Last Sporticast episode, hosts Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams discuss some of the biggest sports business stories of the week, including some crazy days for the coaches. Two explosive hires – Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC and Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame for LSU – have rocked the sport, as other top programs scramble to fill the vacancies.
These changes are accompanied by a radical change in the top levels of pay. Ten-year deals worth $ 85 million or more, unheard of just two years ago, seem closer to the norm. Kelly, Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M), James Franklin (Penn State) and Mel Tucker (Michigan State) have all signed new contracts in this line.
The hosts are also discussing the impending MLB lockdown. The current collective agreement was due to expire at midnight on Wednesday and the two parties failed to come to an agreement. The main disagreements all revolve around compensation, including the manipulation of service time, the path to free will for young players, and the competitive balance.
Finally, the hosts discuss what has been a tough month for sports betting stocks and the unequal spending of top varsity basketball programs across their men’s and women’s teams.