Fanatics have a new 10-year omnichannel retail partnership starting next season, reports SBJ Bret McCormick. The Fanatics were already managing the Orioles’ e-commerce business through a league-wide deal with MLBbut will take over all the points of sale on site at Camden shipyardsincluding the team store on Eutaw Street.
  • FanDuel Sports Betting will debut in Nevada next year after receiving full regulatory approval, notes Legal sports report. Boyd’s Fremont Casino downtown Vegas will rebrand its bookmaker as FanDuel as part of a $50 million expansion.
  • Powerful NFL agent Todd France is appealing the decision of a panel of three judges to annul a NFLPA arbitration award in his favor to all United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuitreports SBJ Liz Mullen. Last week, France argued the court erred in overturning NFLPA arbitration over a dispute involving giants WR Kenny Golladay shooting officer Jason Bernstein and recruit in France.
  • Bellator unveiled Wintrust Arena (in Chicago November 18) and Mohegan Sun Arena (in Uncasville, Connecticut., Dec. 9) will wrap up the MMA outfit’s slate of live events in 2022. The circuit has an event at 3Arena September 23 (Dublin, Ireland), long beach Arena in California October 1 and Allianz Cloud Arena (in Milano, Italy) on October 29.
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