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DI coaching contract

Monday, April 7th, 2014

 

 

As an Athletic Director for a Division I school, I am here to set up games and tournaments for sports teams. I havefull responsibility for every sports team both men and women. Another part of my job is to help write coaching contracts which are made to define the coaches’ job and what they will be doing at the university. The coach is agreeing with the terms of the contract and will be making a commitment. The coach will follow the university’s policies about athletics and academics, they will know that athletes are students first.I take these contracts serious where  student athletes are in a safe environment and coaches are not abusing their power.

 

The news and media has shown coaches who were trusted and paid bya school, then abuses student athletes verbally, physically, and sexually. I am making sure that does not happen to anyone in my school. I will be setting up a contract for a head coach position for the women’s basketball team. Many coaches will be applying, the school will be looking for experience and back round checks. The salary of the job will be on the contract and may vary due to the basketball season. if our team gets into the national tournament and wins a championship, they might get a raise. All I want is the coach and their staff is to respect the contract and the school that hired them. If they do not, their contract will be terminated and would be removed from the university.

blog 2: coaches new attitude toward academics

Monday, April 7th, 2014

 

We have all heard the term student-athlete, meaning that student comes first. However, we can see at some D1 universities that many of the players are putting the athlete in front of student. They are allowing for mediocre work in the class room to have their best athletes play on either the court or the field.

In an article discussing UNC it stated that “the football players were taking ‘easy’ classes, ones that they were guaranteed an A in.” This allows you to keep good academic standing so that you may play for the upcoming season. What happens then when these athletes form a major and are required to take harder courses? In the study, most of the football team took a major in the communications department, because it was considered an easy A major. A professor stated that he handed out grades to athletes for classes that never met, allowing them to receive an A. It even stated that for some classes there was illegal grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls, and limited or no class time at all. Athletes who turn pro are very few and by allowing these low academic standards it is not preparing them for the real world. Their whole lives they thought they would go pro and didn’t make it, now their low standards that they scooted their way through college with, may hinder them in the work force.

NCAA is soon requiring a higher academic standard for incoming athletes to play a division 1 sport. This will hopefully allow for only the top student-athletes to be accepted into that school. Possibly allowing for colleges to strive for higher academic standards for athletes throughout their amateur career. As of now the required GPA to be eligible to play is a 2.0 for college athletes.

I would first start out by requiring a minimum GPA of at least a 2.5 and offer study hall for every individual who may need it, and tutoring available each day. I would state that they are student-athletes and that student comes first. By attending this university you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of a student. You will be able to achieve a higher education while also getting to play the sport you love. However, if academic success is not met, then success on the football field or on the courts will be postponed if you are not compliable with the rules. Athletes need to be taught that their sport is second to their education. You are coming to this school to learn, and also help your team win, but in that order.

By being on scholarship you are complying that you have read and will meet these standards. I would implement a fine policy for these athletes who do not meet these requirements even after being on study hall or tutoring, and scholarships may be taken away from them if academic success is not kept.

For those who do achieve success in the classroom rewards may be handed out as an incentive to keep striving for greatness to allow these athletes to feel the need to strive for success both on and off the football field. An increase in scholarship money may be handed out to show support for the determination for success in the classroom. However, it needs to be engraved in their mind that they are here to learn first, and play a sport second. If we focus on school when it is in front of us, and focus on our sport when it is time to practice, then success will come.

Many coaches are lenient on these rules because if they do not win they may get fired, and you may not win if your best players are benched for bad grades. But we need to step up and think about the bigger picture for these kids. Most will not go pro, and if easy classes are what it takes for these students to pass college, then how well will they do in the real world where their job requires hard work and dedication in order to be successful?

We need to reevaluate the importance of school on these kids’ lives, and push them to strive for greatness, not on the field, but in the classroom.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/new-ncaa-rules-require-incoming-athletes-meet-higher-academic-standards-play-division-sport-college-article-1.982115

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/15985/

Real Madrid for American fans

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey Final

The Real Madrid website has services and information about European soccer which is the biggest sport overseas where fans don’t miss a game and are always selling out home stadiums. Real Madrid also has European basketball in case soccer is not your cup of tea. The basketball program is not really mainstreamed like soccer, where both sports have the same sponsors, gear and trademark. The audience that is most appealing for this website are foreign soccer players, young boys and men who want to become a professional soccer player and be on Real Madrid’s team. European athletes who want to play soccer or basketball for their own private team who does tones of charity work worldwide. And if you’re (Madridista) fan enough, you can get a Real Madrid membership card that is packed with benefits for supporting the Madrid team for as long as you want. When I took a look at the website I thought it was two-way communications where the website can be seen in different languages. The owner/president of the club has also played on this team and won multiple championships nationally and still wants to be a part of the sport. So Florentino Pérez Rodríguez the owner is doing as much as possible to complete with next door Italy and France that Spain is the best for football in the country. I like the website, it is professional but does not really how it first started and what are the regulations for Real Madrid to become a professional team and its own club.

Real Madrid & NFL

Friday, March 14th, 2014

When scrolling through the Real Madrid website I found that it offers insite to both soccer fans as well as basketball fans. The first thing you will notice upon entering their website is a list of different videos that are offered for both basketball and basketball. As you open the menu button you will find different links regarding their website. What stuck out to me was the link titled “fan zone.” It allows you to as a fan to view recent news regarding the team, new videos uploaded and photos of the players during games and off the field pictures so you can stay up to date with what each of them are doing. It also has a shop that you can buy clothing for of the team to represent your favorite players from the sport.

The basketball link offers the same thing, a link to recent news and a photo and video gallery of updated pictures so you can stay in the loop with your team and their daily lives.

the website is very informative for any person, whether you are a fan or not. it allows easy access to the history of the sports, clothing, and news about the teams.

http://www.realmadrid.com/en

http://www.realmadrid.com/aficion/videos/2014/02/0-2-triunfo-en-el-calderon-y-a-la-final-de-copa?pid=1387570276487

this link shows the highlights of Real Madrids soccer team, allowing fans to insight on Christiano Ronaldo career thus far with Real Madrid. This website allows you to view each player and see highlights and news regarding them.

from what I found, Real Madrid only uses a one way model.

comparison of two sports:

nfl.com offers you access to each one of your favorite teams and news about recent changes that have occurred in the organizations. It allows you to stay up to date about trades, potential draft picks, and an updated roster for each of the 32 teams. On the home page it offers you the 2014 schedule and videos regarding all the news presented by sportscenter.

It also allows you to shop, not just for one team but for all 32 teams, and offers you different styles of clothing, authentic jerseys with players names, for their most recent team. So that you can support your favorite player regardless of the team he is on.

It also gives a link of the history of each team, allowing you to go further in to depth and gain further knowledge on your favorite football team.

http://www.newyorkjets.com/videos/videos/Barnwell-Decker-Can-Create-Opportunities-/db436e26-bfe4-4a01-a00d-572954de7b68

this is a news feed regarding the recent trade of Eric Decker to the jets. It shows highlights of his career with the Broncos and shows what he will bring to the jets offense.

http://www.nfl.com/

Through social media, each individual can find exactly what they are looking for regarding their favorite organization. It is another way to stay up to date on games, and news regarding teams. it also allows for a good sales tactic by offering brand clothing, if you are not located in the state or country who sells the specific brand of team you are looking for, these sites offer you easy access when it comes to purchasing different team labels.

NFL offers a two way model using forums, fantasy football, and emails you can send to the team page. You can also use Facebook, and twitter to  tag someone and state your request or observation.

Who likes stinky, old bathrooms??? NO ONE!!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

http://http://www.kare11.com/video/1138008258001/1/To-vote-or-not-to-vote-on-public-funding-for-a-Vikings-stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are currently working on building a new stadium for their team. From this video you can tell that there are a lot of mixed feelings on if this is really a great idea. One half of the tax payers think it is a stupid idea for them to have to pay for it out of their own pocket, while the other half most of the Viking’s fans, believe it is a good idea. It would be the third top highest funding project in the state of Minnesota.

There will be one day of taxing cigarettes on shelfs and warehouses and another tax on out of state profits in the state of Minnesota. Many of the tax payers completely hate the idea of this. But in all reality the tax payers taking the biggest hit are smokers, which to be honest don’t buy cigarettes that day then.

With a new stadium it can bring in more profit. Many people spend a lot of time and money on sport tourism. Traveling across the country or even world spectating games or even just touring some of the biggest stadium or arenas. I know for a fact that if I was completely loaded with money I would want to travel across country to watch games and visit the biggest stadiums. This plan overall can be very beneficial and boosts local business revenue overall. 

Another video is posted bringing more information about the actual financial part of the funding.

Video 2

New Vikings Stadium

New Vikings Stadium

Old Minnesota Vikings Stadium

Old Minnesota Vikings Stadium

You get a stadium and you get stadium! Oh wait…

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Public funding for stadiums and arenas has seemed like a grand idea for cities for a long time, but is that really the case?

Since 2000, 28 new major league1 stadiums have been built costing over $9 billion dollars. More than half, over $5 billion, of the costs of the new stadiums were funded using public dollars

http://www.imakenews.com/cppa/e_article001083889.cfm?x=b11,0,w

I believe that publically funding stadiums is a good idea, it brings people of the city into the events and festivities. With this, finance generation is possible through more than one avenue, creating a multitude of ways for residents to get involved.

If a decision has been made to use tax payers money for a stadium, finance generation is possible through: (a) Government backed bonds (b) Excise duties (c) Personal seat licenses (d) State lotteries (e) Tourism taxes (f) Sales taxes (g) Ticket surcharges (h) General fund revenues, and, (i) Lodging taxes

http://www.moneyandsports.com/financing.htm

Bringing a sports team to a city and building the venues for those sport teams has been said to bring many benefits such as: increasing revenue, creating jobs, and benefiting the overall economy. When asking any residence of a city if they would like to have a major sports team reside in their city, few would say no, because of the “known” benefits and possibly personal satisfaction. What some people don’t realize it that the actual economic gain seen from publically funded stadiums is a shocking number, zero.

Milwaukee County did a report to determine the actual impact the city would see as a return on its significant investment of funding a new arena. A sports economist cited in the report stated that..

One should not anticipate that a team or a facility by itself will either  increase employment or raise per capita income in a metropolitan area

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/publicly-funded-sports-arenas-add-little-to-local-economy-report-says-cc9ehcj-201706591.html

Again, the proponents for a new arena often say construction of a new facility will create jobs;  that those who attend sports events generate new spending; that a sports  franchise attracts tourists and companies; and that the new spending produces a  so-called multiplier effect in terms of additional spending. What is actually happening is an economic term called the “substitution effect”.

The substitution effect basically explains that instead of residents spending their money on local restaurants or movie theatres, they are spending it at the sporting arena or sporting events. So in fact, there is no gain of revenue but rather putting that revenue in a different spot. This keeps the overall entertainment spending constant, with the overall effect being that a city might actually lose money.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/publicly-funded-sports-arenas-add-little-to-local-economy-report-says-cc9ehcj-201706591.html

There are many studies that contradict the typical thoughts of a sports stadium benefiting the local city. With the evidence that I’ve seen, I no longer believe that a new stadium would be best for most cities. The construction and possible final cost of the project could prove detrimental if the team or funding doesn’t work out. Of course there is always the argument of personal satisfaction though. Does building a new stadium or getting a major sports team benefit society in a way that isn’t measureable?

The quality of life argument is brought to light because people of a city might be uplifted or benefited in intangible ways that make the building of a new stadium worth it. This of course would be hard to measure academically because of its qualitative values, but I believe it’s worth a shot.

Overall, building a new stadium and getting a town involved in a new project would seem like a good idea, but unfortunately is not. The fiscal benefits aren’t there and the value of the city could quite possibly go down. I do believe the quality of life measurement is the next step to go before people completely rule out the idea of a new sporting venture.

 

LPGA harnesses social media’s benefits

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Before social media exploded into what it is now, (not that long ago) organizations of all kinds would hold expensive social events. This was the case for the LPGA. In order to bring more social attention, they utilized new social media sites. Twitter becametheir main avenue through the social media stream. Not only was holding Twitter events significantly cheaper, but it addressed a broader audience.

http://sportsbusinessnow.com/lpga-puts-an-exclamation-mark-on-the-season-with-social-media/

Twitter was not the end of it though. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Foursquare were great mediums of communication for the LPGA as well. These sits greatly promoted fan involvement by using social contests with prizes,

Fans were instructed to post pictures to their Instagram accounts and use the hashtag #LPGASeeWhywhere the best one will win a prize.

Thanks to social media sites, a tidal wave of public opinion and interest hit the LPGA tour and they don’t plan to stop there.

Their “social event of the season” was the icing on the cake for LPGA’s emphasis on innovative social media practices this year. If you recall, they were the first league to put player’s Twitter handle on their caddies bibs in June during the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Now most of the golfers in the LPGA have Twitter accounts that are easily accessed.

http://www.lpga.com/golf/blogs/players-on-the-web.aspx

Their goal is to spark interest in the the majors and have them take the Twitter route as well. Perhaps they could have contests between organizations to hype fans into participation. This could improve awareness and interest to the mainstream media.

 

 

 

 

 

Golf, the hardest sport to play, the hardest sport to watch

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I believe that golf is the most challenging sport to play and one of the most exciting, but others would disagree. People say golf is too slow and too boring to follow, but the PGA has created new ways of making golf entertaining for all ages. In my article, “The Golf world is stepping up its digital game” talks about how they are making golf more exciting and more attracting to sports fans. As some may have noticed, the pga and sponsers of the pga are releasing new and improved outfits that are veering away from the traditional golf wear. One of the main examples of this is Ricky Fowler, he is always sporting bright, vibrient colors on every tour which is catching the eye of young golf fans. With this new line of gear, it has, in my eyes, made golf more attracting and exciting to watch. Golfers are now starting to look like other athletes such as football and basketball players where they focus alot on their image, which in return has  more fans following athlettes on instagram and twitter.

Another tactic that the PGA has established through social media is how humorous and outgoing these athletes can be. It is portrayed on television through the PGA tour that these professional golfers are no fun games, its all serious business, but through twitter and instragram these golfers are showing a different side of their life. There are examples of Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson and Rory Mcllroy showing the golf community that their personalities are more than just a serious golf face. These athletes are posting videos on a average day at the golf course with there buddies having a good time and shootin the shit, which is exactly what golf fans love to see.

Golfers are also posting tweets, videos and instragraming on how they give back to the community as well. Jason Dufner is a prime example due to his participation in charity events and contributions in community service. All of these tatics have improved the attendance at golf majors and has revealed to the sports community that professional golfers are just as exciting and entertaining as any other professional athlete.

The video that i posted relates to my topic because it shows that golf is more than just a serious game, there is humor involved in golf, and it is ok to joke and have fun of the golf course, which should make people want to play golf more and want to watch the GPA more often. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbxIAeu83Z8

Miami Heat- Larry Loves Miami @MiamiHeat

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Advertising on social media sites like twitter and Instagram, are new ways advertisers are reaching out to fan bases. I myself follow the Miami Heat on Instagram and Twitter they post pictures and activities all the time on them. One example of advertising was after the Heat had won their second title in 2 years they did Larry loves Miami for the Larry O’Brien trophy. This was where Heat fans could come out and feel like they were move involved with the team, and when they feel more involved with the team they are more likely to buy tickets and other merchandise. Especially when these events are taking place at the arena, or Heat Stores

larry(http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/miami-heat-hands-t-shirts-proclaiming-larry-loves-215121702.html)

The Miami Heat on Instagram post pictures of the games what days the games are. This is good because we are a social media society now a days, and when we are on social media all the time it is good to post things that will keep the fan base in-tune. The Heat Instagram post pictures of Jerseys that are limited edition, and they hide them on the Heat store website. So it is like a scavenger hunt to find these limited jerseys on there before they are all out. The last example that i have is for some games they post a picture of the item of the game that you can buy from their Heat store.

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Overall I think that they are doing a good job of adverting and putting the team out there for their fans. The social media advertising is a good thing because it reaches out to the fan base around the world and kind of gives them a sense of feeling that they are a local fan. With the product advertisement i think it is really good because die-hard heat fans are going to want those limited jerseys or items of the game. The one thing that i would have to suggest for them that they should do a section on where they follow a Heat player through their whole day and post videos and pictures of this. I believe that it would really give fans the feelings of involvement in the players lives, and a look through the organization. Other than that it is a good job of advertisement, and i have even been tempted to buy things because i have seen them on these social media sites

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Pictures From (@MiamiHeat Instagram)-http://instagram.com/miamiheat

Lunch with Kerri Walsh?!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Winning their Third consecutive Olympic Medal Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor are sought out to be the best beach volleyball players in the World. So it comes to no surprise when they use that to advertise themselves for “a chance to win sweepstakes” type of publicity. Jennings recently partnered up with Tampax Pearl to give girls the chance to win a private volleyball training session with a trip to California.

Three-Time Gold Medalist Serves up a Winner with “The Kerri Walsh Jennings Active Experience”

Enter "The Kerri Walsh Jennings Active Experience" sweepstakes by visiting awesomelyactive.com from October 19, 2013 until November 3, 2013 (Photo: Business Wire)

When it comes to playing a highly competitive sport Tampax pearl is trying to reach out to those athletes who idolize Jennings and even Treanor whose name just always happen to stick together like glue. Volleyball is the type of sport that is on the rise and becoming a popular competitive sport. If a young girl who is an aspiring volleyball player they will be easily influenced to try and win a trip to California to try and spend it with Jennings and having a private volleyball session with her. That would be a dream, even for me!

I believe that Jennings is trying to gain more publicity as well as trying to gain publicity for USA Volleyball. Trying to reach out to the youth volleyball players all around the world is a great way to gain a fan base from a young age. There are many female athletes that try and promote themselves through feminine products like make-up, deodorant, shampoos and conditioners. Because women have to use these types of products daily and if there is information like this around us at all times there is a higher chance we can buy into it or even try to win that sweepstakes for lunch with Kerri Walsh Jennings.