Jan 25

StubHub Impacts Athletic Departments Strategies

By: Prashant Periwal

Watching the Oregon Ducks throttle the then-undefeated Stanford Cardinal live at Stanford stadium on Nov. 12th was something I would never have experienced without the secondary ticket market.  I bought a ticket for $125 five days before gameday on StubHub from a Stanford season ticket holder.  I had it overnighted, only to realize that it had a $10 face value.  Nevertheless, I was thrilled with my “steal”, as other tickets in that section were going for…

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Dec 5

Conference Realignment Ruining Tradition

By: Matt Maxson

This weekend may have been the last time we watch Texas battle Texas A&M while eating leftover turkey sandwiches and pie with our families. The Aggies are on their way out of the Big XII and heading to the SEC starting next year. Those that grew up hanging on every minute of the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pittsburgh may be in the same boat with the Mountaineers heading to the Big XII and Pitt moving to the ACC. Now, there are even reports

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Apr 25

Pac-12 nears TV Deal, conference growth

By: Rob Coppola

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Pac-12 is seeking over $200 million annually for its football and basketball broadcast rights. The deal would include a commitment to launch a regional sports network at an estimated cost of $100 million, primarily from its broadcast partner.

Wall Street Journal

Mr. Burke’s first big push is a play for rights to the Pac-12 college sports conference, which includes football, basketball and other sports from a variety of Western universities.

Comcast is one of a number of companies pursuing a deal with the Pac-12 conference’s commissioner, Larry Scott, people…

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Feb 12

Josh Luchs Joins University Compliance Officers at UO Law Conference

By: Michael Miller

On January 28th, The Sports and Entertainment Law Conference, put on by the University of Oregon Law School, addressed the issue of sports agents and NCAA compliance in one of its five panels. The panel consisted of two Associate Athletic Directors in charge of NCAA compliance, former NFL and Oregon wide receiver Keenan Howry, and former NFL agent Josh Luchs.  Luchs, who has recently been in the spotlight for his tell-all interview with Sports Illustrated where he confessed to paying players, was strategically placed between…

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Feb 5

Michigan Football: Performance a Result of Spending?

By: Patrick Haas

In the wake of National Signing Day, perhaps it is time to take a closer look at college football’s winningest program: Michigan football.  Michigan’s 2011 recruiting class is definitely respectable, but leaves much to be desired when compared to the recruiting classes of their in-conference rivals Ohio State and Penn State, who received commitments from 7 and 2, respectively, of ESPNU’s 150 top football prospects.  And Michigan fans can’t be satisfied with…

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Jan 28

Connecticut Coaching Hire Elicits Donor Outrage

By: Michael DeMartini

The University of CoPhoto by Dougtonennecticut recently hired Paul Pasqualoni as its Head Football Coach. Pasqualoni brings a respectable 107-59-1 Division I head coaching record to Storrs, accumulated during his 14-year tenure from 1991-2004 at Syracuse University. Amassing a 64% winning percentage in upstate New York is an accomplishment, considering it’s neither located in a traditional recruiting hot bed, nor is it a “sexy” destination for 17 and 18 year old prospects. The mark is even more respectable in light of his successor Greg Robinson’s 21% win…

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Jan 27

Fox Inks Deal with Pac-12 to Air Championship Game

By: Rob Coppola

It didn’t take long for the Pac-12 to ink a deal for its inaugural football championship game after its exclusive negotiating window with ESPN expired in December. The newly expanded conference inked a one year $25 million deal with Fox to start off the new year. The deal, as reported by the New York Times, includes $14.5 million for the championship game itself and an additional $10.5 million for additional cable football and basketball games for the network to air. The one year deal signals…

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Jan 16

Megadonors and Their Impact on Program Development

By: Steve Acampa

BCS finalists Oregon and Auburn were able to conquer all obstacles en route to undefeated regular seasons.  However, both programs struggle with one off the field issue; fundraising.

It is the goal of major collegiate athletic programs to be self-sufficient and not rely on university funding to run operations.  Significant donations are necessary to make this possible.  Fortunately for Oregon and Auburn, they have mega-donors in the form of Phil Knight and Bobby Lowder, who have donated large sums of money over the years to their respective universities.

While the presence and generosity of these megadonors has given both universities the…

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