Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Forces That Can't Be Ignored


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Forces That Can't Be Ignored

by Karen Weaver, Forbes

"Should college sports be left out of the financial run up for 10 more years? It’s an important question, as more demands and decisions face the organization after their January convention. Currently, the NCAA’s March Madness tournament is locked into their media contract with CBS/TNT until 2032, and generates almost $900 million annually. Is it time to renegotiate

There are many good reasons to ask this question in 2022, but here are two: the value of sports and their organizations keeps rising; and there are more media outlets wanting to lock them in than ever before.

It used to be there was a finite amount of money to be spent on paying for media rights to leagues and events. Once the NFL got their piece of the money pie, the saying went, it was time for everyone else to fight over what was left.

That is no longer the case, despite the NFL signing a $110 billion media deal last year. There is more money than ever to pay for live sports."

>> Facts and Figures: "March Madness deals have gone from $1.73 billion over seven years, to $10.8 billion in 2010, and a $8.8 billion extension for 16 more years was added in 2016. What would these rights be worth if they went out to market in 2022? Likely a lot more."

>> Worth Noting: "Should an argument be made that the NCAA is not truly following its mission to the benefit of all members? Title IX has been around since 1972. Divisions II and III have been around since 1973. After hearing some of the comments from Division II and III presidents and athletics directors on the Convention floor last week, some feel they are definitely not receiving their due."

>> Kicker: "Why do the NCAA and its leaders continue to kick the can down the road, missing out on the opportunities to capitalize on an accelerating landscape? Stakeholders have pointed out a number of serious mission deficiencies in areas affecting a substantial subset of the membership, lasting 50 years. Many are about the association’s priorities, but some have to do with financial resources as well."

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2. Dual Role for Remy, NCAA
by Daniel Libit, Sportico

"The NCAA’s longtime chief legal officer was appointed to the board of a company that wound up adminstering a multimillion-dollar concussion monitoring program that emerged from athlete litigation against the NCAA.

Donald Remy, who worked at the NCAA for a decade, left the association last year to take a position in the Biden administration as deputy secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. As part of his confirmation to the VA post, Remy, a former Army captain, was required to submit a detailed financial disclosure form with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

On the form, Remy revealed that during his tenure with the NCAA, he served on the board of directors for The Garretson Resolution Group—a North Carolina-based company providing lawsuit settlement services—from September 2016 until January 2019, when GRG was purchased by the global legal tech firm Epiq.

Two months prior to Remy’s addition to its board, GRG was approved by a federal judge to initiate and manage a 50-year NCAA concussion monitoring program, which emerged as part of a $75 million settlement with former college athletes who endured head trauma playing sports."

>> Court Awareness: "The class-action litigation was consolidated from a number of individual concussion lawsuits that had been filed by athletes against the NCAA. The settlement went into effect in November 2019, and the medical monitoring program began in early 2020. As its top in-house attorney, Remy on several occasions spoke on the association’s behalf about the concussion litigation."

>> No Comment: "Remy did not directly respond to questions this week about whether his involvement with the legal services company constituted a conflict of interest, saying he “defer(red) further inquiries to the NCAA and GRG.”

>> QuotableMichelle Brutlag Hosick, an NCAA spokesperson, reiterated that Remy had apprised the organization of his GRG role prior to accepting it and was subsequently recused from “discussing any matters with GRG related to the NCAA.”

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3.  Captain of the Ship

Sondra Fan, Christopher Newport (photo by Brandon Berry)

For the first time in program history, Christopher Newport is ranked No. 1 in the latest women's basketball poll. Owners of the longest win streak in the nation (34), the Captains received 16 of 25 first-place votes to outpoint Trine and Hope.
  1. Christopher Newport (16), 17-0
  2. Trine (5), 15-2
  3. Hope (3), 17-1
  4. Transylvania (1), 16-0
  5. Simpson, 17-1
  6. Whitman, 18-1
  7. Tufts, 15-2
  8. UW-Whitewater, 18-2
  9. John Carroll, 15-2
  10. New York U., 15-1
>> In and Out: Scranton, Trinity (Texas) and Smith are in the top 25, while Marietta, Bowdoin and Hardin-Simmons bowed out.

>> Hot and Not: Catholic (+8), Messiah (+7); Springfield (-8), Wartburg (-7)

>> Conference Call: ARC (2), ASC (2), Landmark (2), MIAA (2), NESCAC (2), NEWMAC (2), OAC (2), WIAC (2), C2C (1), Empire 8 (1), HCAC (1), MAC (1), NACC (1), NCAC (1), NWC (1), SCAC (1), UAA (1)

>> Complete Poll

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4.   R-MC Remains on Top

Mitch Prendergast
Mitch Prendergast, Case Western Reserve

Randolph-Macon is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country according to the latest men's basketball poll. The Yellow Jackets received all 25 first-place ballots to easily outpoint UW-Platteville.

  1. Randolph-Macon (25), 17-1
  2. UW-Platteville, 18-1
  3. Marietta, 16-2
  4. Christopher Newport, 18-2
  5. UW-Oshkosh, 15-3
  6. Yeshiva, 16-1
  7. St. Joseph's (Conn.), 16-0
  8. UW-La Crosse, 16-3
  9. Washington (Mo.), 14-3
  10. Illinois Wesleyan, 15-4
>> In and Out: Case Western Reserve makes its highest-ever appearance in the top 25, replacing Wesleyan (Conn.).

>> Hot and Not: Oswego (+5); Illinois Wesleyan (-8)

>> Conference Call: CCIW (3), WIAC (3), Centennial (2), OAC (2), UAA (2), ASC (1), C2C (1), Empire 8 (1), GNAC (1), MIAC (1), NESCAC (1), NEWMAC (1), NWC (1), ODAC (1), Skyline (1), SUNYAC (1), USA South (1).

>> Complete Poll

    5.   Lightning Round


     Williams senior Aidan Ryan and Wellesley senior Ari Marks were named the USTFCCCA DIII Athletes of the Week

      Emory announced that it will replace all need-based loans as part of undergraduate students’ financial aid packages, replacing them with institutional grants and scholarships beginning this fall for the 2022–23 academic year.

      Springfield junior OH Liam York was named the AVCA Player of the Week. He hit .451 with 29 kills in a five-set win vs. New York U.

      A top-10 showdown deserves an appropriate venue. Plattsburgh (14-2) and Cortland (13-3), ranked No. 2 and No. 9 in the latest USCHO Pairwise rankings, have moved their game from the Dragons' home ice to the Onondaga County War Memorial, home of the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch. Faceoff is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the game is part of the Crunch's "National Girls and Women in Sports Day."

      Happy birthday to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic director Erica Jasper.

      6.  Watchlist  

      Averi Jordan, DeSales  (photo by Pat Jacoby Photography)

        MHKY: Wilkes vs. Stevenson, 1 p.m. ET
      • The Colonels (13-3, 4-0) and the Mustangs (10-5-1, 2-0) duel for first place in the MAC. Tyler Barrow leads Wilkes with 10-16-26. Watch

        WBB: Stevens vs. DeSales, 6 p.m. ET
      • The Ducks (14-2, 9-1 MACF) and the Bulldogs (13-3, 11-0) battle for supremacy in the MAC Freedom. DeSales leads the league in scoring offense (75.1) and Stevens tops the loop in scoring defense (49.3). Watch

        MBB: #2 UW-Platteville vs. #5 UW-Oshkosh, 8 p.m. ET
      • The Pioneers (18-1, 7-1 WIAC) look to avenge their lone loss while the Titans (15-3, 5-2) look for a season sweep. Levi Borchert averages a double-double for UWP (18.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg). Watch

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