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September 9, 2013 02:56 PM
CBSSN’s Brandon Tierney mocked the NFL-issued clear bags as the rule went into effect this weekend. He had a bag on set holding it up to his face saying, “If your team is say, two and nine, going into week 12 or so and you bring this in, how do you hide? Where are the brown bags that saved you the humiliation of being in that stadium?” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBS Sports Network, 9/8).
COLOR OF MONEY: ESPN’s Jemele Hill, on Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel appearing on the cover of Time magazine’s issue discussing if college athletes should be paid: “Where were all these conversations about paying college players when Michigan had to wipe away the Fab Five’s legacy due to the NCAA violations? Why didn’t A.J. Green, Terrelle Pryor or Dez Bryant galvanize the same national support as Manziel when the NCAA believed them?” Hill added, “My colleague Jalen Rose tweeted that Manziel is the NCAA’s worst nightmare because he is ‘white, paid and outspoken.’ As Jalen knows the exploitation of college athletes isn’t new, the only thing that’s changed is the victims face” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 9/8).
FINDING VALUE: CBSSN’s Amy Trask, on charging fans full price for preseason games: “I’m not sure where I come out on that but I think the value proposition needs to be discussed.” CBS’ Bill Cowher added, “I totally agree with that because it’s not the same game. You're not playing the game to win or lose.” CBSSN’s Bart Scott added, “The NFL is not giving money back, but what we’re giving the fans is not as good a product.” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBS Sports Network, 9/8).
BREWING RELATIONS: NBCSN's Dave Briggs said Brewers LF Ryan Braun "realizes the backlash is far worse than he ever thought" so he "reaches out to the Milwaukee Brewers himself and says, 'I'd like to talk to some of the people I've hurt most.'" NBC's Thomas Roberts noted the calls to the fans "came on the heels of losing an endorsement deal with Nike and ties with a few a local restaurants." Roberts: "It really is a unique approach to try to win everybody back" ("Today," NBC, 9/7).
LADIES FIRST: NBC's Carl Quintanilla said female viewers of the NFL are "being recognized as football's new power players." NBC's Janet Shamlian said women have “flipped the switch on football," accounting for 45% of all NFL fans, one-third of ticketholders and "it's her hands on the family wallet." Shamlian noted women's clothing is the fastest-growing segment of sales." NFL CMO Mark Waller said he expected women's merchandising to become this big because "we always felt that we were under serving them and not giving them what they need." ("Nightly News," NBC, 9/8).
SHOW STOPPER: NBC's Natalie Morales said "some say they don't see" Super Bowl halftime act Bruno Mars "as a good fit for the Super Bowl, others say perhaps they wanted a little more of a New Jersey/New York act." But Morales said Mars is "great live performer" and an "incredible live show." NBC's Al Roker added, "It's like James Brown." NBC's Matt Lauer said, "Would it be great if for his last song he would be joined by Springsteen and Bon Jovi? That would be pretty cool." Morales said halftime will be "good family fun, no wardrobe malfunctions guaranteed" ("Today," NBC, 9/9).
TWO IN ONE: Lions WR Calvin Johnson, on his Nike ad with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs: “Basically, it’s Calvin and Johnson, two different personalities. Calvin is the driven, focused guy that comes out here and gives his hard work on the field every day and at the same time there’s Johnson who handles all the distractions.” Johnson, on the accuracy of the portrayal: “The Calvin part, that’s pretty much in line with the way it is for real. I’m real laid back, I’m chill. I’m real family oriented so I don’t get in to too much mess” (“NFL Gameday Morning,” NFL Network, 9/8).
September 9, 2013 01:10 PM
What are your favorite causes or charities?
Here are their responses:
■ Mary Pat Augenthaler: Breast cancer awareness. My mother is a survivor and so are many close friends. I’m proud of what the NFL does to support breast cancer awareness in October.
■ Charlotte Jones Anderson: The Salvation Army, and the NFL Foundation and its efforts to promote our game and protect those who play it.
■ Cheryl Bailey: World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse — organizations that support children and create better opportunities for them.
■ Lisa Boggs: Pet/animal therapy — anything involving the unique healing bond between humans and animals.
■ Melissa Rosenthal Brenner: My family works and lives in New York City, and we like to support various charities and institutions located in the area, but the cause that is most important to me is the foundation we created in my mother’s memory to support multiple myeloma research [Linda Rosenthal Family Multiple Myeloma Research Fund].
■ Amy Brooks: Laudan Nabizadeh Fariborz Memorial Fund, a college scholarship established in memory of a good friend and former classmate who passed away unexpectedly this year.
■ Jacqie Carpenter: Sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma (bone cancer), my church.
■ Kim Carver: Anything with children or animals.
■ Jennifer Chun: As a mom, charities and causes that focus on helping children really resonate with me. And as a working professional, I try to involve myself in as many mentoring opportunities as I can (both formal and informal). This last year, I have also been serving on the board of directors for NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications).
■ Vicky Chun: There’s an organization called Uplifting Athletes, and it’s working right now (I hope it will grow) with football programs, mainly Division I, but they help raise money for rare diseases. It’s run by Scott Shirley, who was a former athlete, and he has a very unique story. … And I’ve grown up always loving Jane Goodall, so the Jane Goodall Institute I’ll always support as well.
■ Susan Cohig: Anything related to children, with a focus on education and health.
■ Reagan Feeney: I’m drawn to anything related to young children. Currently, I spend my extra energy as a board member of The Growing Place, a nonprofit preschool devoted to building strong and independent young children.
■ Leslie Gamez: Team USA, of course, and anything in youth sports. It is critical to get young people interested and engaged in any sporting activity at an early age. Sports builds confidence and teaches important life skills that can be carried through to enhance all aspects of life and set the stage for healthy living.
■ Christine Garrity: The Folds of Honor Foundation and the PGA’s Diversity Scholarship Program.
■ Alison Giordano: Stand Up To Cancer. We’ve gotten very involved with it at MasterCard, and it is a great cause.
■ Michelle Grech: My favorite cause is my commitment to finding a cure for arthritis, especially since I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I think there is an opportunity to challenge people’s convention that arthritis is an older person’s disease. I have truly enjoyed working with Mary Battle, the wife of Alabama AD Bill Battle, on this cause, as her daughter, Kayla, suffers from RA, as well. We have an opportunity to make a real difference by sharing our stories to help other young people live a normal, healthy, active lifestyle despite the challenges of arthritis.
■ Mimi Griffin: Any nonprofit that has as its goal the personal and economic empowerment of women.
■ Jennifer Hanley: Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They are globally ranked in terms of all the specialties they’re in. A lot of our sports marketing efforts go to raise additional funds for the hospital.
■ Lynn Hickey: My daughter had open-heart surgery in high school due to a heart defect, and so helping families with children with heart defects is very important to us. I just joined a local charity board called HeartGift San Antonio that helps to raise money for heart surgeries for disadvantaged families. I am also very supportive of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and am involved on campus with a faculty/staff faith-based group called First Light that is extending programming to our students.
■ Pam Hollander: Cancer charities. A couple of years ago, I had two family members sick at the same time: my sister-in-law with breast cancer, and her son with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
■ Kelly Krauskopf: Catch the Stars Foundation. Tamika Catchings shows what professional athletes can do to change a child’s life.
■ Rachel Lewis: KidSport (provides access to sport for disadvantaged youth); CH.I.L.D. Foundation.
■ Lucia McKelvey: Anything that promotes a promising future for kids, both academically and through sports, is on my top list of causes. I’m also an advocate of cancer foundations like Race for the Cure, which leverages sports as a means to gain awareness and raise crucial funding.
■ Paula Miller: The NASCAR Foundation. The charitable arm of the NASCAR industry does good deeds across the sport.
■ Kathy Milthorpe: The LPGA Foundation’s Girls Golf program, the United Way and local economic development activities.
■ Diana Myers: I love to support friends and family who set personal running or biking goals to raise money for quality charities.
■ Kim Ng: Kids in Sports, National Public Radio.
■ Regina O’Brien: The First Tee. One of the things that is really important about our sport is to get kids involved, and I think The First Tee is an excellent organization that gets kids out there to play golf and also at the same time teaches them values in life that they can use day in and day out.
■ Maidie Oliveau: I am on the board of the California State Parks Foundation.
■ Ailey Penningroth: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Donate Life.
■ Patty Power: Sports Video Group Sports Broadcasting Fund.
■ Donna Providenti: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Cycle for Survival is an amazing event that LeadDog produces. MSKCC has treated both my parents with great success, so it hits close to home.
■ Judy Rose: Children’s causes (fitness; abuse; literacy); women’s issues (domestic violence; wellness).
■ Julie Sobieski: Supporting my local community through the local food pantry and my church.
■ Amy Stanton: ASPCA, Humane Society, Women’s Sports Foundation.
■ Deborah Tymon: Military and veterans charities, including the Warrior Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.
■ Lori Webb: Father Flanagan’s Boys & Girls Town, ALS [Association], and any organization dedicated to rescuing and adopting out abandoned dogs and cats.
Check back here each day this week for more personal insight from our 2013 Game Changers.
September 8, 2013 09:25 AM
Don Porter, co-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, says he didn’t have a rooting interest in yesterday’s 2020 Olympic host city competition, but he expects the decision to award the Games to Tokyo to provide a boost for baseball and softball’s bid to return to the Olympic program.
“They were all good cities and we would have been comfortable with all three, but Tokyo has a great history in baseball and softball,” Porter said in the lobby of the Hilton hours after Tokyo won the 2020 Olympics.
Baseball has been popular in Japan since Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig first visited the country in 1934, and in a stroke of good fortune, the organizers of the baseball and softball bid made a video for their presentation today that includes footage of the two Major League Baseball legends playing in Tokyo. They hope that it underscores the international appeal of baseball and softball and highlights how well received the sport would be in Tokyo if it returned to the Olympics in 2020.
A win today for baseball and softball would be an upset. Wrestling is the clear favorite. But that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of wrestling's competitors, squash and baseball/softball. Both sports are looking for any boost they can get to help them overtake wrestling.Baseball remains the most popular team sport in Japan and Porter said that should help the sport with its bid.
Porter yesterday said that he had not spoken to Tokyo 2020 delegates about lobbying for baseball and softball, but he was hopeful that they would take their own initiative to encourage IOC members to add the sport in time for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
It’s the sport’s third bid for the Games. The sport has worked since its last bid to address issues that hurt it in the past. It combined the baseball and softball federations to give it more gender equality, and it stands to benefit from Major League Baseball’s new approach to combating performance-enhancing drugs, which was an issue in 2008.
But Porter acknowledged yesterday that winning won’t be easy.
“We’re still trying to get support,” he said.
September 8, 2013 12:06 AM
The competition to host the 2020 Olympics wasn’t a beauty contest. It was a contest to see which candidate city could best conceal its blemishes.
Tokyo won that battle, with ease.
After all, what’s a minor nuclear leak today compared to an economy that is in tatters or a violent crackdowns against protesters?
“The other two were just too risky,” IOC member Dennis Oswald said of Istanbul and Madrid after the vote.
Risk was what the IOC wanted to avoid this time. It is dealing with enough of that already. Its gamble on Sochi has been repaid by overspending – to the tune of $50 billion – and international condemnation of Russia’s anti-gay legislation. Its bet on Rio and the promise of South America is being overshadowed by concerns about construction delays.
That’s why Tokyo fell just six votes short of winning the election outright in the first round, and it’s why the city won with a clear 60-36 majority in the second round.Compared to its peers, Tokyo offered the best option for the Olympic brand, right now. It is a dependable city that has hosted the Games before. It has a strong infrastructure in place and $4.5 billion in the bank to build 10 new venues. And it has the world’s third-largest GDP.
Madrid remains mired in a recession. Its youth unemployment rate is 56 percent and many young people, who the IOC consider to be the future brand ambassadors of the Olympics, are leaving the country in search of work. And with 80 percent of its venues in place, it didn’t plan to do a lot of the construction and work that often drives interest in the Games in the seven years after a host city is named.
Istanbul, on the other hand, had plenty in its favor. It offered 400 million youth and a fast-growing economy. But all of that was offset by the problems it presented. Frankly, it looked way too similar to Rio. Like Rio, it is known for terrible congestion, and it has a restless youth population that was at the forefront of protests this summer. It also shares a border with warring Syria, which didn’t do it any favors.
It was easy to lose sight of Madrid and Istanbul’s blemishes in the lobby of the Hilton after the vote. Everyone from IOC members to sponsors to bid advisors mentioned a Spanish newspaper article that printed the names of IOC members who planned to vote for Madrid. The story, they said, irritated enough voters to cost Madrid a precious vote or two, causing it to lose in a runoff with Istanbul.
But Tokyo’s victory wasn’t because of a newspaper article in Spain. It nearly won the vote outright, and it did it by being exactly what the IOC wanted.
Safe, dependable, financially sound, and, relatively speaking, risk free.
September 7, 2013 05:15 PM
Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games, beating out bids from Istanbul and Madrid, by promising to deliver a celebratory, dependable and financially lucrative event.
In choosing Tokyo, the IOC opted to hand the Olympics off to the only city that has hosted the Games before. The 1964 host city offered stability and guaranteed on-time delivery at a time when the IOC has expressed uneasiness about preparations in Rio, which is already behind schedule on many developments for the 2016 Games.
As Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee leader Tsunekazu Takeda said, “Tokyo can be trusted to be (the IOC’s) safe pair of hands and much more.”The bid’s presenters, which ranged from Crown Princess Masako to Olympic fencer Yuki Ota, emphasized the city’s dependability repeatedly before IOC members. They underscored the business opportunity its city offered, noting that it would deliver the biggest live TV audience, biggest ticket market and $1 billion in local sponsorship. They also highlighted the $4.5 billion they’ve already set aside to cover the costs of 10 venues and other developments necessary to host the Games.
They also tackled the issue of recent nuclear leaks from Japan’s Fukushima power plant, which suffered several meltdowns after the 2011 earthquake. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured the IOC that radiation levels in water and food were a hundredth the level that the World Health Organization specified as safe.
“I shall take responsibility to implement programs to render this situation completely problem free,” Abe said.
That seemed to be enough for IOC members. In the end, they opted to roll the dice on the issue of radiation rather than take the Olympics to Istanbul, which had violently put down protests over the summer and recently had 31 athletes test positive for peformance-enhancing drugs, and Madrid, which remains mired in a recession and had a recent doping scandal of its own.
From a business perspective, Tokyo offered the biggest opportunity to drive local revenue. Bid organizers expect to deliver $931 million in local sponsorship, $776 million in ticket sales and $140 million in licensing sales. The organizing committee will retain those revenues.
Sead Dizdarevic, chairman and co-CEO of Olympic hospitality company Jet Set Sports, expects high demand for tickets to a Tokyo Games.
“Core demand for Olympic tickets has been increasing for some time now, and with the election of one of Asia’s most interesting cities, I would anticipate demand to be quite strong,” Dizdarevic said. “Asian interest in attending the Games will be naturally high, and people from other regions will see this as the chance to visit both Japan and the Olympic Games, all in one trip.”
When it comes to the IOC’s business partners, Tokyo had the least to offer. The city’s top hotel rooms cost three times as much as Madrid’s and Istanbul’s comparable rooms, which will make hospitality programs very expensive, and the market is well developed, which means it will be difficult to convert Olympic marketing efforts into gains in market share.
“For those interested in growing their brand, there are great opportunities to develop new brands and products in a developed country, but for existing brands, Tokyo is hard because it’s not a big growth opportunity,” said Davis Butler, a former IOC executive and the founder of the sports marketing agency Encompass International. “Everyone already has market share and it’s hard to move the ticker in a market like that.”
Though multi-national sponsors may not activate as aggressively in Tokyo, U.S. and elite global athletes stand to benefit from the amount of sponsorship spending by Japanese companies, said Olympic athlete representative Evan Morgenstein, who represents swimmer Dara Torres and beach volleyball player Phil Dalhausser.
“Obviously there’s a love affair between the Japanese and American athletes,” Morgenstein said. “They’re treated like royalty over there. I’ve had athletes that have had their best experience in Japan. It’s a place that they love going, and companies that execute over there execute significant programs.”
Of the three options, Japan poses the biggest challenge for NBC. The city is 13 hours ahead of the East coast. That means live events will take place while many viewers sleep, and marquee events will be done as they awake in the morning, which could make it tough to draw viewers to prime-time broadcasts.
To get around that, NBC could push the IOC to schedule some marquee events in the morning as it did during the Beijing Games when swimming was moved to the morning so that it could be shown live in prime time in the U.S.
In a statement, NBC Chairman Mark Lazarus expressed only excitement that the Olympics were returning to Tokyo.
“Tokyo is one of the world’s most fascinating cities, and will provide a spectacular setting for the 2020 Olympic Games,” Larazus said. “Tokyo is particularly special to NBC as our rich Olympic heritage began there with the 1964 Olympic Games.”
The decision also creates an issue for the USOC, which is contemplating a bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Heading into the 2020 selection, Berlin and Paris were mentioned as potential candidates for the 2024 Games. Tokyo’s selection over Madrid ensures that there will be at least one viable European competitor for those Summer Game and creates tough competition for a U.S. city looking to woo votes from the European-dominated IOC.
“You could argue on each case as either good or bad for a U.S. bid, but I believe the USA is in the best position for 2024,” said Harvey Schiller, the USOC’s former executive director.
For additional coverage of the 125th IOC Session, see: SBJ's IOC presidential vote preview, a breakdown of the candidates and a preview of Sunday's Olympic sports vote.
September 7, 2013 12:56 PM
IOC presidential candidate Richard Carrion has tapped Democratic political consultant James Carville to assist with his campaign.
Carrion, the CEO of Banco Popular and an IOC member since 1990, turned to Carville for advice on pragmatic aspects of his campaign, not political ones. Carville helped advise Carrion on decisions such as living in Barcelona, closer to the IOC’s European members, during the campaign.
The two were connected by another IOC member.
Carrion’s not the only one who’s turned to outside advisors during this presidential contents. Singapore’s Ser Miang Ng hired consultants familiar with the city bid process to assist in writing his manifesto for what he’d do if elected IOC president. Thomas Bach and Sergey Bubka also have a host of advisors working with them on their candidacy.The use of consultants and advisors in this presidential campaign is a major departure from what took place during the last election in 2001. That year, candidates were restricted from raising funds, which limited their travel, and they also didn’t write a manifesto or give a speech to the entire membership, as the current group of six candidates have done.
“We never had a chance to do that and that makes a big difference,” said 2001 IOC presidential candidate Anita DeFrantz in an interview earlier this year. “To present yourself and show how you would stand before your colleagues was an important change.”
Consultants have taken on increasing importance across the Olympic movement during the last decade. When the IOC responded to the Salt Lake City bid scandal by creating a lengthy list of technical requirements that bid cities needed to meet, consultants familiar with what the IOC wanted and how to win IOC votes became a critical part of the process. Soon, sports trying to get into the Olympics — like golf and rugby in 2009 and wrestling, softball and baseball now — were hiring them.
“It is a natural progression of the sophistication of the Olympic movement,” said Rob Prazmark, founder of 21 Marketing, a sports agency that consults for Liberty Mutual, Ernst & Young and others on their Olympic sponsorship. “All business and political leaders worldwide have long used outside counsel, and I do not see a problem with it. It is important for the next IOC president to have a full understanding of the issues facing them in the future, and many of the consultants involved have a great understanding of the issues and a long history of being involved.”
Not surprisingly, consultants would like to see presidential candidates have even more latitude in their campaigns in the future. They’d like to see them use social media, which was forbidden this time, and make their speeches to the entire world, not just the IOC membership.
“I’d like to see it be even more open,” one consultant said. “Let people use social media. Let people host events. Why not?”
See: SBJ's IOC presidential vote preview and a breakdown of the candidates.
September 7, 2013 12:33 PM
Argentina is the "Land of Three Votes."
In International Olympic Committee circles, that’s what they’ve taken to calling the looming votes to select the host city for the 2020 Olympics, a new sport for the Summer Games and a new president to replace Jacques Rogge. They’re the big three, and they’ve turned this session into one of the biggest in recent Olympic history.
All you had to do was walk the lobby floor of the Hilton Buenos Aires on Friday to get a sense of what was at stake. Everyone looked relaxed on the surface, but it was clear that an uneasy tension permeated the room.Beneath a vaulted glass ceiling, men with bid city pins in their lapels from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo worked the lobby floor, gripping, grinning and chatting with IOC members. Delegates from wrestling, softball and baseball, and squash did the same.
Presidential candidates Richard Carrion, Thomas Bach, Sergey Bubka and others tried to be more strategic. They had four more days until a vote is taken on their candidacy. They know there are some members still undecided, and they plan to casually promote their campaigns.
When he opened the 125th IOC Session last night, President Rogge said he couldn’t predict who his successor would be. “But,” he added, “I am certain of this: Whoever it is will have the experience of a lifetime.”
There’s no doubt about that. The new president will have to defend the Sochi Games from critics of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws. He will have to keep a close eye on Rio, which is already behind schedule for the 2016 Games. And he will have to hold his breath that North Korea stops testing missiles before the 2018 Games in South Korea.
The next five years won’t be easy. I guess, in IOC president speak, it would be what you call the experience of a lifetime.
See: SBJ's IOC presidential vote preview, a breakdown of the candidates and our 2020 Games vote preview, a breakdown of the cities and a preview of the Olympic sports vote.
September 5, 2013 02:11 PM
Boxing HOFer Mike Tyson was a guest on "Conan" last night, discussing his new foray into the world of promoting. He called his most recent "Friday Night Fights" event on ESPN "pretty successful," adding that the ratings were what "ESPN believed would happen." When looking for a fighter to promote, Tyson wants someone similar to himself. Tyson: "He wants to be somebody in his life. Maybe he's an insecure guy, maybe people don't respect his family and he wants respect." Conan O'Brien interjected, "Someone who has that edge." Tyson: "No, that he wants to hurt somebody" ("Conan," TBS, 9/4).
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb was not impressed with the NFLPA partnering with the "Uber" mobile app to help players find a ride to avoid drunk driving incidences, saying, "The NFLPA is kind of taking credit for an app that pre-existed. All players had to do was call a number that was already in their phones. Now all they have to do is press a button that’s in their phones” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 9/4).
LICENSE TO DRIVE: NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Stewart-Haas Racing co-Owner Gene Haas is a "self-made millionaire that's never had a business partner as such, and he just shoots from the hip as he goes." Busch: "We talked at Indianapolis, we even talked a year ago about this potential type of move. Tony (Stewart) was hung-up with the broken leg. It wasn't quite the formal discussion of it, but Gene Haas was like, 'Hey, I'm going to roll with this'" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/4).
September 5, 2013 01:20 PM
The NCAA has posted a “Call for Proposals” page online, asking college administrators to provide feedback on how they’d redesign Division I athletics. Among the many questions asked are:
• What should the membership structure look like?
• Should there be further division of schools?
• Can one structure work, or does the NCAA need a different set of rules and championships for each division?
• How should the Division I board be structured? It currently comprises 18 university presidents and chancellors.Should athletic directors or faculty members be a part of the board? Should there be a subcommittee of ADs that provide direction to the board?
The answers to these questions will go a long way toward determining whether the big five conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — should play in their own division, a key question hovering over the NCAA.
Other hot-button issues, such as paying athletes a stipend or a salary, are not part of this survey.
A special email address has been established to collect the feedback from administrators.
This is part of a six-month process the NCAA initiated in August to solicit ideas from its membership. This document at http://redesigndivisiononegov.org/ provides direction for the survey, which is due in November.
Another phase will be implemented on Oct. 29 when the NCAA invites administrators to go before the board and present ideas. Among those groups will be: ADs; faculty athletic reps; commissioners; members of the student-athlete advisory committee; and others.
The information gathered by the Division I board will be used at the NCAA Convention in San Diego on Jan. 16-17 as part of a town hall meeting for all Division I members.
The NCAA says the board will look for a strong consensus in certain areas and use that as a basis for future change.
Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, the chairman of the Division I board, has appointed a steering committee to guide the redesign. They are:
• Gene Block, chancellor, UCLA
• Rita Cheng, chancellor, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
• Michael Drake, chancellor, University of California, Irvine
• David Leebron, president, Rice University
• Harris Pastides, president, University of South Carolina
• Kirk Schulz, president, Kansas State University
August 30, 2013 01:12 PM
HBO's "The Newsroom" this week featured a sports-centered exchange between Jeff Daniels' Will McAvoy character and Emily Mortimer's MacKenzie McHale character, who is British. McAvoy was watching a UCLA-Cal football game, when McHale said, "You'll watch anything, won't you?"
McHale: "Why are there two clocks?"
McAvoy: "One's the game clock and one's the play clock. The game clock is showing how much time is left in the quarter. The play clock shows how much time is left to get off the play."
McHale: "You only have a certain amount of time to complete the play?"
McAvoy: "They only have a certain amount of time to start the play."
McHale: "Don't have that rule in soccer."
McAvoy: "They don't have any rules in soccer. That's why you think a game that ends in a zero-zero tie is --"
McHale: "It's called nil-nil. … Do any other sports have enforced pacing? Does baseball?"
McAvoy: "No, pitchers commonly go for a sandwich between pitches. Golf, you can be penalized for slow play. Hockey, you can hang onto the puck for as long as you want, but before too long, a guy named Lars is going to hurt you. Basketball has a shot clock. You've got 24 seconds to put up a shot, or in college it's 35. Tennis, you can lose a point for slow play."
Before leaving the room, McHale looks at the TV and says enthusiastically, "Go, Bruins. Beat the Golden Bears. Beat them as hard as you can. Beat them with impunity."
McAvoy: "You have no idea what you're saying."
McHale: "I know."
The subtext of the discussion of pace-of-play was that the show's fictional ACN news operation may have rushed a story to press without completing due diligence on the facts.