Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Capital Growth

MAY 27, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Capital Growth
The Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) will expand to 11 member institutions as league officials announced on Tuesday (May 26) that six schools have accepted invitations to join the CAC and will become official members effective June 15, 2020.

The CAC Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer full membership to six members of the American Collegiate Athletic Conference (ACAA), including: University of California-Santa CruzFinlandia University (Mich.), Mills College (Calif.), Mount Mary University (Wis.), Pine Manor College (Mass.) and Pratt Institute (N.Y.).

The CAC will consist of 11 full-time members for the 2020-21 academic year. The Conference will reduce to eight in 21-22 when Southern Virginia UniversitySt. Mary's College of Maryland and Pine Manor College depart. Christopher Newport UniversityUniversity of Mary Washington and Salisbury University will remain with the Conference along with the incoming members from the ACAA.

The conference is expected to be rebranded with a new name and logo over the coming months.

The CAC conducts conference championships in 18 sports (eight men and ten women). Men's championships include cross country, soccer, basketball, indoor track and field, lacrosse, baseball, outdoor track and field, and tennis. Women's championships include cross country, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor track and field, lacrosse, softball, outdoor track and field, and tennis.

>> What They're Saying: "This is an exciting, new era for the Capital Athletic Conference. The addition of these six schools will provide excellent opportunities for both our institutions and our student-athletes to experience new venues and conference opponents," said Salisbury University Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Dr. Gerry DiBartolo, Chair of the CAC Athletic Council.

>> Of Note: "The Capital Athletic Conference will continue to conduct quality championship experiences for our student-athletes and institutions. Our student-athletes will be given the opportunity to travel to and compete against a diverse group of institutions across the nation."

>> Yes, But: For the 2020-21 academic year in tournaments where six teams compete, the top four (4) CAC teams as determined by conference standings will qualify for the championship and then Massey Ratings will be used for seeding. Championship host sites will be pre-determined at the start of each year.

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2.  NCAA's Financial Contingency

"Before the COVID-19 public health crisis, no one anticipated the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship being canceled, but the Association was prepared for such an unlikely possibility.

The NCAA’s long-standing contingency plan has evolved since its creation, but, for the most part, it’s always looked the same: robust insurance, leveraging financial reserves, reduction in Division I revenue distributions and NCAA operating budget cuts.

The Association’s contingency plan was put into motion March 12, when the NCAA Board of Governors canceled all remaining 2020 winter and spring championships. Between losses from ticket sales and its multimedia agreement with CBS Sports and Turner, the NCAA is projected to lose more than $700 million in revenue from the cancellation of the 2020 Division I men’s basketball tournament.

Since March 12, the plan has functioned exactly as it was intended."

>> Quotable: “The remediation plan is working as designed. If the NCAA can get through next year without any major problems, we should be back to normal for our fiscal year beginning Sept. 1 of 2021. That’s pretty incredible for losing two-thirds of your revenue in one year,” said Kathleen McNeely, NCAA senior vice president and chief financial officer.

>> Between the Lines: "For this year’s tournament, the Association held event cancellation insurance between multiple policies totaling $270 million, which includes loss of both ticket and media rights-related revenue. This amount was on the high end of this kind of coverage offered by insurance underwriters compared to cost, McNeely said."

>> The Key Stat: "As the NCAA constitution guarantees, Division II and Division III still will receive their 4.37% and 3.18%, respectively, of the Association’s actual revenue. Division II projects to receive $13.9 million in revenue this fiscal year, $30 million less than originally budgeted, a nearly 70% drop. Similarly, Division III’s projected budget fell from $33 million to $10.7 million. Both divisions have their own reserves policies, however, to help weather the shortfall."

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3.  The Sports Comeback Has Begun
Illustration of a basketball wearing a mickey mouse ear hat
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"There is now real momentum behind the return of American sports. The leagues have decided that games must go on — and that means learning to live with risk," the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
  • Why it matters: While the pro leagues "are proceeding with caution, there has been more progress in the last 10 days than in the previous 10 weeks."
  • "What their plans have in common is an acceptance that some players may be infected — and a belief that leagues should focus on limiting potential outbreaks."
The NBA announced that it's in early discussions to resume its season in late July, with all games played at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Kendall Baker writes in his daily newsletter, Axios Sports. (Sign up here.)

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4. Fall Plans

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s an alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.
as of May 26, 5:12 p.m. EDT

5.  Comings and Goings
6.  1 Smile Thing 


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