Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Could Cutting Sports Be a Good Thing?



OCTOBER 21, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Could Cutting Sports Be a Good Thing?

by Tom Farrey, New York Times / photo courtesy of Gettysburg College club baseball

The executive director of the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, Farrey has penned an article that posits that few of the cut programs will perish. Rather they would transition to club teams that would allow athletes to continue playing more on their terms.

"Since April, more than 250 teams in about two dozen sports have been eliminated across collegiate sports, including all three N.C.A.A. divisions, affecting schools like MinnesotaIowaDartmouth and Connecticut.

Many are pushing back against the cuts: athletes and alumni of these programs; politicians; and of course, the entrepreneurs at the center of the $30 billion-plus youth sports industry — from recruiting services to travel tournament operators — helping families chase coveted N.C.A.A. roster spots for their children."

>> Situational Awareness: "Since the early 1990s, according to the NCAA, the amount of athletic scholarship aid dispensed at member institutions has grown to $3.5 billion from $377 million, with much of that bump because of the drastic rise in the cost of tuition. Official recruits also get preferential admission to selective colleges, a perk that has been known to drive some wealthier families to extremes."

>> Reality Check: "Children who flash early talent have more reason to train hard. But they are often specializing in one sport by age 12, suffering burnout and overuse injuries that were once rare, while families who can spend thousands of dollars a year on scouting showcases effectively push aside those with fewer resources."

>> What's Next: "Mine is not a call for the abolition of big-time football or basketball, or any revenue-producing sport. These are marketing tools for universities, and they’re not going away. Neither is Title IX, the federal law forbidding discrimination based on sex at educational institutions, which provides a level of protection for women’s teams that were established long after men’s programs had built up paying audiences."

>> The Final Word: "The only certainty is that a warped model for college sports is unraveling. Forward thinkers should embrace the disruption."

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2.  It's a D-III World (Series)

Rays' Josh Fleming set for debut, but family will have to watch from a  distance

As we mentioned on Monday, Webster University graduate Josh Fleming is on the roster of the Tampa Bay Rays for the World Series and pitched in last night's game. We have been challenged to find another player that participated in a World Series game, but have found at least four D-III general managers that have hoisted the MLB championship trophy at its conclusion.

  • Brian Cashman, Catholic '89 - New York Yankees 1996-98-99-2000-09
  • Ben Cherrington, Amherst '96 - Boston Red Sox 2004-07-13
  • Jed Hoyer, Wesleyan '96 - Chicago Cubs 2006
  • Bill Smith, Hamilton '80 - Minnesota Twins 1987-91

S/O to Kathryn Smith for the research


3.  Judges Vote No

Brandeis University joined the growing number of athletic programs and conferences that have opted out of competition during the 2020-21 winter season. 

"Due to the continued prevalence of the virus, as well as rising infection rates both regionally and nationally, Brandeis Athletics has decided that the university’s winter teams (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving) will not compete in intercollegiate athletics this season.

“Even with the extensive university testing protocol in place, we ultimately decided that the risks to you, your coaches and our staff were simply too great to move forward with travel and outside competition,” Director of Athletics Lauren Haynie wrote in an email to student-athletes on Tuesday."

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4.  Thanks Doc

"The episodes in life that last so many years in memory are often measured in fleeting moments as they happen."

Mike "Doc" Emrick, who has broadcast 47 years of pro hockey, won eight sports Emmy awards and is a member of seven halls of fame, retired on Monday.

  • Why it matters: Emrick, affectionately known as "Doc" for his Ph.D. in communications, was as about close as a broadcaster can get to being universally beloved.
  • DIII Connection: He graduated from Manchester (Ind.) University in 1968 and taught speech and broadcasting at Geneva (Pa.) College from 1969-71.
  • Fun fact: Doc grew up in farm-country Indiana and never played hockey. He also doesn't know how to skate.

Play-by-play style: Known for his abundance of verbs, Emrick once used 153 different words to describe the movement of the puck during a USA-Canada game at the 2014 Olympics.

5. Conference Call
This week ... we wrap up our look at Division III conferences with the four oldest in the country.
Conference: Ohio Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Tim Gleason
Headquarters: Austintown, Ohio
  • Founded: October 10, 1902
  • Core Members (10): Heidelberg (1907), Mount Union (1914), Baldwin Wallace (1915), Ohio Northern (1916), Otterbein (1921), Muskingum (1922), Marietta (1926), Capital (1927), John Carroll (1932). Wilmington (2000)
  • Oldest: Capital (1830)
  • Largest: John Carroll (2,969)
  • Smallest: Marietta (978)
  • Championship Sports: 23
  • Longest Trip: 210 miles (John Carroll to Wilmington)
  • DYK: Ohio State (1902-12) was a founding member of the OAC

>> Tomorrow: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

sources: Google Maps, EADA

6.  Comings and Goings
7.  1 Remote Thing

"For the millions of Americans working remotely since March, it has been a year of challenges, opportunities, and getting really, really comfortable with Zoom.

Some have found unprecedented flexibility, fitting in workouts and lunch breaks where they couldn’t before, or moving to new places. Others have struggled to balance the demands of virtual school with back-to-back video conferences. Even those eager to keep working remotely in a post-pandemic future miss catching up with co-workers in the elevator and chatting in person with clients. Here’s how some of their lives have changed."

- courtesy of Wall Street Journal


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