The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion items from writers who share our objective of widening the dialog about how public insurance policies have an effect on the day-to-day lives of individuals all through our state. Paul Samberg is a scholar on the College of Kansas learning journalism, Jewish research and political science.
Rising up in Connecticut, I seldom skilled the rah-rah vitality of state college athletics.
Positive, we celebrated the occasional Cinderella story from UConn in March Insanity, and the ladies’s basketball group was a dependable frontrunner 12 months in and 12 months out. However neither of these supplied the ambiance and vitality I get as a College of Kansas scholar on recreation days — each basketball and soccer.
I believe it’s for that purpose that I’m not all that upset in regards to the College of Texas and Oklahoma College taking strides towards leaving the Huge 12. As a substitute, their departure can present our colleges within the convention, Kansas State College and KU, with alternatives to speed up their athletic applications in non-Huge 12 divisions. (It does look as if the convention will soon be welcoming new members, however let’s take the chance to assume greater.)
After Texas and Oklahoma collectively introduced on July 26 they don’t seem to be planning to resume their grants of media rights following a 2025 expiration, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall of Kansas every known as for congressional hearings concerning the alleged function ESPN had within the two universities’ choice to depart the Huge 12 for the SEC.
The 2 senators are understandably involved about UT and OU leaving; the Huge 12’s TV deal is $250 million per 12 months, and 50% is generated by the 2 departing colleges. That stated, I believe Moran and Marshall ought to rethink their stances and advocate for Ok-State and KU to depart from the Huge 12, too. Particularly, they need to help Ok-State shifting to the PAC-12 and KU shifting to the Huge Ten.
Ok-State shifting to the PAC-12 needs to be a no brainer, financially. The convention’s TV deal is larger than the Huge 12’s by practically $400 million — nothing for Ok-State to scoff at.
From a contest standpoint, Ok-State may gain advantage from becoming a member of a brand new convention. To be frank, Ok-State hasn’t made a lot noise in basketball or soccer. It has six whole convention soccer titles and, since 1997, two convention basketball titles — to not point out zero nationwide championships in both sport.
May a program like that profit from becoming a member of a convention with 10 nationwide soccer championships since its conception and two nationwide basketball championships since 1990? Completely.
For KU, there may be mutual profit to becoming a member of the Huge Ten. Of the ability 5 conferences, the Huge Ten ranked first in gross income whereas the Huge 12 ranked final; about $360 million separated the 2 conferences. Once more, the monetary benefits to switching conferences are necessary for the senators to think about.
As a KU scholar, I can confidently say the soccer program gained’t be an element no matter what convention it’s in. Nonetheless, the basketball program makes up for that after which some. Had been KU emigrate to the Huge Ten, the convention would achieve a relentless title contender and blue blood program.
KU basketball has a mixed 29 Huge 12 common season and match championships and profitable data towards each present and former Huge 12 group. A change of competitors needs to be welcomed by KU.
Altering conferences shouldn’t be an unusual incidence. After being a founding member of the Huge East, UConn remained within the convention because it changed into the American Athletic Convention in 2013, earlier than becoming a member of the brand new Huge East Convention in 2020. UConn retained its fan base, and the NCAA remained affluent.
To our Kansas senators and everybody else up in arms over the pending Huge 12 realignment: Cease losing your vitality. As a substitute, advocate for a realignment that greatest helps our state’s universities financially and competitively.
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