One more time with the Daily Press' David Teel, this segment on how he structures his own content schedule in & out of competition seasons, as well as how well articles on the business of college athletics get engaged with versus game-related efforts. Teel also provides perspective on layoffs around the industry that again recently included some major names.
David Teel of the Daily Press is back on 1.Question, this time to discuss improvements the ACC has implemented on the MBB officiating front. Of note, the league started issuing separate grades to referees for the final four minutes of each game, which is somewhat akin to the NBA's approach & analysis of the last two minutes of close contests. More from Teel tomorrow, including how he builds his own content schedule & some reaction to the current state of online & traditional medias.
Lots of TV news above & now you can add this conversation to the list. Last week, sports TV scheduling expert, Matt Sarzyniak, penned on the potential future of 'Group of 5' TV rights. I caught up with Sarzniak to discuss what trends he's seeing in the marketplace, which networks may need the freight, dynamics around midweek games & lots more. Oh, you'll want to hear his prediction to the final question of the conversation: "In what exact year will 'Power 5' streaming rights revenues surpass those of traditional TV rights revenues?"
New 1.Q contributing host Tai Brown caught up with Baylor Director of Athletic Development Nick Florence during last week's NACDA Convention in Orlando. Florence, who had a sterling career on the FB field for the Bears, covers his transition to athletic administration, including challenges along the way, who he's learning from, how he's constantly crafting his skills, and how to mentor former student-athletes who transition to the administrative side of the business. Key quote from Florence: "Production matters."
The Albuquerque Journal's Geoff Grammer joins to discuss the AD search at New Mexico. Grammar provides context on how engaged & interested the Lobos fanbase is in the process, what skill set is necessary & ideal right now for UNM, if local ties will play a big role & if there's anything that would be surprising on where the search ends up.
SBD/SBJ's Michael Smith continues a conversation from the end of last week with perspective on what he'll be keeping an eye on over the next six months. "I'm really fascinated with the expense side of it. For years and years we've written about the revenue generation side and the way it has grown through media rights deals & other ways. But, there's so much money in the system." Smith also touches on the facilities arms race and how some ADs are expressing concern over how much money is being spent these days, plus a bit more.
SportsBusiness Daily/Journal's Michael Smith joins to analyze this week's huge news: Learfield acquiring Spectra & shifting back to the Paciolan brand. Smith runs through the synergies & where Learfield's existing partnership portfolio could help win more ticket business for Paciolan. Smith also touches on the competing paths for Learfield & IMG College over the last handful of years. More from Smith on Monday.
The San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner has been doing some heavy lifting on the financial situation at Cal over the past couple of days & provides more context in this 1.Q. Of note, Wilner details how the university's faculty views the challenges for athletics, how the state budget belt-tightening is impacting the overall institution & the athletic department, and a potential timeline of developments moving forward.
National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Executive Director Carol Bruggeman joins 1.Q & provides perspective on the state of college softball with the WCWS Final underway. Bruggeman notes how TV ratings continue to grow, along with the trending levels of participation. Bruggeman also details thoughts on parity around the DI landscape as all 16 Regional hosts advanced to Super Regional play this year, developments on the topic of coaching contracts & the pressure to win, plus more.
D1Baseball's Aaron Fitt continues analyzing this year's NCAA Baseball Tournament selections, starting with why some non-'Power 5' came up short & why the last four in were all 'P5' programs. Fitt considers what could be done with annual scheduling to better balance the importance of the RPI, plus he explores the Clemson-Virginia debate for the last national seed. Finally, will we ever see a Baseball NIT?