Friday, October 4, 2019

ILC Endorses Snack Proposal

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OCTOBER 4, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  ILC Endorses Snack Proposal


The Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee took formal positions on a pair of legislative proposals at its meeting in Indianapolis this week.

The committee recommended that the governance structure endorse a proposal sponsored by more than 20 institutions from several Division III conferences that would allow schools to provide snacks and permissible nutritional supplements to student-athletes (beyond what is already permitted during road trips).

>> Worth Noting: “This has been an ongoing conversation for the committee, and the group felt that proposal addresses potential concerns about food stability and nutrition for student-athletes.” - Angie Morenz, chair, Dean of Work, Blackburn

The committee also recommended that the governance structure oppose a proposal from the North Coast Athletic Conference and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference that seeks to allow student-athletes to voluntarily participate in athletics-related leadership programing outside of their playing season with members of their school’s coaching staff. The proposal offers several caveats designed to limit the nature of the activity, such as prohibiting on-field, court or floor activity, the use of equipment, or discussing offensive or defensive strategy.

>> The Bottom Line: "To expand permissible educational opportunities outside the playing season would put undue, or additional, pressure on a student-athlete. The committee takes the views of SAAC very seriously. Every decision impacts their experience immediately, so it weighed heavily on this decision.” - Morenz
2. Cortaca Jug to Set Record


The New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NYC/NFF), host of the 2019 Cortaca Jug game being played between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland, has announced that ticket sales have set a new all-time record for a Division III football game.

With just over six weeks to go, sales have exceeded 39,000 tickets for the game, which will be played on Saturday, November 16, at 1:00 p.m. at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The previous record of 37,355 was set in 2017 for a game held at Target Field in Minneapolis.

>> Quotable"The enthusiasm displayed for this game by both the students and alumni of Ithaca and Cortland has been phenomenal." - Marc Hudak, chairman, NYC/NFF

>> Why It Matters: "This game will be the largest-ever gathering of IC alumni in one place at one time." - Shirley Collado, president, Ithaca College

>> Why It Matters II: "As over 39,000 fans across both colleges will tell you, the Cortaca Jug is much more than a college football game. It is part of our history. And now, it's not just SUNY Cortland's history, but the history of college football itself." - Erik Bitterbaum, president, SUNY Cortland


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3. Golf's Rules vs. SB206

"Here is what you won’t see in the wake of the new California law allowing college athletes who attend public and private schools in the state to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness: A parade of high school golfers being wooed to come to State U. by the potential to sign a five- or six-figure endorsement with a car dealership. In this instance, the laws of capitalism will have more sway than those of any state government.

What you will see, though, is unclear. What is the worth of a top college athlete in terms of endorsement dollars? How many companies are willing to invest in them? And how many athletes stand to benefit from the opportunity?

The application of the law for college golfers is similarly hard to game out. Where college golfers are more likely to be able to profit is by being compensated for participating in summer golf clinics or small deals with golf equipment or apparel manufacturers.

Less discussed but no less relevant for the sport of golf, though, is how the law will apply to college players in relation to the USGA and R&A’s Rules of Amateur Status."

>> Situational Awareness: Golf's amateur rules prohibit amateur golfers from receiving payment or compensation, directly or indirectly, for promotion or selling anything based off their golf skill or reputation. The rules also prohibit the use of their name or likeness for promotion, advertising or sale of anything, even if no payment or compensation is provided. Violation is grounds for loss of amateur status.

>> Heard at the 19th Hole: “While we’re watching what is happening in California and various states, it’s simply too premature to contemplate all the ways this might affect the golf community in the future. We’re thankful for the working relationship we share with the NCAA and the ability to continue an open dialogue through this process.” - USGA statement

>> Keep Reading from Ryan Harrington, Golf World

>> Go Deeper on individual sport athletes with Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

    4. Empire 8 Leaders Compete Here

    The Empire 8 Conference is proud to announce the creation of its “Tomorrow’s Leaders Compete Here” Series, which kicked off yesterday. Each week, the conference will spotlight a student-athlete from one of its member institutions who has emerged as a leader not only on the field of play, but in the classroom and in the community.

    “Developing character and integrity is a hallmark of the Empire 8,” said E8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. “This series is proof that Empire 8 and our member institutions are committed to intercollegiate athletics’ important role in higher education.”

    Each Thursday, beginning on Oct. 3 and running through early April, one student-athlete will be featured and celebrated as part of the E8's Tomorrow’s Leaders Compete Here Series. The individual will be an upperclassmen who has emerged as a leader not only on his or her team, but excels in the classroom, and shows a great knack for community service. In total, 24 individuals representing each of the conference's members will be profiled.

    >> What They're Saying: "The student-athletes of the Empire 8 continue to impress on the field and show an innate knack of leadership qualities in everyday life. This is a great platform to show what type of student-athletes and more importantly, future leaders of society our member institutions continue to mold.” - Joe Venniro, associate commissioner

      5. Weekend Preview

      Football - D3Football.com
      1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Saturday at McMurry)
      2. Mount Union (vs. Otterbein)
      3. UW-Whitewater (vs. UW-Eau Claire)
      4. Saint John's (vs. Augsburg)
      5. North Central (at #9 Wheaton, Ill.)
      6. Hardin-Simmons (vs. Texas Lutheran)
      7. Bethel (vs. Carleton)
      8. Muhlenberg (at Franklin & Marshall)
      9. Wheaton, Ill. (vs. #5 North Central)
      10. Berry (at Sewanee)
      Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Tufts (vs. Trinity)
      2. Amherst (vs. Wesleyan)
      3. Calvin (vs. Adrian)
      4. Franklin & Marshall (at Swarthmore)
      5. Washington and Lee (vs. Emory & Henry)
      6. Chicago (vs. Emory)
      7. Johns Hopkins (vs. Muhlenberg)
      8. Ithaca (vs. St. Lawrence)
      9. Loras (at Central)
      10. John Carroll (at Muskingum)
      Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Messiah (vs. Alvernia)
      2. Middlebury (at Bates)
      3. Christopher Newport (vs. Mary Washington)
      4. William Smith (vs. Clarkson)
      5. Johns Hopkins (at Haverford)
      6. Washington-St. Louis (Sun vs. #18 Rochester)
      7. College of New Jersey (at William Paterson)
      8. Pomona-Pitzer (idle)
      9. Wheaton, Ill. (Fri vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
      10. Case Western Reserve (at NYU)
      Field Hockey - NFHCA
      1. Middlebury (at #14 Bates)
      2. College of New Jersey (vs. Ramapo)
      3. Salisbury (idle)
      4. Rowan (Fri at William Paterson)
      5. Tufts (vs. #20 Trinity)
      6. Vassar (at Union)
      7. Franklin & Marshall (at Swarthmore)
      8. Bowdoin (vs. Hamilton)
      9. Ursinus (at Dickinson)
      10. Johns Hopkins (at Haverford)
      Volleyball - AVCA
      1. Emory (Sun vs. Washington-St. Louis; vs. NYU)
      2. Calvin (idle)
      3. Chicago (Sun vs. Brandeis; vs. #14 Carnegie Mellon)
      4. Claremont-M-S (Fri vs. Cal Tech)
      5. Carthage (vs. North Park)
      6. Berry (Fri at Rhodes; Sat at Hendrix)
      7. Saint Benedict (vs. #11 Augsburg)
      8. Trinity, Texas (Sat vs. Centenary; vs. #9 Colorado College; Sun vs. Dallas; vs. Southwestern)
      9. Colorado College (Sat vs. St. Thomas, Texas; vs. #8 Trinity; Sun vs. Austin; vs. Texas Lutheran)
      10. UW-Whitewater (Fri at UW-Stout)
        

      6.  Comings ...  



      ... and Goings


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      Thursday, October 3, 2019

      What is EEE?

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      OCTOBER 3, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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      1.  Eastern Equine Encephalitis




      Colleges are taking note ... and making schedule changes.

      The Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) has already been found in 17 towns in Connecticut and claimed three lives. There have been a total of 12 human cases of EEE infection in Massachusetts, including three fatalities, and three human cases in Rhode Island, including one fatality.

      But the Northeast is not alone. Cases have also been found in the footprint of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). The members of the MIAA have taken recommended precautions by providing mosquito repellent to all student-athletes and spectators, eliminating any standing water on their campuses, and spraying insecticides on and around outdoor venues.

      Many towns across Connecticut have taken precautions against EEE, including ending outdoor activities before dusk.

      State health officials are encouraging residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you have to be outside, officials recommend wearing long sleeves and pants and using insect repellent.

      >> Why It Matters: EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections (encephalitis). Only a few cases are reported in the United States each year. Most occur in eastern or Gulf Coast states. Approximately 30% of people with EEE die and many survivors have ongoing neurologic problems.

      >> What They're Saying: “We have never had anything like this happen. Before 2013, we never had a human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis,” said Dr. Matthew Cartter, state epidemiologist.

      >> Reality Check: The UConn-South Florida football game has been moved from the evening to a noon start on Saturday as a precaution.

      >> The Final WordThere is no cure for EEE.

      >> Go Deeper with the Hartford Courant.

      2.  Analytics in D-III

      The Great Lakes Analytics Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconson-Stevens Point, begins tomorrow. It is a conference showcasing the latest concepts, research and innovations in the fast-growing field of data analytics.

      Two of the many presentations caught our eye:
      Ben Garski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
      NCAA Division III Football Predictors for Winning
      The neglected NCAA Division III football will be analyzed for its worth as well as to draw attention to an area where young analytics professionals have an opportunity to get their foot in the door with experience easier than they could at Division I universities. Multiple regression will be used to find important variables for winning, logistic regression will try to predict if a team has a winning record or not, and K-Means will attempt to cluster teams.
      Thomas Rhomberg, Loras College
      Application of Data Analytics and Visualization in Division III Men's Basketball
      This presentation will provide a look inside the analytic methods used by a Division III basketball team and how the team uses these methods to make more informed decisions. It will also describe and provide examples of the ways the team finds actionable results from this data analysis. Attendees will learn data collection methods in R, visualization in Tableau and ggplot2, and expected values of player statistics.

      >> Situational Awareness: There is still time to register for the conference.

      >> The Final Word: I was told there would be no math in this newsletter.


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      3.   Three for III

      Nine finalists have been named for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Each of the nine finalists will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, where the 2019 Woman of the Year will be announced.
      The nine finalists — including three from each NCAA division — demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
      Finalists were selected from a group of 30 Woman of the Year honorees, who will be recognized during the event. That group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represents a range of sports. Schools nominated a record 585 college athletes for the award.

      Congratulations are in order for the three finalists from Division III - Monica Feeley of Vassar, Marin McCoy of Swarthmore, and Hannah Orbach-Mandel of Kenyon. Read their biographies here.

      4. Polls

      Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
      1. North Central
      2. Williams
      3. Washington-St. Louis
      4. Wartburg
      5. UW-La Crosse
      6. Claremont-M-S
      7. Carnegie Mellon
      8. Pomona-Pitzer
      9. Johns Hopkins
      10. Calvin
      11. MIT, 12. Chicago, 13. Geneseo, 14. Otterbein, 15. Carleton, 16. Rensselaer, 17. Bates, T18. Emory, T18. Case Western Reserve, 20. Middlebury

      21. Haverford, 22. UC Santa Cruz, 23. John Carroll, 24. Amherst, 25. Dickinson, 26. Ithaca, 27. UW-Stevens Point, 28. Berea, 29. St. Olaf, 30. UW-Stout, 31. WPI, 32. Brockport, 33, St. Thomas, T34. Connecticut College, T34. UW-Eau Claire,

      >> Moving Up: Case Western (+12), Otterbein (+3)
      >> Moving Down: Amherst (-5)
      >> Hello: Ithaca, St. Thomas
      >> Bye-Bye: Rochester, St. Lawrence

      >> The Key Stat: North Central set a modern-era program record with its 25th consecutive week atop the poll.


      Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA

      1. Johns Hopkins
      2. Chicago
      3. Washington-St. Louis
      4. Tufts
      5. Williams
      6. Geneseo
      7. MIT
      8. Carleton
      9. Pomona-Pitzer
      10. Dickinson
      T11. Claremont-M-S, T11. Rensselaer, 13. UW-La Crosse, 14. Oberlin, 15. St. Thomas, 16. Hope, 17. Wartburg, T18. Middlebury, T18. UW-Eau Claire, 20. Carnegie Mellon

      21. RIT, T22. Case Western Reserve, T22. Washington and Lee, 24. Rochester, 25. UC Santa Cruz, 26. Wesleyan, Conn., 27. Baldwin Wallace, 28. Centre, 29. Elmhurst, 30. Coast Guard, 31. John Carroll, 32. Messiah, 33. St. Olaf, 34. Emory, 35. Occidental

      >> Moving Up: St. Thomas (+5), Pomona-Pitzer (+5)
      >> Moving Down: Rochester (-11), Baldwin Wallace (-5), Claremont-M-S (-5)
      >> Hello: RIT, Occidental
      >> Bye-Bye: TCNJ, UW-Stevens Point

      >> The Key Stat: Johns Hopkins rises to the No. 1 spot for the 50th time in the past seven years. 


      5.  Comings and Goings 


      • Ron Koenig named assistant men's and women's squash coach at Franklin & Marshall.
      • Kolin Dean resigned as head tennis coach at Wisconsin-Superior.

      6.  Play of the Day

      7.  1 Band Thing
       

      Bureaucracy can get the best of anyone. Even people who ooze school spirit. Consider what happened to Columbia University’s marching band last month: The band cannot play for the entire 2019 football season, because it did not submit its application for funding on time.
      During Saturday’s football game, a Staten Island high-school band played “Roar, Lion, Roar,” — the university’s fight song — while Columbia’s own band members sat in the stands, sans instruments. Students are not allowed to perform this football season, and any band member who tries to play an instrument at a football game could be disciplined. At Saturday’s home opener, security confiscated one student’s drumsticks and another’s flute. A cardboard trombone was allowed inside.
      On its surface, the crackdown is a little goofy. But as The New York Times put it, the dispute also raises concerns that administrators want the band to be more tame and corporate. Read the Times’s story for more — it hits all the essential notes.

      - courtesy of The Chronicle of Higher Education


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      Wednesday, October 2, 2019

      Grinnell Cancels Football Season


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      OCTOBER 2, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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      1. Grinnell Cancels Football Season
       



      "Grinnell College has made the decision to withdraw the football team from competitive play for the rest of the season to protect the health and safety of its student-athletes. Team members have received numerous injuries this season, leaving 28 players on the 39-member roster healthy and qualified for play."


      A press release sent by the College to the Grinnell College Scarlet & Black newspaper emphasized that the decision was made in order to preserve players’ health and safety, stating that “the current state of the football team precludes the College from providing a safe environment”.

      >> Between The Lines: The team's remaining games will be "no contests," rather than forfeits. Grinnell concludes the 2019 campaign with a 0-3 record.

      >> The Key Stat: All team and individual statistics from the three games played stand. The Pioneers were outscored, 114-3.

      2. Wilkes Unveils Bruggeworth Field
       


      Wilkes (Pa.) University will unveil its $8 million Bruggeworth Field at Ralston Athletic Complex this Saturday during Homecoming ceremonies. The multi-purpose turf field will be used for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse and women's field hockey. It also includes a new turf baseball field, a scoreboard, press boxes and stadium lights.

      >> Quotable:  "More than 500 student athletes play across our 23 athletic teams. With the addition of Bruggeworth Field, more teams can simultaneously compete and practice at Ralston Athletic Complex, centralizing athletic competitions on turf fields that can withstand changing weather conditions," - Patrick F. Leahy, president


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      3. The MIAC at 100



      The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019-20 and is recognizing many of the student-athletes, coaches and administrators who helped build the MIAC into one of the most accomplished and respected in the NCAA.

      Recently, the MIAC featured one of the first commissioners in Division III - Carlyle Carter.

      >> The Big Picture: Carter's time in the MIAC (1994-2005) was historically significant beyond the borders of Minnesota as well, as his 1994 hiring made him the first person of color ever to head an NCAA conference not comprised of historically black colleges and universities.

       
      4. Polls
       
      Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Tufts (7-0)
      2. Amherst (6-0-2)
      3. Calvin (10-1)
      4. Franklin & Marshall (8-1)
      5. Washington and Lee (7-1-2)
      6. Chicago (3-1-4)
      7. Johns Hopkins (7-2)
      8. Ithaca (8-1-1)
      9. Loras (9-1-1)
      10. John Carroll (7-1-1)
      11. Mary Washington, 12. Penn State-Behrend, 13. Hardin-Simmons, 14. SUNY Oneonta, 15. Middlebury, 16. Kenyon, 17. Rowan, 18. Luther, 19. Rensselaer, 20. Catholic, 21. Connecticut College, 22. Claremont-M-S, 23. Messiah, T24. SUNY Cortland, T24. Kalamazoo.

      >> Moving Up: Kenyon (+6)
      >> Moving Down: Luther (-10), Connecticut College (-10), John Carroll (-7)
      >> Hello: Middlebury, Catholic, Claremont-M-S, Messiah, Cortland, Kalamazoo.
      >> Goodbye: Puget Sound, Wheaton, Ill., Haverford, Capital, Mount Union, Belhaven

      Soccer (M) - D3Soccer.com
      1. Tufts (7-0)
      2. Amherst (6-0-2)
      3. Calvin (10-1)
      4. Kenyon (9-1)
      5. SUNY Oneonta (8-1)
      6. Franklin & Marshall (8-1)
      7. Hardin-Simmons (9-0)
      8. Johns Hopkins (7-2)
      9. John Carroll (7-1-1)
      10. Mary Washington (6-1-2)
      11. Ithaca, 12. Washington and Lee, 13. SUNY Cortland, 14. Connecticut College, 15. Roanoke, 16. Rowan, 17. Loras, 18. Rochester, 19. Chicago, 20. Rensselaer, 21. Middlebury, 22. Mount Union, 23. Messiah, 24. Catholic, 25. Penn State-Behrend.

      >> Higher: Kenyon (+12), Cortland (+11), Oneonta (+9), Connecticut C (+7)
      >> Lower: Chicago (-13), PSU-Behrend (-13), Loras (-8), W&L (-7)
      >> In: Roanoke, Rochester, Mount Union
      >> Out: Luther, Claremont-M-S, Kalamazoo



      Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Messiah (8-1)
      2. Middlebury (7-0-1)
      3. Christopher Newport (8-0-2)
      4. William Smith (6-1-1)
      5. Johns Hopkins (7-1-2)
      6. Washington-St. Louis (8-1-1)
      7. College of New Jersey (8-1)
      8. Pomona-Pitzer (8-0-1)
      9. Wheaton, Ill. (8-1-1)
      10. Case Western Reserve (9-0)
      11. MIT, 12. Chicago, 13. Tufts, 14. Arcadia, 15. Centre, 16. SUNY Geneseo, 17. St. Thomas, 18. Rochester, 19. Dickinson, 20. Otterbein, 21. Wesleyan, Conn., 22. Williams, 23. Puget Sound, 24. Stevens, 25. Connecticut College.

      >> Moving Up: Chicago (+3), Tufts (+3)
      >> Moving Down: Connecticut College (-4)
      >> Hello: Wesleyan, Williams, Puget Sound, Stevens
      >> Bye-Bye: Claremont-M-S, Wartburg, Amherst, Emory


      Soccer (W) - D3Soccer.com
      1. Messiah (8-1)
      2. Middlebury (7-0-1)
      3. Christopher Newport (8-0-2)
      4. College of New Jersey (8-1)
      5. Johns Hopkins (7-1-2)
      6. Washington-St. Louis (8-1-1)
      7. William Smith (6-1-1)
      8. Wheaton, Ill. (8-1-1)
      9. Centre (12-0)
      10. Pomona-Pitzer (8-0-1)
      11. Chicago, 12. MIT, 13. Tufts, 14. Williams, 15. Case Western Reserve, 16. Arcadia, 17. Amherst, 18. Emory, 19. Dickinson, 20. Washington and Lee, 21. Trinity, Texas, 22. Randolph-Macon, 23. Swarthmore, 24. Stevens, 25. St. Thomas.

      >> Higher: Williams (+8), Centre (+6), TCNJ (+3)
      >> Lower: St. Thomas (-8), Case Western (-5), William Smith (-3)
      >> In: Amherst, Emory, Washington and Lee, Trinity, Texas, Randolph-Macon, Swarthmore
      >> Out: Geneseo, Rochester, Otterbein, Wesleyan, Conn., Puget Sound, Connecticut College


      Field Hockey - NFHCA
      1. Middlebury (9-0)
      2. College of New Jersey (7-0)
      3. Salisbury (8-1)
      4. Rowan (7-1)
      5. Tufts (6-1)
      6. Vassar (9-0)
      7. Franklin & Marshall (8-0)
      8. Bowdoin (7-1)
      9. Ursinus (7-1)
      10. Johns Hopkins (7-2)
      11. Williams, 12. Christopher Newport, 13. Messiah, 14. Bates, 15. Centre, 16. Montclair State, 17. Colby, 18. Kean, 19. Babson, 20. Trinity, Conn.

      >> Moving Up: Christopher Newport, Colby, Kean (+2)
      >> Moving Down: Montclair State (-5)


      Volleyball - AVCA
      1. Emory (12-1)
      2. Calvin (12-1)
      3. Chicago (14-1)
      4. Claremont-M-S (13-2)
      5. Carthage (16-1)
      6. Berry (13-3)
      7. Saint Benedict (15-1)
      8. Trinity, Texas (13-3)
      9. Colorado College (13-2)
      10. UW-Whitewater (12-3)
      11. Augsburg, 12. Ohio Northern, 13. Juniata, 14. Carnegie Mellon, 15. Johnson & Wales, R.I., 16. Johns Hopkins, 17. Tufts, 18. UW-Eau Claire, 19. St. Thomas, 20. Hope, 21. Muskingum, 22. Wittenberg, 23. Transylvania, 24. Babson, 25. Wesleyan, Conn.

      >> Moving Up: Tufts (+7), Muskingum (+4)
      >> Moving Down: Johnson & Wales (-10), Babson (-7)


       

      5.  Comings ... 

       
      ... and Goings 
      • Kelsie Gory resigned as assistant AD at Johns Hopkins to accept the deputy AD job at Cleveland State.

       

      6.  The NFL Team Run by Women
       

      by Andrew Beaton, Wall Street Journal
       
      Catherine Carlson was surprised when she scanned the room at her first executive meeting as a senior vice president with the Philadelphia Eagles this spring.
      “I’m looking around,” she says. “And there are four other women at the senior leadership table.”
      The Eagles front-office is an outlier in a sports world in which most jobs, especially high-ranking ones, are still held by men. Even though women make up nearly half of NFL fans, only 35% of jobs in the league office are held by women, according to the latest report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. That number drops to 29% when it comes to senior executives.
      The numbers are even lower at the team level. NFL franchise employees were only 28% women last year, and 18% at the VP-level and higher. Only 23 of the league’s 32 franchises reported employing more than one woman vice president last year.
      But in Philadelphia, more than half of owner Jeffrey Lurie’s top advisers are women—and that makes them a leading exception in the NFL.

      >> The Big Picture: Owner Jeffrey Lurie did not set out to hire women to make a point. Rather, he wanted to hire the best candidates available and was looking for diversity ... of thought. “That seems to result in lots of women winning these hiring decisions,” Lurie says. “It’s very interesting.”


      >> Between the Lines: It’s difficult to imagine a football executive taking a longer path to the NFL than Carlson’s. The Eagles’ senior vice president of revenue and strategy is from Australia, a sports-crazed country that obsesses over a slightly different sport with an oblong-shaped ball. She’s a certified rugby-league coach who also worked for the country’s baseball governing body

      >> Be Smart: There’s a growing body of research that indicates that diversity at the upper tiers of management is the best way to run any business. 

       
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