I agree the divide will most likely only continue to grow. Could change, but will only do so if can interest wanes.I said nothing about the NCAA cracking down on factories. I said it removes the need to be "shady" and even risk it anymore.
Not sure the new NIL law addresses either of these issues.
I am a Collins supporter, but if he can make ATL a predominantly GT town then I will be truly amazed. Even if he TRIPLES our local fanbase we will be vastly outnumbered by uga fans, not to mention the other SEC fans in the area...
Why would he go to Athens to work out? The studio he's filming at is in ATL. A GT athlete made the connection for him. That's awesome, but if it changed the opinion of one adult here in the area in regards to which football team they will support I'd be shocked.
Not denying that we won't have some supporters. The issue is that number is decidedly smaller than the factories, se we start behind the eight ball to begin with.
All this said, I have no problem with players being able to negotiate for themselves. I just think it's incredibly naïve to think that this new law is all of a sudden going to bring some semblance of parity to college football. The factories will find ways to exploit it for their benefit. The rich will continue to get richer. The divide between tier one and tier two will grow wider. I'd love to be wrong, but without drastic and meaningful change to the rules, nothing is going to stop it. We now live in an era where most teams are happy to take the cash for being the bigger teams cupcakes. Half of the P5 are basically conference affiliated cupcakes for the factories. Here's hoping we can stay in the upper half of the P5.
As for fan status changing in Atlanta, that wasn’t what I was speaking of when I mentioned Collins.
When I said I trust Collins to leverage this to our advantage, I meant in attracting talent to come play for us.
I honestly don’t know if it’s possible to change a grown person’s fanhood unless they are just passive.