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The Oregonian's Canzano reports on a "Pac-12 NewCo" plan presented by the league to its CEOs back in November that proposes to consolidate all revenue streams - broadcast rights, sponsorships, merchandising & other commercial rights - into a new entity with a 10% stake potentially being sold to private equity or others for $500M. Canzano: "Under the 'Pac-12 NewCo' plan, a cash infusion of $500 million would be available for immediate distribution to the Pac-12 members." Canzano includes three slides from the presentation deck, which project $36M in annual revenue from DirecTV starting in 2020 & a one-time $347M from ESPN in 2024. Another nugget, "the plan assumes FOX would renew its current broadcast contract with the Pac-12 in a 10-year deal worth more than $2 billion." Interesting stuff. (link)
Notre Dame AD Swarbrick does not think yesterday's CFP loss to Clemson will impact the candidacy of future Fighting Irish squads. ACC Commish Swofford's view, "You make that selection based on the information they have at hand when they make it, not after the semifinal games. So a lot of things can happen in a game and if a team doesn't show well, it doesn't necessarily mean they didn't deserve to be here. They might've just had a bad day." (link)
USA Today's Wolken takes aim at the whole CFP structure, believes the lack of real on-field drama yesterday & a coming rematch of Alabama & Clemson is "kind of a drag." Thesis: "The problem is this shiny new playoff was supposed to add drama, to goose television ratings, to take everything that was already great about the sport and amplify it to bigger audiences and fatter wallets. Instead, under the veneer of making college football more democratic, it has wound up in throes of oligarchy. [...] A sport whose unique appeal is its ability to create hours of compelling drama, week after week, simply can’t accept laying an egg on its flagship day. While the last three national championship games have shown the best of college football, the playoff results have made more of an argument to contract rather than expand." More. (link)
The Athletic's Clark points to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as the center of the college FB universe, especially during the season, as some of the thousands of passengers who pass through its halls are headed to match-ups near & far or simply just wearing swag to support their team. Clark had an 11-hour layover in ATL earlier in the week & saw no less than 39 FBS programs represented. Airline worker Stewart: "Every Saturday, really, honestly, Thursday and Friday are the highlights,” Stewart said. “It’s not Saturday. Saturday is where you more than likely want to be. Thursday and Friday is where everyone is going for their particular game. That’s when you see all kinds of fans, Thursday and Friday." (link)
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Multiple reports indicate Houston will part ways with FB HC Applewhite after an 8-5 (5-3) campaign. West Virginia HC Holgorsen on the wire as the target. (link); "The actions Houston is taking will not help in any way position Houston for the future. In fact, just the opposite. Today and the way this was handled only reeks of desperation. Obviously there was no studying of those who built programs for the future the right way." That's a leader within the Big 12 to Yahoo's Thamel on Houston's move to replace Applewhite after just two seasons & its continued desire to crack the 'Power 5.' Thamel doesn't hold back, points to UH Prez Khator, Cougars AD Pezman & mega-donor/Houston Rockets owner Fertitta as a "clown triumvirate...being cackled at around college sports." (link)
More on the relationship between Ohio State & Oklahoma ADs Smith & Castiglione that gave the former clear perspective on the internal hire of new FB HC Day. Now here's a helluva question from Castiglione, "I’ve had this asked of me since: 'Can an athletic director or university effectively develop a succession plan?' I think the answer is yes that’s possible, but it’s not always guaranteed. You may have individuals on the staff who are really strong in their given role, but maybe they’re not the right person to move into a head coaching position at the time it comes open. It doesn’t always work out like that. You never know if you have that luxury or the skill set. But it’s certainly an important consideration that everyone should have because if there is an outstanding leader already on the staff, the ability to create continuity and a seamless transition exists." Smith notes the timing of OU's decision last season was different than OSU's, but the guts of the programs were pretty similar, "There are times when private companies need to be blown up. Usually they’re in a down spiral, the culture is bad and you need to bring in new blood to shake it up. This was so far from that. That clarity came fast for me." More. (link)
Quick read on the NBA's search for a new WNBA leader. The league had a banner season on TV last year, up 30%, even though it continues to lose money to the tune of $12M last season. NBA Commish Silver says a search firm has been engaged & there's been significant interest in the post. Silver: "Ideally we would find someone who had extensive basketball knowledge, have very strong business skills. The league is going into its 23rd season, and it’s not a secret that we haven’t cracked the code on how to make money in women’s basketball. … We have to set this league on a path to sustainability. We need to focus on building corporate partnerships." (link)
Hyatt Hotels CEO Hoplamazian on the value of asking seemingly stupid questions, "Those simple questions often led to interesting discussions about why we do certain things the way we do, and that led to changes. But it was organic as opposed to me coming in thinking that I knew better. It was actually the result of inquiry." Hoplamazian also used the word "empathy" a bunch during his Corner Office interview with the New York Times, "We’ve focused a lot of time and attention on mindfulness as a key capacity. In order to practice empathy, you have to be present, and one great vehicle to being present is to be mindful. […] To me, first and foremost, I want people to be present, to be able to engage and really glean what’s going on with someone. Don’t be so focused on executing the checklist and the services that you’re supposed to provide to them that you’re skipping over what’s really going on with that person." (link)
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I'm not really sure what to make of this piece from UCF's student newspaper, Knights News, as an email thread between Missouri AD Sterk & Florida boss Stricklin shows Sterk lobbying for the Tigers to land in an optimal bowl game. Sterk says the info he passed to Stricklin was no different than what's publicly available. Miami (FL) law professor Ravicher says it's evidence of antitrust violations. UCF public relations professor McCain on Knights AD White's external strategy in battling the current college FB power structure, "This is, in my opinion (and only my opinion) the beauty of Danny White’s strategy. Keep stoking the fires and keep the conversation out there. The more the public learns about how the P5, Bowl system, and national championship works (and it does operate like a cartel), the better the chance for change." (link)
Gametime creator Rakh puts his concept out there in hopes Twitter will adopt it. Gametime is a new way for fans to connect during live action. It automatically places you in a group chat of 8-12 people, with live commentary and stats interjected into the chat stream, that only lasts for the duration of the game you're watching. Rakh suggests Twitter implements it as an option for users who want to watch live sports while also interacting on social media. Pretty neat step-by-step on how it works. (link)
Also Noticed: Akron AD Williams hires Walsh University (Division II) Women's LAX HC Mitchell as the inaugural leader of the newly formed Zips program that will debut in 2020. (link); Iowa State and Washington State fans cleared the shelves of Busch Light at the Alamo Bowl. No surprise given trend lines in lead up to the game. (link); Alabama HC Saban gets $200K for advancing to the CFP championship, brings his season total to $775K. Also, how about this: "Alabama will be paying more in bonus money to its football assistant coaches and head strength coach (nearly $1.35 million so far) than 32 FBS public schools paid in regular compensation to their 10-man assistant coaching staffs this season." Clemson HC Swinney also gets $200K for advancing, now up to $625K and if still employed on Jan. 1 - the start of a new contract year for him - gets a $1M retention payment. Despite the loss, Michigan's Harbaugh gets $200K for the Wolverine's bowl appearance, while Florida's Mullen gets $100K for the Gators finishing in the top 10. (link); In the last four years, the only conferences to win a CFP game are the ACC and SEC. (link); The Athletic's Mandel: "The get-in price on StubHub for Clemson-Alabama title game in Santa Clara dropped from $680 to $600 since last night. Last 2 years in Tampa and Atlanta were closer to $2,000." (link)
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Associate Commissioner, External Communications Strategy (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Member of senior leadership team with focus on developing and implementing strategies to generate greater awareness and visibility for the Mountain West and its member institutions. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for External Operations (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction and supervision for Athletic Communications, Creative and Emerging Media, Ticket Sales and Operations, Video Services, Marketing, Fan Experience, Licensing and Branding. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Development (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership and direction for the Athletics' Development Office. Identifying/cultivating major gift prospects.Cultivate/solicit for annual fund, endowment, capital and sport specific initiatives. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Experience (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Support and foster student-athlete excellence, health, safety and well-being and oversee academic services, life skills, sports med., strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology. More details HERE.

Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations (Augustana University / Sioux Falls, SD): Augustana University invites applications for the opportunity of Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction, managerial support and budget oversight to Facilities Operations, Events Management, and the Equipment Room. More details HERE.

Coordinator, Ticket Operations (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): The Coordinator of Ticket Operations will oversee ticketing for Soccer, Gymnastics, and Track and Field. The candidate will play a critical role in day to day operations for the ticket office. More details HERE.

Mountain West Network PA/Host (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Serve as host, producer and editor for in studio segments. Travel to various Conference championships and serve as reporter/photographer. Produce digital content for distribution on multiple platforms. More details HERE.

HokieVision - Associate Director, ACC Network (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Associate Director, ACC Network reports to the Senior Director, ACC Network Operations. They will serve as the Lead Producer and also assist in the day-to-day execution of ACC Network/ESPN. More details HERE.

Coordinator - Athletics Compliance (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance to develop, monitor and oversee all aspects of NCAA compliance for 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico's Athletics Department seeks a Deputy Athletic Director. For full Job Description and to Apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/fjxgcpcqs9stygkd. PI106344778. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities and Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management and upkeep to the Ricardo Silva Stadium and the FIU Athletics practice fields. More details HERE.

Associate Director - Academic & Career Counseling (Kansas Athletics, Inc. / Lawrence, KS): Responsible for all aspects of the student-athletes structure including initial visits with prospective athletes, advising of degree and course options, and assisting with certifications. More details HERE.

Director of Finance - Athletics and Recreation (University of Denver / Denver, CO): Director of Finance is responsible for budget, finance, accounting, and reporting functions for the Division of Athletics and Recreation and all of its Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Razorback Foundation, Inc. (Univ of Arkansas) / Fayetteville, AR): Responsible for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors in the advancement of annual fund & major giving development efforts. More details HERE.

Director, Communications (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Directly responsible for leading and executing all communications initiatives as the primary contact for football, in addition to a spring sport to be assigned. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Associate (University of Missouri Athletics Ticket Office / Columbia, MO): Assist with ticket responsibilities and provide a secondary level of checks and balances for ticket office accounting. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director- Digital Strategies (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Direct, execute and lead social media strategies across all platforms to advance the UTSA Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Database and CRM (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Arizona athletics is looking for a dynamic leader that will assist in supporting sales, marketing and development by providing database support, metrics and tracking success. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (Pepperdine University / Malibu, CA): The Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications assists in the promoting of Pepperdine’s Athletics Department with an emphasis on social media, digital/video, website and media relations. More details HERE.

Lecturer OR Professor of Practice (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University / Tempe, AZ): The Lecturer/Professor of Practice will teach four to six courses per academic year (2-3 per semester), with a primary focus in any one of these areas: sports finance, economics, marketing, or analytics. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director Development (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Services as a front-line fundraiser for the FIU Intercollegiate Athletics program. Advances FIU Athletics program by developing and implementing strategies to secure major gift funding. More details HERE.

Head Athletic Trainer, Football (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): As Head Athletic Trainer, Football you will be working cohesively and collaboratively with coaches, researchers and world-renowned physicians to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes. More details HERE.

Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Associate AD, External (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Req Bachelor's deg & 12 yrs exp prefer at NCAA Division I level, demonstrated executive leadership/exp in strategic planning/communications, public relations, advancement, & business development. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico Athletics Department is accepting applications for the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/bg4xc5hxw5hfhw. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Volleyball (Quinnipiac University / Hamden, CT): Quinnipiac University's Department of Athletics & Recreation seeks applications for Head Coach - Women's Volleyball. More info: http://career.qu.edu/cw/en-us/job/492738/head-coach-womens-volleyball. More details HERE.

Development Director (University of Miami / Miami, FL): Miami is seeking a dynamic and energetic fundraiser that will be responsible for increasing gifts through relationships with assigned prospects and athletic constituents. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Video Productions (University of South Dakota / Vermillion, SD): Responsible for creating video content for external use and in-game presentation, producing live events and coordinating video projects in support of the athletic department’s strategic plan. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Football (Brown University / Providence, RI): This 11-month position (3 assistant coach positions) assists the Head Coach in all phases of the Football program, with specific focus on a position area to be determined by the Head Coach. More details HERE.:

Associate/Sr. Associate Director of Athletics for Development (State University of New York at Buffalo / Buffalo, NY): This position will support and enhance the mission of the State University of New York at Buffalo Athletics Department and is responsible for working to optimize philanthropic support for Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Fan Engagement , Marketing & Promotions - LSU (OUTFRONT Media / Baton Rouge, LA): Planning, coordination and implementation of all in-venue production and entertainment to create memorable fan experiences across all LSU athletic events with focus on men’s basketball and gymnastics. More details HERE.

Director/Associate Director Creative Content (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Director/Associate Director, Creative Content HokieVision will assist External Operations in the creating and strategizing of video and digital content for Virginia Tech Athletics. More details HERE.

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (University of Hartford / Hartford, CT): Responsible for developing effective strength and conditioning programs that will produce, enhance and elevate performance for all student-athletes, while following NCAA and Conference rules. More details HERE.

Senior Associate AD - Development (Kansas Athletics / Lawrence, KS): The Senior Associate AD - Development is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all revenue development including annual giving, major gifts, and capital campaign fundraising efforts. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Marketing (Louisiana State University / Baton Rouge, LA): LSU Athletics is looking for someone well versed in digital marketing strategies and branding initiatives. A Bachelor's degree and three years' experience in sports industry marketing is required. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Ticket Sales (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Position will be tasked with generating revenue for Arizona Athletics via sales of season, partial and group packages through outbound calls‬. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development - Premium Seating and Annual Giving (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): Lead the premium sales and stewardship management needs, primary contact for premium seat holders, identify new and cultivate existing donors, and direct and coordinate game day operations. More details HERE.

Director of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund (Assistant Director of Development) (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): This position is responsible for increasing overall participation in the Roadrunner Athletic Fund by developing and coordinating all fundraising strategic plans. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Assistant (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Provide customer service and ticket sales in person & telephone. Assist with seat relocation/additional seat requests. Assist outbound ticket sales team. Supervisor for football and baseball games. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Trainer (UGA Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Supervise and coordinate athletic training services for student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. More details HERE.

Senior Director of Development, Athletics & Associate Athletics Director (Marquette University / Milwaukee, WI): This position is responsible for raising gifts to support the mission, vision and priorities of Marquette University. The position will cultivate, solicit and steward identified athletics donors. More details HERE.

(Assistant Athletic Director of Development - Major Gifts (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Oversee the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation & stewardship of major gift prospects. Primary liaison of the Aztec Club to promote SDSU Athletics. Secure annual and major gifts. More details HERE.

Videographer (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Videographer will be responsible for producing high-quality video board content for all sports within the University of Oregon athletic department. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Cal Poly / San Luis Obispo, CA): Director of Development is responsible for providing advancement and fundraising services designed to increase private support for the priorities of Athletics and the University. More details HERE.

Sr. Director/Director of Development (University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Sr. Director/Director of Development, UNLV Athletics, [R0112744]. Please visit: https://www.unlv.edu/jobs. More details HERE.

Head Women’s Soccer Coach (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Overall operation of the Women’s Soccer program in accordance with University, conference and NCAA regulations. The position is a 100% time, 12-month contract position with full benefits. More details HERE.
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