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Spree Of Female Executive Hires A Hopeful Harbinger For A More Diverse Future

The WNBA’s appointment of Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert as its first commissioner in May was just one of the many wins during the summer of 2019 for gender diversity in the executive ranks of sports. From Jessica Berman’s hire as the new deputy commissioner of the NLL to Red Sox executive Raquel Ferriera’s promotion to co-interim president of baseball operations, the hiring of female executives in high-profile positions appears to be gaining momentum across all sports. “There’s a movement that’s […]

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Professional Bowlers Association & Bowlero Hope New Deal Is A Strike

By acquiring the Professional Bowlers Association, the sanctioning body for the sport, Bowlero Corp. is hoping that bringing the recreational and professional sides of bowling more closely together will raise the overall sport in the process. Bowlero Corp., which operates the bowling center brands Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF Bowling Co., and Brunswick Zone, is the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers with more than 300 in the U.S. alone. The company says it serves more than 28 million […]

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Behrens, Brooks At Forefront Of NBA’s Push For Gender Diversity

For two of the NBA’s leading female executives, their path to the league couldn’t have been more different. While Kathy Behrens was a multi-sport athlete at the University of Hartford – playing basketball and tennis – she never envisioned her sports career extending beyond college. She envisioned herself working up the ranks of the nonprofit and government sectors – and did so for nearly 20 years. Meanwhile, Amy Brooks’ earliest basketball memories were in her hometown of Sacramento, Calif. With […]

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Big Sky Athletic Directors Making Their Presence Felt

In the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, the Big Sky Conference is becoming a bastion for female leaders in collegiate athletics. Terry Gawlik was named the University of Idaho director of athletics in early August, becoming the Big Sky Conference’s fifth female athletic director – the most of any conference in the NCAA. The other female athletic directors in the Big Sky are Pauline Thiros at Idaho State; Debbie Corum at Southern Utah; Lynn Hickey at Eastern Washington; and Valerie […]

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Women In Sports Roundtable: Big Sky Athletic Directors

As the Big Sky Conference hits the 2019-20 season, there are now five female athletic directors in the conference – the highest number of any NCAA conference. FOS asked each athletic director where the most progress has been made while working as a woman in sports and what barriers or hurdles still exist.  Debbie Corum, Southern Utah University director of athletics During your career, what’s changed the most as a woman working in sports?  The opportunities. That’s really been, the […]

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College Athletic Departments Looking To Add Revenue Going Forward

With the dog days of August making its way into September, it means the return of arguably college athletics’ biggest sport: college football. Although much has been written about college football’s attendance struggles, that trend has yet to heavily impact the coffers of athletic departments. In the NCAA’s recent financial database report put together by USA Today, the University of Texas-Austin generated $219,402,579 – more than the 229 other public schools in Division I that are obligated to release this information. Private […]

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Ole Miss On Road To Financial Freedom Post-NCAA Scandal

On Dec. 1, 2017, the University of Mississippi had its toughest loss to date – off the gridiron. That day saw the NCAA hit the university with a laundry bin’s amount of penalties – 15 Level-I infractions total. They included three years of probation, postseason bans for 2017 (self-imposed) and 2018, recruiting sanctions, and perhaps most devastatingly, vacating 33 wins from 2010 to 2016 that featured ineligible student-athletes. Now as Ole Miss kicked off its 2019 season on Aug. 31 […]

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Berman Joins NLL As League Prepares For Growth

After more than 13 years of working in the NHL league office, Jessica Berman felt that she reached a point in her career that if an opportunity came about that would challenge and help her further develop professionally, she’d consider it. That presented itself as an opportunity with National League Lacrosse, which Berman will join as its new deputy commissioner and executive vice president of business affairs. Berman, who most recently was vice president of community development, culture and growth […]

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While Youth Baseball Soars, Participation In Little League Is Fading

For Chris Chavous, he grew up with a passion for baseball similar to many across the world. As a former Little League player, and now as the president of Warner Robins American Little League in Warner Robins, Ga., is eagerly tuning in to the 2019 Little League World Series to see youth players who also have that same passion. But while millions of people have been tuning in to watch these 10-to-12-year-old kids, that hasn’t led to higher Little League […]

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How Parents Can Save For Young Athletes’ College Education

(Citrin Cooperman is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) As part of a great American pastime, over three million kids in the U.S. play youth baseball. However, very few will enjoy the distinction of playing at the championship series. Youth baseball players are between 10 and 12 years old, which means that in the next six to eight years, many of these kids will be moving into dorms and starting college classes. According to the National Center of Education […]

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