Trump2020OP-the real one wrote:
By teaming up with the NCAA Flotrack has gotten into bed with a corrupt organization that is more concerned with money than student athletes and promoting the sport of running. From what I've seen the quality of their broadcasts do not warrant the monthly fee they are charging.
NCAA used to offer free streaming of the NATS. The expense couldn't have been that prohibitive to continue unless Flotrack paid an inflated price for the broadcast rights. I still don't see their business model working long term for such a niche sport as XC. I could be wrong, but I'm not paying, and I probably could afford to, but I have scruples.
NCAA shoveling off responsibility to promote NCAA XC, is causing more harm than good.
It is strange that LetsRun doesn't have a post going on who's going to win individually as there is no far and away favorite like there has been the last few years. Knight, Fisher, 3 Alabama Kenyans, NAU/BYU/Middle TN have top guys as well.
The team competition is also hard to call given two clear lead teams (NAU, BYU) but as we all know it takes 5 guys to line up and perform on that given day. Anything can happen given the next 3 teams (Syracuse, Stanford, Portland) could easily disrupt NAU and BYU if everything doesn't go right.