The NFL structure could provide 2 tickets at par, but the draft will not take place. Plus Withdrawal Options, Sankey’s Motives – The Athletic


Two of the richest programs – which regularly sign the best recruiting classes – are about to play for the national title, and you are wondering …

Why aren’t college football writers interested in parity? They lament how bad the Big 12 and the Pac-12 are, but when someone has the audacity to want parity, CFB editors like you, in an effort to protect brands, shrug their shoulders and say “Well, there was never a parity.” It’s lazy. There’s never been a 12-team playoff, either. Or NIL. Or a transfer portal. So what gives? – Shawn

It has nothing to do with what I’m interested in or with trademark protection, whatever that means. It is about meeting reality in terms of reality.

There was never a parity for quite obvious reasons. This is not a lazy take. You can think about it for as long as you want and you’ll come to a similar conclusion as to why. But maybe Shawn is new here, so let’s break down why the sport is the way it is and what can (and probably can’t) be done to make it fairer for more teams.

Because schools don’t want to label athletes as employee – it started out as a workers’ compensation dodge and continues because people who make a lot of money tend to want things to stay the way they are. they are – there is currently no way to structure sport in a way that does not allow the richer programs to dominate it. In fact, just about every rule established to level the playing field over the past century has ended up being used in practice to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots. The current period of deregulation could further widen this gap or allow different schools to become competitive. It is not yet clear what direction things will take after less than a year in the current context.

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