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Ohio State football is valued at $1.5 billion, and that caused a stir online

When news broke of the Buckeyes’ valuation, quarterback Joe Burrow voiced his opinion about the matter—drawing some criticisms from the Twittersphere

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“The analysis by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, determined the Ohio State program would be worth $1.5 billion.”

Arthur Weinstein on the Wall Street Journal’s article breaking down the most valuable programs in college football | Sporting News

We knew Ohio State football was a big money maker. But, could you fathom that the program was valued at $1.5 billion? (Yes, that’s billions.)

In an article by The Wall Street Journal, that was later written about by Arthur Weinstein of Sporting News, research was done by a professor that led to him putting the evaluation of the program at the $1.5 billion mark. How does that stack up with other schools? Spoiler: no program can match the Buckeyes, as OSU ranks No. 1.

Behind the Bucks—and within striking distance—are the Texas Longhorns. The school in Austin, Texas has a valuation at $1.24 billion. Behind the Longhorns is a fellow Big 12 school: the Oklahoma Sooners at $1 billion. The Sooners capped off the trio of schools that broke the $1 billion plateau.

Outside, but close to the billion mark, were the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers, who came in at $930,000 and $911,000, respectively.

In comparison to the NFL, the Buckeyes are close to the pros. A Forbes article ranked the valuations of NFL franchises, and concluded that the lowest valued team were the Buffalo Bills at roughly $1.6 billion. Not too far from the Bills were the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. The Bengals were valued at $1.8 billion; the Browns, $1.95 billion.

“Burrow tweeted a link that cited a recent Wall Street Journal piece that values OSU’s athletic department at $1.5 billion.”

Megan Moriarty on Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow’s tweets on OSU being valued at $1.5 billion | SB Nation

However, the news of the Buckeyes being valued at such a high price came with some criticisms—notably from one of the guys currently on the team. Quarterback Joe Burrow took to Twitter to voice his thoughts on how a college football program could be worth so much, yet the return for the student-athletes wasn’t anywhere close to that price.

As Burrow made the hamburger comment, the Twitter mentions rolled in. Some were supporting the student-athletes getting more of the revenue pie; some were saying the scholarship is more than enough.

Like clockwork, basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb came into the Twitter ring to lay down an opinion in less than 140 characters.

But, wait! There’s more.

One of the top replies to Gottlieb’s tweet was pointing out that Gottlieb, who himself was a college athlete, is now making money as a sports personality talking about college athletics. This tweet rubbed someone the wrong way.

And that somebody? Dan Dakich.

The drama still unraveled a tad more in that thread, but back to the main person of interest, Burrow.

Gottlieb’s tweet didn’t go unnoticed by the Buckeye QB, who pointed out that the TV commentator didn’t really know what the rules were.

The exchange of tweets cooled off, and ended with Burrow closing out the night with this nugget:

“A physical, straight-at-you running style is what UNLV relies upon. That approach has led to the Rebels averaging 350.5 yards... a statistic that ranks fourth nationally.”

Mark Anderson on UNLV’s running game | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Against the Oklahoma Sooners, it was a quarterback that could pass; against the Army Black Knights, it was the triple-option offense; this week, the Buckeyes will face a rushing attack from the UNLV Rebels.

Rebels beat writer Mark Anderson, who writes for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wrote a piece about head coach Tony Sanchez’s style of offense. The story begins a couple weeks ago, when the Rebels took on the Idaho Vandals. There, Sanchez told his running back Lexington Thomas that his carries, which were averaging 5.5 yards per pop, weren’t “good enough.”

After that, Thomas broke off a 60-yard and 62-yard rushing touchdown. While it may have been against a Sun Belt conference opponent, the style of attack will be the same when the Rebels come to Columbus, Ohio: physical.

Since Sanchez took over the reigns in 2015—leaving his post as coach at renowned high school powerhouse Bishop Gorman—at UNLV, the rushing game saw its highest output in 13 seasons. Anderson notes that before the regime took charge, the Rebels were averaging a little over 127 yards per game on the ground. In his first season in charge, that number was up to 193; last season, the ground-and-pound offense had over 241 yards per game rushing.

Even after a stumble to Howard in Week 1, which saw three UNLV fumbles, the team from Henderson, Nev., shouldn’t be overlooked. They can run, and with Devonte Boyd at receiver, the team can throw when needed.

Scouting the opposition is a necessity, that’s why it’s always good to get the lowdown on a team like the Rebels—so there aren’t any surprises when you watch the game on Saturday.

Chris Holtmann throws out first pitch at Cincinnati Reds game

With football revenue, football revenue drama, and football scouting checked off the list, it’s time to pivot to the hardwood.

Err, the baseball mound.

Buckeye men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Cincinnati Reds-St.Louis Cardinals game on Thursday night at Great American Ballpark in Cincy.

In addition to Holtmann throwing the first pitch, it was bark at the park night, too. However, even with the help of doggos and Holtmann’s first pitch, the Reds couldn’t get the win, as they were defeated, 8-5.


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