FBS or FCS, You Gotta Spend to Win, But There Are No Guarantees
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FBS or FCS, You Gotta Spend to Win, But There Are No Guarantees

January 4th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
While millions were watching Ryan Seacrest ring in the new year, the FBS playoff dominated sports coverage this past week. One of the more interesting pieces for athletic department consumption was Kristi Dosh’s review for...
Are Universities Using NFL Stadiums Getting a Raw Deal?
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Are Universities Using NFL Stadiums Getting a Raw Deal?

December 21st, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The tenuous line between amateur and professional play has been blurred and debated extensively over the past few years. Questions of player pay, school and class requirements, and the actual value of scholarships have all been...
For ADs, Managing Coaches’ Behavior Even Trickier in Today’s World
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For ADs, Managing Coaches’ Behavior Even Trickier in Today’s World

December 14th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
While being an athletic department administrator requires oversight of dozens of disparate arenas, managing coaches certainly ranks as one of the most testing responsibilities. The difficulties surrounding when to make coaching...
Retiring Numbers a Grey Area for Many Schools
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Retiring Numbers a Grey Area for Many Schools

December 7th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The past few weeks have been an exciting time for NBA fans as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors started their season on a historical undefeated streak. Curry, the reigning MVP of the league, has been masterful through...
Top College Wrestling Programs Continue to Lead Through Innovation
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Top College Wrestling Programs Continue to Lead Through Innovation

November 30th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
 via WHO-TV.com Many parts of America have received their first frost of the year; there is snow on the ground for some and a nip in the air for most, which means the beginning of the college wrestling season is upon us. Fans...
Did Attendance-Boosting Extras Work?
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Did Attendance-Boosting Extras Work?

November 23rd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Back in August, I wrote an article outlining the ways athletic departments were preparing for the impending football season, many schools’ biggest money-maker of the year and a time they could not afford to get wrong. Recently,...
Pushing into Uncharted Territories A Priority for Some University Athletic Departments
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Pushing into Uncharted Territories A Priority for Some University Athletic Departments

November 16th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw a major first in the world of college athletics, international business, and global recruiting as a pair of programs pushed into uncharted territories. The match-up between Texas and Washington’s...
Programs Must Balance Ticket Prices In Order To Maximize Product Value
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Programs Must Balance Ticket Prices In Order To Maximize Product Value

November 9th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Whether it is food at a fine dining restaurant, a bespoke suit, or a handmade Swiss watch, deciding what to charge for a premium product is a tricky process. On the one hand, you want to maximize profit for the item in question....
The America East Conference: Improving Life After College for its Student-Athletes
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The America East Conference: Improving Life After College for its Student-Athletes

November 2nd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The notion in the job-hunting world that it is not what you know but who you know is well-founded. In fact, U.S. News and World Report recently published a survey of job recruiters stating that 78% of the best candidates come by...
No Easy Formula for Making Midseason Coaching Changes
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No Easy Formula for Making Midseason Coaching Changes

October 21st, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Being an administrator in a college athletic department is no easy task. We often outline the voluminous challenges one must face, from academic standards to fundraising to facilities management. This past week, however, has seen...
Wisconsin Chooses Under Armour for More Than Just the Dollars and Cents
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Wisconsin Chooses Under Armour for More Than Just the Dollars and Cents

October 13th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
A fair amount of time in this space discusses the differing equipment deals universities strike with manufacturers. This is because for an athletic department, the financial impact of upgrading an equipment contract after a...
The One Thing We Can’t Control: Weather And College Sports
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The One Thing We Can’t Control: Weather And College Sports

October 5th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
With the onset of Hurricane Joaquin, this week has seen challenging forecasts and tough decision-making for athletic departments along the East Coast. Furman athletic director Mike Buddie called dealing with ensuing weather...
Looking Beyond Football At The Impact Of Women’s Sports
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Looking Beyond Football At The Impact Of Women’s Sports

September 23rd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
With football back in full swing and all attention focused on America’s unofficial national pastime, it can be hard to not lose sight of the important fact that there are thousands of other student athletes doing amazing...