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FBS head-coaching salaries now easily average seven figures, some elite assistants now make what head coaches made at the turn of the century, and contract bonuses and apparel deals top coaches off even further.
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Meanwhile, players have seen their compensation increase only by way of modest stipends and by benefits that are designed to help the school maximize on-field production, such as advanced nutrition programs or eligibility-focused academic support. The NCAA’s member schools have even fought compensation increases that wouldn’t come from the schools’ budgets, such as player rights licensing or Olympic-style endorsements.
There is no major declaration to make about how the standings will shake out in the AL West based on these early weeks, but it’s easy to believe that this kind of back and forth is a likely scenario throughout the year. The Astros can hit, but whether they’ll be able to pitch is a season-long question to ask. The Rangers won the West in 2016, but they also did so on the back of an absurd number of victories in one-run games, and repeating that feat won’t be simple: In fact, they’re already 0-4 in one-run games in 2017 after losing just 11 such games all of last year. The Angels have Mike Trout and a fairly balanced lineup, but the rotation, as usual, could be a problem. Then there are the Mariners, who have a whole lot of pieces, but no one yet knows if they’re the right ones.