July 1, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: College athletics conference realignment

Analyst and host Missy Heidrick is joined by Blair Kerkhoff to discuss changes in college athletics

While we may be on a break from college sporting events, the world of college athletics never stops throwing us curve balls or coming down the lane on a fast break. It is “migration day” as we move from Power 5 to Power 4 in college conferences – new teams to new leagues and what it all means. We also are seeing the landscape change yet again with what will come of the NCAA and paying college athletes in the future. Analyst and host Missy Heidrick is joined by hall of fame journalist Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star to look back on how we got to this point and what it all means moving forward.

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First, Missy and Blair discuss how we arrived at this moment in NCAA sports — namely, large media rights deals for college football.

“It goes to show how college football rules college sports because all these moves were made because of college football properties, right? … That’s where the great value in college sports is,” Kerkhoff said. “That’s why we have the situation that we have today.

Later the two discuss the specific implications of conference realignment on women’s basketball. Will new conference rivalries emerge? How will travel impact the overall student-athlete experience. Don’t miss Monday’s episode.

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