College AD’s Top 10 College Sports Stories for 2013

December 31st, 2013 | by CollegeAD
College AD’s Top 10 College Sports Stories for 2013

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College AD’s Top 10 College Sports Stories

As with any publication, website, or radio station, College AD took a look back on the year to find some of the most compelling college sports stories of 2013. While other countdowns may highlight major football games or other entertainment stories in college sports, College AD is dedicated to delivering news and information for college athletic departments and the hardworking individuals within them.

Thus, our countdown focuses on the the stories that were big for college athletic department personnel and the business of college sports. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

10.) Cal Berkeley And Kabam Ink First Deal of Its Kind

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Kabam Field! California University announced that Kabam, the social game developer behind a pair of The Hobbit games, has won the naming rights to the field at Memorial Stadium. Beginning in 2014, the field itself will be known as “Kabam Field” thanks to a 15-year, $18-million deal between Kabam and the University.

Kabam will also establish a scholarship program as part of the deal, and provide donations to Cal’s library system, as well as internships, executive exchanges, an “innovation lab,” and an interactive gaming space at the stadium itself. Read More

9.) Texas A&M To Make Kyle Field Largest In The SEC

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The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved a $450 million renovation plan for Kyle Field that will increase the stadium’s capacity to 102,500, making it the biggest stadium in the SEC. Read More.

The stadium will add at least 20,000 seats to expand to “over 102,000,” boasting the largest capacity in the SEC and in the state of Texas. Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium seats 102,455 to make it the third largest in college football, so renovated Kyle Field will apparently be slightly bigger than that. It will also be bigger than Texas’ Darrell K. Royal Stadium, which “only” seats 100,119, another way for the Aggies to one-up the Longhorns.

8.) Texas Football Breaks $100 Million in Revenue

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In 2013, reports surfaced that the University of Texas athletic department recorded $103.8 million in football income in 2011-12, the first time a college has reported $100 million in revenue from one sport, according to data compiled by the NCAA that includes information from public and private schools.

The team’s value is “built on the back of the nation’s most dedicated fan base, which has helped Texas lead all schools in merchandise sales and secure the most lucrative school-specific TV deal,”.

7.) The Rise of The American Conference

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The former Big East Conference announced it will adopt the name of the American Athletic Conference.

“The American”, so to speak, was then born in early 2013 emerging in the aftermath in the ugly battle for The Big East Conference. While the the American Athletic Conference kept many of the key universities for football, they lost much of their basketball prowess. Read More.

The American Athletic Conference is currently one of the six automatic qualifying conferences or AQ of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), also known as a “Power Six Conference.” The new conference will lose its automatic berth as part of the upcoming College Football Playoff in 2014

6.) The Pac-12 Creates Network From Its Member School Websites

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The Pac-12 will be the first major conference to create a network from its official school websites. The conference’s multimedia arm, Pac-12 Enterprises, has selected NeuLion to make the unified digital platform for all 12 of its member schools. Read More.

The Pac-12 still retains control of the direction of the conference. The Pac-12’s national network and six regional channels represent the only college network that is owned solely by the conference. Fox owns 51 percent of the Big Ten Network, while the SEC’s network, set to launch in August 2014, will be owned by ESPN, which also owns the Longhorn Network.

5.) The Final Four Moves to Cable For The First Time

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports announce that the Final Four will be moving to cable television for the first time next year. TBS will broadcast both national semifinal games in 2014 and 2015 with CBS covering the national championship games.

“The concept is born out of the popularity and incredible passion fans have for their college basketball teams and schools, and with this innovating approach we are tapping into their enthusiasm with three distinct telecasts,” Turner executive VP and COO Lenny Daniels told Sports Business Daily.

4.) Texas Shocks Everyone And Hires Steve Patterson over Oliver Luck

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The University of Texas announced it will hire Arizona State Athletic Director Steve Patterson to replace Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds, who retired after 32 years.

Patterson is a Texas graduate as well as a graduate of the UT Law School. He had been the athletic director at ASU since March 2012. Prior to his current role as Athletics Director, Patterson served as Chief Operating Officer for Sun Devil Athletics and Managing Director of Sun Devil Sports Group.

3.)Stephen Ross Gives Record $200 Million Gift to Michigan

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a historic naming for the athletic department. The regents formally approved the naming of the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus following a $100 million gift to the athletic department from real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

Ross’s $200 million donation to the University of Michigan is among the largest ever given to a U.S. college or university. It will be split evenly between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the university’s athletics department. It brings the total amount Ross has given the school to more than $313 million. Read More.

Surprisingly enough, reaction among Miami Dolphins fans zeroed in on a simple question: If Ross can afford to cut a $200 million check to Michigan, why not pay for the Sun Life Stadium repairs. Ross lobbied for tens of millions in public dollars to renovate his privately owned Sun Life Stadium.

2.) Sports Illustrated Conducts 5 Part Expose’ On OSU Football

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Sports Illustrated released a report detailing Oklahoma State football infractions this alleging improprieties in the Oklahoma State football program dating back to 2001.

The Expose’ highlighted, academic fraud, players being paid for performance by assistant coaches or boosters, boosters overpaying for jobs, and an OSU hostess program that provided sex for recruits. Read More

Les Miles, current Louisiana State University head coach, and former Oklahoma State University head coach recently commented on questions from reporters on Oklahoma State football infractions. In summation, he denied having knowledge of the incidents.

1.) Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA Opens Pandora’s Box

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Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA, first filed in 2009, picked up steam in 2013 as the case moved into class-action status. The case over whether college athletes should own the rights to their likeness is scheduled to go to trial in the summer of 2014, but the momentum it gained this year for the first time made administrators wonder if the NCAA’s amateurism rules will hold up in court. Read More

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas used Twitter to become the loudest critic of the NCAA and its amateurism model. The former Duke basketball player exposed how the NCAA used student-athlete names in its search function for jerseys. That spurred a flurry of stories about whether college athletes should be compensated and made Bilas the primary spokesman for the athletes.

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