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But the House settlement widens the gulf like never before. NCAA Division I basketball headed for a breakup, because the Power Four needs the smaller schools to pay their end of the settlement, and NCAA Tournament rev- enue is the only way they can do it. But when it comes to football, dispense once and for all with the farce of powerhouse schools writing checks for easy wins to small ones that, from a competitive standpoint, should only be playing against one another. relied on those checks for a long time to help keep red ink their athletic budgets. But been the last dog at the bowl long enough, tired of it, and at this point, better their own bowl.

Their own schedule. Their own Their own TV contract. The Power Four? Counting Notre Dame, 68 schools whose time as its own division has come. a concept that Nick Saban once advocated for, but the retired Alabama coach proba- bly have imagined it could be- come a reality this soon. Big changes are coming, and fast.

And a 68-team Division I in football should be one of them. Goodbread Continued from Page 1B passes from Levis. When practice ended, though, Call- ahan raving about them as much as another position. Take a gander at what he said about running backs Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears: all the groups that we Call- ahan said, think those guys are the ones that are probably the most exciting for me. Just all the places you can put those guys into formation, all the ways you can get them the ball, in the screen game and the passing game.

really excited about what shown so far. Those guys are two really fantastic Henry this new Titans of- fense. Pollard and Spears, they do, with their versatility and pass-catching abil- ity and explosiveness in space. Plus, two of them. never giving the defense a Pollard said Tuesday.

got one guy that can come in there and do a lot of things, then sub out and put in another back that can do the exact same, come with that same ener- gy. going to be tough on a basically what Callahan was saying without mentioning Henry, who he never coached. Such early praise from Call- ahan for Pollard and Spears two other players Callahan coached until now carried a of that be ignored. It was the new coach telling you how the new is shaping up to be just Callahan the only one suggesting it, either. think they are going to surprise a lot of Hopkins added of the two running backs.

With Henry, the Titans could have pushed harder to keep him this son. They had the money and salary- cap space. Never seemed, though, like general manager Ran Carthon planned to spend it on Henry. Perhaps related, Henry never acted like he planned to stay. Had he stayed, it would have been in a supporting role.

no good. Henry is the type of running back that thrives when featured. An must be committed to feeding him carries to get his best. Mike Titans did it for years. Titans never were going to do it.

In a recent appearance on the With the podcast hosted by Taylor Lewan, Callahan said he would have been open to Henry returning, but that parting ways was for both parties probably the best deci- Henry found a better in Baltimore. Good for him. Good for them. But it might prove better for these Ti- tans, too, than most would think. These Titans going to be anything like Titans.

After the past two sea- sons, that sounds like a good thing. Reach Tennessean sports columnist Gentry Estes at and on the platform (formerly known as Twitter) Estes Continued from Page 1B connected to the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL), including but not limited to endorsem*nts and personal appearances. In a joint statement, the NCAA and the commissioners of the Power Five conferences said, in part, the settle- ment an important step in the con- tinuing reform of college sports that will provide to student-ath- letes and provide clarity in college athletics across all divisions for years to come. This settlement is also a road map for college sports leaders and Congress to ensure this uniquely American institution can continue to provide unmatched opportunity for millions of Representatives of the NCAA said Thursday night they will remain fo- cused on to keep athletes from being determined to be school em- ployees, an issue that is the subject of another ongoing court case and com- plaints being pursued through the Na- tional Labor Relations Board. The NCAA representatives said they also want to make sure that schools and the association will not face legal consequences for comply- ing with the proposed settlement.

Be- cause the proposed settlement in- cludes a cap on the revenues that would be shared with athletes, that potentially leads to continued pursuit of some form of antitrust protection. As for the damages payments to former and current athletes, based on one of the lawsuits, payments could be made to athletes reaching back to 2016. That date is four years prior to when the suit was initially the reach-back period allowed under antitrust law. Berman said the settlement money will be divided into pools based on several criteria. For example, one pool would be based on TV broadcast mon- ey that would have gone to athletes if NCAA limits on pay had not existed; another would be based on money connected to video games.

Payments also will depend on factors including the number of years an athlete was on a team. Berman said football and basketball players eligible to re- ceive money from the damages fund each are likely to receive tens of thou- sands of dollars, if not more. What happens next? The proposed deal now will have to receive both preliminary and ap- proval from U.S. District Judge Clau- dia Wilken. She also will consider a fees-and-costs request from the attorneys that usually is based on a percentage of the damages pool.

A preliminary settlement propos- al is likely to be within 30 to 45 days. As part of the overall approval process, athletes presumably repre- sented by other attorneys will have the opportunity to object. The approval process likely will take months to com- plete. There is already another ongoing antitrust suit against the NCAA and the conferences that has the potential to be a source of objection to the proposed settlement. On Thursday, U.S.

District Judge Charlotte Sweeney in Denver de- nied a request from the NCAA and the conferences to move that case from Colorado to California. Had Sweeney granted the request, the NCAA and the conferences likely would have sought to have this suit consolidated with one of those covered by the proposed settlement. However, Berman said he and co- lead counsel Kessler will pursue legal strategies designed to make sure the claims in the case in Col- orado are covered by the proposed set- tlement. An NCAA representative ex- pressed Thursday night that the case in Colorado will not be an impediment to the proposed settle- ment. Berman said that if the approval process goes smoothly, he hopes ath- letes could begin receiving checks from the damages pool in fall 2025.

How did we get here? The concept of college athletes being compensated in this manner was anathema to even the richest athletics departments 15 years ago, when the in what became a line of antitrust cases was by Seat- tle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Sha- piro LLP. At that time, athletes basically were limited to receiving scholarships com- prised of tuition and mandatory fees, books, room and board. Since then, college sports revenues, along with the salaries of coaches and administrators, have boomed. The Power Five conferences combined to total just over $3.55 billion in revenue during their 2023 years, accord- ing to their most recent federal tax rec- ords. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart recently signed a contract that is set to pay him $13 million annually.

And former Texas football coach Jim- bo Fisher is receiving more than $77 million in buyout money after being by the school this past November. Meanwhile, many college athletics at major-conference schools slowly and under pressure from federal courts and state legisla- tors began warming to the idea of ways for their athletes to get greater Settlement Continued from Page 1B Report: Crosby receiving $6M raise Maxx Crosby, the Las Vegas star defensive end, will make an addi- tional $6 million next season, ESPN re- ported on Thursday. Per the report, the Raiders add any years to his contract and will also move $1.2 million into his contract for the 2025 season. Crosby, 26, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who signed a four-year exten- sion with $95 million in new money and more than $53 million guaranteed in March 2022. A fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2019, Crosby recorded career highs in sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (22) in 2023 and was a second-team All-Pro se- lection for the second time.

He was also a second-team All-Pro in 2021. In his seasons with the Raiders, Crosby has 52 sacks, 321 tackles, 18 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 88 tackles for loss. Per ESPN Stats Information, Cros- by was due to make $19.01 million, $21.038 million and $21.038 million the next three seasons. Waddell steps down as president, GM Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell resigned Friday morning. Eric Tulsky has been named interim general manager for the Hurricanes, who announced that they are beginning a search for a full-time replacement.

morning, I spoke with Tom (Dundon, Hurricanes owner) and in- formed him that I have come to the deci- sion that now is the time for me to move to the next chapter of my Wad- dell said. have loved my experiences in the Triangle over the past 10 years, and together with a strong team, on and the ice, we have accomplished many great victories. I am grateful for the sup- port I have received from so many loyal Caniacs. This organization is in strong, capable hands and well-positioned for the Sportsnet and TSN reported Waddell interviewed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Per TSN, Waddell was on an expiring contract and given permission to speak to other teams.

The Blue Jackets general man- ager Jarmo Kekalainen in February. Waddell, 65, joined the Hurricanes as president on July 1, 2014, and became the general manager on May 8, 2018. He was assistant general manager with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 when they won the Stanley Cup and GM of the Atlanta Thrashers from 1998-2010 before being promoted to team presi- dent. Machac upsets Djokovic in Geneva Tomas Machac upset No. 1 seed No- vak Djokovic 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 in the Gonet Geneva Open on Friday in Switzerland.

The roller-coaster match saw Ma- chac rally from a 1-4 to win the opening set, only to get blanked by the 24-time Grand Slam winner in the sec- ond. After Djokovic won his seventh straight game to open the deciding set, the 23-year-old Czech won the six games for his second top-10 win. have no reaction right now. I just fought for every Machac said after the 2-hour, 7-minute match. you play against Novak you just hope.

You just try to play your best and see what it looks Djokovic was competing in the ATP 250 clay-court event for the time as preparation for the French Open. The Serbian star celebrated his 37th birth- day on Wednesday with his tour- level victory. Wire Reports IN BRIEF.

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