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Stakeholders Applaud NCAA’s Re-Examination of Transgender Athlete Policies
The NCAA Board of Governors is in the beginning stages of re-examining its policies around transgender participation in sport, following controversies over its handling of the women’s basketball and volleyball tournaments earlier this year. Tuesday, the body discussed a report on gender equity, transgender inclusion, and sexual violence in its championship competitions.
August 4, 2021
How Economic Desperation Feeds the Athletic Lottery
The growth and proliferation of the athletic lottery is based on many people buying into the belief that they too can win despite there being significant odds against it. Many young people have the illusion of there being a much greater likelihood that they will reach the professional ranks than they actually have. The odds of getting there are slim to none regardless of one’s desire to get there.
August 4, 2021
The Transferrable Impact of Positive Pressure in Sports and Public Policy
There is a heightened level of immersion and focus that goes into what coaches do every day because the stakes are higher. With higher stakes comes more pressure. Pressure one of the main elements that leads to top level performance on a consistent basis. A lack of pressure leads to complacency which is the enemy of the maximization of one’s potential and purpose.
July 22, 2021
Benedict College to Offer Degree in Esports Administration
South Carolina’s Benedict College is the latest institution to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in Esports administration. Starting this fall, the major will be part of the Health and Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) department in the School of Education, Health, and Human Services. The move comes after an Esports club on campus quickly gained […]
July 20, 2021
NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness Policy Change Ushers in a New Paradigm
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) adoption of a new policy on July 1 that allowed players to be able to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL), has ushered in a new era for college athletics. It is an inflection point that will create a new paradigm that multiple stakeholders will have to adjust to. It represents a major deviation from a status quo that has been in place for generations. Players will now be able to cash in on the fame that the platform of college sports provides for the first time.
July 14, 2021
College World Series Spotlights Three African American Athletic Directors
Three of the institutions represented in the College World Series have African American athletic directors.
June 30, 2021
Syracuse University to Hire Outside Firm to Review Women’s Basketball Program
Syracuse University will hire an outside firm to review its women’s basketball program, following allegations of threats, bullying and unwanted physical contact by Syracuse women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, The Associated Press reported. This comes almost 10 weeks after Hillsman attributed the departure of 11 players to attrition, COVID-19 and the transfer portal. No formal […]
June 30, 2021
Critical Sport Scholars: Navigating an Uncomfortable Space
Being a college sports fan while also studying college sports is a difficult space to navigate.
June 23, 2021
Supreme Court Rules Against NCAA’s Education-Based Benefits Restriction
In a unanimous decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)—citing their restrictions on education-based benefits for student athletes as “unlawful.”
June 21, 2021
Q&A With Gail Dent, the NCAA’s Associate Director of Communications
Meet Gail Dent, the NCAA’s Associate Director of Communications, as she shares her thoughts on student-athlete activism, the long-term effects of COVID-19 and her go-to dish at a summer barbeque.
June 18, 2021
Baltimore Ravens Owner Donates $4 Million to Create Scholarship Program, Named After Former GM Ozzie Newsome
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has donated $4 million to create the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program, in honor of former Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. The money will be given to graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools s who choose to attend a Maryland historically Black college and university, The Root reported. The Stephen and […]
June 11, 2021
Western Michigan University Receives Largest Single Gift to U.S. Public University
Western Michigan University has received $550 million, the largest single gift given to a U.S. public university, Detroit Free Press reported. The money will be divided, with $300 million going to WMU’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, $200 million going to need-based financial aid, faculty hiring and other initiatives, and $50 million going to […]
June 8, 2021
An Increasing Number of LGBTQ Coaches Are Publicly Out, But the Work for Inclusion Continues
Over the past few years, it has become more and more common for lesbian and gay coaches to include the names of spouses and partners in their bios. Dr. Pat Griffin, professor emerita of education at University of Massachusetts Amherst and longtime advocate for equality in sports, describes it as a sea change, noting that today’s athletes and coaches are coming out into a much more supportive environment than existed 20 years ago.
June 7, 2021
Oklahoma Republican Legislators Emboldened in Anti-Transgender Sports Efforts After NCAA Seems to Give Ground
Weeks after the NCAA issued an April statement that seemed to threaten to pull championships from states with anti-transgender bills, the college sports organization awarded regional softball championships to three states that had passed bans targeting transgender children in sports, emboldening Oklahoma Republicans in their legislative efforts, The Washington Post reported. The annual NCAA softball […]
June 4, 2021
NCAA Inclusion Forum Tackles Issues of Systemic Racism
One year after the murder of George Floyd, speakers at this year’s NCAA Inclusion Forum discussed systemic racism and how best to address it.
June 3, 2021
Morehouse College to Receive $1 Million from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to Support Journalism and Sports-Related Studies
Morehouse College will receive $1 million from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand, as part of the Black Community Commitment. The money will help fund scholarships, tech and educational programming for students in journalism and sports-related fields of study. The Black Community Commitment is an initiative by Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to fight against systemic […]
May 28, 2021
Women in Sports Leadership: A Q&A with the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director at Chicago State University
Hear from Jessica Poole, who will become the first African American female to lead the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
May 24, 2021
Nina King Promoted to Duke University Athletic Director
Nina King has been appointed Duke University’s athletic director, a promotion from her current role as senior deputy director of athletics, ESPN reported. She will be Duke’s first woman athletic director and the third Black woman to lead a Power 5 athletic department. King has been Duke’s chief operating officer, chaired the Division I women’s […]
May 20, 2021
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