Good morning, and thanks for your continued support of Extra Points.
You don't need me to tell you that this is a time of great change in college sports. Conferences are realigning. The very foundations of amateurism are crumbling under the weight of the courts and public opinion. The NCAA's core mission and organization could completely blow up in nine months. The list goes on.
I spend a lot of time talking to folks in the industry, trying to better understand what they think and how they feel about many of these changes. I'm regularly talking to athletic directors, conference commissioners, athletic department staff, academics, consultants, vendors, and others...and if you'd like to chat, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Anybody is also welcome to fill out our survey on what they want from the NCAA Constitutional Convention.
But I don't get to talk to regular ol' fans as much as I'd like. I talk to my readers in our Discord server, sure (if you haven't signed up, the invite is at the end of this newsletter), and my Twitter followers, but I'm not sure if that's exactly a representative sample.
The folks over at Morning Consult did have a chance to talk to a larger group than “individuals who indicated they'd read pay walled content about the ASUN.” They surveyed over 2,000 fans to get a better idea about how they feel about the direction of college sports.
The responses might be a little surprising, and I don't know if every Extra Points reader would necessarily agree.