Money isn’t everything, but in the SEC, it’s right up there with oxygen.
That’s why you will see the SEC plow through some kind of college football season either in the fall or the spring.
Football in the SEC simply means more.
Let’s put it this way, the Wall Street Journal says if Alabama were a pro franchise, it would be worth more than a billion dollars. In fact, more than half the SEC is valued at $550-million dollars or more.
Tennessee trails only Texas in pulling in $70-million dollars a year in profit from college football. Again, that’s profit!! Texas leads the way with $92-mill in profit. LSU is third at $58-million and Georgia is sixth at $50-million.
Word is the new SEC television deals will pay close to $60 million dollars per school in 2020.
And you are wondering why the SEC will push through COVID-19?
The Big Ten is giving up $54-million per school by not playing college football.
And you’re wondering why the Big Ten will play in the spring?
The only two schools that can truly afford to not play college football are Michigan and Ohio State. That’s why pushing through is imperative. Schools in the SEC can’t afford to take the hit. Fanbases and bank statements in the SEC demand it. If the SEC makes it work, watch the other conferences all of a sudden formulate a plan to play ASAP.
Money demands the training wheels to come off. Imagine if Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was determined to play a fall season to better prepare for the NFL. You don’t think Georgia would welcome Fields back even though he transferred from there? The NCAA would have to grant the transfer for this Fall because of a hardship waiver. The Buckeyes aren’t playing football. Do you not think the other stars would follow? Does a hobby horse have a wooden…stick?
Every time you think you have heard or seen it all during this pandemic, get ready for more.
Maybe it’s me, but every time I hear someone say “money isn’t everything”, they’ve already made a bunch of it. And that’s why it means more in the SEC.