Power Five conference officials are throwing money at Washington D.C., after the NCAA announced earlier this month that they would allow student-athletes to profit from their name, likeness and image, USA Today reports. From USA Today:
“ ... The disclosure form by the firm working on the Rose Bowl’s behalf stated it lobbied in the House of Representatives, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers and concerning “Relief for impacts of COVID-19 on stadium and facility operations.” The stadium is scheduled to be the site of events including UCLA football home games and a College Football Playoff semifinal.
Altogether, $535,000 in lobbying expenses were reported for college sports organizations, including the College Football Playoff, during the first three months of the year. ... [By] comparison within the sports world, the NFL reported spending $340,000 and Major League Baseball $310,000.
The [ACC], Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and [SEC] conferences each made new arrangements to retain two Washington-based firms during the first three months of this year and paid the firms $10,000 apiece, for a combined total of $100,000.
In all instances, the disclosure forms filed by the firms stated that the sole specific lobbying issue was: ‘Issues related to developing a national solution to preserve the unique model of American college athletics, while modernizing the system to increase economic opportunity for all student-athletes on issues surrounding their name, image, and likeness.’”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Football in 2020? Texas officials planning, ‘hope’ to reopen campus this fall – for now
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas remains atop Big 12 recruiting standings; Baylor makes a run
Dallas Morning News: Baylor-Seton Hall, Texas-Villanova reportedly among headline Big 12-Big East Battle matchups
Sports Illustrated: Could Devin Duvernay end up in speed-starved Philly?
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Football insider nuggets galore
247Sports: 2020 NFL Draft: Evaluations, projects for the Longhorns
247Sports: 2020 NFL Draft: Longhorns picked in the first round since 2000
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- My Texas Tailgate is going virtual on May 1. It’ll take place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Longhorn Network, Austin Radio Network and at TexasSports.com. Be there or be ... elsewhere in your house, online, watching Netflix, staring at the ceiling, whatever you do.
You could be featured on 'My Texas Tailgate' May 1st! Send us a video of you singing along to 'The Eyes of Texas' https://t.co/Wj0oatKeJw— KOKE FM (@KOKEFMAUSTIN) April 23, 2020
- Top Texas Longhorns men’s basketball target Greg Brown will make his decision whether to pursue a season at the collegiate level or head for the money in the NBA’s G-League, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “[Brown] will make his high-profile decision on April 24 at 3 p.m. on Instagram Live. The five-star prospect is ranked the No. 1 power forward in the country and No. 9 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports. Brown looked to be a heavy Texas lean after the university issued what amounted to a vote of confidence in head coach Shaka Smart, giving the former VCU head man at least one more year on the Forty Acres. However, the idea that Brown may end up skip out on college altogether and sign a contract in the NBA G-League has been gaining traction among pundits. ... No. 1 overall prospect in the 2020 class Jalen Green decided to sign with the fledgling new league which could pay prospect up to $500K according to ESPN. The decision will shape the next year of Texas basketball, which has a chance to be Shaka Smart’s most talented team with the return of nearly every player on the roster and the addition of Brown.”