Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules

Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules. “Driving the news: Student athletes at the University of Minnesota’s flagship campus have capitalized on their ‘name, image and likeness’ (NIL) at least 139 times since this summer, per disclosures obtained by Axios via a public records request. Why it matters: The NCAA’s new NIL rules, which took effect July 1, let student athletes benefit financially from their college careers while they’re still playing.”

Samford University: Study by Samford University Center for Sports Analytics Finds that Lack of Crowds Helped Visiting Teams this Season

Samford University: Study by Samford University Center for Sports Analytics Finds that Lack of Crowds Helped Visiting Teams this Season. “Data collected and analyzed by the center showed that the average number of fouls called on the visiting team during the 2020-2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball season was significantly lower than the number of fouls called on the visiting team during the previous three seasons. Specifically, the number of fouls called on the visiting team declined by 4.8% overall across all NCAA Division I home games played during the 2020-2021 regular season (3,716 games). Meanwhile, the average number of fouls called on the home team during the 2020-2021 season (16.80) was not statistically different than the previous three seasons (16.86).”

Google Blog: Stay tournament-ready with Google

Google Blog: Stay tournament-ready with Google. “We teamed up with the NCAA and Turner Sports to bring the action of both the men and women’s Tournaments to you. Game-related searches including those for specific teams, match-ups or the tournament will trigger either in-game or postgame video highlights, all from the Google Search page. From unbelievable blocks to clutch steals to buzzer beaters, you’ll be able to relive the best moments from every game.”

2021 NCAA tournament will allow limited fans: ‘This is a good but bold move’ (IndyStar)

IndyStar: 2021 NCAA tournament will allow limited fans: ‘This is a good but bold move’. “Daniel McQuiston’s days are spent in academics, researching marketing and sports and trends, sizing up what works and what doesn’t. When the announcement came across Friday the NCAA would allow limited fan attendance for its men’s tournament, he said to himself: ‘I like it.’”

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events. “Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected following football events in the United States, and games have the potential to become ‘superspreader’ events. Because the National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made the decision to play their games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech and Boston Medical Center have extended their artificial intelligence–based COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool to incorporate NFL and NCAA football games. The model can help public officials and team owners in their decision-making regarding in-person attendance.”

Bronx Times: NCAA coaches start social media campaign to unite against COVID-19

Bronx Times: NCAA coaches start social media campaign to unite against COVID-19. “On April 15, New York’s 44 Division I men’s and women’s basketball coaches united under the banner of TEAM NEW YORK, designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Over the coming weeks, each of the coaches has committed to using his or her platform to coordinate sharing messages that will encourage proper action to stop the spread of the virus.”

PR Newswire: Knight Commission Unveils New College Sports Financial Database (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Knight Commission Unveils New College Sports Financial Database (PRESS RELEASE). “In an effort to inject more financial transparency into college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has unveiled a revamped and innovative College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database. The new resource provides unprecedented access to athletics revenues, expenses, and debt as well as institution-wide academic spending for more than 220 public NCAA Division I colleges and universities dating back to 2005.”

Tubefilter: After Losing NCAA Scholarship Due To YouTube Channel, Donald De La Haye Gets A Win In Court

Tubefilter: After Losing NCAA Scholarship Due To YouTube Channel, Donald De La Haye Gets A Win In Court. “A court case concerning an under-explored area of YouTube law is heating up. A Florida judge has denied the University of Central Florida (UCF)’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Donald De La Haye, who lost his football scholarship at UCF after making ad revenue from videos he posted to his YouTube channel.”

CNET: Twitter, Turner and CBS Sports launch NCAA pregame show

CNET: Twitter, Turner and CBS Sports launch NCAA pregame show. “Twitter is teaming up with Turner Sports and CBS Sports to stream a 30-minute pregame show focusing on college basketball fans’ take on the NCAA Tournament on the social network. The show, NCAA March Madness Now, will begin on Thursday and Friday on Twitter featuring game predictions, celebrity tweets, fan polls and office pools.”

College Sports Recruiting: NCAA Rule Changes for Social Media Took Effect August 1

I don’t follow sports very much, but my Google Alerts have just lit up with news about a change in rules for social media and college recruiting. “Traditionally, coaches have been able to follow and private message recruits on social media. But because it was always against NCAA rules to publicize a recruit before signing (as in, a coach cannot publicize the school’s recruitment of the player), coaches could not share or ‘like’ a recruit’s posts. They had to pretend, online, that players didn’t exist. That’s all changed.”

March Madness and Facebook Live

One of the things about living in North Carolina is that the NCAA Tournament is a Big Deal (not to me personally, but.) If you’re following the basketball, check out this article about how teams are using Facebook Live during the tourney. “Eighteen of the 64 teams competing in this year’s men’s college basketball tournament broadcast on Facebook Live this week, joining a widening publisher pool that has already absorbed news outlets, Major League Baseball teams and the Denver Broncos. With interest in the sport at its highest point in the season, these teams are providing fans a glimpse into the lives of players before and after their games.”