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The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.


Expand the conference to negotiate big TV deal? Bound to attract people wanting a slice of the new pie. Empower the players with NIL and the transfer portal? Can’t expect them to sit quietly and watch others make hundreds of millions.

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ESPN runs college sports in era of nil transfer portal realignment: https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2022/08/09/espn-runs-college-sports-in-era-of-nil-transfer-portal-realignment/65382245007/

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The Big 12 will save itself by stealing schools from the Pac-12, unless the Pac-12 saves itself by stealing from the Big 12. Their commissioners are openly talking about it. In its race to the bottom, college sports is picking up speed.

“The Big 12 is open for business,” Commissioner Brett Yormark said recently at his conference’s preseason football media gathering.

Knowing exactly what that meant, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff fired back a few days later at his conference’s preseason football media gathering.

"With respect to the Big 12 being open for business, I appreciate that," Kliavkoff said. "We haven’t decided whether we’re going shopping there or not."

We’re nearing college sports’ Black Friday, with conference commissioners and schools and even players crammed against storefront windows, searching for the best deals.

For the most part, fans seem OK with things. We like college players being paid. We like the transfer portal. If the conferences are going to do their little shuffle, with schools bouncing from league to league, well, that’s been happening for decades. What’s one more tweak to the system? This is like plastic surgery, fixing a blemish here and making an enhancement there.

But here’s the thing about plastic surgery. After a while, the patient becomes unrecognizable.


The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors will meet Aug. 31 to consider a transfer portal without limitations. In other words, a quarterback could play for four schools in four years. The Board is expected to approve the proposal, another cataclysmic change to the college sports landscape in months.



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