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Another split is coming in NCAA big-time sports

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Look for a super division

By Bobby Brockman

 

Don’t be shocked in the next three to five when it’s announced that teams from the big five conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) plus Notre Dame are leaving the umbrella of the NCAA and forming their own alliance.
Why? Money talks and everyone else walks.
The new process will be rushed along since the recent lawsuits over the likeness in video games of former collegiate athletes and the possibility of Northwestern football players trying to form a union.
It wasn’t long ago that we had Division 1, 1-AA, 2 and 3 in NCAA football. Now, we have FBS, FCS, Division 2 and 3.
It’s going to change, and sooner rather than later.
There is going to be a stipend for athletes and the “big schools” will pay $3-$5,000 to all their athletes — male and female while the other 200+ can’t afford to and will definitely be on an unlevel playing field.
The stipend will be used to cover the cost from a full athletic scholarship to the other incidentals to live away from home. The new alliance will probably also agree to one paid round-trip venture from campus to home.
This won’t be all for the good.
Athletes as a whole, are spoiled on how good they really have it. Four-year scholarships, which are worth from $80,000-$200,000, just aren’t sufficient enough.
A player recently declared for the NBA Draft saying he had to because he didn’t have the money to eat.
That can’t be totally true since he was probably using his money to live off campus to pay for other things — cell phones, satellite or cable TV, etc.
Athletes can live on campus and get all of their meals there free. It’s their choice to do the apartment, off-campus scene.
Also, most athletes are also eligible for Pell grants, which adds up to $5,500 more to their full rides.
The billions of dollars made by the NCAA off the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the upcoming football play-off series, does illustrate that there is a lot of money being pocketed by the NCAA and the schools.
But, then again only 15-20 colleges actually make money off athletics since men’s basketball and football are the only real profitable sports and their extra money must take care of the expenses of the non-revenue sports.
The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville are two of the few schools who don’t have to use money from its state legislature in order to operate in sports.
However, a sign of future changes has already started and came about this year when the NCAA men’s semi-finals were not shown on commercial TV. In 2016, the championship game will not be on one of the big four networks (CBS, NBC, ABC or FOX) like we have grown accustomed to. But, again, the times will be changing even more soon. So,  get ready for it.
Next issue: The KHSAA released its football set-up for the 2015-18 seasons and Campbellsville and Taylor County fans will be happy.