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RiverCityTider
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There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
That's the word

And if you don't believe me, just watch how fast this expansion happens. It's done.

That's what shocked Texas and Oklahoma into their move. That's what FOX tv executives told them when they said "no thanks" to negotiating another big twelve tv package

No sir. The twelve team playoff and million dollar college quarterbacks didn't just happen for no reason at all. On the heals of the 155 billion dollar NFL TV deal the elite football powers realized that their 100 year old brands were good for more than Saturday afternoon fuzzies. They are an untapped gold mind.

Imagine, a bigger pie, say 100 billion dollars bigger, and a smaller division, say 30 schools.

Endgame.

Effectively, the money men have stepped in and taken over. And Universities now own multi billion dollar franchises. And if you do the math you'll see that no amount of nastalgia for the college game will stop this freight train of a money train from rolling.

All pretenses are to be cast aside, as will programs like Vandy and Purdue and many others. No more NCAA.
No more sanctions

And no more team buses. Starters will arrive in Mercedes, accompanied by sullen looking girls wearing dark shades and skin tight pencil skirts... part personal assistants, part music video booty shakers.

There will be players unions and bidding wars. And the profits will be as obscene as the parties 19 year old millionaires can concieve on a Saturday night.

NIL is a prerequisite for this new super league. It had to be.
And imagine the consternation when many schools are given their walking papers.

I remember when I was a kid, I would sit on the back porch on a late Saturday afternoon, watching the southern pines sway and their shadows dance on the fresh cut St Augustine ... all to the sound of Forney and Layton and Duncan. It was surreal. It was tribal. It was beautiful.

And now it's gone. For the money.

I once had a girl I loved. But she lived far away. And I had a good job. So we drifted apart... for the money.

You can't put a dollar value on what college football meant. You can't put a dollar value on everything. But we do. And we say we have to. Because it's just too much money. And after all, it's all about money.

And as the saying goes, "Thus is the world. No, thus have we made it."

We live in Crazyville. And kids can't just play football for two or three years. They have to get paid or it's exploitative.

And the Universities can't just throw a big game on a Saturday with hotdogs and peanuts and color and pagentry. They have to morph into quasi NFL money making ventures

Well it all suck. And it lacks vision. And believe it or not, it robbing all involved of something that was beautiful and real. When we do something for the love of it, that's life! It has no price. It's beyond price.

There is plenty of time for selling out for bucks. Why rush it.






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14&Counting
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
Do you feel better now that you got that off your chest?


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Crimson77
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
Man this is an all-timer melt. But also not entirely off base in terms of what we're looking at in the future. Wouldn't doubt the suits try to make something like the failed "Super League" for European soccer. But also the same reaction soccer fans had will happen with CFB fans. Fans will freak out (like OP), boosters will freak out, and they'll back down.


phil4bama
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
I suck at posting memes or I’d post the Morgan Freeman “He’s right, you know” meme right here.

College football has died and money pulled the plug. We are on an accelerated track to this Super D1 vision OP speaks of and the pageantry and tradition and everything that made college football the beautiful, unique spectacle it was has been sold to the highest bidder. It’s a sad day for fans and most don’t even realize what has been lost.


Pastor Mike
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
It was already too important to me. I would schedule my life around it. Then I get to thinking about how everything is changing and how - sooner than later - Coach Saban will retire. All of this is pointing to the fact that I will take the same path I have taken with the NFL. It will no longer be important to me. You can talk about overreactions, pearl clutching, and old people doing old people things. But the fact remains, my interest in College athletics will soon come to an end. I will have a lot more time on my hands to do projects that need doing.
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ATLabama
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
30 team super league... playoffs... more of an emphasis on quality regular season games...athletes getting endorsement deals...

The ego of the "college football is so much better than the NFL, and I'm not hearing it!" crowd must be just beaten to an absolute pulp right now.

These melts have been so GD glorious.

You have to embrace change, and for what it's worth, the few amount of attrition we have from people we have truly disappear because of that isn't a big deal.

The one misconception of the evolution of CFB, especially with fans (which I find hysterical), is that they think the loyalty and investment that someone has made is some irreplaceable thing.

News flash: Unless you're a major donor, you can be replaced and won't be missed. Even then, you're replaceable and wouldn't be missed. CFB is a business and always has been - they've run under the guise of "amateurism" the same way the NFL parades around as a "non-profit" or MLB with their anti-trust exemption. You've been fooled by nostalgia and a feeling.

You think you're special? The University of Alabama has roughly 37,000 students that largely hail from outside the state, hovering around 70%. It's been that way for years. With the influx of students from all-over, the culture has changed over the past decade and will continue to change. Tuscaloosa isn't some sleepy town where being from Mountain Brook is a big deal anymore - it's big time. It's a good thing.

These young men and women will likely also leave the state after graduation, though the amount that stay often times raise the profile and talent pool for Alabama businesses - a huge win for the state in general.

The factory of talent and wealthier individuals who come to UA and don't "live and die" by the football program like the old-times isn't going out of business anytime soon, so, the model of what interests them is going to be different the golden flake era which so many yearn for.

Are some things going to go by the wayside? Sure. But such is life.
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RollTide1987
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
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You have to embrace change


No, you don't. You can easily stop watching.


ATLabama
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
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No, you don't. You can easily stop watching.


They certainly can. But like I mentioned, they won't be missed.


RiverCityTider
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
"Embrace change.". Hmmm. Sounds so familiar. Usually said just before you grab your ankles.



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TomRollTideRitter
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
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They certainly can. But like I mentioned, they won't be missed.


It’s pretty clear the powers that be already are missing people that have stopped following. Attendance is down across the board and the national title has been gotten poor ratings for 3 straight years.

Naturally they already announce a new playoff format. The bowl system lasted for what 75 years? The BCS nearly 20. The 4 team playoff probably won’t make 10.

No sport can survive without fans. Clearly CFB has lost fans, and these decisions are to try to get more fans - either new fans or old.


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14&Counting
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
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Are some things going to go by the wayside? Sure. But such is life.


Excellent post


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Grievous Angel
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re: There will be a super League or division of around 30 teams.
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College football has died and money pulled the plug


I can't decide if college football (and the world) is going to shite or if I'm just getting old.

Maybe a bit of both.

But I do think the transfer portal and NIL are going to be extremely negative and the spirit/team chemistry/camaraderie is going to suffer.

Not to mention the fan reactions to "millionaire players" not winning games....

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