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New ESPN story warns of “a devastating circumstance” if football isn’t played

Football will be played. Because if it isn’t, everything will crumble.

In a new story for, Dr. Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis, projects “astronomical financial implications” if universities can’t get football players on the field to make them money. He says the athletic departments may not have a choice, financially, with a collective loss of more than $4 billion in football revenue for the Power 5 conferences.

Oregon State’s AD thinks it’ll be so bad, “we’d almost have to get a whiteboard out and start over”:

“Anywhere from 75 up to almost 85% of all revenues to our departments are derived directly or indirectly from football,” Oregon State athletics director Scott Barnes said. “Indirectly, I mean sponsorship dollars, multimedia rights, and then you’ve got your gate, your donations and whatnot. The impact of not playing a season is devastating. It would rock the foundation of intercollegiate athletics the way we know it. Frankly, I’m not trying to solve for that because it would be such a devastating circumstance that we’d almost have to get a whiteboard out and start over.”

The story also suggests major media companies like ESPN, with big media rights contracts that pay these universities, have an out in their contract if the content well dries up, which would mean an even bigger hit to school bank accounts. ESPN declined to comment in this story that was written and published by ESPN. I found that funny.

To learn more about how awful things will get if football isn’t making bank, read the entire thing here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for New ESPN story warns of “a devastating circumstance” if football isn’t played

  1. eyebleedblue
    11:06 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

    I have been told that women’s sports are equal to men’s and by academics that the two big sports athletes shouldn’t be paid. That professors and average students need more, not them. That there isn’t any benefit from football or basketball athletes to the brands and banks of universities.

    So this cannot be true.

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:07 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

    How would the finances of paying players look if the coaches and AD’s took a collective pay cut of 10%? Now what if the NCAA also cut labor costs by 10%? You telling me that isn’t enough to pay them a meaningful stipend?

  3. JT55
    11:12 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Football will be played, no doubt in my mind. Empty stadiums are better than no football.

  4. ClutchCargo
    11:14 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t disagree with what they’re saying. But is a network whose very existence depends on sports programming really the appropriate organization to be running this story?

    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:26 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Certainly is intriguing when you think about it.

  5. Gazza
    11:30 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

    It could be a good dose of reality for those people that don’t think athletics are important. Wait till they can’t afford to pay those over paid professors who teach 3 one hour classes a week. It is the athletic donors that build most of those buildings, libraries, and dorms.. Females sports wouldn’t even exist.

    • satcheluk
      11:37 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

      I’d be interested to hear how you determine someone is overpaid.

    • Corder
      11:45 am May 21, 2020 Permalink

      When a college education isn’t what it use to be and the education these people are getting isn’t good enough or is so one sided that it hurts the education process. That’s when these people are getting over paid and the product that they are promising for the money that is being spent is not living up to the investment. College is an investment. You don’t need it to succeed in life but when you have schools and teachers saying that you will get this and that on your investment and that investment is hindered by a bias then yes those people are being overpaid.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      12:00 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Sounds like an interesting argument Corder, but I’m not really following you. One person’s experience doesn’t define the expectation for all, does it?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:11 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Satchel, watch this:

  6. Lip Man 1
    12:41 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    As the O’Jays sang in 1973, “For the Love of Money…” Even at the expense of kids when they start getting sick.

    Well done people…

  7. Gazza
    1:22 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    University of Kentucky – Education & Instruction Salaries in Lexington, KY

    Assistant Professor salaries $57,000-370,000 / year
    Associate Dean 22 salaries reported $114,582 / year

    This when some are called Video Johnson and others berly teach 3 hours a week.