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Subject: Re: JMU

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Date Posted: 13:17:36 11/15/21 Mon
In reply to: Ivy Inquisitor 's message, "JMU" on 22:32:36 10/30/21 Sat

It's interesting that more schools are leaving FCS and upgrading to FBS. I think the reason is simple as they are tired of losing money playing FCS football. No other NCAA sport has a two tier Division I system that only chases fans away. In reality the Sun-Belt, Mid-American, and other mid-level FBS programs are not that big of a step up from FCS to FBS. Definitely an upgrade but not huge.

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Date Posted: 13:35:46 11/15/21 Mon

JMU ain't gonna be making money playing FBS football. You can take that to the bank.

Football at almost all FBS programs outside the fixtures in the Top 25 is a loss leader marketing program at the university.

Every college president in America outside of Martha Pollack knows what football does for Notre Dame, for Alabama. Doug Flutie in 1984 lives in the back of everybody's mind. You throw a 65-yard pass for a game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock and, next year, applications to your college rise 20%. That's the dream.

JMU lost money as an FCS program and they will lose money as an FBS program. They've just decided that, if you're going to lose money playing football, why not lose a little more and increase the intangible benefit? Or lose a lot more, as is usually the case.

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Date Posted: 13:44:40 11/15/21 Mon

They lose money only if they are unable to join the Big10 or SEC.

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Date Posted: 15:55:29 11/15/21 Mon

By joining the D1-A I presume the SBC 's ESPN deal is more lucrative the JMU's current deal with NBC Sports and ESPN+. JMU fully understands by moving up to the SBC they'll have basically the same odds as a Ivy team when it comes to playing for a National Championship. There will be more revenue by moving up especially when they play Power-5 teams.

It was a brilliant move by the SBC when they acquired App. St ,Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina. They dropped the ball by rejecting Liberty. There back on track with JMU.

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