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2011 NCAA Tournament will show all games live

Posted by ZA on April 23, 2010

Every March Madness fan hates when the game they are watching gets switched to some other game that they care nothing about.  It often seems as if the producers at CBS were throwing us around from game to game just to play God with our emotions.  Well no more, because starting in 2011 every college basketball fan will be able to watch all NCAA Tournament games live on basic cable.

The $10.8 billion extension that the NCAA and CBS just reached for broadcast & internet rights also included Turner Broadcasting System.  CBS and Turner’s joint bid will let them air games from all four regions of the tournament on four separate channels.  Starting with the 2011 NCAA Tournament you can tune into CBS, TBS, TNT or TruTV to watch games.  Which means that every game will be shown live and available to all college hoops fans with basic cable.  This was a great move by the NCAA and television execs, one that makes me very happy as a fan.

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Great quote on the rumored cheating in college hoops

Posted by ZA on April 9, 2009

For years I’ve heard people say that cheating is widespread in the college basketball recruiting scene.  The innuendo seems to always be directed at basketball’s Summer leagues.  That AAU circuit is supposedly rife with “street agents” and corrupt coaches who offer to funnel their star players to the school with the best offer.  I don’t have first-hand knowledge of any improprieties, but you’ll find plenty of articles/info/comments/thoughts  if you search the web (try googling “Worldwide Wes“).

So I feel pretty certain that a good amount of cheating does exist in college basketball recruiting.  I also think there are certain schools and coaches that are very likely to be involved.  One big-time college coaches that has long had the cheating rumors follow him is new Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.  Which brings me to my story…

I was having lunch with a friend who works closely with an NBA team.  When the subject of the new Kentucky hire (Calipari) came up, my friend told me a funny quote that he heard from a current NBA coach.  The NBA coach supposedly asked John Calipari one time how he felt about all of the rumors that he cheats. Calipari supposedly responded, “They may fire me for cheating, but they’ll never fire me for losing“.

I’m sure that quote could be attributed to a few colorful coaches.  And I don’t know if Calipari really said it, but it is still damn funny.  Plus (sadly) it is true.  Many college fans would be more tolerant of their program breaking a few rules, than they would be of having a perennial loser.

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Pretty sweet deal for Calipari at Kentucky

Posted by ZA on April 3, 2009

You surely heard that John Calipari is now the highest paid coach in college basketball.  Calpari’s new deal to coach the University of Kentucky Wildcats is an 8-year deal that will pay him approximately $31.65 million dollars.  It eclipses Billy Donovan’s $2.5 million per year deal at the University of Florida, which was the previous record in men’s college hoops.  Coach Calipari will have a $400k per year base salary and then make his additional millions from the Wildcats broadcasting and endorsement deals.  But Calipari’s deal with Kentucky has some other nice incentives.

John Calipari’s contract incentives & perks:
* $50k bonus – academic achievements by team
* $50k bonus – winning SEC Tournament
* $175k bonus – making the Final Four
* $375k bonus – winning the National Championship
* 2 automobiles
* Paid expense account
* 20 lower-level tickets to all UK home games
* Membership at country club
* $3 million per year buyout if he is fired

The total package from Kentucky is well past the $4 million per year average that he is being paid.  And we have not even yet mentioned the buyout that the Wildcats will be paying on the previous coach’s contract.  So Calipari better win and he better win quick, because the revenue he produces from a successful program will be necessary to pay him.

Did Kentucky get a good deal in hiring Calipari? He has been successful everywhere he has coached, so I cannot argue with his track record on the court.  What does trouble me about Calipari coming to Kentucky is his “shady” past that includes questionable recruiting methods, extremely low graduation rate for his players and a history of off-court problems for Calipari’s athletes.  Will Kentucky Wildcat fans be able to overlook some of these transgressions that seem to follow Calipari from his last two schools?  Probably so, as long as he is winning.

[Assist: Sports Business Daily]

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Which 20 college hoops teams make the most money?

Posted by ZA on April 2, 2009

What are the top 20 “richest” teams in NCAA division 1 college basketball? Data below is taken from a December 2007 list by Forbes on the wealthiest programs in college hoops.

Top 20 highest earning teams in college basketball (National Championships won):
1. North Carolina (4- 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005)
2. Kentucky (7- 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998)
3. Louisville (2- 1980, 1986)
4. Arizona (1997)
5. Duke (3- 1991, 1992, 2001)
6. Indiana (5- 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987)
7. Illinois (None)
8. Kansas (3- 1952, 1988, 2008)
9. Wisconsin (1 – 1941)
10. Ohio State (1- 1960)
11. Texas (None)
12. Missouri (None)
13. North Carolina State (2- 1974, 1983)
14. UCLA (11- most recent in 1995)
15. Oklahoma State (2- 1945, 1946)
16. Michigan State (2- 1979, 2000)
17. Maryland (1- 2002)
18. Syracuse (1- 2003)
19. Arkansas (1994)
20. Xavier (None)

No surprises at the top, those are the “blue bloods” of men’s college basketball.  I was a little surprised to see Wisconsin and Ohio State so high, but those athletic departments are really strong (Texas, as well) and their fan support is strong in all sports.  NC State has struggled for a few years, but seems to be back on-track towards being one of the “name” teams in college basketball.  Some might think of them more as football schools, but Oklahoma State and Arkansas fans are both serious about their hoops teams.  Nice to see Xavier slip onto the list at #20, they’ve had a great run over the past decade.  They play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, so they are the only school on the list that is not from one of the power conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 10).

EveryJoe points out that only 4 of the schools on the list (Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Xavier) have never won a National Title in men’s college basketball.

Which programs did not make the list, but are still the top 10 all-time in wins?
* Temple (#6 all-time in wins)
* St. John’s (#7)
* Penn (#9)
* Notre Dame (#10)

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Nike has every team in the 2009 Final Four

Posted by ZA on March 31, 2009

By the end of the week you will know every fact about every player on the four teams that are playing in the 2009 NCAA Final Four.  If you do not read them in your local newspaper or online, then you will hear about them on SportsCenter or from CBS during their broadcast.

But let’s examine one area of these programs that might not get covered by Dick Vitale on ESPNews.  Where is the money behind each program.  What are the partners that are generating the revenue needed to drive these powerful programs?  Let’s look at the brands supporting the teams in the Final 4.

We will reveal 4 key ingredients in each team’s sports brand:
1. Who handles their marketing & media rights.
2. Which company has their shoe contract.
3. Where they rank on list of college licensing (CLC 2008-2009 data).
4. Their team & athletic department sponsors.

Connecticut Huskies

  • Marketing partner: IMG College
  • Shoe contract: Nike
  • Licensing rank: 53rd
  • Sponsors: AT&T, Coca-Cola, Dunkin Donuts, Nike, People’s United Bank & Toyota.

Michigan State Spartans

  • Marketing partner: N/A
  • Shoe contract: Nike
  • Licensing rank: Did not rank top 75.
  • Sponsors: Alltel, Nike & Pontiac

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Marketing partner: Learfield Sports
  • Shoe contract: Jordan Brand by Nike
  • Licensing rank: 8th
  • Sponsors: Capital Style, Continental Tire, Domino’s, Eye Care Associates, Jordan Brand, United Healthcare & Verizon Wireless, Wachovia.

Villanova Wildcats

  • Marketing partner: ISP Sports
  • Shoe contract: Nike
  • Licensing rank: 71st
  • Sponsors: Anthony Travel & Nike
Nike's big at the 2009 Final 4

Nike's big at the 2009 Final 4

One brand that has already won big at the Final Four is Nike, because they have endorsement deals with all four schools that qualified.  UConn, Michigan State and Villanova are Nike schools, while UNC is with Nike’s Jordan Brand.  Last year Nike only had two schools in the Final Four (Memphis & North Carolina), while rival Adidas had the UCLA Bruins and eventual National Champion Kansas Jayhawks.  This year Nike won’t be sharing the spotlight with anyone, so expect to see them roll out some support behind their four schools.

So as you watch the games this weekend, remember that these sponsors helped to fun the programs.  Sponsorship dollars are huge towards creating a successful program.

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