Sports betting and NIL are changing the sports landscape of Arizona, Aguano and Hawaii, more…

I’ve been away the last two weeks since my mother-in-law passed away. Thanks for the good wishes…

Legalized sports betting and Name-Image-Likeness have arrived on the Arizona sports landscape in the last nine months. Don’t get me wrong, both have changed fans and competitors at every level of the sport. The more for the better. some don’t.

Sports betting is a harmless form of entertainment for many, however, I worked with a compulsive gambler many years ago. His tragic story is one that I will never forget. I was also the radio color analyst during the Arizona State basketball point elimination scandal in the 90s. To think that something like that can’t happen anymore (doesn’t happen anymore ) is simply naive. Underage gambling is also a concern. On the other side, I like going to a sportsbook, depositing a few pennies, cutting it with friends, while watching a game. For me, it’s a good form of relaxation on occasion.

I have a much bigger problem with NIL. I am in favor of an athlete in any sport earning some form of income from their name, image and likeness. However, what I see/hear very early on are parents, guardians, street agents of players and being part of the bargaining circle. Gone are the days of getting the amazing full scholarship and performing on the court, field, diamond, pool, mat or track. I hear parents, even at the high school level, talk about getting into the NIL money pile. So when you open your business and look for talent, drop yourself a big check in front of them once they’ve agreed to join you even though they haven’t done any tasks for you (the signing bonus is one thing)? What if they don’t work well for you? You get rid of it, don’t you? In college athletics, just keep feeding yourself and looking for players to add to the roster. NIL in one school disappears, but in some cases the attractiveness increases in another school. Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher said in December: “NIL has been going on for a long time, it’s just not over the top, now it is, I think it’s affecting things. ” That would be a huge understatement.

On the plus side, a school like Arizona or Arizona State can get out of chess quickly using NIL and the ability to play right away. Both programs have seen mass defections, so the player looking for extended play time to go along with the NIL money could/could call on essential talents…

Leftovers…

Brandon Clarke played at Desert Vista High School on the basketball court, graduating in 2015. A first-round pick in 2019, Clark is now thriving in Memphis, averaging in double digits. He was on the NBA-All-Rookie team in 2020. In comparison, Marvin Bagley averages fewer points and minutes in Sacramento, although I think (hope) that changes with Alvin Gentry leading now the Kings. Going a step further, Bagley and his former Corona Del Sol running mate Alex Barcello have come a long way since splitting from the Aztecs in 2015. Bagley went the prep school route, a year at Duke, then the Kings took him and passed on Luca (Suns took Ayton). Now Sacramento must decide whether to trade Bagley next month or offer him a qualifying offer. Apart from the bank account, it’s very fair to say that things haven’t gone well for the ex-Corona Del Sol player. If Bagley had stayed at Corona del Sol, he would still have had opportunities like Duke, would still have been drafted high, and likely would have won four IMO high school state titles.

Barcello, meanwhile, moved from Corona Del Sol in Tucson to play for Sean Miller in Arizona. Smartly, he got out of Tucson when the program imploded and enrolled in BYU. Today, the Cougars are 16-4 in the West Coast Conference and Barcello is having a stellar senior season averaging 17 points per game on 47% shooting.

Shaun Aguano getting the head coaching job in Hawaii would be a great move for both parties. Aguano took over as head coach at Chandler High in 2011. moved to Arizona State in 2019. He did enough at the college level to earn the job in Hawaii, a program that is become a revolving door.

Arizona State fans should want their assistants sued or left for better career opportunities. Shaun has earned that right…

Nine long months before hearing about Kliff Kingsbury’s future as Cardinals head coach. The lifespan of Arizona Cardinal head coaches is typically just over three years. Here we are…

When people start the conversation with “what do you think of_________” That’s code for “let me tell you what I think” It happened earlier this week with someone at the grocery store. This person wanted to talk about how Chris Paul is overrated because he didn’t win a title. Yes, these people exist among us. I just wanted to buy some broccoli…

It’s cute that someone would pay to have a billboard put up somewhere on I-10 about ASU owning Arizona in football.

Is bragging about having the worst program in D1 Football worth the cost of a billboard? Try getting to a Pac-12 title game or beating South Power Utah. Ignoring is more hurtful. Does this spice up a “rivalry”? Oh good? Donate billboard money to charity…

Devin Booker will be part of the All-Star team. Being picked by coaches is more important than being picked in a popularity contest by fans. An NBA title MVP is the one it takes…

Jimmy Garrapolo-Eastern Illinios, Aaron Rodgers-Butte Junior College, transfer to California, Josh Allen-Reedly Community College, transfer to Wyoming. Yes, dad-baller paths to the NFL other than Stafford, Brady, Mahomes, and Burrow are available if you just humble yourself over the choice of college for your son…

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