Inside The Ivy League’s Decision To Be The First Mover On Coronavirus

  • “Everyone is saying, ‘Oh, look, the Ivy League had it right to begin with.’ But the reality is that we had it right for us,” the Ivy League executive director said.
  • Within 48 hours of the conference’s decision, all college basketball postseason play was canceled.

Initially cast as the overreactor or the outlier, the Ivy League wound up playing a leading role in what Big East commissioner Val Ackerman described as “the most extraordinary stretch of days I’ve ever had or ever seen in my 30-plus years of working in the sports business.”  That stretch included a sweep of college basketball cancellations, all the way up to the entire NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments and eventually, the entire spring sports calendar. And while the Ivy […]

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NCAA’s Coronavirus Decision Looms Large For March Madness

  • More than 75% of the NCAA’s annual revenue comes from its March Madness television deals alone.
  • The decision to cancel or close doors for the DI men’s basketball tournament would cost the NCAA hundreds of millions of dollars either way.

As coronavirus spreads throughout the United States leading up to both college conference tournaments and the NCAA DI men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, so too does concern about hosting events in a public space. Without a clear answer to date, conferences, institutions, and partners all await the NCAA’s next move – one that could cost college sports’ governing body a significant sum. What will – or should – happen is the question on everyone’s mind as March Madness nears.  The […]

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College Football Hall Of Fame Finds New Life In Atlanta

  • The Hall saw consecutive days of record-setting attendance around the 2019 Peach Bowl.
  • Super Bowl LII in nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium brought nine major events and an influx of NFL fans to the Hall.

Attendance was lackluster, awareness waning and revenue dwindling for the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. But a move to a major market and several key strategy shifts sparked a much-needed resurgence for the Hall as both a shrine to the sport’s storied history and an in-demand event venue. Sitting steps away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the iconic Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the building and the experiences the new Chick-Fil-A College Football […]

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Arizona State, Chase Field Paving Way for Expanded NCAA, MLB Ballpark Partnerships

  • With space for 48,519 spectators, Chase Field hopes that hosting events with new partners will help their endeavor to reimagine their facility as a “blank slate.”
  • Arizona State’s January ‘Sun Devil Duals’ were the first of what the university believes will be several future events held at the Diamondbacks’ field.

Chase Field opened its gates to Arizona State’s wrestling team on Saturday, Jan. 11, and, in doing so, became the first ballpark to host a collegiate wrestling event in history.  But the four-team, open-air wrestling match, the Sun Devil Duals, marked more than a moment in history – it also marked the start of what Chase Field hopes will be an expanded partnership with NCAA athletics, not just for their own venue, but for MLB ballparks across the country. Working with […]

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MLB Grit Invitational Aims to Help Foster Women’s Baseball at Youth Level

More than 60 teenage women will take the field at the Texas Rangers Globe Life Park this weekend as part of the MLB Grit invitational. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have partnered to host the high school invitational for girls who play baseball, bringing the players together for games, development and speakers. MLB Grit is building on the league’s other keystone women’s baseball events: The Trailblazer Series and Breakthrough Series. Play begins Friday at Globe Life Park and finishes […]

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