On Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, the NCAA’s NIL (name, image, and likeness) working group announced proposed changes that would allow its collegiate student-athletes to benefit from the use of their own name, image, and likeness from sponsorship agreements. The proposed changes announced seem to be … [Read more...] about What does the NCAA’s report on NIL Really Mean?
On Tuesday, March 25th the IOC finally announced that the Olympic Games scheduled to be hosted by Tokyo in the summer of 2020 would be postponed until summer 2021, in the wake of the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Olympians all over the world were relieved to hear the postponement announcement because … [Read more...] about The Real Cost of Pursuing the Olympic Dream
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the entire world, it looks like the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will do that right thing and postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. As an Olympian myself, I do not take my statements lightly, but with the entire global community facing … [Read more...] about Postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Over dinner recently with someone who works for Intel Sports, the topic turned toward the future of Olympic sponsorships. The point was made that many of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sponsors heavily favor what is known as the Business 2 Business (or B2B) model. When asked why that is, … [Read more...] about B2B Sponsorships and the Olympic Games
The start of a new year is supposed to bring about a clean start, new goals, and a fresh perspective. As the clocks began to countdown to midnight, it soon became apparent that a ‘clean start’ was not going to be happening with the Russians and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). On January … [Read more...] about The Disappointment with WADA Continues
Alston v. NCAA Featuring Judge Claudia Wilken: What’s Next for College Athletics? Currently the most influential person in all of collegiate athletics is someone (for all intents and purposes) that many fans do not know. This person is not a University President, Conference Commissioner, Coach, … [Read more...] about Alston v. NCAA Featuring Judge Claudia Wilken: What’s Next for College Athletics?
One of the most significant challenges facing Division 1 college athletics has to do with the revenue from its two largest sources: tickets sales and broadcasting rights. Before I begin this discussion, several points of clarification must be made. First, it must be clearly understood that not all … [Read more...] about Ticket Sales vs. Broadcast Rights in Division 1 College Athletics
On December 20, 2018, the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (OR), released its report regarding the year-long investigation into sexual abuse within the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and its National Governing Bodies (NGB’s). The investigation unearthed … [Read more...] about Building Back Trust Amongst the US Olympic Athletes