Quick Slant: Grizzlies at Memorial Gymnasium

Oct. 4, 2013

Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.

The Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA have been holding training camp in Memorial Gymnasium this week - two-a-days. One of its owners is J.R. Hand, a Nashville businessman, National Commodore Club member and a long-time Vanderbilt Commodore fan.

An executive team from Collegiate Licensing Company, the college sports marketing giant that handles 13 of the SEC's 14 schools and 42 of the nation's top 50 college revenue producers, was in town for an update this week. Did you realize that college athletics at $4.6 billion in license royalties per year represents just 5% of the $93 billion in the licensing universe? College athletics is behind only Major League Baseball ($5 billion annually) but ahead of third place National Football League ($3.25 billion). You might win a water cooler wager on that one.

We hope NCC members are enjoying your special October issue of Commodore Nation, which should be in your mailbox by now or arriving very soon. It's an expanded issue much like an annual report.

Simon Feng, an accomplished freshman member of our women's golf team, traveled back to her native China this week having had a sponsor's exemption on an LPGA Tour event in Bangkok.

If you can't make it to our soccer stadium this weekend, Fox Sports South will televise both of our games with Missouri (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Kentucky (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

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