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NCAA Pac12 TV Deal

Monday, April 28th, 2014

http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/38499/college-tv-rights-deals-undergo-makeovers

The NCAA has many conferences based on east coast, west coast, north, and south. The biggest conferences have their own TV program that shows all their games for men’s and women’s teams. The Pacific-12 Conference made a TV deal in 2011 called the Pac-12 Network. The network consists of seven networks/channels that give 24 hr broadcast of the teams who are in the Pac-12. When the Pac-12 was Pac-10, they signed a 12 year contract with EPSN and Fox. the contract was worth more than  $225 million per year, which leads to 2.7 billion for the 12 year contact.

The values of this TV rights deal has increased, even after march madness is over, this season the Pac-12 will be watched even more due to the Stanford women’s basketball team making it all the way to the Final Four. The University of Arizona being #1 seeded in the nation, teams and networks getting bonuses for Pac-12 teams making it further than other conferences’ teams. The value of the Pac-12 has increased by being so competitive whether in footbal, basketball, and baseball.

The “Conference of Champions” consists of Arizona State University, Oregon, University of Colorado, University of Arizona, Standord, UCLA, USC, Cal, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State. I think the conference is doing very well and makes a lot of money than other conferences, it has grown substantially and will continue to grow as teams get better and bigger. I wish I had the Pac-12 network to watch my favorite team during baketball season, this conference makes the most profit during the season.

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.

D1 Coaching Contact: Academic Success

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Coaches all too often receive large bonuses when their team is winning, but why not for their team’s academic success?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes:

Universities need to tie bonus pay of their coaches and athletics directors more prominently to their college athletes’ academic performance

And so do we!

Key elements to a coach’s contact located in the academic incentive clause include:

  • Implement policies and demonstrate behavior that advances academic success
  • A flat bonus for meeting graduation rates or academic progress rate (APR) scores
  • A team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Meeting each element would earn the coach a bonus money signmoney signmoney sign

Penalties should also be in place to regulate a decrease in a team’s academic performance.

UCONN MEME

 

Let’s not forget UConn’s recent NCAA Tournament suspension for low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores

 

 

 

Grambling was also hit hard with binding force for low APR scores.

Sanctions should also be in place for a decrease in APR score, which include:

  • Limited practice
  • Shortened season
  • Game forfeiture
  • Scholarship reduction

After a scholarship reduction sanction, the next step is to implement an Academic Enhancement Team to aid student-athletes.

The following link by the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics sheds light on the athletic and academic discrepancies in a coach’s contract.

Do you ever wonder which school would win in an NCAA Academic Performance Tournament?

You’re not the first. In fact, Inside Higher Ed has an academic tournament giving the student-athletes and fans bragging rights in the classroom.

ncaa academic winnerThe 2014 winner is Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

Integrity of coaches and college athletics is at stake!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

With Division I sports falling under more scrutiny and being exposed to the public eye, controversy about multiple subjects has ensued rapidly. Many student athletes who colleges recruit reportedly are not equipped with the skills to effectively obtain a four-year college degree; UNC being the most notable college for claims such as these. Colleges are supposed to be about learning first correct? Therefore, a convincing plan needs to be erected to cover the best interests of both students and athletes.

If I were to add language to a D1 program coaching contract to address this issue I would break it into three distinct parts.

First, I would implement a rule that colleges can only recruit athletes who score one standard deviation below the mean on SAT ACT testing and no lower. Individuals who do score a deviation below the population must sit out as a freshman and obtain a college GPA equal to that equivalent of the average student at that specific institution. If they do not succeed their contract will either be dropped or they must complete another academic year with the required GPA and no sports play.

Second, stipulations for current athletes need to be implemented as well. Student-athletes who have met the criteria above and are eligible for play must maintain a GPA within .4 of the school average their freshman year, within .5 in their sophomore year, and within .6 for both their junior and senior year.

Third, I would make coach/staff incentives for upholding these stipulations as well as rewards for exceeding expectations. If coaches uphold the standards for a consecutive three seasons they will receive a bonus of between 100 and 200 thousand dollars. If they exceed the standards for any season they will be given a bonus between 200 and 500 thousand dollars.

The final area is graduation. Student-athletes must graduate at a rate within 5% of the school’s graduation rate. The coaches must obtain this within 3 seasons or risk being terminated.

If coaches do not meet the specified requirements of the last three articles they WILL be subjected to board review and possible termination.

The integrity of the college is at stake.  The love of succeeding on the playing field has become more important than the love of succeeding in the classroom.  There is so much temptation for these student-athletes, or athlete-student depending on whom you speak with, that it is hard to blame them for accepting “inappropriate” gifts.  The coaches are hired for one specific reason, to win.  If they don’t win, they don’t have a job.  Simply put, coaches are relying heavily on the student-athletes to ensure they have a job.  That last statement is one of the more obvious ones, but it needs to be said.  Not only is the integrity of the college at stake but the integrity of the head coaching position is as well.  Coaches are accepting students that barely make it into college.

This whole, “one and done” year that the NCAA allows is part of the problem.  You have athletes coming to the university solely to play basketball.  Yes, these athletics take classes and have to live on campus, but what isn’t required is they begin a legitimate path towards graduating with a degree.  I believe there needs to be a stipulation in the NCAA that requires student athletes to play a minimum of three seasons, if they choose to attend the school.  Currently coaches are putting more importance on performing on the field and not in the classroom.  Coaches have in the past, and assuredly will in the future, choose to ignore blatant rule violations if they athlete is performing well on the field.

To quote an article posted on www.al.com, “If Emmert’s words are to mean anything, the NCAA is going to have to drop the hammer again — and probably again and again — or the idea of integrity in college athletics will remain the same sad joke it is now.”

 

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/04/ncaa_must_drop_the_hammer_to_s.html

http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2013-10-24/division-i-student-athletes-show-progress-graduation-success-rate

http://work.chron.com/average-salary-college-basketball-coach-2102.html

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/us/ncaa-athletes-reading-scores/

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/

Contract Law

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Our overall goal is to provide the student athletes with a strong education in which they are entitled to. Education is the basis to this university. In order to improve our graduation rates and the GPA of the individual athletes, certain measures need to take action. Education needs to be stressed in and outside the gymnasium. When trying to implement a new plan and a new way of doing things, we first need to target the leader. In this case, our leaders are our coaches.

In order for our coaches to enforce the rules of academics among the students athletes, the coaches must have some type of incentive. As of now, we do offer athletic incentives to our coaches, incentives such as: post season appearance, conference championship appearance, elite eight appearance, final four appearance, and national championship. Getting our school recognized in an athletic light is important, but we also want to show that school also cares about the academic side. We want to show that we are providing the athletes the highest level of education, so that after the sport is done in their life, they have a meaningful degree to fall back on.

In the new contracts given to the coaches, there will be academic incentives now. As of next year, GPA (grade point average) and APR (academic progress report) will be highly emphasized. When the average GPA of the team has reached a 2.5, coaches will compensated for a $3,000 bonus. When the average GPA of the team has reached 3.0, coaches will compensated for a $8,000 bonus. When the average GPA of the team has reached a 3.5, coaches will be compensated for a $20,000 bonus. When the required NCAA APR is meet, the coaches will be compensated with a $10,000 bonus. Right now the NCAA  required APR is 930 which is requiring that schools should be graduating 40% of its student athletes. When our teams reach a 950 APR, the coaches will be compensated with a $12,000 bonus. If the teams reach an APR of 970, the coaches will be compensated with a $20,000 bonus.

The money in which required to pay for these new incentives will be taken out of the athletic incentives. Athletic incentives will no longer be as high as they use to be. The goal right now is to provide a higher education and graduate them. What good is athletic incentives, if our APR is not met. If we do not meet our APR, we will be another UCONN men’s basketball team story. UCONN in 2011 did not meet their APR and therefore could not make the post season play and also lost 10% of their scholarships. Which leads me to our next requirement. If we as a school do not meet the 930 APR, we will take away 20% of the team scholarships.

More schools need to place a high emphasis on academics. If we did place a high emphasis, the college basketball tournaments would like the following pictures. 2013-ncaa-mens-tournament-apr (1)  2013-ncaa-womens-tournament-apr

In my opinion, it would be nice to see the tournament like the pictures, because then we could see teams that we don’t normally get to watch. Also, we get to see the athletes that are doing great academically as well as being athletically gifted.  If we do change our ways of holding coaches and students accountable for GPA’s and APR’s then maybe we wont have as many college athletes struggling to find jobs after college. We also don’t want to be the type of university that does not academically challenge their student athletes. The following video is exactly why all colleges across the country need to change their ways. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0-aiUsMn5I

We owe it to our athletes to provide them with the education they deserve and we have a duty to graduate our athletes so they can have a meaningful degree that will help them when the sport can longer take them anywhere else.

It’s not work…

Friday, December 6th, 2013

On a chilly Wednesday morning Lynne Andrews the Assistant Athletic Director at Fort Lewis College came and spoke to our Administration of Programs in Exercise Science class. She spoke with such enthusiasm when talking about her life accomplishments and about what she did to get to where she is now. She discussed about the type of connections you make with people on a daily basis. The importance of it and how it can change and mold your life to get you to where you want to be.

To hear Andrews talk about her success not only as a student athlete while in college but even as being a coach after college was very interesting. It was amazing to hear how she networked with mentors such as her own coaches who helped her land her first assistant coaching job. She proved that hard work and dedication can get you to where you truly want to be. It doesn’t stop there, she also talked about how playing and coaching has taken her all of the country and even to Germany! She knew she wanted to give back to the community that had helped her be successful. Coaching was a way for her to help these young athletes in directing them in the right path of success.

Once administration was what Andrews wanted to pursue after she was done coaching, she was full speed ahead trying to gain knowledge and experience in that field. Hearing how she did everything she could to just get experience made me think of what I needed to do, so I can get experience in what I want to do as well. Andrews talked about her journey to where she is today and how she does not think of her job as work but how she wakes up every morning loving what she does. Andrews passion for what she does fired me up and when I walked away from class that day I knew one very important thing and that is to

LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

Because it should not be seen as work but as something you enjoy doing everyday.

-Thank you Lynne for coming to talk to us! (: I appreciate it.

Canadian Superstarr

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Today Lynne Andrew gave us insight regarding her career accomplishments. Lynne is a very successful woman as seen in her biography here, http://www.goskyhawks.com/staff.aspx?staff=35 .While basketball had been a sport Lynne was very involved in as a child and into her young adult stage, she continued on to be a coach in the sport she so dearly loved. After all of her crazy coaching experiences, she moved on to the administrative side of collegiate sport. Lynne stressed that the most important thing in jobs is to keep connections and do not burn any bridges. She also explained how connections are the reason she is where she is today.

Today I have learned all about Lynne’s career and there are many things I will take away from listening to her experiences. The first and most important thing I am going to do in order to be successful in my career is network and find connections as well as maintain good relationships with others. I will also work hard for my program, not to be seen and awarded, but instead to make the program the best it can be.

Another thing I learned from Lynne that will be helpful for my future is that if there is a task to be done that nobody likes to do, then just do it. Just because you have a higher title then someone else doesn’t mean you do not share some of the responsibilities.

 

The last and most important thing I learned from Lynne that I can apply to my career is to love what you do. If you love what you do, you will be good at it and you will be happy with where you are at. For Lynne, it wasn’t about the money, it was about the students and their success and I want to follow in her footsteps because I agree %100.

 

Thank you Lynne

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.

 

 

SCOREEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGzMMkpFFc

Here is video describing what exactly SportStream is and all the cool features. I mean who would’t want a hot babe delivering cheeseburgers and beer to you while watching the game?? It’s complete perfection. Just kidding none of those awesome features are added sadly.

When watching professional games on television either NFL, NBA or even NHL it is very important now to keep updated with what is going on in the social media world. Well Bob Morgan now CEO of SportStream came up with a brilliant idea for all you sport fanatics. He developed a website based off of most major social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, that brings all important sporting news together in one place. This means you can simply go to one spot and find all the important information regarding the current sport issues or evens. No more searching or using a hashtag to try and figure out what play you just missed.

 Distribution. This is one of the key factors in SportStream’s growth potential. While Morgan pointed out the strong user engagement numbers and advertising potential with their own applications, SportStream’s greatest growth opportunity comes from increasing adoption from more teams, organizations, and networks to utilize and customize SportStream’s robust platform.

This is Bob Morgan’s main goal to try and spread the word about this great application or download that is available. It makes it so much easier on sport fans to go to one place and be able to keep up to date will the latest information and also able to chat, comment, or tweet with other friends. This is a fantastic idea. It is such a pain to have to take the time to switch from Facebook to Twitter constantly while trying to watch a game to try and figure out if a player’s injury is severe, what other teams won and other important information on the games. It isn’t very popular right now but I have a feeling once its out it will become one of the most popular sport social media sites.