Tuesday, September 3, 2019

To Stream or Not to Stream

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D3Playbook
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

1. To Stream or Not to Stream




Remember when you had to actually get up off your couch to go see a Division III game? Maybe you went to see the home team or perhaps you went on the road to your alma mater on Homecoming. Today, you can watch games from the comfort of your living room.

Thanks to providers such as PrestoSports, SidearmSports and BlueFrame Technology, DIII schools and conferences now provide live streams of athletic events and make them available on your desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices. And streaming services such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast make games available via custom over-the-top (OTT) applications.

These broadcasts come complete with multi-camera views, replays, graphics and announcers. And many schools and conferences are offering the broadcasts for free.

Recently, Presto partnered with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference to produce a conference-wide digital network. BlueFrame added the Atlantic Eastand North Coast Athletic Conference to its stable during the summer. And more conference networks are on the way.

>> Quotable: "BlueFrame's platform will help the Atlantic East expand its reach and provide fans with a viewing experience that is second-to-none in Division III."  - Jessica Huntley, Commissioner, Atlantic East Conference

>> Quotable II: "The piece that really excites us is the ability to push content to our own OTT application. The SCAC can basically become its own streaming network, not unlike ESPN+, and that is a potential game-changer for everyone who is a fan of our league."  - Dwayne Hanberry, Commissioner, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

>> DYK?: Johns Hopkins had nearly 9,000 unique IP addresses view its 2016 second-round football playoff game against Mount Union. 

2. The Best Fed Programs in America


Kendall Baker of Axios Sports looked at every single play from the 2018 football season and calculated the average weight of every player on the field to determine the best fed college football teams in the country



3. Admissions Pressure Grows


"Colleges may soon face more competition for students if the National Association for College Admission Counseling agrees -- under pressure from the federal government -- to withdraw several rules from its code of conduct.
The association informed members of the proposed changes late last week. The changes are being proposed because the Justice Department, which has investigated NACAC for possible violations of antitrust laws, objects to them. While NACAC is not saying that it believes the provisions were wrong, it is saying that failure to approve the changes at the association's annual meeting this month in Louisville, Ky., could harm the association. The government appears to be asserting that the targeted rules -- which prohibit colleges from offering money and other incentives to students at various points in the admissions process, and discourage colleges' attempts to woo students who have committed to attend other institutions -- hurt students by limiting their choices."

>> The DOJ Objection: The provisions deny colleges the right to compete for students by offering scholarships or other enticements to enroll.

>> The NACAC Response: The provisions protect students. Without the bans, many colleges (low on prestige) would compete in ways that they cannot now.

>> Be Smart. The changes could alter the way many colleges do business by changing the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. This could allow enrollment incentives to be offered during early admission (special housing, enhanced financial aid packages, special scholarships). Colleges could continue recruiting students even after a commitment to a school has been made. 
- courtesy of InsideHigherEd.com

4. News You Can Use


"Somewhere between birth and college, students hopefully have learned how to compose concise, grammatically correct and contextually appropriate emails. Often they haven't. So, to head off 3 a.m. need-your-help-now emails from Jake No Last Name, many professors explicitly teach students how to email them at the start of the academic year."


>> Quotable: “In our own professional lives, when we have important emails to write, we get colleagues to read drafts and give us feedback before we hit ‘send.’ If we still seek help with emails, then our students probably need it, as well.” - Paul T. Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb, Southeastern University

>> 
Manners Count: Subject headers should be informative -- no “hey professor,” but rather, “Question about research paper due Nov. 1 in History 101.” And while professors may like being called “Professor” or even “Doctor,” they want their last names attached. Online resources don’t always recommend against “Mr.” or “Ms.” But several female professors told Inside Higher Ed this week that they dread “Mrs.”

- courtesy of InsideHigherEd.com

    5.  1 Dorian thing

    Methodist University has canceled all classes along with all campus activities and athletic events beginning today and continuing through at least Sunday, Sept. 8. A voluntary student evacuation is in effect and students not yet on campus after the holiday weekend have been advised to remain at their locations.

    Monarch contests affected are as follows:
    • Football at Shenandoah
    • Women's soccer – vs. St. Andrews (Tues.), Brevard (Sat.) and Eastern Mennonite (Sun.)
    • Men's soccer – vs. Ferrum (Wed.)
    • Volleyball – cancellation of Fri.-Sat. trip to Maroon Classic at Roanoke College
    • Cross country – cancellation of trip to Sat.'s Fleet Feet XC Invite at Catawba College
    • Men's tennis – postponement of Methodist-hosted MU Fall Invite, Fri. through Sun.
    Make-up dates, if possible, will be announced as they become available.

     


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