Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What's Next for Sports


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SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  What's Next for Sports

by Alex Silverman, MorningConsult / Getty Images / Morning Consult Illustration by Kelly Rice

Could the next wave of sports fans be fizzling?

A MorningConsult poll found that Generation Z - those born between 1997 and 2012 - are less likely than the general populations to identify as sports fans. In fact, just 53 percent of those between the ages of 13 and 23 considered themselves sports fans, compared to 69 percent of millennials.

Gen Z’s relative disinterest in sports is reflected in its viewing habits: While 42 percent of all adults, and 50 percent of millennials, said they watch live sports at least once a week, only 1 in 4 individuals ages 13-23 said the same. In addition, Gen Zers were twice as likely as millennials to say they “never” watch live sports.

>> Reality Check: “Sports properties need to make sure that their games are digestible and available via streaming products,” Zach Leonsis, senior VP of strategic initatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said. “They need to make their games engaging by fostering gamification, daily fantasy, free-to-play games and, ultimately, sports betting.”

>> Between The Lines: "While most professional, collegiate and amateur sports properties have sought to reach Gen Z via social media, leaders in the industry said individual athletes play an outsize role in generating interest in teams and leagues among younger fans. Esports properties in particular benefit from the fact that their athletes are far more accessible to fans than those in traditional sports."

>> What's Next: "College athletes are seeing strong growth on the platform, TikTok said, which could be partially due to the fact that most of these athletes are members of Gen Z themselves. However, most of Gen Z’s “favorites” are pros: Collegiate players made up less than 1 percent of favorite sports figure responses in the poll."

>> Of Note: Are they playing sports and not watching sports? Or not playing and not watching?

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2.  Learning a B1G Lesson

by Don Yaeger, Forbes

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” 

That gem of a quote from fictitious racecar driver Ricky Bobby was a classic moment from the movie, Talladega Nights. Although grammatically incorrect, it is a snapshot of the competitive mindset that drives many in the sports and business world. 

It’s why there are rarely any commemorative t-shirts distributed to the runners-up. It’s why we never give a premium parking space to an “Almost Employee of the Month” and tend to quickly forget about the team that loses the championship finals regardless of their successful journey to get there. It’s also why, in leadership, being the first to make a major decision is a big deal.

Back on March 11, we saw it live when Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren became the first of the NCAA’s Power Five conference decision-makers to cancel all sports activity—including the revenue generating men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. As the coronavirus pandemic continued to topple dominoes throughout collegiate and professional sports, Warren’s leadership was commended for being decisive, proactive and intuitive.

Move the calendar ahead six months and Warren last week faced one of the hardest things to do in a position of leadership: Admit when a choice you’ve made was no longer a good one."

>> Why it Matters: "In this damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t moment, what stands out is how poorly the Big Ten has handled communication of its thought process. When everything is moving at lightning speed and challenge surrounds you, the best know you can only succeed by OVER communicating."

>> Be Smart: "Leaders are charged with making decisions all the time in the best interest of the business or the personnel. The ones who are able to showcase both a great business acumen and empathy for the staff are the ones highly regarded."

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3.  Bowers Powers Way to Win

Dubuque junior Madison Bowers carded a two-over-par 74 on a breezy day to take medalist honors at the (Mount Mercy) Mustang Fall Invite. The two-time All-A-R-C selection posted a three-shot victory over Luther's Morgan Krantz. The hosts captured the team title with a 336 - four shots better than the Spartans.


Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full-time semester, and earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes who compete for a collegiate club team are also eligible if the club team is overseen by the athletics department at the local chapter.

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4.  Conference Call

We continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the super 70s
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference - Wikipedia
Conference: Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Angela Baumann
Headquarters: Westfield, Mass.
  • Founded: June 1971
  • Remaining Charter Members (7): Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, MCLA, Salem State, Westfield State, Worcester State
  • Other Core Members (1): Massachusetts Maritime (1974)
  • Oldest: Westfield State (1838)
  • Largest: Bridgewater State (7,835)
  • Smallest: MCLA (1,106)
  • Longest Trip: 181 miles (MCLA to Massachusetts Maritime)
  • Championship Sports: 18

>> Tomorrow: NESCAC

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5.  Comings and Goings
6.  1 Debate Thing

A Division III institution takes center stage tonight as the first 2020 presidential debate takes place at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion on the health education campus of Case Western Reserve University.

It is Case's second time serving as host of a debate; in 2004, the university hosted the vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards in the Veale Convocation Recreation and Athletic Center.

More than 300 students, faculty and staff were part of the volunteer corps, with responsibilities ranging from handing scripts to CNN anchors and driving media personalities around campus in a golf cart.

“Hands down, [it was] one of the biggest, glitziest events ever to happen on campus in my career, and I’ve been here 30 years,” said Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of student activities and leadership in the Division of Student Affairs.


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