Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Tipping Point?

D3Playbook
MAY 28, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Tipping Point?
 
Climate change: “Social tipping points” are the only hope - Vox

by Dennis Dodds, CBSSports.com
 
"University of Utah economist Ted Tatos was asked to consider whether the coronavirus could impact a second consecutive NCAA Tournament. While schools are eagerly anticipating a return of college football, let's not forget how this historic moment in time began in the college sports world.

Despite the pandemic, the NCAA's foundation has already been in question. But during these uncertain times, the association may be one more calamitous event away from slipping off a cliff of relevancy.

"If there's no NCAA Tournament next year," Tatos said. "… I think then there has to be a breakaway from this model."

To put it more plainly, a separation of the Power Five conferences from the NCAA has long been possible. Those 65 schools, including independent Notre Dame, already exist as separate entities -- financially, competitively and even corporately. But with the coronavirus ratcheting up the stakes, a tipping point may be at hand."

>> Situational Awareness: "Basketball would be the tipping point here because it is the financial backbone of the NCAA. College athletics is experiencing what it's like to be without March Madness for one year."

>> The Bottom Line: "A Washington University study commissioned by ESPN stated, if the football season were canceled, the Power Five could lose $4 billion."

>> What They're Saying: "It will be a critical year for college athletics as a whole. But I think we are starting to see how professional this enterprise is, how divorced it is from any type of education. Schools are starting to make decisions on financial points, [saying], 'This is amateur sports?" - Tatos

>> Of Note: "(The) forced modernization of college athletics may force the NCAA to either remake itself or be left behind."

>> Be Smart: "Don't necessarily think of those 65 (Power Five) schools would be completely alone. They'd most likely have to play somebody. Think about a group of, say, the top 90 or 100 schools to enhance scheduling and a television contract."

>> Worth Your Time

 
2. St. Scholastica Joins MIAC

The College of St. Scholastica

"The College of St. Scholastica has been accepted as a new member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), the conference announced today. The Saints will begin MIAC regular-season competition during the 2021-22 academic year.

The addition of St. Scholastica to the MIAC will coincide with Macalester College's return to the conference in football and the league's transition to a 10-team, two-division model for the sport.

Located in Duluth, Minn., The College of St. Scholastica was founded in 1912. It has been a full member of the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) since 1995 and the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) since 2013, claiming 210 regular-season conference championships and 106 postseason titles across 18 sports during that time. Saints teams have reached the NCAA Division III Tournament 57 times and CSS has qualified 66 individuals for NCAA Championship participation. 

St. Scholastica will become the MIAC's 13th full member institution in 2021-22. It will compete in 20 MIAC-sponsored sports, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and volleyball.

>> Quotable: "We are delighted to join our Minnesota private college peers in the MIAC," said St. Scholastica President Barbara McDonald. "This is a very good fit with our institutional values, and with the aspirations of Saints coaches, student-athletes, and fans."

>> What's Next: "With St. Scholastica and Macalester in the fold, the MIAC will transition to a two-division model for football beginning in 2021. The division names will stem from two of the MIAC's primary colors, Northwoods Green and Skyline Silver. The Northwoods Division will consist of Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint John's University, St. Olaf College, and The College of St. Scholastica. The Skyline Division will consist of Augsburg University, Bethel University, Concordia College, Hamline University, and Macalester College."

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3. Career in Sports Forum

 
Close to 400 NCAA student-athletes will have the opportunity to get career guidance and network with athletics administrators and sports industry experts virtually May 27-29 at the 2020 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

The three-day forum prepares junior and senior student-athletes for a career after graduation. The forum helps student-athletes learn more about themselves as leaders by exposing them to projects that require critical thinking as well as practical experiences that will strengthen their personal and professional skills and competencies. Through their participation, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of roles within the athletics industry and how their personal and professional interests align with potential career paths.

Forum sessions include how student-athletes can become more aware of their inner strengths, how to develop a career plan, practical approaches to the job search, how to navigate as a young professional in the athletics industry, the role of an athletics administrator and head coach, and other motivational and key messaging from speakers. The athletes also will have opportunities to engage in breakout sessions where they will engage in guided discussions to further curriculum understanding and build community with other student-athletes. A student-athlete task force also was created to identify and develop specific sessions where student-athletes expressed particular interest.

>> Takeaway: "The ultimate goal is to have these individuals walk away more prepared to gain employment after college athletics,” said Lamarr Pottinger, associate director of NCAA leadership development.

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4.  A Look Back

Twenty-five years ago ... the NCAA Division III men's soccer championship.



5.  Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  1 Sports Zoom Thing
 
An empty stadium for a Bundesliga match in Germany yesterday. The league has used artificial crowd noise during television broadcasts. Photo: Fabian Bimmer/Pool/Reuters

Japan may have the answer to the uncanny valley of empty sports stadiums: a "Remote Cheerer" app that delivers fan reactions in real-time, reports the Washington Post's Simon Denyer.
  • The app lets soccer fans "choose a range of reactions — from cheer, chant, clap or shout to groan and boo — with a simple tap of their smartphones."
"At one point during the system field test, I closed my eyes and it felt like the cheering fans were right there in the stadium with me," a stadium official said.

- courtesy of Axios


 
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