Re: Rule Changes All About Money - TV Money
College tennis may prove to be a new "buy"... College allegience may spur renewed interest... The US has lost a lot of WTA Events in the last 20 years. why? Maybe college tennis on TV can halp rejuvenate interest. you never know.. I put my money on anything that promotes more TV exposure, will mean more revenue from Suppliers, manufactures, pro tournaments, etc. Again.. something is more than they get now.
But hey... you know what you can say... "any" dollars coming in are good dollars, and as far as Women's College Tennis is concerned.. Just ask the dying Men's programs. Currently the women only get what title IX gives them... But really... today I had a chance to look at the actual document, thanks to Zoo Tennis... And bingo... TV is written all over it... they also use other words, fan friendly, etc, but TV is the idea... I don't have a positive or negative opinion of what happenned... I'm just saying why it happenned.
As far as a "draconian" view of the "end of college tennis as a pathway".. please... why do traditionalist and experts use drama to make a point... People throw up hands and predict doom... oh boy.. It won't be the end of college tennis... It may be the beginning of some really exciting 3 hour matches that fit into the programming slots that networks may pay someone millions to fill... When little girls are watching Florida vs. Stanford on TV, and all of Northern Florida is following and the "water cooler talk" is about them Gators, and the camera's are swithing from court to court in rapid sequence, and they are watchng at the tennis club or with thier parents, dreaming of being there (because only so few become Venus and Serena - but all these confernces, are now giving this new exposure)and if not them, then lets' make the Golden Domers champs.. guess what.. that helps Womens' College Tennis...To the NCAA, welcome to the real world, the one where they can make money on it and expand it's marketing.
As far as a path to the pros is concerned.. that is a different debate.. and one that really hasn't been proven even today in women's tennis for 4 year players... so few follow that path and of course we have exceptions... but shorter matches, and WTT thrills not withstandinig... you can still play pro tennis in the summer and fall, and still become a pro while playing in season at your college (while getting that degree - as your fall back)... so let's not write the obit too soon on College Tennis Pro Path Death...