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Why College Football TV Ratings Rest In The Hands Of Gamblers

This article argues that conferences and athletic departments are benefiting from consumer availability to gamble on college football. While conferences and athletic departments do not directly collect revenues from this market, they instead indirectly receive them from the sale of broadcasting rights – a product that sees its value elevated due to the demand for sports wagering and the subsequent consumer interest in viewing the outcomes of these wagers in real time.

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College Football Coaches And Social Media

And this is where we find ourselves, confronting a reality in which college football coaches have unprecedented opportunity to shape message delivery and create a persona which is less about wins and losses, and more about attracting today’s attention-challenged recruits and deep-pocketed boosters who keep programs vibrant. Yet, many coaches seem hesitant to adopt available social tools. Since they are the public face, or CEO, of their football program, often more recognizable than their athletic director bosses, they have the ability to stand out in a crowded landscape of messages and brands.

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Athletic Director In Residence: Dr. Derrick Gragg – Tulsa

Dr. Derrick Gragg, Vice President & Director of Athletics at Tulsa, goes into depth on a number of topics including the differences in leading a department at public vs. private institutions, the importance of disengaging periodically, and his thoughts on the Vice President title for an AD. On the topic of the future of the AD role, Gragg mentions the importance of engaging and listening to current Student-Athletes.

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Crisis in Confidence: Academics In Collegiate Athletics

At the very least, there needs to be a redefining of what constitutes substantial academic assistance. This redefinition should be in terms of how much assistance need be given in an individual case and, more so, in recognizing a systemic failure as constituting substantial assistance without regard to the proofs as to the extent of assistance in individual cases.

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By The Numbers: College Football Coach Payouts

At the outset, it is important to clarify that a payout represents a potential, rather than a given or fixed, cost. Therefore, the value of a payout is more appropriately considered not by its potential cost to one party, but instead by the benefits derived by both parties to the contract, net of its likely cost. Before jumping to any conclusion about the reasonableness of these amounts, it is important to consider the context and circumstances that drive many of the decisions about payouts. To provide such context, we reviewed the long-form contracts for the head football coaches at fifty Power 5 institutions. From this group, we analyzed payout provisions for out-years in each contract.

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Experts’ Roundtable: Chiefs of Staff

In general, a Chief of Staff provides a buffer between a Chief Executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The Chief of Staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they bubble up to the Chief Executive. In this Experts' Roundtable, ADU reached out to a few who serve in the unique position of Chief of Staff to find out about the intricacies of holding such a title. This includes insight from the athletics department view, perspective from a president's office, and thoughts from someone who serves in the role within a football office.

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Athletic Director In Residence: Bob Moosbrugger – Bowling Green

From the first 90 days, to communication, to mind-reading executive assistants, Bowling Green's Bob Moosbrugger joined ADU as the current Athletic Director in Residence. Answering questions on a broad range of topics, Moosbrugger offers career advice and speaks on one of his challenges in his first year at BGSU.

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Cord-Cutting And The Future Of College Sports Broadcasting

Historically, the value in this transaction, and thus the power, rested with the content producer, but that power may be shifting to the distributor. Companies such as Comcast and AT&T which own both the content and the distribution are uniquely positioned to dictate what content they carry, and at what price.

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Alternative Facts: The Inequality Of Leadership In College Athletics

As the old adage goes, the first step to fixing your problem is acknowledging you have one. Yet for people in the world of college athletics, almost all of whom are highly educated, getting them to admit that they are innately biased towards others is all but impossible. But it is indeed true, we are all biased towards others in varying degrees, whether because they went to a rival university, dress differently, or because their skin is a different color than our own.

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Why ADs & FARs Are Both Outsiders & Must Work In Unison

For athletics, the athletic director is the equivalent of the college dean. But when the “front porch” of the campus misfires, it can inflict much more serious and lasting damage on a university than a scandal in the English Department or Medical School. That means that a president also must have an active outside-athletics eye on athletics. Enter the Faculty Athletic Representative.

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Investigating College Basketball’s Transfer Movement

Transfers have become a vitally important aspect of college basketball. Adding players from the transfer market to fill out rosters can sometimes mean the difference between winning a national championship and suffering an early tournament defeat. Losing players via transfer also carries a similar importance.

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Cash Is King In Intercollegiate Apparel Agreements

From selling their own parking lots to outsourcing bookstore operations, public universities have been forced to get creative in order to generate much-needed funding to support continued operations. The inaugural Intercollegiate Apparel Agreement Report from the Center for Research Intercollegiate Athletics (CRIA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides a detailed look into some trends regarding the revenue received from public Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions from apparel, licensing, and sponsorship agreements with Adidas, Nike, Russell Athletic, and Under Armour.