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The End of College Sports as We Know it?

Published on: 2017-05-10 08:44:38

Sports Illustrated today released an article with the headline:  

The reckoning: When rights-fee bubble bursts, college sports will be changed forever

The basic premise of the piece is that significant cuts recently at ESPN -- "the network's job cuts last month played out to similar rhythms: names disgorged one at a time, trickling out every few minutes, then assessed on social media. Roughly 100 journalists were divorced from their employment, and as the unpleasant process unfolded, the entire Bristol, Conn., campus was paralyzed by fear and sadness." -- are foreshadowing cuts in television rights fees to universities and that spells trouble for Athletic Directors with programs built on the assumption that massive cash infusions from broadcasters will never end. 

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