Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Eternal Football Rules Debate

SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. The NFL, the NCAA and the Eternal Football Rules Debate

"Here in America, we play by our own rules. I don’t mean this in some jingoistic, political, or metaphorical way. I mean that the United States is pretty much the only country on the planet that insists on creating its own rules for every sport it plays.
Take basketball. Virtually every country on earth uses the rules put forth by FIBA, the international governing body of the sport. Every country, that is, except America, where the NBA and NCAA each have separate sets of rules. And while men and women play by the same rules under FIBA, the WNBA and women’s college basketball have their own sets of rules that differ from each other, from the international rules, and from American men’s rules.

Unlike basketball, American football is not a game played across the world. The vast majority of football interest and participation lies in two countries: the United States and Canada. And yet, somehow, we’re a million miles from having anything resembling a consensus on rules. The NFL has its own distinct rules; the NCAA has its own distinct rules. Canadian football rules are so dramatically dissimilar from American football rules that its form of the game is generally considered its own sport.

So when pro football and college football differ, who wins? We took a look at six major rule differences to determine which version is superior."

>> Be Smart: The NFL and NCAA have no incentive to unify their rules, and probably never will. The NCAA even created a new rule book for soccer, possibly the only league that felt compelled to do so.

>> Best Quotes: "The toe tap is a ballet move on grass." "The basketball world accepts a "smart foul" - why can't the football world accept a smart penalty, too?"

>> Who Won: The final score was 4-2.

>> Read More from Rodger Sherman, The Ringer

2. Today's Top-25 Games

(6) Johns Hopkins at (24) Randolph-Macon (watch)


3. Today's Play of the Day

4. Yesterday's Top-25 Scores

Field Hockey
(19) Ursinus d. (4) Messiah, 2-1

Soccer (W)
(7) Messiah d. (16) Johns Hopkins, 1-0

(22) Saint Benedict d. (4) UW-Eau Claire, 3-1
(12) UW-Whitewater d. (19) Carthage, 3-1
(25) Washington-St. Louis d. (24) Illinois Wesleyan, 3-1


5.  Comings and Goings

6. Today's Number: 26

With their lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay ongoing, the U.S. women’s national team has found other ways to profit from their fame and success. The USWNT Players Association projects to make over $1 million through licensing deals, including Wheaties boxes, t-shirts and bobbleheads, despite being told during collective bargaining negotiations that their image had no value. I did not know an Alex Morgan sipping tea bobblehead existed, and now I need one. 

>> courtesy of FiveThirtyEight
7. 1 Big Thing: College Towns Are Crushing It
College towns are emerging as economic powerhouses, thanks to their outsized share of the young, highly educated workers who are in such high demand.
The big picture: Major universities — particularly research institutions and those affiliated with nearby medical centers — employ tens of thousands of people and spend billions annually.

By the numbers: College-centric towns are well-positioned to see 11% employment growth over the next decade by leveraging their well-educated worker pools in STEM, health care and creative jobs, according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute study.

And now, instead of leaving for bigger cities right after graduation, a growing number of grads start businesses and hire people, creating new feedback loops of investment and driving more amenities that attract other talent to the area.

What's next: Midsize post-industrial cities are increasingly leaning on universities and medical centers —"eds and meds" — to replace dwindling manufacturing jobs.
  • University cities — like Pittsburgh, home to Carnegie Mellon; Baltimore, home to Johns Hopkins; and St. Louis, home to Washington University — have the benefits of larger populations, an existing employment base and generally higher research budgets, Andes said.

>> Read More from Kim Hart, Axios

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