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The MLB’s TV Growth

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The MLB’s most recent contract with ESPN, FOX, TBS, and the MLB Network, taking effect this year, mark a more than 100% increase in profits over the previous contract. Annual payouts to the league jumped from $712 million to $1.5 Billion, a $788 million bump.
Across the networks, more games and special events are now scheduled than ever before. Upon reaching the deal, Commissioner Allan Selig said, “The game has never been more popular… to see the unprecedented and historic commitment these networks have made to televising Major League Baseball for years to come is truly amazing.”

This deal only emphasizes the ever increasing value of TV rights in the MLB. In 1947, Gillette received exclusive rights to broadcast the World Series for $65,000 on TV, while paying out $175,000 for radio broadcast rights. By 1949, TV rights had overtaken radio rights $200,000 to $175,000. In the 1957 season, a 5-year contract agreed to pay $3 million a season to the MLB. The 1984 season marked the first $100+ million season, and by the 50th anniversary of MLB TV broadcasting, contracts agreed to over $500 million a year.

With this near exponential growth in TV right money, one must wonder where it can possibly stop? Many sports fans have already started to take note of the decline in baseball’s popularity as the NFL continues to dominate the US market in sports viewership. However, Major League Baseball is the most popular sport through its regular season, resting almost entirely between the NHL and NBA playoffs and the beginning of the NFL’s regular season. As we saw with the failures of the USFL and ABL, any new league attempting to rise up to overtake TV time of deep-seeded leagues are fighting an uphill battle, and without any major competition through the thick of it’s season, baseball will continue to pull audiences worthy of near billion dollar season contracts.

Changes to DI Athletic Policies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

With the recent media attention garnered due to some questionable choices in student-athlete selection, current coaching contracts have undergone a series of changes to incorporate stronger coach involvement in the student aspect of the student-athletes college experience.
Coaching contracts will undergo reform based on the APR graduation rankings. Currently, we are mandated to score a 930 average over the previous 4 years of competitive seasons. Our institution will strive to exceed this mark over larger margins:
Beginning with the 2014-15 season, programs will be required to meet this mark. The first year offense will result in a $500 fine per point below, increasing marginally for 5 years to a total of $1000 per point below, with a maximum fine of $10,000. Fines will be contributed to the general academic scholarship fund.
Teams averaging 940+ will receive an additional $10,000 funding to the programs travel and expense funds, as well as:
$5,000 salary bonus to head coaches, and $1,000 bonus to assistant coaches for scores up to 949
$10,000 salary bonus to head coaches and $2,000 bonus to assistant coaches for scores 950-959
$15,000 salary bonus to head coaches and $3,000 bonus to assistant coaches for scores 960+
In addition, coaches will be expected to raise student-athlete standards in the classroom. GPA requirements will be raised from the current 2.0 to 2.5, class attendance mandatory, and implemented weekly study halls.
The goal of this contract incentive is to exceed all NCAA academic minimums and encourage classroom success hand-in-hand with athletic success.

Let Your Career Guide You

Friday, December 6th, 2013


I want everything to be taken care of so my coaching staff does not have to worry when it is gametime

Lynne Andrew came into the room to give us some guidelines on what it is like to be in her footsteps and how she got to where she is at today, Associate Athletic Director of Fort Lewis College. She gave some pretty good insight on what it means to have strong work ethics and how to maintain a strong bond of connections with people who make an impact on your life, especially on your career. Usually one would consider that as an Associate Athletic Director your job would be to sit at a desk all day; but Lynne is always running around and her first priorities are to the student athletes. She is so passionate about her job and what she does that she would not give it up. She can discuss that when the following Tuesday rolls around the triple header day they accomplished was all worth it, cleaning the snow off the soccer fields, getting the bleachers out for spectators to sit on and even having workers available to help at the gate.

Listening to her talk about how her career has led her to where she is at today, was amazing. Lynne stated that

Everywhere I went, was a career decision.

She has this mindset that what she sets for herself she accomplishes career wise. She started off playing basketball at the Collegiate level, which led to her climbing the ladder of becoming an assistant coach at the collegiate level, and then leading to what she wanted in her life, a head coach and now as an Associate Athletic Director. She encouraged us that throughout her career she had someone to help her along the ropes and to give her guidance or refer her for the next opportunity in her career. She deserves all the credit and appreciation to help put up an event.

I took for granted going to a game, but now I know who to thank when I’m sitting on the bleachers cheering on our SkyHawks.

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


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.

For the love of the sports

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I feel that Lynne Andrews is a prime example of giving back to the sport she loves, which is basketball. However, she is also giving the love back to all the sports that she administers. She made the transition from basketball player to a teacher and eventually an associate athletic director. Not a lot of people have so much enthusiasm for the job, but after listening to Lynne, I have an interest in sports administration or management.

So after the lecture, I begin having an interest in being an athletic director or a sports agent. I did not play college basketball, but I played in high school. I never a stray from the sports side, that is why I pursue a degree in exercise science.

Athletic director


I love what I do for Fort Lewis College.

I love this quote that Lynne use, because I want to have that love for my job.

I’m glad that I got to hear about her job and explaining how she progress through hard work.


For the Love of the (work) Game!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

About Lynne!
She moved around a lot in her career. She originally came to the states from Canada to play basketball, and then played for a year in Germany. When she came back she finished her schooling at Montana State and started coaching at the high school level. She started at the high school level thinking it was a place for her because of a mentor/ role model she had had in high school. Lynne then realized she preferred the college level and enjoyed recruiting players. She went to assistant coach at University of North Dakota and then took a job at Weaver University. After that she moved on to Idaho State for four years to assistant coach, her last year they went to the NCAA tournament. She then was denied the head coach position so she went on to finish her master’s degree in athletic administration. This made her realize she was going to end up doing something involving that. For 5 years she then ended up with the head coaching job at Alaska Fairbanks. After this she came to FLC for compliance. The next year ended up taking over scholarships and then took over game managing, work study supervision and scheduling. The office manager position was then gotten rid of and Lynne hired and made up the title of athletic operations coordinator which will help her with work.

The main points that I gathered from Lynne’s talk was that communication with others even those not in your field, networking and loving and caring for what you do are some of the most important things to pay attention to and do to succeed in the career field.

For the love of the game

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

If I could sum up Lynn Andrew’s speech in one word, it would be Passion.

Our Administration program in Exercise Science class was fortunate enough to have Lynn Andrew, the Associate Athletic Director at Fort Lewis College come speak to us on behalf of her career path.

Being a student athlete, I throw up a wave, a “hey how are ya”, and a smile whenever I see Lynn-usually on the daily.  But in reality, I didn’t know a whole lot about her.  The hour we were able to meet, it was evident she is full of drive, energy, determination and connections.  After today not only can I say I know a load more about Lynn, but gained the upmost respect for everything she does for us as student athletes.  From event management on game days to scholarships to team budgets, she does it all.

We all gotta start somewhere, for Lynn it was with a dream and one that she felt strongly about at a young age. A few of us are blessed with a passion like that at such a young age.  And even fewer of us are able to stick to it to achieve what they want and deserve.  In college she was a very successful college basketball player which lead her to play in the professional league in Germany.

Hall of fame. Nuff said.

Many people would hang up their hats there but that just drove Lynn farther.  (Have I mentioned passion?).  After her playing days she went back to the states and coached women basketball teams from University of North Dakota, all the way to University of Alaska Fairbanks.

During her coaching days she went back and got her master of Science-Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.

To say we are lucky to have her now at Fort Lewis College is an understatement. This quote hangs in her office as a daily reminder:

Love what you do, feel what matters.

One point she drilled into our heads (and is also clear throughout her career so far) is it’s all about who you know. Majority of her opportunities, from coaching jobs to playing, came from connections. Along with connections, it’s about how hard you work. She said, “you never know who’s watching-always work hard.” Even if it won’t get the credit it deserves, it matters.

The sky is the limit. Lynn’s “pre-game pump up talk” has me ready and excited for my future career endeavors!

Thank you Lynn Andrew!

Peace and blessings,


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, .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

Inspiration From a Hard Worker

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Lynne Andrew is known for being the hardest working woman on campus. She received her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University and her masters from Idaho State University. She has coached many places, and currently is the Associate Athletic Director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

From my experience at Fort Lewis College since 2010, Lynne has been apart of everything in athletics. Every single sporting event, Lynne is there. As a student-athlete, she is available as an ear to listen and a mentor for knowledgeable advice. “Love what you do.” -The advice she gave in class this morning, I can tell she lives by those words.


Moving forward with my life, I will remember and utilize Lynne’s advice. She claims connections and networking is extremely important, as well as being a hard worker.Lynne Andrew’s coaching jobs were mostly obtained by her reputation of having strong work ethics from previous connections.  I try to keep good relations with people I have met in the sport/exercise world-hoping one day I will be remembered as a reliable and hard worker.

Taking time and doing the little things are very important in Lynne’s eyes. I agree, and can tell she does the little things from a personal level. She always says “hello,” and knows each of the 325 student-athletes. It is a good feeling when a high administrator knows you on a personal level and truly cares. There are many positive aspects of Lynne’s sports administrative career I took away from this morning, and I’m more than excited to experience the adventure my life will take me on.

Thanks Lynne Andrew!

Peace & Blessings,

Ab K

Vi-queens new castle

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The memories from the Minnesota Vikings Metrodome reign back all the way to 1982. It holds many more historical moments beyond the Vikings football games. From monster truck events to Kirby Puckett’s game winning home run to win the 1991 world series, the Metrodome earned its nickname as Minnesota’s “rec room.”

 Early Sunday morning on December 12th 2010, the Metrodome collapsed after a snowstorm dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on Minneapolis.

Mn metrodome collapse


“We’ve worked particularly close with the Vikings over the last two or three years on plans and designs and steps and obviously it can’t help but call attention to the fact that the facility is 28 years old,” Terwilliger said. “It’s one of the oldest facilities in the NFL. There’s a problem when we run this risk of not being able to play a game, because it’s a huge economic hit to the team. But the policymakers will handle these issues.”

This 2013 season for the Vikings will be the last seasons played at this location. The Mall of America Field (Metrodome) will be demolished and the team will be playing at the University of Minnesota’s football TCF Bank Stadium in 2014-2015.

The new stadium will seat approximately 65,000 fans, and can expand to 73,000 seats for a super bowl. 150 suits and up to 7,500 club seats. Compared to the Metrodome, Viking Fans will have more restrooms, enhanced concessions, wider concourses, better accessibility for fans with disabilities, and more space for tailgating and pre-game activities.


  • The total project cost will be $975 million.
  • The Vikings have guaranteed 49% of the cost will be privately covered.
  • They will rely on NFL financing and private financing to cover the rest.
  • The rest, $498 million will be split between the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota and will not include new taxes or have a negative impact on the State’s general fund.

“The City’s $150 million contribution will be paid by redirecting a portion of the current “Convention Center Taxes, while the State will issue appropriation bonds for $348 million. The appropriation bonds will be repaid through the modernization of State-authrorized charitable gaming that includes electronic pull-tabs and bingo.” (

new vikes stadiumHere is a potential design idea for the future stadium.

Vikings remaining six games, Minnesota will be done with Metrodome in just 34 more days.

Peace & Blessings,

-Al & Ab