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Michael Alford: Competitive Culture You Can Measure

Keeping score on the field and court is simple – the team that scores the most points by the time the clock reads zero, wins. Doing the same in business is considerably more difficult – the company that makes the most money over a given time period isn’t always the one that should be crowned the winner.

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2017-18 Autonomy 5 Athletics Directors’ Compensation Survey

We reviewed all forms of compensation for the athletics directors at member institutions in the Autonomy 5 Conferences. We analyzed these employment agreements and related documents (the, “Contracts”), which were obtained in partnership with USAToday, and created a sortable database of primary compensation (click here to view the FBS Athletic Director Database, the “Database”).  

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Intermediate Sanctions Tax: For Athletics Directors It’s Personal

Across all institutions participating in college athletics and individuals employed thereby, application of the tax is significantly limited by the relatively-restricted cluster of the top five highest paid employees receiving compensation in excess of the relatively high threshold of $1,000,000 annually. While the reach of this tax is restricted and seemingly immaterial to a large number of college sports industry participants overall, it represents a high powered rifle shot to Autonomy 5 institutions and their head football and men’s basketball coaches. This could also have a regressive effect by imposing relatively more significant consequences on non-Autonomy 5 institutions, which don’t enjoy the option to off-load the compensation obligation to third parties.

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Are The NCAA & The USOC Partners?

A condition of conference membership requires schools to license their rights to the conference, which distributes revenue equally among member institutions, and should, in theory, benefit the schools. But women’s gymnastics and men’s lacrosse are both niche sports which enjoy large, loyal fan affinity and an increasing number of youth athletes. Imagine a situation where niche sports content is delivered directly to a growing market in places where the market and enthusiastic fan bases exist.

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Mark Alnutt: Learn From Others, Follow Your Own Path

Skid Row.  That was the not-so-affectionate moniker for the very back of the Missouri Tigers football locker room in the early-1990s. It was where my pads and my triple-digit number jersey resided, alongside those of my fellow walk-ons. And it was where I honed my competitive nature, developed the mindset of doing more than simply

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Influencing Factors In College Basketball Attendance

Success in college basketball is heavily driven by fan support, most notably in the form of home-court advantage. This season, home teams won 61.0% of conference games, which was the highest mark since 2013, according to college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy. Home attendance numbers not only have an impact on winning and losing games, but

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Experts’ Roundtable: Coaching Searches

Based on my experience running searches during my tenure at San Jose State and Memphis, it all comes down to the inner circle you create to help in the process. There’s obviously a lot of buzz and interest in who you may or may not be speaking to, and it’s easier than ever for information to spread with social media. That’s why you have to establish early on what your procedures are, and then you have to be extremely careful about the people that you are bringing in to help you make them.

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Experts’ Roundtable: Social Media In College Athletics

In general, a Chief of Staff provides a buffer between a Chief Executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The Chief of Staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they bubble up to the Chief Executive. In this Experts' Roundtable, ADU reached out to a few who serve in the unique position of Chief of Staff to find out about the intricacies of holding such a title. This includes insight from the athletics department view, perspective from a president's office, and thoughts from someone who serves in the role within a football office.

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What Can College Athletics Communications Pros Learn From The Olympics?

A condition of conference membership requires schools to license their rights to the conference, which distributes revenue equally among member institutions, and should, in theory, benefit the schools. But women’s gymnastics and men’s lacrosse are both niche sports which enjoy large, loyal fan affinity and an increasing number of youth athletes. Imagine a situation where niche sports content is delivered directly to a growing market in places where the market and enthusiastic fan bases exist.

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Assessing Your Athletics Department: Fairfield’s Paul Schlickmann

It is not uncommon for executive leaders in academia, government and the business world to go on a 100-day listening tour, or some other similar venture, at the beginning of their tenure in a new position or with a new organization. The intent is to learn about the state of affairs over which one is

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Fundraising Strategy: Cultivating Relationships With Current Students

Research has shown that donors who feel attached to an institution through their experiences as a student, both through academic and athletic, are willing to donate more often and over a longer period of time. The information presented in this article identifies three types of donors and their potential for giving. The question that is essentially being answered is, when does cultivation actually begin?

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Boola, Boola: Vicky Chun Takes Over At Yale

Performance under pressure. The game is on the line, the paper is due tomorrow, a final exam a week away and that social just around the corner. All eyes on you, the games winning shot in your hands, the answer to the question at the tip of your tongue. How will you respond? Will you