What is Extra Points?
There aren’t as many places on the internet that talk about the COLLEGE part of college sports. Extra Points is one of those places.
This newsletter covers all the off-the-field stuff that shapes college sports, from the largest FBS schools to the smallest NAIA programs. Four days a week, you’ll get commentary, analysis and original reporting on major issues like NIL legislation, how college athletic budgets function, how athletic departments fit (and don’t fit) with the rest of the university, and how the entire enterprise really operates.
If you care about the college and the sports in college sports, you'll love Extra Points.
What do I get with a free subscription?
With a free subscription, you'll get two newsletters a week, usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. You'll also get a podcast, Going For Two, that I record with Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports, which digs into topics that can't be squeezed into a single newsletter.
What do I get with a paid subscription?
In addition to those two newsletters and the podcast, you get two additional newsletters, giving you four newsletters a week. You get access to our private Discord server, shared with my friends at Moon Crew (the folks who run the popular Shutdown Fullcast and Split Zone Duo podcasts). Like-minded readers hang out and I regularly do Q&A sessions there.
You also get the satisfaction that comes with supporting independent media that includes coverage of smaller schools and lesser known issues.
Who are you?
I'm Matt Brown. I used to oversee SB Nation’s college team sites and regularly contributed to SBNation.com’s college football coverage. My coverage increasingly focused on off-the-field issues, from conference realignment to media rights to athletic department finances.
I wrote a book on great college football What If questions, covering pivotal moments through college football history like the Airplane Conference and University of Chicago's descent from D-I greatness.
Prior to getting into sports journalism, I taught elementary school, worked as a political organizer, and in executive search. I'm passionate about open records, college football history, higher education, and building an internet for humans, rather than algorithms.
I have a degree from The Ohio State University, by way of brief pit stops at American University and Ohio State's Newark campus. I grew up in football obsessed Ohio, then lived all over the country, and now currently live in Chicago.
Does anybody else work on this thing?
I occasionally publish freelance stories, and I work with a variety of vendors for stuff like sales support and analytics.
But it is worth pointing out that even though she doesn't get any bylines, my wife, Taylor Brown, does a lot of work on Extra Points too. She's my occasional editor, consigliere, FOIA-sender, chart-reader, and doer of truckloads of unpaid emotional labor. If this is a good newsletter, she's a significant reason why.
How can I reach Matt?
Drop me an email at Matt@ExtraPointsMB.com, shoot me a tweet at @MattBrownEP, or mail me something at:
Good Spot Publishing LLC
C/O Matt Brown
PO Box 411023
Chicago Illinois 60641