Friday, March 19, 2021

Built on Basketball


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1. Built on Basketball

by Eben Novy-Williams, Sportico

"March Madness, as it does every spring, will make or break the NCAA’s fiscal year.

While top-tier college football is both more popular and a much larger commercial entity than college basketball, the NCAA makes virtually no money from its postseason. The governing body controls neither the College Football Playoff, nor any FBS bowl games.

As a result, the annual men’s basketball tournament is everything for the NCAA. Pre-pandemic, the event comprised more than 85% of the NCAA’s roughly $1 billion in annual revenue. The vast majority of that total comes from broadcast deals with CBS and Turner, but it also includes ticket sales and sponsorship."

>> Why It Matters: "That explains why the Indianapolis-based NCAA is doing whatever necessary to hold this year’s tournament. The entire 67-game event is being held within Indiana, with strict testing requirements, travel restrictions and replacement teams waiting in the wings. The good news: Despite no ticket sales, the NCAA says the total payout pool will return to normal—$613.2 million this year—if the event is held in its entirety."

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2. Tennis 2021

We continue our look at spring sports with tennis.

Men's Teams to Watch

  • Brandeis
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Chicago
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  • Emory
  • Kenyon
  • Pomona-Pitzer
  • Sewanee
  • Trinity, Texas
  • Washington, Mo.
  • Wesleyan, Conn.
Top Players
  • Leo Vithoontien, Carleton; James Hopper, Case Western; Joshua Xu, Chicago; Jack Katzman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Antonio Mora, Emory; Vishnu Joshi, Johns Hopkins; Jed Kronenberg, Pomona-Pitzer; Cameron Krimbill, Trinity, Texas; Boris Sorkin, Tufts; Ethan Hillis, Washington, Mo.
>> Team Championships: UC Santa Cruz 7, Kalamazoo 7, Emory 5, Swarthmore 4, Williams 4, Middlebury 3, Redlands 3

>> Most NCAA Tournaments Without a Semifinal Appearance: MIT 22, Mary Washington 20, Sewanee 17, DePauw 15, Coe 14, Johns Hopkins 14, Grinnell 13, TCNJ 13, Stevens 12, Wilkes 12

Women's Teams to Watch
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Chicago
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  • Emory
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Kenyon
  • Pomona-Pitzer
  • Skidmore
  • Tufts
  • Wesleyan, Conn.
Top Players
  • Grace Riermann, Bethel; Danna Taylor, Carnegie Mellon; Madeleine Paolucci, Case Western; Lauren Park, Chicago; Justine Leong, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico, Emory; Erika Oku, Kenyon; Maria Lyven, Pomona-Pitzer; Risa Fukushige, Skidmore; Serim Jin, Wesleyan, Conn.
 >> Team Championships: Williams 10, Emory 7, Kenyon 3, Mary Washington 2

>> Most NCAA Tournaments Without a Semifinal Appearance: Washington (Mo.) 19, Tufts 18, DePauw 14, Hope 14, Luther 13, Wilkes 13, Ithaca 12, Wheaton (Ill.) 12, UW-Whitewater 12



3.  What We're Watching
It's a jam-packed weekend of DIII sports action. Here's what we are keeping an eye on.

BaseballBasketball (M/W)FootballIce Hockey (M/W)Lacrosse (M/W)SoftballTennis (M/W)Volleyball (M/W)

The Weekend Schedule

4.  Boathouse Row

Aerial view of boathouse rendering
courtesy of Hamilton College

"From its days in the 1980s as a fledgling club sport, rowing at Hamilton has been powered by the rowers themselves, first as students, then as alumni. The sport grew, attaining varsity status and success at the national level. Now, alumni rowers have pulled together for another victory — a new boathouse, made possible by gifts they raised and contributed over the past two years.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April on the $2 million structure, which is located on the Erie Canal in Rome’s Bellamy Harbor Park, and should be ready to use in August. The facility will be a significant enhancement from the current rented one. It will include a much larger boat storage and operations area, a team meeting room, a coaching office, and indoor restrooms.

The location itself is an advantage. “The stretch of water on the Erie Canal in front of the new site is connected to the Mohawk River and opens up earlier in the spring,” explained James Lister, head coach for women’s and men’s rowing. “This is a huge gain for the program and will allow us two more weeks of rowing outside.”

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5.  Birman Honored by WBCA 

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today the 2021 Assistant Coaches of the Year in all six WBCA membership divisions.

The WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year award is presented to one associate head coach or assistant coach in each membership division who demonstrates commitment to their program, their student-athletes and their head coach; their impact coaching on court; their mentorship and impact on other coaches; and their professional manner and attitude.

  • Division III: Elisabeth Birman, Shenandoah
Birman is in her fifth year on the Shenandoah staff; her second year as the squad's lead assistant. She came to Shenandoah in the fall of 2016 after serving as an assistant coach at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. In July 2019, she was promoted by head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft to the full-time assistant position after three years in a part-time role.

>> Complete Release
>> WBCA Release


6. Comings and Goings

7.  Stream A Little Dream of Me

Reproduced from RIAA. Chart: Axios Visuals

The overwhelming majority of music revenues now comes from streaming, with less than 6% coming from digital downloads, Felix Salmon writes in Axios Capital.

  • Artists and genres appealing to a younger audience see almost no downloads at all.

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