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Landmark Conference Announces Media Rights Agreement With FloSports

Multi-year agreement believed to be first of its kind in DIII

JULY 17, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Landmark Conference Announces Media Rights Agreement With FloSports

“The Landmark Conference has announced it will become the first Division III Conference to sign a multi-year agreement with leading sports streaming service and original content provider, FloSports, beginning with the 2023-24 academic year. The Landmark is also believed to be the first conference in Division III to sign a media rights agreement of any kind, marking a significant achievement for the league.

Under the deal, FloSports will become the digital platform provider of the Landmark Digital Network, which will see it stream all live and on-demand Landmark events, including the league's 23 championships. The partnership will allow the Landmark to expand its exposure to a global audience while building a stronger relationship with its fans.

Landmark fans can watch events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on their favorite digital and streaming services - Amazon Fire TV, ROKU, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast.”

» What They’re Saying: “I am excited to officially begin our partnership with FloSports,” said Commissioner Katie Boldvich. “They have proven to be a leader in the athletic streaming space and I am confident they will be a valued partner as the Landmark shifts to their platform. Even in these early stages of our partnership, they have shown a commitment to our conference and individual institutions to enhance our current streams and continue to build the Landmark brand.”

» Quotable: “Division III is a logical next step for FloSports as we invest in the comprehensive destination for NCAA conferences, colleges, and student-athletes,” said Kolby Paxton, Senior Manager, Global Rights Acquisition at FloSports. “Finally, NCAA properties, regardless of divisional affiliations, have a home."

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2. Conference Stability, Part 2

Today, we continue our multi-part series on DIII conferences - when they were founded, who were the charter members, and what additions or defections they have seen since their inception.

Centennial Conference. The Centennial began play as a football-only conference in 1983 with Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore and Ursinus as charter members. The CC became an all-sports league in 1993 and added Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Washington College.

Added to Core: none. Come and Gone: none.

City University of New York Athletic Conference. The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) was first conceived in the early 1970s and ratified a constitution informally bringing the conference into being in 1978. Charter NCAA members included Baruch, Brooklyn (left 1984, returned 1996), CCNY, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Medgar Evers, Queens (left 1983), Staten Island (left 2019) and York.

Added to Core: none. Come and Gone: NYC Technical College (1999-2011).

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The conference was formed with nine charter members - Augustana, Carthage (left 1952, returned 1961), Elmhurst (left 1960, returned 1967), Illinois College (left 1953), Illinois Wesleyan, Lake Forest (left 1963), Millikin, North Central and Wheaton (left 1960, returned 1967) - on April 26, 1946, in Jacksonville, Ill. as the College Conference of Illinois. In 1967, the name was changed to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, to recognize Carthage, which moved to Kenosha, Wis., in 1962 and Carroll, which entered the conference in 1955.

Added to Core: Carroll (1955, left 1992, returned 2017) North Park (1962). Come and Gone: none.

Collegiate Conference of the South. Nine institutions agreed to an amicable separation from the USA South Conference in November 2021 and formed the CCS in January 2022 - Agnes Scott, Belhaven, Berea, Covenant, Huntingdon, LaGrange, Maryville, Piedmont, and Wesleyan (Ga.).

Added to Core: none. Come and Gone: none.

Commonwealth Coast Conference. In May 1984, the conference was formed with six schools becoming the league's charter members - Anna Maria (left 2011), Curry, Emerson (left 1989), Hellenic (left 1985), Salve Regina (left 2023) and Wentworth - and unanimously adopting the name "Commonwealth Coast Conference.” Competition began in 1984-85 as a men's basketball league with seven teams competing as the United States Coast Guard Academy (left 1987) was granted membership.

Added to Core: Roger Williams (1985), Gordon (1987), Nichols (1995), Endicott (1999), U. of New England (1999), Western New England (2007), Suffolk (2020), Hartford (2023). Come and Gone: Eastern Nazarene (1992-2019), Regis (1988-2011), New England College (1989-2011), Colby-Sawyer (1995-2011).

Empire 8 Conference. In 1964, Alfred (left 1991, returned 1998), Clarkson (left 1991), Hobart (left 1993), Rensselaer (left 1993), St. Lawrence (left 1993), and Union (left 1971) joined together to form the Independent College Athletic Conference (ICAC). The ICAC reorganized in 1991 and became the Empire Athletic Association.

Added to Core: Hartwick (1991), Elmira (1993), Nazareth (1993), Utica (1993), St. John Fisher (1998), Houghton (2012), Sage (2017), Keuka (2020). Come and Gone: Ithaca (1971-2017), RIT (1971-2011), Stevens (2007-19), Medaille (2022-23)

Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Founded in 1995, the GNAC originally consisted of 11 founding institutions across New England - Albertus Magnus, Daniel Webster (left 2008), Emerson (left 2013), Emmanuel, Endicott (left 1999), Johnson & Wales (leaving 2024), Pine Manor (left 2012), Rivier, University of Saint Joseph, Simmons, and Suffolk (left 2020).

Added to Core: Norwich (1998), Lasell (2007), Saint Joseph’s ME (2007), Anna Maria (2011), Regis (2017), Colby-Sawyer (2018), Dean (2020), Elms (2021), Mitchell (2023), New England College (2023). Come and Gone: Western New England (1998-2007), Southern Vermont (1998-2008), Mount Ida (2007-2018).


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3. The Student Squeeze

by Carolyn Kuimelis, Chronicle of Higher Education

Peyton Quijano spent the summer before junior year consolidating her life into her Honda.

She squeezed her pared-down wardrobe into two small boxes, which fit in the trunk. School supplies and some packaged food went in the passenger seat. The back seat became her bed.

Quijano, a biology major at the University of California at Santa Cruz, had hoped to win a coveted spot on campus, but she didn’t get one before classes began.”

» Situational Awareness: “UC-Santa Cruz has enough campus housing for more than half of its 18,000 undergraduates. That’s a lot; in fact, the university houses one of the highest percentages of its students in the UC system. But Santa Cruz faces a challenge: Housing stock off campus is extremely limited and expensive. Most residences are single-family homes with independent landlords, many of whom are hesitant to rent to students.”

» Why It Matters: “Nine percent of UC-Santa Cruz students reported experiencing homelessness in a 2020 UC-system survey.”

» What’s Next: “In 2022, the university enrolled 700 fewer students than in 2021, due to a lack of beds, marking the first time in years that the institution had reduced its number of acceptances. Officials said they’ll hold enrollment as steady as possible until more housing is available. That approach runs up against pressure from lawmakers and the UC system for campuses to enroll more California students amid soaring demand.”

4. Lightning Round ⚡️

🗞 News. The DIII Membership Committee approved Mississippi University for Women for active membership status. Asbury and Warren Wilson were advanced to year three in the process, while Lyon and Hartford were advanced to year two. The committee will make fall campus visits to Carlow and Penn State Brandywine.

🗞 News. Sul Ross State has been officially approved to compete in Division II and will join the Lone Star Conference in July 2024.

🗞 Track and Field. The USTFCCCA awarded its national Scholar Athlete of the Year awards to Southern Maine’s Ben Drummey, Nebraska Wesleyan’s Eli Etherton, Johns Hopkins’ Victoria Khadiri and Saint Benedict’s Fiona Smith.

🗞 News. Hilbert College has purchased Valley College, a for-profit institution with more than 1,100 students, and greatly expanded Hilbert’s potential for future growth, especially in the online sector. Hilbert President Michael Brophy and former Valley President Tony Palmieri both call the transaction a model that more “small privates” and career colleges might consider in adapting to changing demographic and workforce needs.

5. Comings and Goings

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