Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Can a Bubble Be Built?

 


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SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Can a Bubble Be Built?


by Brendan Kleen, Global Sport Matters


"As the NCAA crafts its championship events for the fall and spring semesters, it is looking to the pros for a roadmap. 

During this pandemic, that means putting together a strict, safe, virus-free “bubble,” flush with plentiful testing, strict adherence to public health guidelines -- and a huge investment. After NCAA schools lost an estimated $375 million combined due to the cancelation of the men’s basketball tournaments, there is already a sense of urgency among the association and its membership to find a plan that can be safe, cost-effective, and entertaining for college basketball next spring. Based on the available evidence, the best and perhaps only way to do that is to form a bubble for the tournament, which brings together dozens of student-athletes and staff members from (at least) 68 teams across the country.

But especially in a year that has seen an uptick in demonstrations among college athletes and more momentum in the courts toward compensating them, a full-fledged March Madness bubble has the potential to entirely fracture the line between amateurism and high-value performers.

“A bubble reveals the tension at the heart of big-time college sports,” says Dr. Victoria Jackson, a sports historian and clinical assistant professor of history at Arizona State University. “(The NCAA claims to) treat athletes just like all students in one situation, and then the very next minute are acting in ways that treat students who play sports very differently from other students.”

>> What's At Stake: "Should the NCAA move toward a bubble for any of its championships or major events this school year, safety will only cost money, but the efforts could cost the association its hold on amateurism."

>> The Big Picture: "Were a college bubble to form, the logistics would be similar to what goes on inside the NBA’s clean site at Walt Disney World, from regular testing to maintain a clean environment, plus universal masking, restricted entry and exit and monitored social distancing to ensure one case doesn’t become an outbreak. Testing, according to Dr. Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist and assistant professor of quantitative theory at Emory University, would not even have to be daily if programs were fully safe in a bubble."

>> The Bottom Line: "Another missed NCAA tournament paycheck would be dire for college athletics, but pulling it off could mean cracking an even bigger hole in amateurism. Because of that paradox, a bubble is likely to be a quite complicated solution to an admittedly massive problem for college sport."
 

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2.  NESCAC Votes

NESCAC institutions have partnered with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for a NESCAC Votes initiative. The NESCAC Votes initiative seeks to inform and increase civic engagement and share non-partisan voter registration tools and resources in advance of Election Day on November 3. 

The NESCAC athletic directors have committed to designate November 3 as a day off from athletic activity to support students in their ability to vote on Election Day and to be involved in the democratic process.

As part of the NESCAC Votes initiative, each institution’s student-athlete advisory committee and student-athletes of color council will conduct a NESCAC Student-Athlete Voting Challenge.

The challenge is aimed at getting 100% eligible student-athlete voter turnout on every NESCAC campus. The competition will be measured by how many student-athletes Take the Pledge to vote. Each time a student-athlete pledges to vote, their participation will be included on a leaderboard that will display how many students at each institution have pledged to vote.

>> What They're Saying: “Part of the college experience is growing as a person and figuring out how citizens can impact their future. Exercising your right to vote is a way to be an active citizen and have an impact at the local, state, and national level. The decision by the NESCAC Athletic Directors to suspend athletic activities on Election Day demonstrates the importance they, and the conference as a whole, place on civic engagement by student-athletes," said Julia Martin, a senior on the Hamilton women's swimming & diving team and the NESCAC SAAC Chair.

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3.  Town Hall
 

The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) is proud to team up with the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to provide a town hall for student-athletes, coaches, and administrators to discuss social and racial justice on college campuses.

The MAC and MIAC will host two Town Halls on Race and Social Justice on Tuesday, October 27. A morning session will be tailored towards administrators and coaches, and an evening session will be open for student-athletes. The two panel discussions will help break down what social justice looks like on campus and how we can help break down the barriers for not only student-athletes but aalso coaches and administrators.

The administrator and coach panel will be moderated by Niya Blair-Hackworth, Director of Inclusion at the NCAA. Panelists will include:

  • Chris Dixon, Director of Athletic Diversity & Inclusion at Augsburg University
  • Erika Moyer, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Representative at Hood College
  • Kelsey Koelzer, Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Arcadia University
  • Jason Verdugo, Associate Vice President and Athletic Director at Hamline University
The student-athlete panel will be moderated by Chris Dixon, Director of Athletic Diversity & Inclusion at Augsburg University. Panelists will include:
  • Erika Moyer, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Representative at Hood College
  • Kelsey Koelzer, Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Arcadia University
  • Talia Williams, Women's Volleyball Student-Athlete / MIAC National SAAC Representative at Carleton College

Both town hall sessions will provide participants the opportunity to discuss with the panelists and break down what is happening not only on their campus but also across both conferences. Contact your athletic department for registration information.

 

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4.  Star of the Day

Women's Golf, Kmiecik win Lady Crusader Fall Invitational
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor's Sarah Kmiecik pulled away from the field with a final-round 71 to take medalist honors at the Lady Cru Invitational. The freshman bettered her opening round score by two shots on the way to her first collegiate victory. The Cru won the team title by seven shots over East Texas Baptist.
  • Wartburg's Joe Freiburger and Loras' Kassie Rosenbum were named the USTFCCCA Division III athletes of the week.

 
5. Conference Call

 

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the super 70s.


 
Conference: New England Small College Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Andrea Savage
Headquarters: Hadley, Mass.
WebsiteNESCAC.com
  • Founded: 1971
  • In 1899, Amherst, Wesleyan and Williams first began to compete together as the “Triangular League.” Now it’s known as the Little Three.
  • Remaining Charter Members (10): Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams
  • Other Core Members (1): Connecticut College (1982)
     
  • Oldest: Williams (1793)
  • Largest: Tufts (5,448)
  • Smallest: Connecticut College (1,796)
  • Longest Trip: 446 miles (Colby to Hamilton)
  • Championship Sports: 27

>> Tomorrow: Empire 8


sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Nostalgia Thing 
 


Sound familiar? "There’s a lot of disappointment happening in our days, so nobody wants tears at the table. Let’s treat ourselves to something we all will like," Esmee Williams, who looks at where home cooking is heading for Allrecipes.com, based in Seattle, tells the AP.

  • Boomer and Gen X nostalgia dishes like chicken Kiev, chicken à la king, cheese fondue and salmon patties have become more popular, she says.


 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What's Next for Sports

 


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SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1.  What's Next for Sports
 


by Alex Silverman, MorningConsult / Getty Images / Morning Consult Illustration by Kelly Rice


Could the next wave of sports fans be fizzling?

A MorningConsult poll found that Generation Z - those born between 1997 and 2012 - are less likely than the general populations to identify as sports fans. In fact, just 53 percent of those between the ages of 13 and 23 considered themselves sports fans, compared to 69 percent of millennials.

Gen Z’s relative disinterest in sports is reflected in its viewing habits: While 42 percent of all adults, and 50 percent of millennials, said they watch live sports at least once a week, only 1 in 4 individuals ages 13-23 said the same. In addition, Gen Zers were twice as likely as millennials to say they “never” watch live sports.

>> Reality Check: “Sports properties need to make sure that their games are digestible and available via streaming products,” Zach Leonsis, senior VP of strategic initatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said. “They need to make their games engaging by fostering gamification, daily fantasy, free-to-play games and, ultimately, sports betting.”

>> Between The Lines: "While most professional, collegiate and amateur sports properties have sought to reach Gen Z via social media, leaders in the industry said individual athletes play an outsize role in generating interest in teams and leagues among younger fans. Esports properties in particular benefit from the fact that their athletes are far more accessible to fans than those in traditional sports."

>> What's Next: "College athletes are seeing strong growth on the platform, TikTok said, which could be partially due to the fact that most of these athletes are members of Gen Z themselves. However, most of Gen Z’s “favorites” are pros: Collegiate players made up less than 1 percent of favorite sports figure responses in the poll."

>> Of Note: Are they playing sports and not watching sports? Or not playing and not watching?


>> Continue Reading 

 
2.  Learning a B1G Lesson

by Don Yaeger, Forbes
 

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” 

That gem of a quote from fictitious racecar driver Ricky Bobby was a classic moment from the movie, Talladega Nights. Although grammatically incorrect, it is a snapshot of the competitive mindset that drives many in the sports and business world. 

It’s why there are rarely any commemorative t-shirts distributed to the runners-up. It’s why we never give a premium parking space to an “Almost Employee of the Month” and tend to quickly forget about the team that loses the championship finals regardless of their successful journey to get there. It’s also why, in leadership, being the first to make a major decision is a big deal.

Back on March 11, we saw it live when Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren became the first of the NCAA’s Power Five conference decision-makers to cancel all sports activity—including the revenue generating men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. As the coronavirus pandemic continued to topple dominoes throughout collegiate and professional sports, Warren’s leadership was commended for being decisive, proactive and intuitive.

Move the calendar ahead six months and Warren last week faced one of the hardest things to do in a position of leadership: Admit when a choice you’ve made was no longer a good one."

>> Why it Matters: "In this damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t moment, what stands out is how poorly the Big Ten has handled communication of its thought process. When everything is moving at lightning speed and challenge surrounds you, the best know you can only succeed by OVER communicating."

>> Be Smart: "Leaders are charged with making decisions all the time in the best interest of the business or the personnel. The ones who are able to showcase both a great business acumen and empathy for the staff are the ones highly regarded."

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3.  Bowers Powers Way to Win
 

Dubuque junior Madison Bowers carded a two-over-par 74 on a breezy day to take medalist honors at the (Mount Mercy) Mustang Fall Invite. The two-time All-A-R-C selection posted a three-shot victory over Luther's Morgan Krantz. The hosts captured the team title with a 336 - four shots better than the Spartans.

 


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4.  Conference Call

We continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the super 70s
 
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference - Wikipedia
 
Conference: Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Angela Baumann
Headquarters: Westfield, Mass.
WebsiteMASCAC.com
  • Founded: June 1971
  • Remaining Charter Members (7): Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, MCLA, Salem State, Westfield State, Worcester State
  • Other Core Members (1): Massachusetts Maritime (1974)
     
  • Oldest: Westfield State (1838)
  • Largest: Bridgewater State (7,835)
  • Smallest: MCLA (1,106)
  • Longest Trip: 181 miles (MCLA to Massachusetts Maritime)
  • Championship Sports: 18

>> Tomorrow: NESCAC


sources: Google Maps, EADA

 

5.  Comings and Goings
 
 
6.  1 Debate Thing
 

A Division III institution takes center stage tonight as the first 2020 presidential debate takes place at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion on the health education campus of Case Western Reserve University.

It is Case's second time serving as host of a debate; in 2004, the university hosted the vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards in the Veale Convocation Recreation and Athletic Center.

More than 300 students, faculty and staff were part of the volunteer corps, with responsibilities ranging from handing scripts to CNN anchors and driving media personalities around campus in a golf cart.

“Hands down, [it was] one of the biggest, glitziest events ever to happen on campus in my career, and I’ve been here 30 years,” said Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of student activities and leadership in the Division of Student Affairs.

 

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