Thursday, February 3, 2022

NCAA Earns $1.15 Billion


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. NCAA Earns $1.15 Billion

by The Associated Press

That's with a "B."

"The NCAA generated more than $1.15 billion in revenue in 2021, returning to normal after the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament because of the pandemic in 2020 cost the association and its member schools $800 million.

The NCAA released its financial records Wednesday.

Most NCAA revenue comes from its contract with CBS and Turner for the rights to televise the men’s Division I basketball tournament. That contract paid the NCAA $850 million in 2021 and is scheduled to pay $870 million in 2022.

>> Looking Back: "NCAA revenues were $1.12 billion in 2019."

>> Backup Plan: "An insurance payout of $270 million in 2020 helped cover some of lost revenue from the canceled tournament. The NCAA received another $81 million in insurance to help make up for lost ticket revenue and expenses related to COVID-19 precautions for last season’s tournament, which was played entirely in and around Indianapolis."

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2.  How They Voted

One of the more controversial pieces of legislation was Proposal 2022-5 - to reduce the minimum number of conference members required for automatic qualification for Division III championships from seven to six.

Sponsored by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, Atlantic East Conference, Empire 8, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conferences, the measure passed by a 281-167-2 count.

How did your conference vote?

Allegheny Mountain: Yes (9): Alfred State, AMCC, La Roche, Medaille, Mt. Aloysius, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Behrend, Pitt-Bradford, Pitt-Greensburg.

Atlantic East: Yes (7): AEC, Cabrini, Gwynedd Mercy, Immaculata, Marymount, Marywood, Neumann.

American Rivers: No (8): ARC, Central, Dubuque, Loras, Luther, Nebraska Wesleyan, Simpson, Wartburg. DNV (1): Coe.

American Southwest: Yes (8): ASC, East Texas Baptist, LeTourneau, Mary Hardin-Baylor, McMurry, Ozarks, Sul Ross, Texas-Dallas. No (4): Belhaven, Concordia, Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne. DNV (1): Buena Vista

Coast-to-Coast: Yes (8): Christopher Newport, C2C, Finlandia, Mary Washington, Mills, Mount Mary, Salisbury, UC Santa Cruz.

CCIW: No (10): Augustana, Carroll, Carthage, CCIW, Elmhurst, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin, North Central, North Park, Wheaton

Centennial: Yes (1): Swarthmore. No (9): Bryn Mawr, CC, Dickinson, F&M, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Ursinus, Washington College. DNV (1): Gettysburg

Commonwealth Coast: Yes (11): CCC, Curry, Endicott, Gordon, Nichols, Roger Williams, Salve Regina, Suffolk, U. of New England, Wentworth, W. New England

Colonial States: Yes (9): Bryn Athyn, Cedar Crest, Centenary, Clarks Summit, CSAC, Notre Dame, Rosemont, Valley Forge, Wilson. DNV (1): Cairn, 

CUNYAC: Yes (8): Baruch, Brooklyn, CCNY, CUNYAC, Hunter, John Jay, Medgar Evers, York. DNV (1): Lehman 

Empire 8: Yes (11): Alfred, Elmira, E8, Hartwick, Hilbert, Houghton, Keuka, Nazareth, Sage, St. John Fisher, Utica, 

Great Northeast: Yes (12): Anna Maria, Colby-Sawyer, Dean, Emmanuel, GNAC, Lasell, Norwich, Regis, Rivier, St. Joseph's, Conn., St. Joseph's, Maine., Simmons. DNV (2): Albertus Magnus, Johnson and Wales.

Heartland: Yes (11): Anderson, Bluffton, Defiance, Earlham, Franklin, Hanover, HCAC, Manchester, Mount St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman, Transylvania.

Independent: Yes (2): Maranatha Baptist, Trinity Washington

Landmark: Yes (7): Catholic, Elizabethtown, Goucher, Juniata, Landmark, Moravian, Scranton. No (1): Susquehanna. DNV (1): Drew.

Liberty: Yes (7): Clarkson, Ithaca, Liberty, RPI, Skidmore, St. Lawrence, Vassar. No (4): Bard, Hobart/William Smith, RIT, Union.

Little East: Yes (9): Castleton, E. Connecticut, Keene State, LEC, Mass-Boston, Mass-Dartmouth, Plymouth State, Rhode Island College, W. Connecticut. No (1): Southern Maine.

Middle Atlantic: Yes (16): Albright, Alvernia, Arcadia, Delaware Valley, DeSales, Eastern, FDU-Florham, King's, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, MAC, Misericordia, Stevens, Stevenson, Widener, Wilkes.  No (3): Hood, Messiah, York.

Massachusetts: Yes (8): Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, Massachusetts Maritime, MCLA, Salem, Westfield, Worcester

Michigan: Yes (2) Albion, Alma. No (8): Adrian, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, MIAA, Olivet, Saint Mary's, Trine.

Minnesota: Yes (5): Hamline, Macalester, Saint Benedict, St. Catherine, Saint Mary's. No (9): Augsburg, Bethel, Carleton, Concordia, Gustavus Adolphus, MIAC, Saint John's, St. Olaf, St. Scholastica.

Midwest: Yes (8) Beloit, Cornell College, Grinnell, Illinois College, Knox, MWC, Monmouth, Ripon. No (2): Lake Forest, Lawrence.

North Atlantic: Yes (7): Husson, Maine Maritime, NVU-Johnson, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, Thomas. No (6): Cazenovia, Maine-Farmington, Maine-Presque Isle, NAC, NVU-Lyndon, SUNY Poly.

Northern Athletics: Yes (7): Aurora, Concordia-Wisconsin, Dominican, Edgewood, Marian, St. Norbert, Wisconsin Lutheran. No (8): Alverno, Benedictine, Concordia-Chicago, Illinois Tech, Lakeland, MSOE, NACC, Rockford.

North Coast: Yes (11): Allegheny, Denison, DePauw, Hiram, Kenyon, NCAC, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash, Wittenberg, Wooster.

New England Collegiate: Yes (6): E. Nazarene, Elms, Lesley, Mitchell, New England College, NECC.

NESCAC: Yes (1): Trinity. No (9): Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, NESCAC, Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams. DNV (1): Connecticut College. 

NEWMAC: Yes (1): WPI. No (10): Babson, Coast Guard, Clark, Emerson, MIT, Mt. Holyoke, NEWMAC, Smith, Springfield, Wellesley. DNV (1): Wheaton.

New Jersey: Yes (2): Kean, New Jersey City. No (8): Montclair, NJAC, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, TCNJ, William Paterson. DNV (1): Stockton.

Northwest: No (10): George Fox, Lewis and Clark, Linfield, NWC, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Whitman, Whitworth, Willamette.

Old Dominion: Yes (1): Randolph, No (14): Bridgewater, E. Mennonite, Ferrum, Guilford, Hampden-Sydney, Hollins, Lynchburg, ODAC, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Shenandoah, Sweet Briar, Virginia Wesleyan, Washington and Lee.

Ohio: Yes (1): John Carroll, No (7): Baldwin Wallace, Capital, Heidelberg, Marietta, Muskingum, OAC, Wilmington. DNV (1): Mount Union. 

Presidents: Yes (8): Bethany, Chatham, Geneva, Grove City, PAC, Saint Vincent, Thiel, Waynesburg. No (2): Franciscan, Washington & Jefferson. DNV (1): Westminster.

Southern Athletic: No (9): Berry, Birmingham-Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, Rhodes, SAA, Sewanee.

Southern Collegiate: Yes (8): Austin, Centenary, Colorado College, Dallas, Schreiner, SCAC, Southwestern, Texas Lutheran

Southern California: No (10): Caltech, Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Claremont-M-S, La Verne, Redlands, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, SCIAC, Whittier.

Skyline: Yes (11): Farmingdale State, Manhattanville, Mount St. Mary, Mount St. Vincent, Old Westbury, Purchase, Sarah Lawrence, Skyline, St. Joseph's-Brooklyn, St. Joseph's-Long Island, Yeshiva. No (1): Merchant Marine.

St. Louis: Yes (8): Blackburn, Eureka, Fontbonne, Principia, Spalding, SLIAC, Webster, Westminster, Mo. DNV (1): Greenville.

SUNYAC: Yes (5): Buffalo State, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, No (5): Brockport, Cortland, Fredonia, Potsdam, SUNYAC. Abstain (1): Plattsburgh

UAA: Yes (4): Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Emory, Washington, Mo. No (4): Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, New York U., Rochester, Abstain (1): UAA

Upper Midwest: Yes (9): Bethany Lutheran, Crown, Martin Luther, Minnesota Morris, North Central, Northland, Northwestern, UMAC, Wisconsin-Superior.

United East: Yes (9): Gallaudet, Lancaster Bible, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn Tech, St. Mary's, SUNY Morrisville, UEC, Wells. DNV (1): Penn State Harrisburg.

USA South: (17) Agnes Scott, Averett, Berea, Brevard, Greensboro, Huntingdon, LaGrange, Maryville, Meredith, Methodist, N.C. Wesleyan, Pfeiffer, Piedmont, Salem, S. Virginia, USA South, William Peace. No (1): Mary Baldwin.

Wisconsin: Yes (7): Eau Claire, La Crosse, River Falls, Stevens Point, Stout, Whitewater, WIAC. No (1): Oshkosh. DNV (1): Platteville. 


3.  Challenges Make Benson Stronger

Seth Benson scored on all three of his shots for Salve Regina.
by Steve Rogers, Newport Daily News

"Salve Regina University student-athlete Seth Benson endured a significant injury and a bout with cancer when he was 17 years old. Thanks in part to the work ethic instilled in him by his mother, he was able to overcome both.

The injury postponed his junior hockey career for a year, and the chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma sidelined him for four months. Five years later, after his freshman year on the ice was canceled because of coronavirus, the 22-year old sophomore is the second-leading scorer for the Seahawks.

“Seth has had to fight through a lot of adversity for his age,” Salve Regina hockey coach Zech Klann said. “Some kids would have folded under that pressure. Not him. It shows with his maturity.

“The way he plays and practices for games, he’s got a different outlook on life. He never complains about anything. Every day is a day to get better. Every day is a blessing to him.”

>> Ice Awareness: "Benson, who hails from Moorhead, Minnesota, about 200 miles from the Canadian border, was playing hockey for the Omaha Lancers in the top junior league in the U.S. when he suffered a major injury. At the time, Benson admitted he already was playing with a slight shoulder separation. That injury soon got worse."

>> Reality Check: "Benson did what was needed to recover and was set to head back out and play junior hockey again. First, he needed to get a physical exam. “I didn’t pass. I had some bumps on my neck, and (the doctor) ran his hand down on them,” Benson said. “He said they were kind of concerning and he wanted to take a look at them. I had multiple blood tests. I was told I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

>> Of Note: "Benson is a 6-foot-4, 212-pound forward. He is tied for the team lead in plus-minus with a plus-13, and he ranks second on the team in three categories: points (14), goals (7) and game-winning goals (2). He’s scored short-handed and on the power play."

>> The Final Word: "And his personality … he always has a smile on his face. He always asks you how you’re doing, do you need any help. He’s infectious to be around. I wish I had five more Seth Bensons.”

>> Continue Reading


4.  Lightning Round 

  No, 5 UW-Oshkosh (16-3) registered a season sweep of No. 2 UW-Platteville (18-2) with a 65-51 victory over the Pioneers. Levi Borchert scored 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds for the Titans.

  Randolph set a program record for wins (14) with a 70-63 defeat of Washington and Lee. Teniyah Crenshaw-Patterson scored 23 points for the Wildcats.

  No. 20 Stevens picked up its third win over a ranked team in five days, knocking off No. 13 New York U., 21-15. The Ducks jumped out to an 21-3 lead including a tech fall by 157 Brett Kaliner.

  Happy birthday to Mt. Holyoke director of athletics Lori Hendricks.

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5. Watchlist

Lolo Reed, Albion (photo by Anna Labugh)

  MBB: #1 Randolph-Macon vs. Guilford, 6 p.m. ET

  • The top-ranked Yellow Jackets (18-1, 10-0 ODAC) will face a stiff test at home against the Quakers (12-4, 8-1). This is the first of two meetings between the teams in the next 16 days. Liam Ward leads Guilford in scoring (19.0) and rebounding (7.9). Watch
  WBB: #2 Trine vs. Albion, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • The Thunder (16-2, 9-1) and the Britons (15-5, 8-3) meet in a MIAA clash. Lolo Reed tops Albion in points (11.7) and boards (7.0). Watch

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