Posts Tagged ‘Abel Velasquez’

Love to Work Hard…Associate AD Lynne Andrew

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Fort Lewis College Assistance Athletic Director Lynne Andrew came in to ES 480, Wednesday morning to speak to us about what she does, what she has done prior, as well as her thoughts on how to be a little more successful in our future careers.

 

Upon completing high school, Lynne was offered a scholarship to play college basketball here in the US. After an illustrious playing career which included All-American accolades in college and playing professionally in Germany, Lynne returned to the United States to finish her degree and try her hand at coaching basketball.

 

 In Lynne’s first few years of coaching, she saw action as an assistant coach. After assistant coaching at a couple different colleges, Lynne saw her first opportunity to become a head coach, however, she was not chosen. Her next head coaching opportunity came by way of Fair Banks, Alaska. After the board felt they needed a change, she found herself on her way to Fort Lewis College, first as a compliance coordinator, then as the scholarship budget administrator as well. Eventually, Lynne had more positions added under her, and was then able to become the associate athletic director.

 

One of the things that Lynne said that had the biggest impact on me was when she had said connections are great but a lot of it comes down to how hard you work. I completely and full-heartedly agree with that statement. If I were to take one thing away from her talk and apply it to my career, it would be the statement she made about putting yourself out there. She said “make sure people know who you are. Give people time, and don’t put yourself on a pedestal”.  I feel that this will be very important in a fitness club or gym setting as it will allow for people to feel more comfortable with me and open the door for them to ask for advice. I will make a more conscious effort to give people time when they say hi or ask how I am doing, even if I am busy. Showing people that I have some interest in them can be help make my professional life a lot more enjoyable.

 

The advice that Lynne gave regarding hard work and success was valuable, even though we heard it all the time, it has more of an impact when you hear it in person from someone you can tell has worked hard to get where they are in life.

Top Dollar Athletes…Are They Worth The Change?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Do you like to play sports? Do you like to get paid? How would you like to get paid anywhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars to tens of millions of dollars to play professional sports for just one season? Sounds pretty great right, what more could someone ask for? You’re getting paid to play sports for a living. Well how about asking for more money on top of the millions you’ve already been paid?

This seems to be a very common occurrence nowadays doesn’t it? It seems like we are hearing of lockouts or strikes every other professional sports season. While we all want to be paid more for the services or work we perform, most say it is ridiculous how multi-million dollar athletes are demanding more money, and this undoubtedly affects the sports industry one way or another.

So, where is the additional money going to come from to pay top athletes more? If you said higher ticket costs, more expensive concession foods, pricier parking fees, and higher priced officially licensed products, we would certainly not be wrong. But what effect does this have on the sports industry? Well, for starters, if ticket prices rise, it may be likely that fewer fans will go to games. Fewer fans at games, equals less concession sales, fewer concession sales, results in less additional revenue coming in. This is obviously a negative impact for the sports industry.

From examining two different articles, Two Sides to Every Coin: Are Professional Athletes Overpaid?, and Athlete’s Salaries Too High? Sports Fans, Blame Yourselves, a common conclusion was shared between them; the fans or consumers are the ones to blame for the high amount of money paid to professional athletes today. While they demand more by strikes or face lockouts, the sports industry suffers even more while these events unfold. But again, it is the consumers’ fault that athletes are paid so much, and gain a sense of entitlement to more money.

While the increase in prices might seem like it would negatively affect the sports industry, there are always going to be sports fans willing to pay the price for a unique sporting experience. These large, multi-million dollar contracts could, however, help strength the economy or financial situation of certain sports leagues by intriguing old and new fans alike to see whether the players are actually worth it. They want to see if the athlete has the skill to justify the amount their team is paying them, thus consumption will increase in that regard. As one of the article’s title states, there are two sides to every coin. This side is obviously the positive as it has the potential to create interest and excitement among loyal sports fans.

 

So, as we can see, there are both positive and negative sides to how much athletes are paid.  To get an idea of how much top athletes are paid, please see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya7y5Tke7uc

 
For the articles, please visit the following links:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1089195-two-sides-to-every-coin-are-professional-athletes-overpaid

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/athletes-salaries-too-high-sports-fans-blame-yourselves#axzz2l7vJ5rNY

New Media=better Baseball Fans

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Aw yes, what is more American than baseball? America has an infatuation with baseball.   Major League Baseball fans inarguably love their sport of baseball. In fact, they love the sport so much so, that they accessed

“1.2 million live audio and video streams of the first available Spring Training games this past weekend”

http://sportsbusinessnow.com/mlb-fans-getting-their-fix-early-as-mlb-com-at-bat-downloads-spike/

which occurred back in February of this year. According the article MLB fans getting their fix early as MLB.com At Bat downloads spike, this activity

“represented an increase of 53% from last year’s opening weekend of games.”  

http://sportsbusinessnow.com/mlb-fans-getting-their-fix-early-as-mlb-com-at-bat-downloads-spike/

 

 That is quite an increase over just year’s time. So how was this increase accomplished? Perhaps the MLB.com At Bat application has something to do with it.

 

The MLB.com At Bat app, allows users to view each and every game (for a price of course), as well as listen to live audio, get the latest news, schedules for the 2014 season, and expert analysis (http://www.mlb.com/mobile/atbat/).

 

This app is irreplaceable for those of us with an insatiable MLB appetite. Rather than having to wait until you get to a computer to look up news or rushing home to catch the game, users of this app have the games and news in the palm of their hand. They can catch the games on the go without a problem, which is obviously a plus for the fans, as well as the MLB.

With this app, it looks as though the MLB has accomplished a goal of making games, news, etc. available to fans anywhere, at anytime. In addition to this app, the MLB also makes the latest information available by using other forms of non-traditional media like Twitter and Facebook. However, as the title implies, MLB fans may just get their best fix by using the MLB.com At Bat app. This app, in addition to countless other apps, are examples of how sport organizations are now using more non-traditional forms of media for communication purposes. These newer forms of communication are  very convenient, fast, and user friendly.

This development of sports organizations using non-traditional forms of media to make information more available to their target audiences, will only continue in the future as technology becomes more advanced.

A Sustainable Sochi….?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Can Sochi reach sustainability by the 2014 Winter Olympic Games?

Yes, I believe Sochi can and will reach a level of sustainability by February 2014. In particularly, the “Games with minimal impact on climate” seems to be a very achievable goal, considering the fact that most of the current issues or environmental challenges in Sochi are a direct result of the current system being extremely outdated.

One way in which Sochi can reduce their impact on the environment is by updating their current transportation system. A number of their current environmental issues such as air pollution and poor traffic flow, will be reduced in severity by constructing a newer transportation system.

In addition to updating their transportation system, their plans to update their waste management systems will also play a huge role in being more environmentally friendly. The reduction of water consumption, implementing water collection techniques, recycling, and the construction of waste water drainage systems will only further reduce the effects the games have on the environment.

The next prong to the three prong sustainability approach is economic sustainability. Through the construction of new sports facilities, roads and railways, hotels, athlete village builds, as well as many other construction projects, Sochi should see a good result in their economic growth.

Taking into consideration that one of the proposed plans was to ensure:

“the predominant us of local and regional labor resources, materials, components, and equipment”.

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/

One would expect at minimum, a decent amount of economic growth for the city of Sochi.

In addition, according to the Sochi 2014 website:

“the Olympic Project has already created and supported 239 thousand new jobs”

(http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/economy/).

With that type of job growth, it would almost seem impossible not to see the economy around Sochi, strengthen.

The last factor of the sustainability model is the social aspect. The promotion of leading a healthy lifestyle is occurring and their goals for this aspect are also quite achievable. With the construction of new sport facilities it will allow Sochi to host large scale events after the completion of the Olympics and Paralympics. By hosting large sports event, a good portion of the cities population will gain motivation to participate in sports and physical activities. Both of these are steps to living a healthier life. The new facilities will also allow for a broaden sports participation options.

It appears as though Sochi can, and if all goes as planned, will reach some stage of sustainability. The level of sustainability reached will all depend on how well the planners execute the proposed plans.

Playing For Keeps…the cost of youth sports participation.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 Sondra, a mother of four, is in quite a pickle. She wants her two oldest children to play baseball, but is faced with the tough decision of paying $125 that she really doesn’t have, or, have them miss out on the educational and social benefits offered by sports. With no financial assistance available, it appears that Sondra’s children will have to miss out on participating in baseball due to the heavy financial burden of participation fees.

This situation is not unique to just Sondra, more and more parents are having to make similar decisions all across America.

From the article Participation in youth sports on the decline:

“We’re seeing parents having more of a struggle,” said Josh Pruce, media director for Pop Warner Football, Langhorne, Pa. “Parents may pay for one or two sports, but not three or four sports.” As more families struggle to make ends meet, they may see the registration fees and equipment costs as expendable.”

This article can be accessed at http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110522/NEWS/105220327

If more parents are having a tough time paying for youth sports, any increase in price would more than likely result in them withdrawing their children from sports.

The high cost associated with youth sports participation is already limiting access for many families, so if the costs were to continue to increase and further limit or lower participation, would it be ethical to put to use the saying “sports are a privilege, not a right” to justify the increased fees and lower participation rates? Wouldn’t this only further emphasize the statement “only the privileged are privileged”, which is unethical as well?

Some type of alternative has to be available. There has to be some way to make sports cheaper to participate in. Surely there is a way to make scholarships available to low income families.

Fundraising opportunities, as well sponsorships deals with local businesses would surely alleviate a portion of the participation fees. I believe actions like these, as well as exploring other options could make sport more accessable and affordable to all children and their families.

The current trend must change, as I feel that all children should have access to sports, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Sport fosters social growth, as well as promote physical activity, commitment, and accountability, all of which are vital to a child’s success later in life. Youth sports participation should not be limited or controlled by the amount of money families possess. Everyone should have equal access.

 

“STUDENT” Athlete VS. Student Athlete: How the GPA minimum drop affects the student side of student athlete.

Friday, October 25th, 2013

We believe that in the long run the lowering of the GPA really hurting the students athletes. By lowering the GPA it allows student athletes to be rewarded by participation in athletics for doing less work in the classroom. However there is some good that comes from the lowering of the GPA, for example it allows kids with troubled life’s to participate in sport and possibly help them change their life. We believe that even if it does help the kid on bad tracks turn their lives around, what will happen after high school? If student athletes are barley maintaining a minimum GPA of a 1.5 the odds that they will succeed in college or even get into college are very low.

Abel and myself both agree that if we really want the student athletes to succeed then a higher GPA minimum should be required. Sure you could say it is hard to get a higher once it is low but it is something that needs to be instilled throughout school systems. By lowering the GPA minimum it tells student athletes that it is ok to put sports ahead of school. When really it should be the other way around because the percentage of student athletes that go on to play professional is low. So if they aren’t one of those few that make it professional they should have school to fall back on. This is why we think that the lowering of the minimum GPA is hurting the overall status of the student part, of student athlete.