[tl;dr] Time To Temper #Browns Expectations

Who saw this coming? The Cleveland Browns are 0-2 after what many would consider a successful preseason. So, what happened? Well I can’t say for sure, and to be honest I haven’t watched very much of either game  because of other commitments, but I think it’s time for Browns fans to temper their season expectations. I say this as a realist, not as someone who isn't a super Browns fan or someone who divorced the team a few months ago. Divorce: I am Divorcing The Cleveland Browns

The truth is, there are many problems with the team, and those problems aren't limited to Brandon Weeden. Despite popular opinion, even though the quarterback is “the most important person on the team,” this one isn't the source of all of the Browns' problems. The offensive and secondary are bad, the receivers cannot get open, and Trent Richardson can't get enough carries for whatever reason.

At this point in the season, week 3, it might be time to prepare for the return to success to take longer than we anticipated. On the Browns Preview, we made a joke about the Browns being better at losing games than they have been, and only you can judge if they’re better or worse, but the truth is they’re 0-2. Dan will have a Week in Review that will likely feature some of the worst tweets by Browns fans, and while they’re mostly fueled by emotions, remember that those of you who predicted a winning season did so based on that same emotion.

I predicted the Browns would win eight games, and obviously, if the current pace picks up, I won’t be correct. While I’m not ready to revise that prediction until after the Browns face the 0-2 Vikings, and the 0-1 Bengals it’s safe to say a lot of people were wrong about how good this team was going to be.

I do know that based on what I saw from around the NFL there appears to be a group of teams who’ve shown over the past two weeks that they’re really good, and everyone else is really bad. There don’t appear to be mid-level teams. The good thing about all this, is that 16 teams make the NFL playoffs, and while I’m not suggesting the Browns will be in the mix for the playoffs, they do have a good chance to beat every team in the division once, and as Dan said, beat the Steelers twice.

Before we throw the season away and start looking at Johnny Manziel as next year's starting quarterback, can we properly evaluate the team for who they are once all of their injured and suspended players return?

Check out Josh and Sig on this week’s Cleveland Browns Weekly, Tuesday evenings.

[tl;dr] Time To Let Manziel Be a Young Adult

Do you remember how mature you were when you were 20? Where you sitting on top of the world? Had you just won college football’s most prestigious award? Did you have wealthy parents who gave you pretty much anything you wanted? Let’s be real, Johnny Manziel may be one of the most immature college athletes around, or he could be the typical 20 year-old with rich parents. I went to Catholic school my entire life, and in high school, seeing kids driving cars that were worth more than the house I grew up in wasn’t unusual. Take that same privileged person and put them into a position in which they’re admired and are getting awards from everyone, and yeah that person is going to be a brat. There is no doubt about it.

Does Johnny Football need to be humbled, of course, but at the age of 20 who didn’t? I know I’m certainly not the same person now that I was when I was 20, and if you try to pretend like you are then you’re fooling yourself and anyone that knew you then.

If the most important four years of your life are college and/or high school, it’s time for you to grow up. Kids will be kids, and given the ‘participation award’ generation we seem to be in, it’s certainly not unusual for them to be cocky bastards.

Manziel will get whatever is coming to him, because all arrogant people do. It may not come while he’s in college, and think about it, if he isn’t a ‘top NFL draft pic,’ then so what? No matter where he’s drafted, he’ll already be making more money than most of us.

Honestly, had you been 20 and won the Heisman Trophy, wouldn’t you be going to as many parties as possible and drinking with as many people who’d buy you beers?  Manziel is literally only responsible to himself when he’s not playing football.

Did he take money for autographs, probably, but the NCAA accepted the 30-minute suspension offered by Texas A&M, and so should you. Yes, the story would be different had he actually done something that may have impacted his team.

I say all this to say, as much as I hate arrogant 20 year-olds, we’ve all been there in some form, and as long as he isn’t receiving direct compensation other than his scholarship from Texas A&M or the NCAA, then he deserves the right to grow up like any other young adult did.

NOTE: If Manziel had disrespected me the way he did Kevin Sumlin, I’d probably be sitting in the Brazos County Jail awaiting murder charges.

[tl;dr] MLB Needs to Protect Alex Rodriguez by Suspending Dempster

This is an unpopular opinion, but frankly, it’s something that needs to be said: right now, Major League Baseball needs to protect Alex Rodruiguez. In light of his first at bat versus Ryan Dempster Sunday evening, MLB needs to suspend Dempster. Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension won’t be decided anytime soon, and while normally I would advocate MLB stand behind whatever on-field decisions their game officials make, Brian O’Nora was wrong to not immediately eject Dempster after the first at bat.

I don’t know if O’Nora was caught up in the moment and theatre of Fenway Park, but he or crew chief Fielden Culbreth should have been active in protecting a player that was clearly thrown at.

O’Nora, a Youngstown, Ohio native, is widely considered one of the games’ best umpires, and most important he makes few mistakes. Sunday night, the second biggest mistake he made was warning the Yankees bench.

For what? Last I checked the Yankees were playing clean baseball, and didn’t intentionally hit any Red Sox players.

Make no mistake, I’m no Rodriguez apologist, but as long as he and MLB are going through the litigation process, MLB needs to give the appearance that they aren’t out to get Rodriguez. If their umpires aren’t willing to protect players as they’re supposed to do, then MLB needs to suspend and/or fine those umpires and suspend the offending players.

211-Games is too long: Alex Rodriguez Suspension is Unjust

The fact that Dempster made no attempt to even put the ball in the first at bat over the plate further aggravates the implication that he intentionally threw at Rodriguez. In looking at that at bat in vacuum, and based on the lack of reaction by Rodriguez, it’s clear Dempster needs to sit at least one start, if not two.

You might think that’s a little too extreme, but the message needs to be sent to all other players who think that by attempting to injure Rodriguez they’re doing a service to the sport and to the fans. They aren’t.

What the players don’t understand is that while we all know Rodriguez violated the rules around PED use he still has the right to play while he’s going through the appeals process. In fact, the players are the ones who insisted on allowing the players the play.

They have to realize they cannot have it both ways, and the only way to get that message across to the other players in the league is to suspend Ryan Dempster for at least one start.

Despites its contentious relationship with Alex Rodruiguez, Major League Baseball needs to protect him from any other player who may wish to “send a message” by attempting to hurt him.

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[tl;dr] Assessing the Responsibility of College Coaches and Players

Let’s talk about the responsibility college coaches have for their players and the roles they play in determining their punishment when those players screw up. This could easily be singled out against Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, but let’s be real, college athletes screw up everywhere, so let’s not single him out. College coaches recruit players, but ultimately are they responsible for the decisions players make on a day-to-day basis? No.

Here’s why:

When people graduate high school and either go on to college or into the work force, there’s an expectation by society for those young adults to have a certainly level of responsibility. If you go to a bar and punch someone or run from the police who’s fault is that?

Certainly not your employers fault, or in this case, the person who gave you an athletic scholarship.

The truth about Meyer, and many other college coaches, is that his job is to win; sometimes, at whatever costs necessary. If that means they have to recruit a few bad apples, then so be it. It isn’t something that many of the academically superior universities like, but they understand what those players bring to the school in terms of revenue and exposure.

For the record, I’d prefer if coaches left all bad apples out and only recruited athletes from solid backgrounds. I know this isn’t possible, but it’s what I’d prefer.

It’s time for players to accept more personal responsibility and it’s time for university administrators and fans to expect more responsibility from players and better disciplinary action from their coaches. This issue isn’t limited to Urban Meyer, though the appearance is that he doesn’t discipline his best players, but that extends to coaches at every level in collegiate athletics.

It would be easy to expect coaches in all programs to discipline all players the same way, but as is in the real world, that just simply isn’t feasible. In a perfect world, winning at the collegiate level is deemphasized and education becomes important again. Sure, fans typically only care if their teams win games, but at the end of the day the reputation of the university is more important than wins or losses.

What level of responsibility do players have and what are your expectations from coaches and university administrators when players make mistakes?

[tl;dr] Green White Checkered is bad Racing

Last weekend I attended the Indianapolis 500 like I do every Memorial Day weekend. To say the race was exciting is an understatement. There were 68 lead changes in over 200 laps, which is a record and nearly double the amount of last year’s record setting amount of lead changes. In short, IndyCar racing is getting better. Finally. The end of the race was anticlimactic for some, but for those whom appreciate motorsports going to scheduled distance ending a race behind the pace car isn’t a big deal. NASCAR uses a gimmick they call “Green White Checkered” finishes, from David Newton:

A green-white-checkered finish signifies two laps will be run. NASCAR throws a green flag and the cars race a lap until the white flag -- signifying the final lap of a race -- is shown and then the drivers race that final lap to the checkered-flag finish.

You might ask how do I know this is a gimmick? Well, even one of NASCAR’s worse beat reporters admits it’s a gimmick:

https://twitter.com/jeff_gluck/status/338734187899129857

This is a novel idea, except for the fact that you’re extending the race. You have the potential to turn the Daytona 500 into the Daytona 507.5. Doesn’t have quite the same connotation, does it?

I understand racing isn’t generally the most exciting way to spend your Sunday afternoons, but sports should only go into overtime if at the end of regulation there’s a tie. In any form of racing (human, horse, auto) no such possibility exists. One racer will always finish before another.

So, why does NASCAR have G/W/C and why does everyone feel this year’s Indy 500 could benefit from it? No clue. Some say IndyCar needs to change its tradition to keep up with the times. Well, based on the television ratings no one was watching the race anyway, so adding a G/W/C won’t do much to improve viewership.

And to be honest, NASCAR’s ratings have been down or flat over the past few years, so it seems like people in general are just about tuned out of watching racing on television.

Here’s a few facts people rarely bring up or remember, Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 Daytona 500 win was won under caution and no one says it isn’t legitimate, and few complained at the time that he won under caution. Secondly, each of Dario Franchitti’s three Indianapolis 500 wins came under caution, and again, no one questions the legitimacy of those wins.

The other suggestion that’s been bandied about is utilizing the red flag to stop the race and running the remaining scheduled laps. I’m not entirely on board with that strategy, but that seems a far better procedure than modifying the race. Crew chiefs and engineers measure fuel mileage for every lap, and changing the length of races throws the entire race and pit strategy out the window.

So, I leave you with these two options: red flag and finish scheduled laps under green or finish under caution. G/W/C is a gimmick employed to keep casual fans interested in racing. Neither drivers nor real motorsport fans are crying if races end under caution.

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[tl;dr] Ohio State Football Expectations: National Championship

In 2012, Ohio State went 12-0. I think they were rather lucky last season, and playing with reckless abandon because they virtually had nothing to play for, unless you count pride. This year, the expectations for the Buckeyes to give an encore performance are as high as they’ve ever been. In reality, they should be higher. I expect Ohio State to be playing in Pasadena; not on January 1 in the Rose Bowl, but on January 6 in the last BCS National Championship Game. Expectations are high not because of what Ohio State and first year coach Urban Meyer did last season, but because of the few obstacles in their path this year. A quick evaluation of their schedule presents only three challenges, of which only two are significant.

Their first challenge comes against Cal in Berkeley at night on September 14. Cal isn’t awesome, and they have a new coach, but Cal is a team in a good BCS conference. The real challenge is travel. Ohio State hasn’t played a regular season game on the west coast since 2009 against USC. I don’t know what Ohio State’s travel plans are, but resting after travel between several time zones is a requirement. NFL teams that travel from the west coast to east coast teams generally aren’t awesome, and the same goes for teams traveling west.

Their second challenge is Penn State. Yes, I’m dismissing Wisconsin because the team is obviously unproven with a new head coach and I fully expect Meyer’s Buckeye’s to be ready for their opening Big Ten game versus the Badgers. I believe Penn State is a bigger challenge for obvious reasons: they have nothing to play for except for pride itself. They’re ineligible for the post season, and Head Coach Bill O’Brien still needs to find recruits. Beating Ohio State at night in Columbus is a big deal not only for Penn State, but for any collegiate program. Despite beating the Nittany Lions by 12 in Happy Valley last year, Penn State will be a good team and will provide a significant challenge this year.

The last and most obvious challenge is Michigan. One has to think with Devin Gardner becoming the starting quarterback the team will perform more consistently on offense. I’m not saying they’ll be better, but consistency is and continuous improvement is more important than being. Michigan and Ohio State is one of the biggest rivalries in sports, and anyone can win this game any year. Ohio State needs to win this game.

With the lack of highly competitive talent around the Big Ten and Ohio State’s non-conference schedule set them up to be virtual locks as long as they’re able to navigate their conference schedule and conference championship game. The 2013 bar was set by going 12-0 in 2012, and anything less than an appearance in the 2014 National Championship Game is a failure.

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[tl;dr] What Would You Say if You Were Mike Lombardi?

Yesterday, Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi gave a sort of state of the Browns speech to the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club. In summary, he basically said the team is looking towards 2014 and beyond, with low expectations for this year. If you were Mike Lombardi, would you have said anything different? I know this is something that gets said over and over again, but the Browns are in the midst of a regime change, and depending on what happens with Jimmy Haslam, they could be looking at new owners in the near future as well. So, the question is, what are your expectations for the Browns this year, and are you upset or bothered by what Lombardi said about looking towards 2014, and not the upcoming one?

Honestly, my expectations are low, but that’s because I saw what the Browns did in the offseason with changes in the front office, coaching staff, and team personnel. I then realized not much positive can come from next season (for your sake, I hope I’m wrong). The personnel on the 2013 Browns is certainly better than the 2012 Browns, and the team will certainly perform better with coordinators that have more experience, even if the head coach isn’t awesome.

I have no problem with head coach Rob Chudzinski, but he wasn’t exactly awesome at his last job, but that means nothing in Cleveland. This is certainly a city and team he’s familiar with, so there’s no reason this cannot be a reclamation project for himself.

So, where do Browns fans go from here? You’ll have to be patient, for at least another year. The team owes its quarterback at least half the season to determine if he’s the right person to lead this franchise for the next few seasons, or decide if another quarterback will be needed.

Honestly, neither Brandon Weeden nor whomever the team drafts or acquires through free agency is the biggest problem in Berea. The problem doesn’t reside inside Browns headquarters, but maybe it’s with the fans themselves.

Browns fans have been incredibly patient since 1999, and while the organization has done nothing to make them feel appreciative the fans come back year after year. No matter what else happens in the city Browns news will always get top billing.

So, knowing this, as Mike Lombardi does, aren’t you appreciative of the fact that he’s telling you right now that the team is likely looking forward to making waves in 2014 and not necessarily in 2013?

I know I’d rather be told the truth about this season than be led to believe I need to reserve hotel rooms for the Super Bowl. tl; dr is a tech nerd term for too long; didn’t read. the purpose of these posts is to provide a quick summary and analysis of something interesting in the sports world.

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[tl;dr] Stop Complaining about FREE Wi-Fi and Enjoy the Indians

Progressive Field....where are all the "fans?" Over the last few days I’ve noticed a growing trend of people complaining about poor Wi-Fi coverage and cellular reception at Progressive Field for no reason other than to hear themselves complain about something. Can We Stop Complaining about FREE Wi-Fi and Enjoy the Indians? I don’t think you understand how difficult it is to increase Wi-Fi and cellular coverage at stadium-sized venues.

Consider this; Progressive Field is an open-air stadium that can seat roughly 47,000 people at any given time. In order to increase its Wi-Fi coverage the Indians (read: taxpayers) would need to spend millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades to get basic coverage; to increase cellular coverage wireless service providers would need to spend similar amounts.

Why would the organization or the wireless providers spend to increase coverage when the capacity will be utilized less than half of the year and would only be focused in a specific area?

Many claim teams need to provide Wi-Fi coverage, for free, to help increase attendance and the “fan experience,” but are you really not going to Indians games because the Wi-Fi isn’t good? I thought you went to Indians games to watch a winning team and enjoy time with your friends and family.

Side note: based on attendance it doesn’t appear fans care about winning baseball in Cleveland either. Home attendance is down 33.4% this year and the weather has been generally spectacular the entire home stand.

For Super Bowl XLII, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome installed 700 Wi-Fi access points with hopes of allowing up to 30,000 simultaneous connections. These aren’t the same consumer grade access points you likely have installed at your house, but are much more sophisticated and powerful, and of course more expensive.

Why can’t you spend four hours watching baseball without the need to tweet every pitch or take a picture of your shit-tastic $1 hot dogs?

As someone who tweets nearly 40 times per day, which for some of you is a bathroom break, I can tell you I enjoy going to events with my friends and actually enjoying their company.

In March, Ars Technica profiled the San Francisco 49ers installation of a large Wi-Fi network in their new stadium with hopes to provide coverage to nearly 70,000 people simultaneously. The two engineers on the project explain the difficulties of installing such a network while constructing a new building versus retrofitting an existing structure. If you aren’t sure which path is cheaper, easier, or more efficient it would be option one. The story doesn’t provide costs, but no matter which path you chose to go with, installation of neither is cheap.

I’ll give y’all credit for one thing, the Indians have the longest current winning streak in baseball and y’all still find something to bitch about. I hope you’re complaining about free Wi-Fi when the Browns are losing this fall.

Do yourselves a favor, stop complaining about free Wi-Fi an enjoy the Indians and you friend and family.

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[tl;dr] Akron’s Jim Tressel Should Be on the First Selection Committee

3177159521_ab0fb74486_z I’m not fan of Jim Tressel as a person based on how he handled his players and compliance officers while at Ohio State, but one thing about the man is that he is a good coach, even if he isn’t a good person. If the gray-haired dudes that run the College Football Playoff are looking for former coaches to sit on their first selection committee they should start with Jim Tressel.

Tressel, while at Ohio State, appeared in nine BCS games including three national championship games, and though it’s he likely won’t coach another game in college football he’s the perfect fit to sit on a committee that will determine the makeup of the new playoff system.

I imagine Tressel is itching to participate in some way in college football, and this would be perfect opportunity for guys like him who have tons of experience to have a voice in its new system. Is there someone else who has as much experience as him that would be better on the committee, of course there isn’t.

Teamed up with other former coaches such as former Alabama coach Bill Curry, and current Pacific-12 commissioner Larry Scott as Bleacher Support suggests, these three could anchor a committee that will quell the fears of many college football fans.

I don’t have a lot of confidence in this new system because I don’t believe it is inclusive of enough teams, but having these three on the committee and leaving SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany off the committee will give the appearance of transparency the sport hasn’t seen in a long time.

I’m not suggesting that Slive and Delany can’t be objective, but it’s likely their two conferences will dominate the post-season conversation yearly, and instead of having to recuse themselves when their teams are discussed it would be better for the committees workflow to leave them out.

The Big Ten and SEC will have plenty of representation, and people like Ohio State’s Gene Smith along with Tressel and Curry are representative of each conferences past, present, and future. Smith’s time on the basketball selection committee makes him a natural fit to be either the chairman or co-chair for the first committee.

Tressel’s time at Ohio State along with his nice BCS appearances makes him the most obvious choice to be on the committee, and frankly there isn’t a former coach who’s alive that’s more deserving of chance to sit at the table than Tressel.

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[tl;dr] Expanding Baseball’s Instant Replay and Limiting Extra Innings

Monday, while watching Nationals play the Braves I saw an interesting play that I hope will be reviewable when instant replay expands next year. No, I’m not a fan of instant replay for a number of reasons, but this is a situation in which most umpires would hopefully agree review is needed. The Braves were batting in the bottom of the fourth with two outs and runners on first and second. Gerald Laird singles to center, Freddie Freeman scores from second, and Dan Uggla is thrown out by Denard Span while attempting to advance to third. Sounds like a typical scoring play, except in this case it isn’t.

The putout recorded by National’s third baseman Chad Tracy happens almost simultaneously while Freeman scores. Home plate umpire Laz Diaz is in position to see signal from third base umpire Mark Wegner and the tag at home by Tracy, but because of the timing probably gets the play wrong (advance to :47).

Normally, I wouldn’t touch on such a scenario, but at that point the Braves had just tied the game 2-2 and later went on to win 3-2.

Through no fault or lack of effort did the umpires get that play wrong, but did so because of the timing of the play.

These plays are exactly the types of plays instant replay can resolve correctly.

Also on Monday, the Angels and Athletics played 19 innings. The game ended almost seven hours after it started or somewhere near 5am on the east coast. In the regular season, this is unacceptable. Major League Baseball needs to come up with a limit for the number of extra innings. I propose three extra innings for a total of 12 before the game is declared a tie.

Teams shouldn’t be forced to essentially play and additional unplanned game in one day then be expected to play the next day and have quality pitching or hitting. Baseball isn’t nearly as phsycially taxing as football and hockey, so if the NFL and NHL can agree on ties, so can MLB. NBA, you need to look at this too.

Generally, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to baseball being against instant replay, the designated hitter, interleague play, and limiting the length of games, but the two changes listed above benefit both players and fans and should be implemented next season.

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[tl;dr] Reduce Both the Men’s Shot Clock and Overall Number of Timeouts

A few weeks ago, Ryan wrote about adjustments college basketball should make in order to make the men’s game more competitive. One of the aspects he focused on was the shot clock, and it just happens that NCAA rules committee is considering a change to the shot clock in its biennial rules cycle. The current men’s shot clock is at 35-seconds, while women use 30 and NBA, WNBA, and FIBA each use a 24-second shot clock. The intent of the shot clock is quicken the pace of the game so the offense cannot hold the ball for an unlimited about of time.

It’s obvious men’s college basketball has a scoring problem, and while shortening the length of the shot clock might be an obvious way to help correct the situation it isn’t the best solution. To me, the best remedy to basketball’s scoring solutions is fewer timeouts.

Basketball’s scoring problems are most prevalent at the Division I level in media games; that is games where timeouts are automatic every four minutes for broadcast media. In addition to four media timeouts per half, teams still retain their four 75-second timeouts (often expanded to 90-seconds for media) and two 30-second timeouts. Each team must use at least one of their 30-second timeouts in the first half or lose that timeout. Assuming teams use all of their timeouts there is a potential of 20 timeouts in one game.

TWENTY timeouts in one game!

Let that sink in.

The easiest solution to solve Division I’s scoring problem is to reduce the amount of timeouts in media games. We know broadcast media will not give up their structured timeouts, so the best solution is to either reduce the overall number of timeouts to say three per game, or make all non-media timeouts in media games 30-seconds.

As far as reducing the shot clock: yes, it will force more attempts, but that will not necessarily mean more made baskets or better shorts. Initially it will mean fewer of both.

Offenses will need to adjust to a shorter clock. A 30-second clock should also eliminate the requirement to advance to ball to the frontcourt in 10-seconds mirroring the women’s rule.

For college basketball, 24 seconds isn’t enough time for most teams to run a proper offense. In a time of giving offenses the advantage, the best solution is to reduce the clock to 30-seconds along with reducing the overall number of timeouts.

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[tl;dr] College Football Playoff, Yes that’s really the Name

tl; dr is a tech nerd term for too long; didn’t read. the purpose of these posts is to provide a quick summary and analysis of something interesting in the sports world.  They heard your cries, “The BCS sucks,” “we want a real playoff,” and “pay the ‘student-athlete,’” alright, well they listened to two of your three complaints. So, the BCS commissioners replaced ‘BCS’ with ‘CFP.’ How’s that taste in your mouth? Probably about as good as this new “playoff” will.

Yesterday, the college football power players agreed on the name College Football Playoff as its rebranding of the Bowl Championship Series. I know Jim Delany was involved, because that name is about as good as Legends and Leaders. Hopefully, this is only a temporary name.

Also, agreed upon was the rotation of games and dates between cities. The first championship game in January 2015 is expected to be played in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium, and honestly if there’s a place that deserves it, it’s Arlington. Cowboys Stadium the premier facility in football and the DFW Metroplex is a premier host city. A place where you won’t see any championship game is someplace where the average January temperature is below 50.

That’s right, no cold weather cities, and before you blame the powers that be, know that no cold weather cities have bid on the championship games to this point. This surprised me; I thought for sure Indianapolis, Detroit, and even New York would at least bid on something considering all have, or will in New York’s case, hosted a Super Bowl.

Championship games will feature a week of craziness only the largest cities can handle, but have no fear I suspect the northern cities to get into the act sooner rather than later. I’m guessing they want to see how the new format will play out.

The most important part of this whole thing is what we don’t yet know, and that is who the members of the CFP selection committee will be. If you think this will be like basketball’s selection committee you’re exactly right. The problem here is members of this committee will likely have a bigger axe to grind. The solution is more media accountability. Good luck with that, right?

The CFP website is collegefootballplayoff.com and until Monday, April 29 you can vote for the logo. So, you do have some say in the new playoff.

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[tl;dr] ACC’s Grant of Rights Agreement Effectively Halts Conference Realignment

tl; dr is a tech nerd term for too long; didn't read. the purpose of these posts is to provide a quick summary and analysis of something interesting in the sports world. Yesterday, ACC presidents approved a grant of rights deal that will essentially halt any plans the Big Ten has for current expansion. Grant of rights means that any television revenue generated by a school who then decides to leave the conference will guarantee that revenue will stay with the conference. In layman’s terms, if Duke leaves the ACC for the Big Ten its television revenues from all sports will be spread among the remaining members of the ACC and or Duke for the duration of the GOR agreement.

The Southeastern remains the only conference that doesn’t have a grant of rights deal, but honestly who is leaving the SEC at this point?

It is widely believe the Big Ten has been interested in adding UNC or Georgia Tech to its membership, and many think Florida State has been hoping either the Big Ten or SEC would approach them about membership. With this agreement, neither will happen until at least 2025.

This is good for the fans of college sports who are sick and tired of the constant change in conference membership. Hopefully the carousel will stop now that all the big conferences other than the SEC have a form of grant of rights agreement.

The school this has the greatest impact on is Florida State, which is widely believed to be the ACC’s most valuable property. Many suggest the Seminoles were looking to leave for either the Big Ten or Big XII, but at this point that seems impossible.

I asked Stephen (@CleveNole) and this, and he said Florida State has been working on getting its Association of American Universities (AAU) certification hoping that would bolster its academic appearance to the Big Ten.

I’m guessing that even with the AAU certification FSU’s academics and Big Ten’s academic standards were too far apart. As far as the Big XII goes, I wonder if its membership is happy to be at 10? They have no incentive to bring in one or two more schools and make their revenue pie smaller. Who’s to say their media partners would give them more money for the likes of Florida State and an unknown 12th school?

Each Big 12 school receives about $15 million per year, while Big Ten schools receive nearly $21 million. Both are expected to renegotiate their television contracts soon.

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