Friday, October 16, 2020

Back to Court



OCTOBER 16, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Back to Court

by Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

"The NCAA made a big move to benefit athletes on Wednesday, announcing proposed rules changes that would allow players to finally profit from product endorsements, autograph sales and other promotional activities.

But that doesn’t mean the NCAA is willing to let go of the concept of amateurism in college sports.

To the contrary, the NCAA petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday in an effort to save amateurism and avoid having to give players more than their current compensation, which has been restricted to the cost of attending college.

The two moves, coming a day apart, seem contradictory but are on separate tracks with money coming from two different potential sources:

  • The legislative proposals would allow third parties to pay athletes for endorsements, autographs and the like, subject to certain conditions. Athletes previously were subject to loss of their eligibility in sports if they accepted such payments from third parties. The proposed rules changes now are headed for final vote in January.
  • The Supreme Court petition stems from a lawsuit against the NCAA brought by plaintiffs including former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston. In that case, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken issued a permanent injunction in March 2019, ruling that NCAA's limits on compensation for athletes in major college football and basketball were in violation of antitrust laws and an unreasonable restraint on trade.

>> What's Next: The Supreme Court could decide by the end of the year not to take up the case, leaving the injunction intact after other unsuccessful appeals by the NCAA. Or the Supreme Court could agree to hear the case and decide later, probably well into next year.

>> Worth Noting: In its petition to the Supreme Court, the NCAA says the 9th Circuit erred in this case and that amateurism has been a hallmark of NCAA sports for many decades. It says these “revolutionary changes to the way NCAA administered athletics have existed and operated for decades — and other far-reaching consequences, including for other sports leagues and joint ventures — warrant the Court’s review.”

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2.  Three for the Show
Division III has three of the nine finalists for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The finalists were selected for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

The Woman of the Year will be announced during a virtual awards show on Friday, November 13, and will be streamed at, ESPN and on the NCAA twitter account.

DeAnna Hernandez

School: Texas Lutheran University
Conference: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Sport: Softball
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Arielle Johnston

School: Salisbury University
Conference: Capital Athletic Conference
Sport: Field hockey
Major: Community health
Hometown: Crisfield, Maryland

Emma Morgan-Bennett

School: Swarthmore College
Conference: Centennial Conference
Sport: Volleyball
Major: Medical anthropology
Hometown: New York City

>> Read more about the three finalists

3. Enrollment Trends Downward

by Madeline St. Amour,


"The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has bad news. Again.

Its latest fall 2020 enrollment report continues to show downward trajectories nearly across the board in higher education. As of Sept. 24, undergraduate enrollment is now 4 percent lower than it was last fall -- a 1.5-percentage-point decrease from earlier this semester.

This latest report includes data from more colleges. It's based on reporting from about 54 percent of postsecondary institutions, or data for 9.2 million students, compared to 22 percent of institutions earlier this fall. The next update is scheduled for Nov. 12.

The largest declines of all are in first-year students. Just over 16 percent fewer freshmen have enrolled this fall compared to last year."

>> Yes, But: "Somewhat surprisingly, public and private nonprofit four-year institutions are doing relatively well, said Douglas Shapiro, executive director of the clearinghouse, during a webinar presenting the report. Compared to expectations for those colleges, they are in "fairly good shape, all things considered," he said. Undergraduate enrollment is down 1.4 percent at public four-years and 2 percent at private nonprofits."

>> Read More


4.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed over 100 years ago.

Conference: Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Jenn Dubow
Headquarters: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Founded: 1915
  • Remaining Charter Members (5): Cal Tech, Occidental, Pomona, Redlands, Whittier
  • Other Core Members: Claremont McKenna (1947), Harvey Mudd (1958), LaVerne (1971), Pitzer (1971), Scripps (1976), Cal Lutheran (1991), Chapman (2011)
  • Joint Arrangements: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer
  • Oldest: Chapman (1861)
  • Largest: Chapman (6,775)
  • Smallest: Cal Tech (948)
  • Longest Trip: 110 (Cal Lutheran to Redlands)
  • Championship Sports: 21

>> Monday: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5. Comings and Goings
6.  1 Charging Thing

On Tuesday, Apple announced its new iPhone 12 models will no longer come with a charging brick—or earbuds—in the box. Now, Apple will only include a USB-C-to-Lightning charging cable.

This is good news!

The old 5-watt brick is painfully slow, huffs and puffs at even the thought of powering an iPad and is years behind what you can get from an accessory maker for the cost of a breakfast at IHOP. 

The real charger Holy Grail is that single brick that powers it all. Just picture it: one wall socket powering up your phone, laptop, tablet, AirPods, smartwatch and sundry other tech-whatchamacallits, all at the same time.

We have the answers for you.

>> Read More and have a great weekend


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