Kevin Warren Brings NFL Background, Varied Experience to Big Ten As League's New Commissioner

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IH8UOFM's picture

I watched the BTN online broadcast until it went on the fritz. Dude sounds sharp as a tack and I think he will be a great ambassador for the Big Ten.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

A downvote?  Really?  I hope that was a fat fingered mistake.

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WC Buckeye's picture

B1G hitter.  Great hire. 

Maybe with his ND connections, he'll finally persuade those fools to join the B1G and kick Maryland out?

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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teddyballgame's picture

Maryland is pretty good actually.  You sure you're not thinking of Buttgers?

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analyticalguy's picture

ND would bring a bigger mid-Atlantic footprint than Rutgers.  Just saying.

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CowCat's picture

Wouldn't you kick out Rutgers first? Maryland has been doing better.

Anyhow, this seems like a great hire from an operations perspective. The only question I would have is around his marketing savvy. Delaney was a master at that, but Delaney will be mentoring him until 1/1/2020.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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BrutusB's picture

#warmtake:  Indiana has actually been the biggest dead weight for the past 30 years. 

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Poisonous Nuts's picture

...and yet has consistently put up a better fight against the Bucks in football than ND in recent history.

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WC Buckeye's picture

Rutgers, while athletically inept, brings the NY market ($$) with it. I could make good arguments for drumming them, Maryland, or Indiana, frankly if we were looking only at sports.  Academically, it's a different picture, though, and most tend to forget that the foundational concepts of the conference were actually academic. Due to that, I would definitely put the target on Maryland first.

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ohiost94's picture

Sounds like a great hire. Props for the link to the Morrison Warren Jr. article, that was a good read.

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craigfling's picture

Wonder how he'll be as far as favoring the Rose Bowl over a B10 playoff berth.

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AnnArborsBuckeye's picture

This is a big one and needs to be addressed.

Get dumped then

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BuckeyeBig2012's picture

Does anyone think that Gene didn't know this was coming? Yeah, the AD at one of the most prominent institutions in the league has to find out at the press conference who the next person will be in the Commissioner's chair. 

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LTWilliams's picture

Did anyone check Gene's contract for any bonuses related to knowing the new commissioner?

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BuckeyeSaab's picture

He seems like he is more that qualified to handle the operations side of being the commissioner.  So my only concern is what his leadership vision will be.  Is he going to fight for the B1G?  Is he going to set teams up for success?  Or, is he going to be a hands off chump like Delaney who cares about nothing beyond maximizing revenue, fans and championships be damned?  Only time will tell.

Who is blue, fast and likes rangs?  The Dankey Kang.

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BrutusB's picture

What exactly did you want Delaney to do?  He gave every team in our conference an absolute boatload of money, which was his job.  Unless he was playing LB for us against Purdue (which I can't really disprove) he didn't keep us out of the playoffs.

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CowCat's picture

^^This.

Delaney gave every B1G school all they needed in $$ to succeed. It's up to the teams themselves to win and make the playoffs.

Apart from the TV revenue, I'd argue that OSU hiring Urban Meyer was the largest positive change. It sent a message throughout the conference that there would be no more lazy "gentlemen's agreements" in games. Improve your team or get blown out by OSU.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Vabuck213's picture

This. Look at all of the fans complaining about the Pac 12 commish. He was the highest paid, twice as well paid as Delaney, and they get the least amount of money per school. His main job is is to put the schools in the best financial position to do well. Its up to the schools and their leadership, board and president, to then take that money and make successful programs with it. Sounds like this guy has the contract and negotiating chops to continue that based on his operations and law background. 

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BuckeyeSaab's picture

So..

You love Friday night games?

You love the scheduling that puts an emphasis TV favorable matchups ahead of any sort of balance?

You think MD and Rutgers have improved the play within the B1G?

You consider the Rose Bowl to be more important than a Championship?

That's fine if you love all the things that Delaney did, but just because he brought in cash doesn't mean I am required to like his governing vision.

Who is blue, fast and likes rangs?  The Dankey Kang.

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BrutusB's picture

The first three got us $50M+ in contract revenue, so yea I'm fine with those.

No one thinks the Rose Bowl is more important than a championship.  We missed the playoffs because we lost by a million to Purdue, not because Delaney secretly lobbied the committee to send us to Pasadena instead.

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BuckeyeSaab's picture

Brutus,

In both your comments you mention the loss to Purdue.  Why?  I never did.  Do you think my dislike of Delaney's leadership started on Dec 2nd 2019?  If so why?  I mentioned things I don't like that Delaney did that happened before the 2019 CFP selection so I really don't understand you are referencing the loss to Purdue.  Straw-man much?

PS: My dislike for Delaney dates back to the 90's

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Vabuck213's picture

Hate the Friday night games, that should be left for High school games. 

I'm assuming you mean competitive balance? I don't really have an issue with our schedule in terms of competitiveness. I don't think that OSU plays a dramatically more difficult schedule than anybody else in the country. Yea we don't have chicken shit saturday like they do in the SEC but I wouldn't want that anyway. I think the schedule prepares them to play in the playoffs and that's the ultimate goal anyway. 

I think MD has improved the play in many sports of the BIG, just not football yet but they are as much or more of a contributor than Indiana or Illinois. I think Locksley has the potential to do well there. Rutgers is a hot mess but that whole athletic blew up in an unprecedented and unpredictable manner. And they did serve their purpose in helping make the BIG school the highest paid schools in the country. Also if you are going to include MD and Rutgers you have to give him credit for bringing in Nebraska as well. I'm assuming you are ok with them being in the BIG?

Not sure on the Rose Bowl comment. They were in the Rose Bowl because they lost to Purdue, I don't think Delaney can do anything to ensure the Buckeyes make the playoffs when they blow it in a game like that. 

Other than the Friday night games, the whole Leaders and Legends PR fail, and the Rutgers implosion I'm not sure what most fans hate for him is. He started the BIG network which was such a huge win every conference has since followed suit trying to replicate it's success. That in and of itself has bettered the current and future state of the BIG and will keep it competitive for years to come. He's not perfect but its hard to argue his tenure overall was not successful. 

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Welcome to the league. Best of luck.

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BrutusB's picture

So he has familiarity with agents and sports marketing, has experience with stadium and gameday operations, and has experience negotiating contracts and dealing with the legal side.  Seems like a great hire.

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CowCat's picture

Warren has all the credentials you could ask for and more. He doesn't have B1G credentials, but maybe that's a good thing. He can inject some new ideas, while learning the nuances of the B1G from Delaney.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

It appears that he's broadly "qualified," though I guess I expected someone more grounded in the business side of college sports to get the nod, like an AD or the commissioner of a smaller conference, which is what Delany had been.

Other than that, not much to say other than good luck and enjoy Chicago. 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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Johnny Ginter's picture

he sees like an incredibly well rounded guy, and his extensive experience as a lawyer is going to be a HUGE asset when it comes time to renegotiate the media contracts that are going to be coming down the pike. beau and i have talked about this a lot on the dubcast, but i truly think that the biggest challenge warren is going to face is the fragmentation of sports broadcasting over the next 5-10 years and how to monetize that.

delany, despite some missteps, was a genius at generating revenue for the conference, but he did it within a dying media model. warren has some big challenges ahead of him.

brutus360's picture

I agree Johnny. Delany was phenomenal. Hard to replace him too.  It will be interesting to see how the new media landscape all unfolds. Warren may be just what the conference needs for that transformation.

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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brutus360's picture

This guy has impressive credentials. Look, there’s a lot of individuals, which include women, that have top notch backgrounds. I don’t get the dvs so far when all comments have been positive. This guy looks very solid.

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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BTBuckeye's picture

Seems like a sharp guy. Good luck! His decisions affect us all.

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Poisonous Nuts's picture

Sex boat for the b10 y’all!!!!!

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