Two-Minute Drill: LeBron’s New Deal, CFP Leaving NCAA?

Jonathan Grant | August 18th, 2022

1st Down: LeBron James will be a Los Angeles Laker for a little bit longer, with the team and the player agreeing a two-year extension to his deal on Wednesday according to his agency. The Lakers had been entering the last season of the superstar’s deal, and it will now run potentially three more years as the player will have the option to extend it an additional year. The money involved, reportedly, $97.1 million, means he will essentially have a no-trade clause. Though it’s unofficial, it’s hard to see how anyone could afford him, so it’s not like there will be numerous suitors for him. Possibly a couple here and there, but that is about it. James, 37 currently, is ineligible to be traded this season, and will hope to help the purple and gold return to the playoffs after missing out last campaign.

2nd Down: College football has changed a lot in the past couple of decades, and it could be set for another seismic shift as the latest reports state that the College Football Playoff could part ways with the NCAA. The members of the CFP board have, apparently, talked about the governing of the game being handed over to them rather than the NCAA, which would bring all kinds of major changes. It is being said that it is very early on in the discussions and this is a fairly new idea. It is rather interesting because the CFP runs the postseason and the NCAA the regular season, so perhaps there is more fire to this than smoke. Money ultimately does talk, and that will determine where this idea goes.

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3rd Down: The WNBA Playoffs got underway on Wednesday night with a pair of games, and one of the games included quite the upset to start the best-of-three first round. The Chicago Sky, defending champs and the #2 seed, fell 98-91 at home to the New York Liberty, leaving them on the brink of elimination. The Liberty finished the game with a 13-0 run while both Sabrina Ionescu and Natasha Howard posted 22 points. In the other game, top-seed Las Vegas defeated Phoenix 79-63 at home to take the 1-0 advantage. Kelsey Plum had 22 to lead all scorers, giving her team the expected edge.

4th Down: After hearing a rant from quarterback Aaron Rodgers go public about their performance, Green Bay’s wide receivers got to meet with the QB- and the others, too. Rodgers didn’t call the meeting according to reports, but he took full advantage of it, with one of the young WR’s stating that he was mainly giving advice to them. Rodgers’ gripes came after a poor showing in which he felt there were too many drops and bad decisions made by the receiving corps. We’ll see how it goes and whether or not this stance prevails in a positive manner for #12 and co. when the season gets going relatively soon.

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