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Time for a reworked Big East TV Contract

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If the statements quoted below are accurate, the acceptance of UConn to the Big East (BE) will trigger revised/new contract negotiations with Fox Sports.  Excellent news as the old 2013 contract had grossly undervalued BE basketball and many segments of the sports world knew it.

 

Forbes Article: What's in a Name?... Mar 8, 2013; Patrick Riche  https://www.forbes.com/sites/prishe/2013/03/08/whats-in-a-name-try-history-brand-affinity-as-new-big-east-stands-shoulders-above-america-12/#723bbcb56355

In professional sports, sometimes players take less money in order to increase their odds of winning a championship (or) in order to enhance their long-term legacy.  LeBron James for example.

In this case from collegiate sports, (C7/Big East) a collection of schools with like-minded philosophical and academic missions have opted to leave money on the table and receive less media money initially in order to protect the long-term legacy of their brand value of their conference name.

And in the long run, they will profit from this wisdom.

 

BFieldHusky wrote:  I keep going back to the piece Kevin McNamara wrote when news broke we were joining. Word is he is very connected inside the Big East office. He got this info from a good source. I am not saying the number is right on, but this wasn’t just floated out of thin air. My guy has heard it as well.

Don’t listen when you hear Big East people say this isn’t about money. Expansion is always about money and after getting steamrolled for years by former football partners Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, everyone should know the score. UConn will pay an entry fee to the Big East ($3.5 million), but that’s usually deducted from future earnings. More importantly, TV partner Fox Sports certainly pushed for this. Word is the addition of UConn can trigger a clause in the Big East’s deal with Fox and re-open talks on a contract that has six years to run. This will mean a bump from the current $4 million or so per school TV payout; perhaps an additional $2 million per school.

In my short piece, Window of Opportunity on 24 June 19, I cited the following quote from Holyland of Hoops (HLOH).

 

Over on the Big East message board, HolylandofHoops.com, under the thread: Reputable Barnyard poster, Moderator Jet915 reposted an anonymous UConn member.  I found this post notable as this anonymous individual spelled out his ideas.  Notably his take on contract renegotiations was very interesting.

Postby Jet915 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:07 am

This is an interesting post:

I was an insider here many, many years ago. I haven’t posted here in over half a decade, but decided to check in on Friday, when I got word UConn was going to get an invite. And honestly, a lot of the responses/reactions are surprising. So I wanted to offer some feedback and maybe a ray of hope for those that feel this is the wrong move.

Just as an fyi, my clients are people at ABC/ESPN, Fox, CBS, inside the Big 12, SEC, ACC, and Big Ten (but not the Pac-12 or NBE). So while I’m not privy to every detail, I know & understand a lot of the mechanations of realignment.

First, for those believing UConn shouldn’t have given up the P5 dream..that dream was never going to come to fruition. Unfortunately, P5 realignment is all about dollars. And dollars are delivered by eye balls. Simply put, UConn doesn’t deliver the eye balls necessary to justify the paycheck they’d receive from a conference like the ACC or Big 12. The Big 12 vetted UConn heavily a number of years ago. What they learned was UConn’s value to their TV partners (ABC/ESPN/Fox) was well less than the paycheck they would have to pay UConn as an equal member. This is why the Big 12 came out and announced they were vetting schools, then opted to not expand. Point blank, their partner networks came back and said the per team payout would drop if they added UConn, UCF, USF, BYU, Houston, Cincy, or Memphis (the 7 schools they vetted). Networks run all kinds of numbers when it comes to TV…regional viewership, national viewership, cross-promotional viewership (i.e. fans of other teams that watch your games b/c they either hate you or your Ws/Ls impact their team), etc. UConn’s numbers are way too low, with very little prospect of ever getting them up. It’s just a small fan base where it counts (football). And in case anyone’s thinking the obvious, yes, I would imagine the ACC regrets some of their expansion decisions. The ACC makes less money today on a per member basis than it’d have made had they not expanded with BC, Syracuse and Pitt. Those were really poor additions and the TV numbers in their regions and within their fan bases has been abysmal.

Second, the NBE has outperformed their TV contract handily. And not only have their TV #s been way better than forecast, they’ve won 2 National Championships in the last 4 years. So the conference’s contract is way under-valued. The problem is, they signed a long-term contract that doesn’t expire until spring 2026. The only way their contract can be opened back up for revaluation by Fox, is if there is a change in their membership. Adding UConn allows the Big East to bring their contract up to market value based on the Big East’s performance on TV the past 5-6 years + UConn’s value. So that contract is going to seriously, seriously jump in value. And, UConn is going to provide a significantly greater boon to the NBE’s TV payout than they ever would have in the ACC or Big 12, simply b/c if you look at the historical ratings for basketball, the highest annual TV rating (b-ball) for most programs in the OBE was against UConn. The NBE adding UConn for basketball would be a poor man’s version of the Big Ten adding Notre Dame for football. There’s so much history & bad blood there, the ratings will be outstanding. So if you’re looking at the current AAC payout and comparing it to the current NBE payout, and thinking “this sucks, what the **** are they thinking?!?!…..when the dust settles, UConn will make MORE money in the NBE (+ whatever they do for football) than they were making in the AAC. 

 

Both ESPN and Fox, particularly Fox have escalated contract payouts in recent years…the Pac12 and B12 in 2012-13, and the B1G in 2017.  The combined B1G contract was approx $2.64 Billion/6 years combined with the 2 carriers.  An average of $440 million annually over the next six years.  The agreement nearly triples the (B1G) conference’s annual broadcast revenues. According to the SBJ report, Fox and ESPN will (each) broadcast roughly 25 football games and 50 basketball games each season.  https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/2016/06/20/big-ten-tv-fox-espn/86135546/  Football, while the major factor, is not a $2 billion factor. Current payouts should reflect the current inflationary costs and per game payout levels.  Therefore the current market value for basketball, while not saying that basketball is equal to football, has increased substantially.

GW11’s (HolylandofHoops.com) $400K a game estimate of current market value for basketball tallys out to 330 games/year @$400k = $132Million x 10 years =$1.320 Billion. $12M/school/yr.  That is quite the jump from the BE’s original (current) $140k x 300 games, $42M x 12yrs=$504M or $4.2M/school/yr.

 

$100k/gm x 330gms = $33Million ($330M over 10 years) or $3M/school/yr
$150k/gm x 330 = $49.5Million ($495m over 10 years) or $4.5M/school/yr ($4.125M/yr over 12 years)
$200k/gm x 330 = $66Million ($660M over 10 years) or $6M/school/yr
$300K/gm x 330 = $99Million ($990M over 10 years) or $9M/school/yr
$400K/gm x 330 = $132Million ($1.32Billion over 10 years) or $12M/school/yr
At $500k/game $165Million ($1.65 Billion over 10 years) or $15M/school/yr

 

From the 2013 contract view, $500M/12yrs, it appears as though the Big East (BE) was getting around $140k/gm. In looking at the BFieldHusky/Kevin McNamara quote above, even their guestimate of $200k/game or $66 million a year/$660M over 10 years, or $6M/school/yr seems a low figure.

I am not trying to place the BE as an equal to a football five conference.  I am saying that based on an excellent track record of achievement, the Big East deserves to get current fair market value for its content.  Even our bottom tier is showing well – St Johns made the NCAAs and DePaul finished over .500 and made a postseason run.  If the current fair market, per game value is in GW11’s ballpark ($300-400K/game), the BE conference will at least double its TV revenues.

If talking $300K/gm x 330 games; $595M over 6 years or $990M over 10 years – $9M/yr/school.  Or if the figure is $400K/gm x 330 games; $792M over 6 years or $1.32 Billion over 10 years – $12M/ yr/school.  With this level of respectable tv revenues, the Big East can continue to compete at the highest levels…for now.

Fox Sports makes it’s money off advertising…I’ll take a wild guess that their rates have climbed over the last 6 years along with their ratings. They have made a killing off sports and when you add in the early lowballing of contract bids, like ours, their network earnings look like Uncle Scrooge’s vault.

 

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It’s about time for a financial course correction for the Big East.

 

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gtmo’s Annual Ridiculously Predictable, Preposterous Pre-season Prognostications for 2019-2020

If these predictions are up it must be 15 August 2019.  

 

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Courtesy:  Creighton Athletics…”We Ready”

Keys to SuccessThink Big.  Put the Past behind you.  No Fear (God is with you).

…and Consistent best efforts.

Quoting the great Steve M. Sipple @HuskerExtraSip Lincoln Journal Star:

“Those games on Fox look extraordinary…… everything about the Creighton gameday atmosphere on TV screams big time”.

“When I watch those (Creighton) games……incredible atmosphere….court looks fabulous…….it looks big time….because it is big time….”

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It really is August, already.  Time again for git’s annual predictions.  There’s a lot to be said for continuity and consistency, as you’ll never reach a goal if you quit.  These August 15th predictions here are the official ones I’ll run with all year.  The prelim April thru July stuff is just fodder for message boards and warmups.

 

 

Two seniors, 4 juniors, and the fellas.  What a talented and underappreciated group of ballers we have this year.  Poor talking heads…ahem, how little they know.

 

 

Our guys have enough returning experience in Davion, DamienTy-Shon, Mitch, Marcus, and Jake, to settle down the newbies and to make the next step up.  Add to this core group the 2 transfers in Denzel and Kelvin and we have a very experienced and capable group of 8 seasoned players.  I like this group.

 

 

Antwann Jones has to sit and will be a blessing on the scout squad, but the rest of the newbies have the potential to contribute this season.  Shereef has been in the weightroom, getting stronger.  Jalen is working out as well.   I suspect that the frosh will surprise us all with their contributions this season.

 

 

I expect Ty-Shon to be his consistent self and breakouts from Denzel, Mitch, and Jacob.  I see Ty-Shon as a potential BE PoY candidate.  Davion should show both offensive and defensive maturity at the PG/SG with more passing/less dribbling.  The big wings (Damien & Denzel) will bring inside-outside game to the party, as well as 3 point shooting.

This should be a balanced offensive team, with any of the four positions (2-5) being able to torch the opposition.  Marcus will run the show and I expect him to bring  leadership to the PG spot as a score 1st PG.

Several preseason polls (USAToday, CBS, Athlon Sports, 3MW – 3 Man Weave) have the Jays in their top 25’s and a few more (ESPN, Busting Brackets, NBC) also have them on the cusp of rankings.  This is primarily due to the number of returnees, starters, and scoring that CU has back.  Always good to see others recognizing the talent on the team.  In fact 3MW’s Matt Cox goes gtmo in his take… https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/creighton-preview-2020  Lunardi’s latest has the Jays a 5-seed, which has them as 2nd in the Big East.

With our shortage of bigs I would not expect a wholesale switch from the current 4 out & 1 under uptempo and transition pace we have come to know and expect.  I do expect to see Kelvin get substantial minutes of PT as there may still be questions with Jacob.  With the departures of Martin and Sam we have subtraction at the 4 & 5 spots.

My concern, like many other folks, is whether we have enough bodies to weather the seemingly typical Creighton injury spate.  If Jacob and Kelvin can stay healthy this team can be really good.  However, until shown that the 3 bigs will be reliable, I have no choice other than to apply some brakes to my predictions.

Defensively, Davion, Damien, and Denzel will bring intensity and grit to this team.  I also see less “ole” defense from our Bigs and SGs.  With the athleticism and length of our guys, this 2019-20 squad has the capability to be one of our better defensive teams.  They don’t necessarily need to be a Top 20 defense…but if they are top 40-60 it should be enough to be respectable.  Defensive toughness, in select spots and times, ability to stop runs, and the ability to force TOs when needed, can make this team a unit tough to beat.

 

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Now, let’s get to it!

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2019-20 Big East projected final standings…*

1. Villanova: It would be silly to bet against Jay Wright’s program at this point, but the Wildcats have more than a name and pedigree this season. They’re loaded with talent and experience with a great recruiting class. They’re not in the top-tier of national title contenders this preseason, but they’re not far behind, either.

2. Seton Hall: The distance between Villanova and the Pirates is relatively narrow, with Seton Hall returning a ton of talent from last year’s NCAA tournament 10-seed. Myles Powell is a difference-maker on both ends, and it’s far from a one-man squad. This group will have to improve, but it’s got the profile of a team that’s capable of making a significant leap.

3. Creighton: This is a team that will be knocking on the door of preseason top-25s on the strength of a solid-though-not-remarkable returning core. Ty-Shon Alexander is a serious breakout candidate, if such a distinction fits for a player who averaged nearly 16 points per game last season.  The additions of Ctr Kelvin Jones and SF Denzel Mahoney, if reasonably productive, can make the difference between 2nd and 4th place conference finishes for the Jays.

4. Xavier: The Musketeers aren’t all that different than Seton Hall, with talented returners from a good team needing who fit the bill of a team on the rise. It’s easier said than done, and they’ll have to deal with increased expectations, but this team has the chops to be the best in the conference if things break their way.

5. Georgetown: The Hoyas were really fun to watch last season, but the trick for them is going to be making the transition from entertaining young squad to a still-green-but-successful team. The easiest path to that would be improved shooting as the youthful Hoyas struggled to connect from distance consistently.

6. Marquette: The Golden Eagles may have been the favorites to win the conference had the Hauser brothers not elected to transfer, but their departures throws this season into question for Marquette. The cupboard is obviously not bare even beyond Markus Howard, who might just power the program to near the top of the league on his own, but it’s certainly a harder team to peg.

7. DePaul: The Blue Demons got over .500 last season, but it came on a diet of non-conference cupcakes and then four wins in the CBI. With the addition of transfers PF/Ctr Carte’Are Gordon (SLU), PF Darius Hall (Ark), possible play (with waiver) of PG Charlie Moore (KU), and a standout frosh class incl. Top 100 recruits Romeo Weems and Markese Jacobs,  here’s betting DePaul equals or betters last season.

8. Providence: Alpha Diallo is one of the conference’s best and most productive players, but the Friars have to improve offensively if they’re going to get back to the NCAA tournament after a five-year streak was snapped last season.

9. Butler: The Bulldogs are probably the best candidate to outperform these rankings, on the strength of Kamar Baldwin’s talent alone, but they just haven’t proven enough beyond Baldwin to slide them further up the list.

10. St. John’s: Mike Anderson has his work cut out for him after Chris Mullin was only able to get a First Four appearance in four years with the Red Storm. St. John’s has only been in the NCAA tournament proper twice since 2005.

*Used NBC's list with rearrangement to suit me.

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Non conference slate  –  10-3**

2019-20 Creighton Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Date Opponent Time TV/Notes
2019-20
Nov. 12 @ Michigan
Gavitt Games
(Year 5 of 8, Game 5)
Report FS1/BTN  Loss
Not Nov. 18 Cal Poly
LV Invitational Home Game
Source FS1/FS2/FSN
Nov Nov. 18 LV Invitational Home Game TBD FS1/FS2/FSN
Nov. 28 vs. Iowa
Las Vegas Invitational
Source FS1
Nov. 29 vs. Texas Tech or San Diego State
Las Vegas Invitational
University Release FS1  Loss
Dec. 3 Oral Roberts Oral Roberts Schedule Release FS1/FS2/FSN
Dec. 7 Nebraska Nebraska Release FS1
Not Dec. 14 (Concert) Oklahoma
Big East/Big 12 Challenge
TBD FS1
Dec. 21 @ Arizona State Arizona State Schedule Release FS1/Pac-12 Net Loss

Incomplete non-conference Schedule courtesy of White and Blue Review.
Dec. 30 Big East opener…vs

Iowa/Texas Tech ranked.

 

gtmo’s Ridiculously Predictable, Preposterous Preseason Prognostications – 2019/20 Edition
Season Segment Record Notes
Non-Conf schedule W-10   L-3 Loss @Mich, LV Final, & @Arizona St.
Big East schedule W-13   L-5 3rd, No Home losses
 SH, X, Marq, DePaul, Nova
Reg Season Totals W-23   L-8
BET W-2     L-1 2nd in BET Championship
Post Reg Season Totals W-25   L-9
NCAA W-2    L-1 SS Run
2018-19 Campaign W-27  L-10 Campaign Totals
Cat. 18-19 18-19 Prediction 19-20 Prediction
2 FG% 48.2 48.4% 48.6%
3 FG% 39.4 40.4% 41%
FT% 68.5 84.2% 73.6%
PPG 78.8 85.5 81.6
 Scoring Margin(+) 4.7 13.5 8.6
BE Recognition***
1st Team BE Epperson Alexander
2nd Team BE Krampelj Mahoney
2nd Team BE Cashaw
HM BE Krampelj Ballock Jefferson
BE Newcomer Jefferson K. Jones
FrOY n/a
Def POY n/a Mintz
Off POY Epperson
BET MVP
Zegarowski

** Initially only had a loss @ASU, but revised non. conference slate record pending the reliability of our 3 bigs.  If 1 or 2 sustain injury, this season will tank along with them.  Also revised conference finish from 2nd to 3rd place.

*** I am limiting my selecting of post season awards to my Creighton selections above.

 

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Unmarked photos all courtesy of Creighton Athletics.

 

What’s in a name: The Value of the Big East?

What is the value of the Big East Conference?

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What is the value of the Big East and how best to determine such value?  Monetary value vs relative worth vs intrinsic value.

Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1the monetary worth of something MARKET PRICE
2a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
3relative worth, utility, or importance, a good value at the price, the value of base stealing in baseball, had nothing of value to say
4something (such as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable sought material values instead of human values— W. H. Jones

Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1to consider or rate highly PRIZEESTEEMvalues your opinion
2ato estimate or assign the monetary worth of APPRAISEvalue a necklace
bto rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth EVALUATE

 

Forbes Article: What's in a Name?... Mar 8, 2013; Patrick Riche  https://www.forbes.com/sites/prishe/2013/03/08/whats-in-a-name-try-history-brand-affinity-as-new-big-east-stands-shoulders-above-america-12/#723bbcb56355

In professional sports, sometimes players take less money in order to increase their odds of winning a championship (or) in order to enhance their long-term legacy.  LeBron James for example.

In this case from collegiate sports, (C7/Big East) a collection of schools with like-minded philosophical and academic missions have opted to leave money on the table and receive less media money initially in order to protect the long-term legacy of their brand value of their conference name.

And in the long run, they will profit from this wisdom.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2016/07/18/the-most-valuable-conferences-in-college-sports-can-the-sec-be-caught/#419be4d26ecf

According to this 2016 Forbes article the BE placed 7th in revenues that year, at $45 Million.  (Figure doesn’t count minor revenue streams such as gate receipts, BEDN, merchandising, and the BET.)  There are several methods of valuating a business.  One such method is by using price/earnings ratios.  Using modest price/earnings ratios one can value the Big East accordingly.  Value @P/E 5 =$225M, @P/E10 =$450M, @P/E15=$675M (based on 2016 revenues).  Now if the BE renegotiates their contract with Fox Sports, it could well double its monetary value (Value @P/E 5 =$450M, @P/E10 =$900M, @P/E15=$1.350B (based on 2016 revenues) .  As it currently stands, 7th place isn’t a bad spot to be in, albeit the top 5 swamp all the other 26 conferences.  A few of the individual school BE franchises actually value out better than the conference monetarily (Nova $50+M, Gtwn $48M, St Johns $45+M – 2016 numbers).  https://graphics.wsj.com/table/COUNT_0330

A greater factor would be the development and expansion of the BEDN.  The BEDN has the highest ceiling of any of the current revenue streams and if developed independently or contracted with either Stadium, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go or a consortium of several of these players, has the potential to surpass TV revenues and become the conference’s main revenue stream.

That’s a look at the money end of it.  What other measures of value are pertinent?

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/649559-ten-reasons-nba-doesnt-compare-to-college-basketball#slide4

Value as a representation of the original game.  Basketball is basketball…right?  Doesn’t matter which of the versions you watch NBA, FIBA, NCAA, HS, AAU, etc.  Wrong.  Not to become a hated “purist” but the HS and NCAA versions probably represent the closest variants to the original game.  While I disagree with some of the points put forward in the article above, college basketball is less divergent from Naismiths’ intent.  Yes all versions have evolved over the years, but thanks to their rulebooks the high school and college basketball versions are closest to the original game.

If Naismith is the progenitor, then the Big East, being the sole Basketball First major conference, has greater intrinsic value (fundamental value) as the primary heir on the collegiate level to James Naismith’s legacy.

“Intrinsic value” is a philosophical concept, wherein the worth of an object or endeavor is derived in and of itself—or, in layman’s terms, independent of other extraneous factors.  –  Socrates Alvarez,  Investopedia.com

As such the value of the Big East is greater than a mere monetary figure.  Since our reconfiguration back to a basketball-centric conference six years ago and the 2 national championships within this period, the Big East has excelled.  The conference is held in high esteem by those who love basketball.  In a football crazy country, the BE stands as the flag bearer, the standard, the Lady Liberty of the game of college basketball.  A worth far greater than mere dollars.

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Similarly to the Crown Jewels of the UK, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum, and Lady Liberty in NY Harbor…the Big East Conference is priceless!

 

 

https://www.bigeastcoastbias.com/2016/4/19/11464104/big-ten-fox-sports-big-east-media-rights-deal-contract

https://www.forbes.com/sites/prishe/2013/03/08/whats-in-a-name-try-history-brand-affinity-as-new-big-east-stands-shoulders-above-america-12/#3cfc77916355

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jppelzman/2018/11/14/big-east-still-surviving-and-thriving-without-big-time-football/#2f2f915658ac

https://www.rumbleinthegarden.com/2019/6/26/18715382/uconn-big-east-stands-benefit

https://frankthetank.me/2013/02/11/a-tv-network-killed-the-big-east-and-its-not-the-one-in-bristol/

https://allthethingsithinkaboutinsteadofworking.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/i-hate-college-basketball-people/

Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1the monetary worth of something MARKET PRICE
2a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
3relative worth, utility, or importancea good value at the pricethe value of base stealing in baseballhad nothing of value to say
4something (such as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirablesought material values instead of human values— W. H. Jones
5a numerical quantity that is assigned or is determined by calculation or measurementlet x take on positive valuesvalue for the age of the earth
6the relative duration of a musical note
7arelative lightness or darkness of a color LUMINOSITY
bthe relation of one part in a picture to another with respect to lightness and darkness

value

verb

valuedvaluing

Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1to consider or rate highly PRIZEESTEEMvalues your opinion
2ato estimate or assign the monetary worth of APPRAISEvalue a necklace
bto rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth EVALUATE

	

Bluenotes Short Riff – 05Aug19

Summertime…and the living is easy.

 

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2019 Pan Am Games

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USA regrouped from a thrashing by Argentina to take the Bronze Medal during the medal rounds play, beating the Dominican Republic.  Congrats on a great effort in international play.

Bronze Medal Game (Final Score): #TeamUSA 92, Dominican Republic 83 Collin Gillespie: 24 PTS (5 3PM),  Alpha Diallo: 23 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, Geoffrey Grosselle: 18 PTS, 10 REB.  

#BIGEASThoops
@BIGEASTMBB

Coming home with some hardware!

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Bronze Medal Game (Final Score): #TeamUSA 92, Dominican Republic 83 Collin Gillespie: 24 PTS (5 3PM) Alpha Diallo: 23 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST

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See:  https://twitter.com/BIGEAST  and  www.gocreighton.com for more.

 

Jays Down Under

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Jays fall 79-66 Monday against Australia B’Ball Centre of Excellence (Sydney) in the opening game in Australia.  First of a 3-game tour.  Playing the support cast as 3 starters are sitting out and Ty-shon is in Peru for the Pan Am Games.

https://gocreighton.com/news/2019/8/5/mens-basketball-opens-exhibition-tour-of-australia-with-79-66-defeat.aspx

See www.gocreighton.com and  @BluejayMBB

for more.

 

Bluenotes Short Riff – 04 Aug 2019

Summertime…and the living is easy.

 

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Australia:  The Jays are in Australia.    Dates:  1-13 August 2019.  Blog posts for the Aussie trip and videos, etc at www.gocreighton.com

All East Coast Tour: Start off in Sydney, then fly up to Cairns in the north, finally back to the middle to Brisbane.
A bit odd…like going from Charleston, SC  to Boston to DC? A whole lotta flying for the fellas.

3 Aug 2019-There is evidently a branch of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Sydney as well as Melbourne.  The Jays are spending their time in the Sydney area.

 

August 5 6 p.m. Sydney area…

(3 a.m. CST) [b]B’Ball Australia Centre of Excellence Shore School Live stats likely.
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August 8 8:30 p.m. Cairns area…

(5:30 a.m. CST) Cairns Taipans Cairns Convention Centre Live stats likely.
No video.

August 12 7 p.m. Brisbane area…

Brisbane Bullets Invitational team up against the Creighton Bluejays (NCAA Division 1)
About this Event
It’s the Bluejays against the Bullets at Auchenflower Stadium, with the visitors from Creighton University to take on a Brisbane Bullets Invitational side.The Invitational team will be coached by CJ Bruton and feature players from the Bullets NBL roster and development squad, plus invited players including the best from the QBL and South East Queensland’s most promising up and coming talent.The Omaha based university is on an Australian tour and will be keen to show off their talents against their Australian opponents. Secure your seat fast, as there won’t be tickets sold on the door (online sales only)!

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Team USA:  As stated previously, graduate Geoff Grosselle and Ty-Shon Alexander will represent the USA in the 2019 Panam Games (Basketball) in Lima, Peru, from July 26 to August 04, 2019.  Ty-Shon will catch up with the Jays team in Australia afterwards.  Team USA (Basketball) won their first 2 games vs USVI and Venezuela, but lost a close game to Puerto Rico.  Finished 2nd in their group.  On to the medal rounds.

https://www.teamusa.org/News/2019/July/25/Team-USA-Welcomed-To-The-Pan-American-Games-Lima-2019-With-Athlete-Village-Flag-Raising-Ceremony

USA-Panam
Team USA/Panam Games

Pool play is vs Puerto Rico, Venezuela, & US Virgin Islands.

7/31, 10:30 am CT vs Virgin Islands, no TV      Won                                                                            8/1, 10 pm CT vs Venezuela, ESPN Deportes    Won                                                                            8/2, 10 pm CT vs Puerto Rico, ESPNU           Loss                                                                                   Medal rounds Aug 3-4.

 

 

Local News

Our latest commit, 7 footer Kelvin Jones (grad transfer) is on campus.  Practicing. Needs conditioning work, but servicable.  He’s on the Aussie trip.

kelvinJones2
Courtesy – UTEP

 

Denzel’s Back!  Reports are he’s on campus, but will have to sit out 1st semester. Probably see him on the court by the Arizona St. Game.

denzel_Mahoney
Courtesy – SEMO

 

Recruiting –  from www.Whiteandbluereview.com

2019 Division III transfer Austin Hutcherson was in Omaha for an official visit  last weekend. The 6-foot-6 guard from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, averaged 20.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and shot 39.2% from three last season as a sophomore.  Was NESCAC FoY in 2017/18, 1st Team All-NESCAC in 2018/19.

Chose Illinois…

Hutcherson
Courtesy – Wesleyan University

No word yet on any 2020 Kiyron Powell visit reschedule.

No 2020 Commits as of now.

Awards

Men’s Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

Martin Krampelj Named to 2018-19 NABC Honors Court

 

My 2019-20 Predictions are due up on 15Aug2019.  There was a concern by a few folks that since I have voiced my opinion irt getting a new HC, that perhaps there would be no annual ridiculous prognosis for the Jays.  That notion, in and of itself is preposterous.  Separating dissatisfaction with a coach and his results from the high hopes and expectations for the team is not difficult.  Wishing major success for the team is paramount and would prompt forgiveness for the coaches former shortcomings.

My predictions have become a part of the fabric of Jays Hoops.  There is no season over the last 11 without my predictions…and this 12th season is no different.  The annual ritual of my ridiculously predictable predictions continues…

Bluenotes Short Riff – 27 Jul 2019

Summertime…and the living is easy.

 

6efb2-billy-sax

 

Men’s & women’s workouts are underway.  The men prepare for their initial practices beginning 8 July.  NCAA allows 10 practices in conjunction with summer trips.

Australia:  The Jays begin preparing for their trip to Australia.  Dates:  1-13 August 2019.  Whiteandbluereview has daily practice reports.

LE:  All East Coast Tour: Start off in Sydney, then fly up to Cairns in the north, finally back to the middle to Brisbane.
A bit odd…like going from Charleston, SC  to Boston to DC? A whole lotta flying for the fellas.

LE:  3 Aug 2019-There is evidently a branch of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Sydney as well as Melbourne.  The Jays are spending their time in the Sydney area.

Blog posts for the Aussie trip and videos, etc at www.gocreighton.com

August 5 6 p.m. Sydney area…

(3 a.m. CST) [b]B’Ball Australia Centre of Excellence Shore School Live stats likely.
No video.[/b]

August 8 8:30 p.m. Cairns area…

(5:30 a.m. CST) Cairns Taipans Cairns Convention Centre Live stats likely.
No video.

August 12 7 p.m. Brisbane area…

Brisbane Bullets Invitational team up against the Creighton Bluejays (NCAA Division 1)
About this Event
It’s the Bluejays against the Bullets at Auchenflower Stadium, with the visitors from Creighton University to take on a Brisbane Bullets Invitational side.The Invitational team will be coached by CJ Bruton and feature players from the Bullets NBL roster and development squad, plus invited players including the best from the QBL and South East Queensland’s most promising up and coming talent.The Omaha based university is on an Australian tour and will be keen to show off their talents against their Australian opponents. Secure your seat fast, as there won’t be tickets sold on the door (online sales only)!

Aussie_east coast

 

Team USA:  As stated previously, graduate Geoff Grosselle and Ty-Shon Alexander will represent the USA in the 2019 Panam Games (Basketball) in Lima, Peru, from July 26 to August 04, 2019.  Ty-Shon will catch up with the Jays team in Australia afterwards.  Team USA (Basketball) left today for Lima, Peru.

https://www.teamusa.org/News/2019/July/25/Team-USA-Welcomed-To-The-Pan-American-Games-Lima-2019-With-Athlete-Village-Flag-Raising-Ceremony

USA-Panam
Team USA/Panam Games

Pool play is vs Puerto Rico, Venezuela, & US Virgin Islands.

7/31, 10:30 am CT vs Virgin Islands, no TV                                                                                  8/1, 10 pm CT vs Venezuela, ESPN Deportes                                                                                8/2, 10 pm CT vs Puerto Rico, ESPNU                                                                                              Medal rounds Aug 3-4.

 

 

Local News

Our latest commit, 7 footer Kelvin Jones (grad transfer) is on campus.  Practicing. Needs conditioning work, but servicable.

kelvinJones2
Courtesy – UTEP

 

Denzel’s Back!  Reports are he’s on campus, but will have to sit out 1st semester. Probably see him on the court by the Arizona St. Game.

denzel_Mahoney
Courtesy – SEMO

 

Recruiting –  from www.Whiteandbluereview.com

2019 Division III transfer Austin Hutcherson is in Omaha for an official visit this weekend. The 6-foot-6 guard from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, averaged 20.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and shot 39.2% from three last season as a sophomore.  Was NESCAC FoY in 2017/18, 1st Team All-NESCAC in 2018/19.

According to reports out of South Bend, Hutcherson has already visited Notre Dame, and plans to visit Marquette and Illinois before making a decision. If he chooses Creighton, he would be a sit one/play two guy sitting along with Memphis transfer Antwann Jones, who is a sit one/play three guy for the upcoming season.

Hutcherson
Courtesy – Wesleyan University

No word yet on any 2020 Kiyron Powell visit reschedule.

No 2020 Commits as of now.

Awards

Men’s Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

Martin Krampelj Named to 2018-19 NABC Honors Court

 

 

Plenty of chatter over on holyland of hoops irt UConn, expansion, recruiting, & biggest fan bases.  Check it out.  www.holylandofhoops.com

 

 

The State of CU Recruiting – 2019

“Top tier teams rarely have true ‘down’ years and find a way to stay relevant every year.” – Adoraz (Holylandofhoops.com)

 

Davion22

 

I recently asked about what the philosophy and strategies were for Jays basketball recruiting.  I was told by an anonymous source that the Jays;

Try to pick battles that make sense (prior relationships or geographical advantages).

Traditionally, Creighton Basketball, as a Midmajor, recruited for fit to its’ system.  The Jays went after players who had talents/skills to fit the style of play and had upside potential.  Our players were predominantly 2 & 3 star guys back in those days, with an occasional 4-star guy (Lawson, Miles, Morrison, Stinnett -247Sports) thrown in.

Jays_2007-08
2007 – Two 4-Stars, 2 transfers, Dane Watts, & Bookwood.  Wow!

With the move to the majors in 2013 we had a shift in our recruiting targets up to the 4 star level.  Recent recruiting has still focused on fit for the Jays uptempo style and the team has had good successes in bringing in 4-star recruits.  In the six years we’ve been in the Big East, we have signed six 4-star HS recruits to the team.  With Jacob Epperson being the highest rated Creighton recruit (247 Sports 0.9664) since ratings began in the mid 2000’s.  Two of our transfers were also 4-stars out of HS.  Five of which are still onboard, counting transfer SF Antwaan Jones.

Surprisingly, all of our six Big East recruiting classes have been Top 100, with the 3 classes of 2016-2018 rated in the Top 50.  The 2017 class of Epperson, Ballock, and Alexander rated #25 (247 Sports).  Have we had our misses? Yes, like all programs we’ve missed a few we’d liked to have snared, but overall our recruiting has been successful.

The Jays also have had significant recent success in bringing in foreign players such as Canadian Jahenns Manigat, Slovenian Martin Krampelj, and Aussies Jacob Epperson & Samson Froling.

 

 

CU is at a significant geographical disadvantage on 90% of our recruits.  That is why we have pivoted to the international scene some.  CU will try on any player that makes sense (fits our style, fits from a character standpoint) from our región.  Otherwise Creighton will focus on taking advantage of our network and relationships both nationally and internationally .

Another area of success has been the growing college transfer market.  Who would have envisioned todays burgeoning lists of transfers back in the day when we picked up Gd Nick Bahe-KU (2005) and Fwd Chad Millard-Louisville (2006)?  Creighton has relied on cherrypicking a steady stream of talent from the transfer ranks, most recently Gd/Fwds Kaleb Joseph (4*), Damien Jefferson, Denzel Mahoney, and Antwaan Jones  (4*).

 

 

Our 2 main message board sites had the Jays with 23 and 27 main 2019 offers with one site having over 15 additional recruits of interest.  Not knocking those sites by any means but my source inferred:

The other thing to note is that just because an offer is reported, does’t mean that an actual offer was made.  Kids, especially young kids, mistake a couple calls for an offer. We laugh all the time about kids that report we have offered that we called a couple times and never offered,  The Jays have even had a few times where we were reported to be a finalist and we weren’t recruiting the kid and had never offered.

My synopsys is that the overall state of recruiting for the Jays is good.  We’ve won a few battles and lost a few as well, but we’ve secured enough talent to remain competitive.  Here’s the thing…Can Creighton basketball recruiting improve and remain competitive in conference and on the national scene?

Adoraz (HolylandofHoops.com) says:  “Top tier teams rarely have true ‘down’ years and find a way to stay relevant every year.”

Good recruiting is one of the means for the CU basketball program to achieving and maintaining relevance.

By all means Yes!  We need to continue to schedule as well as we have, win at current levels or better, and also overachieve a bit more – both in the regular season as well as in the post season NCAAs. All the above will aid us in continuing to recruit effectively.  We must improve in order to remain competitive as our Big East brethren are killing it on the recruiting trail.  From Villanova to DePaul, all are signing high end recruits, and UConn rejoins the mix next season (2020).  It’s an arms race and Creighton must strive to stay relevant.

We are on the right path…stay the course.

billy32

 

Photos:  Creighton Athletics

 

 

 

Become strategically relevant.

Step 1: (Re)define marketing for your organization                                                                  Step 2: Align with corporate strategy                                                                                          Step 3: Cascade performance from pipeline .                          https://www.dmnews.com/customer-experience/news/13057959/3-steps-to-achieving-strategic-marketing-relevance

The common threads along the path to strategic relevance all come together around pipeline and your ability to build it or convert it as a total marketing system. The path to strategic relevance is straightforward: Define your marketing organization as an ecosystem of demand creation, align your mix to pipeline creation and Athletic Department/University (business) performance, and then measure everything you do according to its impact on the topline results of your business.  (Seek assistance from your Bus. Marketing and University planners for converting SR principles to your needs.)

Set goals.   Develop objectives/milestones to meet goals.   Measure results.  https://www.saba.com/blog/3-types-of-goals-you-should-set-in-2015