John Dodson 2 weeks
There's a lot to unpack here, but the NCAA made some sweeping decisions that impact college sports in the short term and long term. That includes an extra year of eligibility for winter sports, a proposal for immediate eligibility for transfers, and the removal of requirements for 2020-21 bowl eligibility.

Most importantly, they have clarified their proposed rules for name, image, and likeness, which would be set for voting in the coming year. That is unless Congress does not step in and create law that would supersede any bylaws that the NCAA creates for itself. The debate and scramble continues...

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John Dodson 1 month
The Name Image and Likeness debate continues amid the ongoing pandemic, as legislation in the earliest states are set to trigger at the beginning of fall 2021. As it is an issue with national implications, It is good to see that members of congress are looking into tackling the challenge.

The disruption to the college athletics fundraising machine is real, and schools are going to have to adjust to the upcoming change in the landscape. This excerpt from the article points out a big risk that many may not have put much attention to.

The lack of protection for schools’ sponsorship agreements will bring opposition from some college administrators, who have expressed concern that companies ranging from global shoe-and-apparel outfits to local car dealerships might reallocate money from deals with schools to deals with athletes.

The story continues. College sports is set for a big change and who knows what everything will look like after the dust settles.

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John Dodson 1 month
Pressure from all fronts has pushed the Big Ten to schedule a football season later this fall. Naturally seeing other teams successfully pulling off games in front of them, and then the financial pain their programs are all experiencing, pushed them over the edge. Everyone is adapting to the current environment and moving forward.

The Pacific Northwest is covered in smoke, already another punch to the gut following COVID-19 shutdowns, but what will happen next for the Pac-12?

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John Dodson 1 month
This is a very interesting concept being put on the table. It will be interesting to see how sports will evolve based on everything that has been learned during this unusual year.

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John Dodson 1 month
We are living through a time of unprecedented change in college sports, and the product that is left standing after all the dust settles is likely to look very different than we once knew. The biggest question is how much will everything change going forward. 

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John Dodson 1 month
Last month Utah AD Mark Harlan spoke about a loss of around $60 million with the shutdown of fall sports. This is a massive move that clearly demonstrates the domino effect of canceling football this fall. College sports impacts not only the schools and student athletes, but everyone associated with the department, workers at events, and businesses in the proximity of these universities. The pandemic impact is large and wide, and this might be just the beginning of furloughs or cuts across the industry.

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John Dodson 2 months
The beginning of the pandemic in the United States led to the cancelation of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The NCAA cannot afford to lose a second tournament. It has been positive to see how the NBA has been able to run a championship playoff of their own, so there is some precedent for college sports to possibly follow. This will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

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John Dodson 2 months
Well it's official. It's good that the NCAA chose a blanket waiver, but the coming year or two are going to be messy. Here's to whatever college sports that we are hopefully still going to get this fall (if they are able to go off as scheduled.)

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John Dodson 2 months
Granting an extra year of eligibility seems like the right thing to do, but it is not as simple of a decision as you might think. We would end up with a much larger class the following year, would have more athletes to allocate limited scholarships to, and then have to sort that all out with the incoming class of high school recruits. If we could only freeze time and reset everything for the 2021-22 season.

The biggest "loser" is going to be the high school class of 2020. Not only did these kids miss out on proms and the once in a lifetime graduation experience, but their whole college student athlete opportunity just got more difficult. Not only is there a freeze on recruiting, but they are now going to have to compete with another class of upperclassmen for limited spots on the roster.

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