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Power 5 leaders exploring holding their own fall sports championships

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It was only a matter of time.

If they follow through on this, they better fund their testing, treatment, and safety for their UNPAID athletes like the professional leagues are. They want to act like a professional league who doesn't need to follow the college board (which they've been unofficially doing anyway), then they need to act like the professional leagues they are trying to become.

If this occurs, it will have a huge domino effect. What will the G5 schools do? What will happen to bball? Looks like all it took was a pandemic to finally be the straw that broke the camel's back
 
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Call their bluff. Not a smart time to play this game of chicken, They will further nudge the players even closer to unionizing in a depressed revenue Covid-19 environment (already percolating in PAC12/elsewhere).

>>Multiple sources said part of the motivation for the Power 5 considering hosting its own fall Olympic sports seasons is to justify playing football, the revenue-driving sport for all athletic departments at that level. If all the other sports are canceled but football perseveres on its own, the optics would open up the schools to severe criticism. Thus, playing all fall sports would allow those schools to say that they are not uniquely subjecting football players to any risk.<<
 
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Well.....this highlights the differences in available resources.....and will.

The NCAA has been absent in leadership and has left the conferences to drift on their own...Some doing this and some doing that.

Already, the NCAA's lack of influence at the Power 5 level has never been more glaring than in 2020. Since canceling winter and spring championships last March, the NCAA has largely been on the sidelines watching the individual conferences grapple with the pandemic. It issued return-to-sport guidelines in the spring and updated them recently, but behind the scenes, college administrators have grown increasingly critical of Emmert and the entire NCAA for a perceived lack of leadership.

Another Power 5 athletic director said he thinks the chances of breakaway fall championships are remote, but added, "I think this is representative of the poor relationship between the (NCAA) national office and our conferences."


And sure...college football is much more important to the P5 than to many G5 programs in terms of dollars received....and interest is also different....Football interest in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, etc is different than that in the northeast. Where basketball is not very clearly a distant second sport.
 
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Call their bluff. Not a smart time to play this game of chicken, They will further nudge the players even closer to unionizing in a depressed revenue Covid-19 environment (already percolating in PAC12/elsewhere).

>>Multiple sources said part of the motivation for the Power 5 considering hosting its own fall Olympic sports seasons is to justify playing football, the revenue-driving sport for all athletic departments at that level. If all the other sports are canceled but football perseveres on its own, the optics would open up the schools to severe criticism. Thus, playing all fall sports would allow those schools to say that they are not uniquely subjecting football players to any risk.<<
Exactly. Plus I wonder how all of that will look once the P5 loses the protection of the NCAA’s non-profit status.
 
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Exactly. Plus I wonder how all of that will look once the P5 loses the protection of the NCAA’s non-profit status.
I don't think that the schools leave the NCAA...they could, just as they do currently in football, run their own championships....The P5 would still be NCAA...just that the current "Autonomous Programs" just become so in more than one sport.
 
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Call their bluff. Not a smart time to play this game of chicken, They will further nudge the players even closer to unionizing in a depressed revenue Covid-19 environment (already percolating in PAC12/elsewhere).

>>Multiple sources said part of the motivation for the Power 5 considering hosting its own fall Olympic sports seasons is to justify playing football, the revenue-driving sport for all athletic departments at that level. If all the other sports are canceled but football perseveres on its own, the optics would open up the schools to severe criticism. Thus, playing all fall sports would allow those schools to say that they are not uniquely subjecting football players to any risk.<<
Bets on which conference joins in next?
 
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It sounds like a lot more than just covid...(racial injustice, economic equity).....will players try to hold programs hostage until various "demands" are met?

We absolutely have moved too far towards entertainment. I say just dump scholarship ball and let the scholar athletes play...
 
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Good for them.
We're 3 weeks away from the typical season opener and no concrete news about what the schedule is. This is insane
I think UConn won't play....too many moving parts.
 
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Bets on which conference joins in next?
Being a human being and also being someone else's entertainment are not mutually exclusive things. All sports above the HS Level are essentially for someone else's entertainment. They are not necessary to the operation of a university nor are professional sports any more essential than a movie or concert. Should the young adults playing FBS Level Football receive some form of additional compensation considering the risks they take and the enormous dollars at play? Probably, but for every player willing to sit out there are probably 500 talented kids willing to assume the risk to take their spot. Those in power know this and will leverage that to tilt things in their favor.
 
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Maybe...some school would have the guts to have a meeting in a room with two exit doors....one marked "Players" and the other marked "transfer Portal".
 

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