Friday, April 17, 2020

Strategic Value of Sports

APRIL 17, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Strategic Value of Sports
2019 ITA NCAA Division III All-Americans Announced
by Timothy Russell, ITA

Mr. Russell, the executive director of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, writes a letter in response to a call to eliminate collegiate tennis and other olympic sports, as all colleges face the financial challenges of the coronavirus.

>> Situational Awareness: "Address the true role of sports on college campuses and not simply the what if’s of a downward spiral of financial dominos, starting with a sad and unnecessary premise that schools must, or should, or may have to eliminate sports now."

>> Between The Lines: "Athletic directors and college presidents should actually make a pledge to avoid such cuts at this time and commit to structural reconfigurations of the entire athletic enterprise and not simply use these circumstances to make quick fixes while leaving the flawed fundamental business structure in place. Let me suggest that history will not be kind to those who might kill off Olympic sports on college campuses."

>> Reality Check: "Intercollegiate athletics have historically held a very important place in higher education. Let’s not simply reference DIII, let’s celebrate the spirit of DIII and that same spirit that lives on the DI campuses that host 26 or 32 sports, and the DI Athletic Directors who have been adding sports in recent years."

>> The Key Stat: "The suggestion that because the USTA doesn’t need college to field a small Olympic team is a reason to possibly cut over 600 Division I college tennis programs makes false equivalences to suggest unnecessary outcomes."

>> Of Note: "Be clear, college tennis is not simply an “American enterprise,” any more than music departments and engineering departments are simply for Americans within the higher education enterprise. Arguing that tennis should be cut as a major college sport because of the number of international players might be simple to do but, in my opinion, is an unwise course of action."

>> Keep Reading


2.  Rivalry Response

The Day - Local roundup: Steele leads Conn past Coast Guard - News ...
photo by Dana Jensen, The Day


To our readers. Thank You. The response to our rivalry question was beyond our wildest expectations. So ... who did we miss?

The Across The Street Rivalries
  • Cabrini vs. Eastern
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Pomona-Pitzer
  • Coast Guard vs. Connecticut College
Not Across The Street Rivals
  • Albright vs. Alvernia
  • Aurora vs. Benedictine
  • Bluffton vs. Defiance
  • Central vs. Wartburg
  • Chicago vs. Washington U.
  • Clarkson vs. St. Lawrence
  • Fontbonne vs. Webster
  • Johns Hopkins vs. McDaniel
  • Moravian vs. Muhlenberg
  • Nazareth vs. St. John Fisher
  • Whitman vs. Whitworth
  • Wittenberg vs. Wooster

As a former Yalie ... we were taught early on that the rivalry is Yale-Harvard and that it is not in alphabetical order. Right Dick Quinn?

so ... which school gets your blood boiling? Let's keep it going.


3.  #WatchD3

Episcopal Academy grad Conner Delaney the hero for Johns Hopkins ...

Our campaign to have past Division III athletics contests made available to those quarantined and looking for quality viewing continues.

We are thankful to all of you who have made your games available. A lot of games are not available. #WatchD3 is becoming a thing.

"Rebroadcast rights, or the ability for a network to show a game it originally aired, can be restrictive. Now we're starting to understand at the end of games exactly what 'without the expressed written consent of the league' really means," said David Carter, Southern California associate professor and sports business expert. "The lifeblood for these sports networks is live sports. So now, all the sudden, a league's library of old games has a lot more value."

Television on Apple iOS 13.3   Today's Feature  Television on Apple iOS 13.3

2020 Men's Basketball Conference Final

Johns Hopkins vs. Swarthmore
A top-10 showdown between the #1 Garnet and the #8 Blue Jays for the Centennial Conference championship. And the game was decided at the buzzer by the CC Player of the Year.

all we ask is that you add #WatchD3 as a hashtag when you post a video from a past game at your institution.


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4.  Furloughs Today

5. The List

<b>Williams College (Mass.) EphsMascot: </b>The school mascot is famously the Purple Cow.A 1907 vote gave Williams College its mascot, named after a student humor magazine on campus.
Each day, we'll provide a list of what we think is a fun fact about Division III sports. Hopefully, you'll find the walk down memory lane to be an interesting read.

Unique College Nicknames
  1. Centenary (La.) Ladies and Gentlemen
  2. Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers
  3. Connecticut College Camels
  4. Emory & Henry Wasps
  5. Heidelberg Student Princes
  6. Knox Prairie Fire
  7. Mary Baldwin Squirrels
  8. McDaniel Green Terror
  9. Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels
  10. Tufts Jumbos
  11. UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
  12. Webster Gorloks
  13. Williams Ephs
Most Common Nickname
  1. Eagles
  2. Tigers
  3. Bulldogs
  4. Panthers
  5. Wildcats (yeah, you know where this link goes, We're all in this together.)

6.  1 More Bruce Thing
If this doesn't get your Friday morning started ... nothing will.

Hard to believe that this was 32 years ago. Sting, Peter Gabriel ... what a show!

Hang in there, D3 peeps!

In the end, I will convert you to @springsteen

Have a great weekend!

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