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Guaranteed Rate extends bowl title sponsorship

Morning Buzz / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Guaranteed Rate liked what it saw as title sponsor for the bowl game at Chase Field in Phoenix, as the Chicago-based mortgage lender is extending its deal with the Fiesta Bowl organization that operates the bowl for another four years. Guaranteed Rate signed a one-year deal initially...

AAC reports FY '20-21 revenue down 15% from previous year

Daily / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The AAC reported $94M in total revenue for FY '20-21, which is "down 15% from the previous year" when the league posted total revenue of $111,278,729, according to Matt Murschel of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The AAC was "one of a few conferences to move forward with a full...

SEC likely to discuss intra-conference postseason at annual meetings

Daily / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
One idea "certain to be discussed" by SEC officials at the conference's annual meetings next week is the notion of the SEC "creating, running and profiting from its own intra-SEC postseason," according to Pete Thamel of ESPN.com. The way the SEC constructs its future will be "felt by all...

Heck, yeah, Stanford golfer filling NIL coffers

SBJ Newsletters / Tuesday, May 24, 2022
We are accustomed to seeing the world’s best amateur golfers wear their school colors and marks even when they’re competing in pro events. Just think about Stanford’s dominant Rachel Heck, the No. 3-ranked women’s amateur in the world. Given her robust portfolio of endorsement deals, she could have...

Much ado about NIL-thing? Long-awaited NCAA guidance may fall flat

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, May 23, 2022
On May 9, the NCAA Division I board of directors published guidance aimed at reining in school booster involvement in name, image and likeness deals with college athletes. Booster NIL activity has grown steadily since the release of the NCAA Interim NIL Policy in June 2021, and college athletes became free...

ACC, Pac-12 see revenues move in differing directions

Daily / Monday, May 23, 2022
The ACC and Pac-12 on Friday "released their financial data for the 2020-21 season," and the conferences saw their revenues “impacted in a different way” during the pandemic, according to Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com. The ACC’s "total revenue was more" than $578.3M, the "highest gross revenue in league history.” The...

Former Vanderbilt AD Turner paid $1.6M in '20 despite Feb. resignation

Daily / Monday, May 23, 2022
Former Vanderbilt AD Malcolm Turner earned $1.6M in ’20 for "just over a month of work," according to Aria Gerson of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Turner was "forced to resign" in Feb. ’20 after a "little over one year on the job.” His dismissal came with allegations of...

Closing Shot: Pointing Back to OKC

Weekly / Monday, May 23, 2022
Craig Cress, the CEO of USA Softball, offers a simple explanation when asked why Oklahoma City has become synonymous with the NCAA Women’s College World Series.   Years ago, he said, the NCAA was looking for the softball version of...

Emails shed light on former Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott's exit

Daily / Monday, May 23, 2022
Former Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott was "let go" by the conference in January '21 after Pac-12 university presidents "scheduled a meeting behind his back several weeks earlier," according to Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY. At the time, Pac-12 member school officials "carefully crafted their communications," saying they "'mutually'...

Georgia athletics' FY '21 operating surplus is tops in U.S. by wide margin

Daily / Friday, May 20, 2022
Univ. of Georgia athletics reported an operating surplus from FY '21 of $45,341,763, "more than double any other department nationally," according to Marc Weiszer of the ATHENS BANNER-HERALD. The school listed $169,064,656 in "operating revenue" and $122,722,893 in "operating expenses" from July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. The...
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