Amanda Christovich

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NCAA Leaves Fall Up to Divisions; DII and DIII Cancel Championships

  • The NCAA Board of Governors announced it would allow all divisions to decide whether to proceed with fall sports, but that it would create a hotline for athletes or others to report “failures” of individual departments.
  • The governing body said that all member schools must allow players who opt out to maintain their scholarships and that all medical expenses related to COVID-19 must be covered.

The NCAA Board of Governors announced Wednesday it would not make a binding determination on whether fall sports championships will continue, but rather stated that each division will be free to make its own decision about whether to proceed with fall play. The announcement comes mere hours after other schools made vastly disparate decisions and goes against the governing body’s record of opting for as much control over play as possible. “A decision based on the realities in each division […]

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UConn Cancels Football Season Due to COVID-19 Concerns

  • The Huskies announced Wednesday morning that they would cancel all football competition for the 2020-2021 season.
  • The decision was made as a result of consultations with public health experts, but not because of an existing outbreak, the program said in a statement.

The UConn football program announced Wednesday that it was canceling all 2020-2021 competition due to health and safety concerns, becoming the first FBS team to do so. Zero UConn football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to the school for practice in July, according to a team statement. But the Huskies decided to shutter the season because guidance from health experts led them to believe safety precautions would be too disruptive. “The necessary measures needed to mitigate risk […]

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How Minor League Baseball Teams Are Surviving the Season Cancelation

  • Executives estimate that without games, minor league baseball teams have lost about 90% of their revenue.
  • To stay afloat, teams are hosting socially distanced events, reallocating deals with sponsors, and advocating for additional relief in Congress.

On a normal Saturday evening in July, the outfield at the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ stadium would be occupied by fielders and the stands filled with fans. But because the entire minor league baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19, Saturday nights at The Diamond look quite different: the seats remain empty, and fans sit scattered across the field watching movies ranging from Shrek to Remember the Titans. The Flying Squirrels made about six thousand dollars in food and drinks sales […]

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College Athletics Administrators Expect Significant COVID-19 Financial Hit

  • The survey includes responses from 300 college administrators across FBS, FCS and non-football programs.
  • 70% of administrators believe they will lose at least 20% of revenue and a whopping 91% have already had to reduce team operating budgets.

As NCAA conferences from the ACC to the SEC and Big West unveil their decisions regarding whether and how much they will participate in fall sports, more questions than answers remain regarding how college sports will look this year. Administrators are scrambling to figure out how to keep athletes and staff safe and keep their athletic departments afloat at the same time.  A survey of college administrators nationwide conducted by the athlete engagement platform Teamworks attempted to answer these questions. […]

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Teams Embrace New Type of Fan Amid Pandemic: Cardboard Cutouts

  • Teams and leagues across sports are pivoting front office employees to sell cardboard cutouts and new companies are popping up to support the effort.
  • While not as lucrative as ticket sales, execs say there could be a future in fan cardboard cutout promotions beyond the pandemic.

In a typical Major League Baseball season in mid-July, the Oakland Athletics’ ticket sales department would be hard at work trying to sell seats to the remaining 40 or so home games. But in 2020, those staffers are selling a different product: cardboard cutouts with pictures of fans on them. In the last couple of months, fan cardboard cutouts have become something of a sports sub-industry. As a response to not being able to have fans in stadiums due to […]

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