Good afternoon, and thanks for spending part of your day with Extra Points. I don't normally send two newsletters out in one day, but today is special.
I have an exciting announcement to share with all of you. Extra Points has the acquired Out Of Bounds with Andy Wittry, another excellent college sports newsletter.
What does this mean?
It means that subscribers to Out of Bounds are now free subscribers to Extra Points. They’ve also been given a unique discount code, in case they would like to become full Extra Points subscribers. While the Out of Bounds archives will remain online, Andy will no longer publish new newsletters for Out of Bounds. Instead, he will write one newsletter a week here at Extra Points.
Why did you decide to do this?
For one, Andy writes excellent stuff! If you’re reading Extra Points, it’s because you care about the nitty-gritty that shapes college sports, and Andy does an excellent job of reporting and covering the nitty-gritty in college sports. He’s better at finding interesting stuff from FOIA than I am, asks questions I wouldn’t think to ask, and brings a unique perspective that fits in very well with what I’ve built here at EP.
I also wanted to do this because I want Extra Points to be sustainable. It is way easier for me to spend time working with college students, selling ads and subscriptions, doing podcasts, doing research, and all the backend stuff that comes with running a business if I’m not also writing four newsletters a week.
Working with Andy allows my editorial Extra Points work to be more sustainable and lets me spend more time on building Extra Points, all without sacrificing quality or your experience. I think you’ll really enjoy reading him.
Andy shared his own perspective on the move here. I hope to publish his debut newsletter for Extra Points next week. Andy’s work will appear as free newsletters and occasionally as paywalled newsletters.
I’m able to make investments like this because of your support. If you want to continue to support Extra Points and make sure that you get all of my content and Andy’s content, please consider becoming a full Extra Points subscriber, which you can do here.
This week, Extra Points paid subscribers got to read a deep dive into UTRGV's plans to launch FCS football (along with women' swimming, TWO marching bands, and more), as well as a look at a potentially new and lucrative way for athletes to monetize NIL without having to shill for a random pizza company.
If you like the free newsletters, I think you'd like the paid newsletters too.
By now, the latest episode of Going For Two has dropped, and you should be able to access it in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you happen to download your podcasts.
In this episode, Bryan and I take your questions for a mailbag episode. You gave us a lot of good questions, including
- What does the AAC do now after three of their biggest brands just got poached?
- Could the Not-SEC alliance lead to mixing and merging of the Pac-12 Network and the Big Ten Network?
- Should we expect other teams to try to make it as FBS independents in the near future?
- What individual players are we most excited to watch this season?
- What is the long-term trajectory of massive, team-wide NIL deals?
- College hockey?!?
- And more!
Going For Two is our free podcast, covering the sort of stories and conversations that don't neatly fit into Extra Points newsletters, featuring myself and Bryan Fischer. It publishes every Wednesday morning. If you enjoy the show, please tell your friends, and maybe leave a nice review, so other folks can find it.
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