Final Decision on Satellite Camps

If y’all have been following the various UTAdSports social media profiles (or just keeping up with off-season college football news) then you might have heard about the NCAA deciding to ban so called “satellite” football camps. These are camps colleges would hold away from their home campuses to showcase football programs to kids outside of typical recruiting territories.

The big players ultimately had their wish granted. You guessed it, all of the Power 5 conferences, except for the Big 10, voted in favor of the ban. This decision didn’t sit too well with just about every team outside of the Power 5. They saw it as a hindrance to their already tough job of securing more top level recruits. Teams outside of the Power 5 rely heavily on recruiting distant players because they often have to deal with leftovers after Power 5 teams come through and sweep up most four and five-star recruits. The decision was a way to essentially prevent competition and secure Power 5 conference teams seat at the top.

It wasn’t a decision that just hurt smaller teams though. Players who aren’t exactly cut out to play in the SEC or Big 12 would have less of a shot getting noticed simply due to not being able to showcase their stuff for say a team in Conference USA or the MAC.

Yesterday, however, the NCAA Board of Governors decided to rescind the decision on the ban and allow satellite camps to continue. The board is interested in the holistic recruiting environment in college football, to which satellite camps play an integral part of. At the end of the day all of college football will benefit from allowing satellite camps to continue and competition will at least be somewhat better this way.


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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