FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|2 days 5 hours ago||I agree||
One should be very cautious when recruiting from there, they have had a huge number of kids that have been a bit overrated. But great for the school getting kids D1 scholarships.
|6 days 22 hours ago||And......||
That is different from every other AD how?
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||OSU||
It's OSU than some distance to MSU and ND, and I can't distinguish between those two. I get that people are sick of losing to State, as am I, but ultimately winning that game still just feels like beating someone you should beat. Beating OSU feels like winning a big rivalry game and there is no comparison to that excitement.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No||
No. DB does not spend his time approving what clothes Adidas sells to fans. Uniforms yes, everything else no. Also, the Adidas contract predates him.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||A bit disingenuous||
The comments on PSU seem to be a bit of cherry picking to back a point you have been trying to argue against the AD, despite the fact you know the argument that declines are happening everywhere is valid. In fact you wrote a post that included all the stats proving this point in the last year. Your post showed that befor this year declines in student ticket sales declined dramatically more at other schools and it is possible that what we see happening at Michigan this year may again be less than at other schools. Your previous piece showed data indicating even Alabama had a bigger decline than Michigan for 2013.
And as was already stated, PSU was NOT supportive through all of that. And they have some fairly obvious reasons to be excited right now, including the biggest coaching hire in college football this season and some great recruiting wins. This is not much different than the 2012 Michigan season when Michigan sold more student season tickets than they had ever previously done. So talk to us again about PSU in 3 years.
You have the best sports blog I have seen, but recently your hate for DB has led to some less than spectacular writing, which is unfortunate because it used to be the best there was on college football. Hopefully honest critiques don't get sent to Bolivia.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||ESPN drives cable right now||
Right now ESPN drives cable. Everything else people can either live without or get streamed somewhere else. So while ESPN may not get the highest ratings, they are what keep people attached to cable and thus they get more per subscriber than anything else on the basic cable package. They are what drives your cable prices up the most.
It's the same reason BTN makes crazy money. People, like me, don't watch it often, but it has to be there when I want it or I am getting a new cable company. I had this conversation with comcast inVA quite often in the BTN's early days, and i was told that they heard quite frequently customers dropping service because of no BTN and they quickly signed up to carry it.
People get angry when AMC goes off the air over a pricing dispute. People would leave quickly if the same happened with ESPN. It's why you never hear about ABC in a pricing dispute. But someday someone will challenge it and let folks know just how much ESPN is costing them. It's why ABCFights so hard to keep ESPN on basic cable, they don't want you to know how much it is costing you, especially the casual fan.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Change||
At some point someone is going to offer cable without sports in the basic option, or without sports at all. This will make a very big difference in pricing and change everything. This is true in the rest of the Western world and it is only a matter of time until it is true here and someone stands up to ESPN.
That said, I would love to see how much ESPN could make for an online subscription service to their channels. I suspect they would make more than what they get per subscriber from cable TV companies.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Which is crazy||
Crazy, because if anyone should have got good advice it was him. And it's not like his family needed the money.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Sweet!||
My Tate jersey is now a Peppers jersey, Bonus!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Not an issue||
DB has been very good about paying coaches. If they leave it is doubtful that pay will be a reason.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||What?||
What makes you think he insists on dollars over substance? I think he would take a winning football team over dollars any day. The major complaints about Brandon have nothing to do with on field performance. If he really did not care about winning, we would not have some of the highest paid assistants in the country.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||As the article said||
Reinvested in facilities projects. I would assume that some years they save it for a rainy day, budget surpluses are not a given.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
At first I thought it was dumb. Then I realized how much they hate it, and now I love it. I don't know that I use it very often, but I certainly don't discourage its use.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Tuition increases?||
At the rate tuition has increased, I would say that takes up at least part of the extra money. Plus if they just accepted what they had, it would not be long before the athletic department was in the red. Let's not forget that when Bill Martin started as AD our athletic department was losing money, so it's not far fetched. Also, these guys are well aware the compensation structure is changing for the athletes. Whether that just means bigger stipends and extended insurance, or something more, and they probably want to be in front of that financially.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Would not surprise me||
If he's read the comments on mlive articles, he probably wanted to go elsewhere. I am also sure the MSU coaches were probably not sad to see him go.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||ESPN reports||
ESPN reports that it was EA that settled, but they could be wrong. They also reported that this was being successfully used us far in the O'Bannon case as it now eliminates the ability to use video games as part of this case. The NCAA apparently had a good first day in the case, but it has a way to go.
I personally understand how the NCAA can say getting a payout from a court settlement is not the same as being paid, especially since they are no longer making the video game.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not a bad deal||
Despite this, I think most cities find hosting the SB to be a profitable endeavour. Unlike say hosting the Olympics lately. I have far less of a problem with this than I do with them forcing cities to build stadiums.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Brandon and changing NCAA||
I loved the Article by Bacon. I think he is dead on with saying that Brandon runs it like a business and this has caused many problems with fans who don't see it that way and who fell in love with college football because it is not a business.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Always amazed||
Always amazed how everybody always thinks everyone else makes too much money.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||True, but||
In ten years you may be making far more than him.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Hard to do||
Who would you assign the BTN money too? Football drives the BTN but basketball plays a role too. And would BTEN be possible without other sports? I have an online subscription for BTN purely because of their wrestling coverage, and I know I am far from the only one. Point being, how do you separate that out? Same with the money from Adidas and others.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Not just Michigan||
What Michigan is experiencing with both students and other fans is happening everywhere in college. In fact, Brian posted some of the student number drops a while back and Michigan had less of a drop than many other program's, though I suspect we have more than caught up now.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The Astros||
The Astros made more than any baseball team ever last year. But not because of a TV contract, they did it because they only had 21 million in salary to pay their players. So in baseball you can make cash if you are okay with having a terrible team. Of course this will come back to bite you when you renegotiate those TV deals. In the NBA I believe there is a league minimum.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Thinking things through||
Let's think the accusation from MSUDersh through a second. In order for it to be true, no person in the Mgoblog community or some the Mgoblog community knows could have received a similar email or we would have heard this before. In fact, this person would have likely been one of the only ones to receive such a note. This seems unlikely.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed||
And I am a little disappointed that Brian put this in without verifying first. Nothing like fanning the flames of hatred for no good reason, and then wondering why folks may not be excited enough about M football to contribute to the HTTV kick starter.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Right, but||
But if you don't make the capital investment back in 15 years it is a bad investment by most business standards. In some cases you could say 20, but those are rare. So, for him to do it in 20 years he would have to make 100 million a year. That is just not happening, not even close. The Packers made 30 million the year after they won their most recent Super Bowl. That is a smaller market, but it's the NFL, and the pro team that had to release it's accounting. Now, if he could get the growth in team value that Sterling did, yeah it might be worth it. But that seems unlikely at this point.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||See my last sentence||
Because they don't want to lose money. NBA teams were losing money before the last contract. The NFL is obviously making money, but they didn't think they were making enough. Essentially the owners saw how little money they make compared to their investment and decided they were sick of giving it all to the talent. That doesn't mean it's become a good investment, just less bad.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||No||
The NBA can terminate his ownership. He might be able to stop the sale right now, but that would just mean the NBA steps in and terminates his ownership and completes the sale themselves. No court would stop that as Sterling signed a contract which at best would require arbitration. His law suit for a billion dollars is the only chance he has to get before a judge, and that has nothing to do with stopping the sale.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Uh, no||
They are not extremely profitable. If you were Sterling and only paid $13 million, than yes. But at $2 billion or even $1 billion the profits a pro team makes is not considered extremely profitable. It is considered a very bad investment. But it is a very fun toy, if you can afford it.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Not for money||
You don't buy a sports team to make money, they are a toy for the ultra rich at this point. One they just hope does not lose them too much money.