How Much Debt Are Student-Athletes Leaving With?
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How Much Debt Are Student-Athletes Leaving With?

December 5th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
There is a constant conversation surrounding whether student-athletes should be paid to play for their universities or if room and board in addition to tuition coverage are enough to justify the time and effort scholarship...
Something to Consider: Expand your Stadium’s Wi-Fi Coverage
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Something to Consider: Expand your Stadium’s Wi-Fi Coverage

November 28th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Getting fans to forsake an impressive at-home viewing experience and to come to the stadium is a fight both college and professional sports teams are currently facing. The topic has been explored in a variety of ways, including...
How Diverse are the Upper Administrations of Athletic Departments?
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How Diverse are the Upper Administrations of Athletic Departments?

November 21st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discussed the state of diversity in the management ranks of baseball. Citing the lack of any outside minority candidates being hired for open GM or managerial positions this past...
Is It Time For Your Athletic Department To Consider An Esports Team?
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Is It Time For Your Athletic Department To Consider An Esports Team?

October 31st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Whenever an off-the-map competition sells-out an NBA arena, athletic department officials should take notice, regardless of the league’s provenance in typical sport circles. The League of Legends World Championships, the...
Should You Invest Fan Oriented College Sports Apps?
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Should You Invest Fan Oriented College Sports Apps?

October 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
As smartphone apps continue to grow as a primary means of data-gathering and communication among young people on the internet, colleges and universities must make sure they’re doing their part to stay in the forefront of...
New AD Hires Show There Is No Single Path to the Job
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New AD Hires Show There Is No Single Path to the Job

October 17th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
I was thinking the other day about the disparate ways athletic directors take to get to their eventual positions as leaders in higher education and thought it would be a fruitful enterprise to look at the backgrounds of a few new...
What Are An Athletic Department’s Responsibilities Around Recent Student-Athlete Protests?
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What Are An Athletic Department’s Responsibilities Around Recent Student-Athlete Protests?

October 3rd, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
49ers’ backup QB Colin Kaepernick’s recent actions during the national anthem have sparked an ongoing debate regarding respect of country, the nature of protests, and racial relations in the U.S. Many have spurned Kaepernick...
For Schools That Need Heightened Security, Athletic Departments Must Find Balance
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For Schools That Need Heightened Security, Athletic Departments Must Find Balance

September 26th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Working through airport security today, I had a sense of déjà vu. When going to a recent professional sporting event with my wife, we were anxious if her small clutch would meet the requirements for entry to the stadium or if...
Taking the “L”: What is an Athletic Department’s Role Following a Loss?
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Taking the “L”: What is an Athletic Department’s Role Following a Loss?

September 19th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
In sports leadership, determining whether to speak and what to say to a group of student-athletes coming-off a loss is a tricky proposition. The approach varies from situation to situation; a heartbreaking last-second defeat...
MAC Enacts Progressive Policies, but NCAA Still Has a Long Ways to Go to Common Sense
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MAC Enacts Progressive Policies, but NCAA Still Has a Long Ways to Go to Common Sense

September 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
A few weeks ago, I wrote about P5 conferences’ proposals to assist the “student” in every “student- athlete.” Common-sense measures like eight hours of uninterrupted time overnight and not considering travel days as...
Athletic Departments Seeking to Maximize Budget, Regardless of Size
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Athletic Departments Seeking to Maximize Budget, Regardless of Size

August 29th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw three schools doing what most of sports-loving America does when the weather starts to (theoretically) turn cold and the calendar turns to September: prepare for football season. While athletic departments...
Keeping Your Assistant Coaches a Key to Long-Term Program Success
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Keeping Your Assistant Coaches a Key to Long-Term Program Success

August 22nd, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
A recent article by Brendan Quinn at ML.com discusses the success Michigan State men’s basketball has had keeping its assistant coaching staff intact. Three of the Spartans’ key assistants will remain with the team for a...
Do Olympic Payments Offer Model for Paying NCAA Athletes?
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Do Olympic Payments Offer Model for Paying NCAA Athletes?

August 15th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
With the Olympics concluding its first week, we’ve seen several American college students have success on the international stage. Some student-athletes have medaled, and with those medals come financial windfalls additional to...