Orlando Sentinel: Gators AD Scott Stricklin: Canceling football ‘would shake financial foundation of college athletics’

-
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
55,285
Likes
82,552
>>True leaders hope for the best but prepare for the worst, and right now athletics directors like the University of Florida’s Scott Stricklin and UCF’s Danny White are at least contemplating how their programs could endure the financial calamity if somehow the 2020 college football season is canceled.

“For right now, it’s all manageable,” Stricklin says of the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down sports, “but the question your mind goes to really quickly is if this lasts into another school year. From a financial standpoint, if we’re not playing football games in the fall, it will shake the foundation of college athletics. As everyone knows, football pays for the enterprise to go forward.”<<

>>...Believe it or not, right now college athletic departments are actually saving money with non-revenue sports baseball, softball, golf and tennis shutting down. However, that would quickly shift if this shutdown affected football.

“That would be a game-changer,” says Stricklin, who estimates that football accounts for about 85% of UF’s sports income. “… It’s not just ticket revenue; it’s the donations that go along with that. It’s the sponsorship money that goes along with the idea that games are going to be played. And then there’s the TV money. If there aren’t games that are being broadcast, we probably aren’t going to get TV money.”<<

>>So let’s do what must be done:

Let’s navigate these dire straits, stay home and beat the living hell out of this virus so we can get back to where we belong.

Back to the cheers and the beers and the music-to-our-ears in stadiums, arenas and ballparks across the nation.

As we’re starting to see now during this medical and financial crisis, our sports teams need us as much as we need them.<<
 
Joined
Jan 28, 2012
Messages
4,902
Likes
3,609
If it takes monetary greed to get people to stay inside or self isolate in their yards/take walks and such, then I'm all for it. Whatever is going to end all of this garbage quicker is fine by me. We all need to be aware and respect what we need to do. The sooner we do that, the quicker this starts to slow down.
 

Chin Diesel

Power of Love
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
20,813
Likes
27,426
Personally, I think by the Fall and start of the next academic season this virus will have calmed down enough for people to gather and games to be played.
The problem I see is the health of the players, especially in college. The summer conditioning, weight lifting, medical monitoring of the players by the schools and then the fall camps in Jul/Aug will have to be delayed, cancelled or truncated and I don't think it's a stretch to say it will cause injuries. Even more worried about HS football for the same reasons.
Pros have better access to one on one training, private doctors, a union, etc to protect them from complete exploitation but college kids are at the mercy of the schools, conferences and NCAA.
 

BlueandOG

We are not amused.
Joined
May 5, 2015
Messages
670
Likes
1,102
This just in - B10 redirects the collective research power of their conference members towards saving football and by that, they mean- fixing the COVid19 crisis. Expect a cure by June given the stakes for football.;)
To accelerate research into a cure, and solidify their conference in the COVID-19 era, the B1G is inviting the University of Connecticut to join in all sports.
 
Joined
Nov 25, 2019
Messages
432
Likes
709
Personally, I think by the Fall and start of the next academic season this virus will have calmed down enough for people to gather and games to be played.
The problem I see is the health of the players, especially in college. The summer conditioning, weight lifting, medical monitoring of the players by the schools and then the fall camps in Jul/Aug will have to be delayed, cancelled or truncated and I don't think it's a stretch to say it will cause injuries. Even more worried about HS football for the same reasons.
Pros have better access to one on one training, private doctors, a union, etc to protect them from complete exploitation but college kids are at the mercy of the schools, conferences and NCAA.
There's some indication the outbreak in the state of Washington may be flattening and, since they were the initial area hit because of all the Chinese travel and business there, that may offer a clue as to how long it takes for mass infections to run their course. Let us pray.
 
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
5,659
Likes
6,761
Canceling football ‘would shake financial foundation of college athletics’? Good
indeed. might re-level the playing field. We've been eating overhead forever.
 
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
2,347
Likes
3,394
Boneyard Commentary: Cancelling our society will shake the financial foundation of our society

Put another way

"Sincerely Self-Important Random College AD

Pipe down, you are so low on the priority list that you literally do not exist to us. I know you are used to feeling like a big shot in a normal world, but Sports, Football, College athletics are such a non-factor right now that for all we care you could be shot to the moon and no one would know otherwise.

In short, go away. Once we save everyone's lives, then maybe you can re-take your perch of primary non-necessary entertainment for the stupidest people in our country.

But not until everyone is saved first.

Best,

America"
 

CL82

The best thing about puppies is they become dogs!
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
34,782
Likes
58,641
I am all in for seeing the fall of college football in the fall. Where do I signup?
FIFY

Agree though, if it causes a reduction of media revenue of the P-5, I won't be crying over that.
 

uconnbill

A Half full kind of guy
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
7,442
Likes
5,771
I want college football, period. I don't like the set up and how UConn got screwed by the ACC, ESPN and the old Big East.

You can't cut off your nose to spite your face
 
Joined
Sep 27, 2018
Messages
485
Likes
1,531

In my opinion this is the right move. It’s responsible for ADs to look into. I think it’s a possibility for sure.This would be a big blow for UConn football amid financial issues.
 
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
1,876
Likes
2,007
With America's cavalier approach to covid and rapid spread, I think we're above 50/50 chance that the above becomes the right choice
 

Exit 4

This space for rent
Joined
Feb 3, 2012
Messages
7,591
Likes
11,206
Yes and I don’t even need to read the story. The apex is behind us for this sport. It’s not dying - but it’s not growing - particularly in the revenue side. Revenue growth has to be plateauing.
 
Joined
May 27, 2014
Messages
2,182
Likes
5,071
The coronavirus crisis may accelerate the superconference theory many have predicted, especially in football. AFC/NFC style conferences made up of the top 5-6 from the current P5. No reason Rutgers, BC, Wake, Vandy, Cuse deserve to make the same as Ohio State, Bama, Clemson, Texas, USC, etc.
 

Top