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|6 weeks 5 days ago||I kind of like "Samuel Zell &||
I kind of like "Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies"; has a nice ring to it. But unfortunately that's already taken.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||A comment:||
"ESPN has the advantage of still being a monopoly, but if the product was the only reason you could charge Y dollars you would not be able to get every song ever made for ten dollars a month."
ABC/ESPN is very much NOT a monopoly. They bid for sports rights alongside CBS/NBC/FOX (oligopoly). The money does not all go into their pocket. The sports leagues (ex.-Big Ten gets BTN revenues) get a big cut of that. And by the way they are pretty true monopolies if you look at any of the recent lock outs.
Other examples, Boxing and UFC are pretty much all Pay Per View. NFL Sunday Ticket is a pretty solid financial success. In continental Europe, other soccer leagues are required to be broadcast free over air by regulation, keeping cable prices down.
If you're waiting for sports TV prices to come down, don't hold your breath.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Context||
"Adidas’s North American sales rose by a currency-adjusted 7% in the quarter ended March 31, the company said Tuesday. The uptick in the world’s biggest and most influential sports market came after Adidas significantly reworked its approach to the U.S. last year."
"For months, Adidas has been telling analysts that internal changes, including shifting top management and design resources to its North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon, would bring growth beginning early this year. It also said its margins in the region would be helped by a shift toward American sports, rather than soccer, and the launch of more America-targeted marketing campaigns."
"Adidas’s position in the U.S. market has eroded in recent years. American consumers have seen the brand as off-mark, with the wrong products. Adidas last year fell to third place behind industry newcomer Under Armour and longtime rival Nike in U.S. retail sales of sports apparel and footwear."
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Well he did to the||
Well he did to the commencement speech at only one of these two schools
|18 weeks 2 days ago||+1 for Silicon Valley||
+1 for Silicon Valley reference.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||They are different schools.||
They are different schools. Let's take other states as an example:
UCLA and Cal Berkeley? Both U of California, right? No one thinks that. To say nothing of UC - Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside, etc.
University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) vs U of I (Urbana Champaign)? Different schools.
IUPUI? (Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis) Claims 2 Big Ten programs, but its not the same.
Alabama disbanded their football program!!!!!! (At Birmingham, UAB).
And a dozen others just like it.
They are not the same school.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Basically it's 1a. Saban 1b.||
Everybody else is WAY down the list from there, who knows how to rank them. It's debatable.
IMO, Stoops is too high, Les arguably #3 based on track record but not where I would take him in a "coach draft".
Guz Malzahn too low. Richt/Spurrier too high. Briles and Patterson should've been Co-Champions of Big 12 Coaching just to troll Baylor & TCU.
12. Brian Kelly
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Woo Hoo||
"Game Manager", so Jake Rudock = Alex Smith?
Now Harbaugh has what he needs. Yes!
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Depends a lot on the cycle /||
Depends a lot on the cycle / size of analyst classes when you come out, but yes true IB is likely going to take ~10-15% of the class (30-45 out of 330ish students). Then you add the top tier consulting offers, but you're right... most will not make that money.
(Though you can surround yourself with ONLY those people if you so choose).
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Ross||
Wall Street Oasis ranked Ross #3 for undergrad to Investment Banking.
Go talk to current BBAs and get their opinions.
Take some initiative and do some research to figure out what it's like and whether it really is right for you. Then write about that action you took.
You don't want to lie, but you don't want to write what the truth is right now:
"you don't know why",
"you just heard its good for jobs",
"you don't want to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, so you're here by process of elimination"
Demonstrate you can take some initiative. They are looking for self starters that will take advantage of all the opportunities at Ross and represent the school well in a few years when it comes to recruiting/job performance.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||CHL||
Just logged in to say we don't know enough about CHL teams real budgets to be that judgemental. Sure never trust management/ownership, just like pro teams that want arenas built and the NCAA, but I just want people to consider it before they jump to the conclusion of "they're making all this money off those poor kids".
4,000 fans a night at $25 a pop is 100k, times 32 home games is ~3.2m. You've got to pay to operate your arena (EXPENSIVE for hockey), travel budget, equipment (lots of sticks & skates & pads & pucks), all your necessary marketing that actually got people to show up (Dave Brandon style because Michigan Football the CHL is not), training staff/health insurance, room & board, pay your coaches... it adds up.
There's no TV money. There's no revenue sharing. This is not college football. It's not a cash cow (unless you're in some of the larger Canadian markets).
Paying ~20 players $8/hr for 40/hrs per week (which is a low hour number, plus all the taxes), even if for only say 40 weeks / year is roughly $250k. That's about 8% of the total ticket revenue. A significant amount. It's totally plausible that margins aren't that high (not that you can take the owner's word for it).
|28 weeks 2 days ago||On What Criteria?||
Always look at the methodology, a fair amount of this one seems like gobbledygook:
Factors: The following 19 factors determined the overall score for each public university or college. All were the latest available statistics, generally from 2013 unless noted otherwise. Each is followed by its category, share of the overall score and a definition:
1. Admission rate (selectivity, 5 percent): The percentage of first-time undergraduate applicants who were admitted to the school. (Keep in mind that many students who were admitted to a given school chose to attend different institutions.)
2. Admission test score at the 25th percentile (selectivity, 5 percent): The score on college admission tests that outranked 25 percent of the scores for all first-time enrolled undergraduates. The Business Journals converted ACT figures to the 1,600-point SAT scale, then averaged ACT and SAT results according to the percentage of students who submitted scores from each test. (A few schools do not require applicants to take admission tests. Their overall rankings were not penalized.)
4. Retention rate (advancement, 10 percent): The percentage of first-year undergraduates who began college in the fall of 2012 and returned to the same school in the fall of 2013.
5. Four-year graduation rate (advancement, 10 percent): The percentage of undergraduates who began college in the fall of 2007 and graduated by 2011.
6. Six-year graduation rate (advancement, 5 percent): The percentage of undergraduates who began college in the fall of 2007 and graduated by 2013.
7. Rankings by Forbes, Kiplinger's, U.S. News and World Report, and Washington Monthly (prestige, 15 percent): The school's performances in the latest rankings by these four publications, converted to a 400-point scale. (The top-rated public university or college on each national list generated by each publication was awarded 100 points, the next received 99, and so on. Some lists did not include 100 public schools. Scales were reduced for regional lists generated by each publication.)
8. Quality-affordability ratio (costs, 10 percent): The published in-state tuition, fees, room and board charges for 2013-14, divided by the sum of the school's raw scores for selectivity, advancement and prestige. (The best scores in this "bang for the buck" indicator went to schools that had strong academic records and relatively low costs.)
9. Average net price for full-time undergraduates receiving grants or scholarships (costs, 5 percent): The average annual cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board for a student receiving grant or scholarship aid, once the value of the grant or scholarship was subtracted.
10. Median monthly off-campus rent (costs, 5 percent): The median rent for all rental properties within the metropolitan or micropolitan area in which the school is located. (If it is not in a metro or micro, the figure for its county was substituted.)
11. Share of undergraduates with out-of-state addresses (diversity, 5 percent): The percentage of full-time undergraduates whose home addresses were in other states or countries.
12. Racial diversity of student body (diversity, 2.5 percent): The Gini-Simpson index for the student body, a measure that indicates the likelihood that two randomly selected undergraduates would be of different races.
13. Racial diversity of faculty (diversity, 2.5 percent): The Gini-Simpson index for the instructional staff, a measure that indicates the likelihood that two randomly selected instructors would be of different races.
14. Gender diversity of student body (diversity, 2.5 percent): The difference between the percentage of male undergraduates and the male share of all U.S. 18- to 21-year-olds (51.26 percent).
15. Gender diversity of faculty (diversity, 2.5 percent): The difference between the percentage of female instructional staffers and the female share of all 25- to 64-year-olds (50.59 percent).
16. Share of young adults (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of all residents who were between the ages of 25 and 34 within the metropolitan or micropolitan area in which the school is located. (If not in a metro or micro, the figure for its county was substituted. The same holds true for the remaining factors.)
17. Unemployment rate for young adults (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds in the civilian labor force who were out of work.
18. Share of young adults with bachelor's degrees (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds who held four-year degrees.
19. Share of local jobs that are classified as management, business, science or arts jobs (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of the local workforce (workers of all ages) who held white-collar MBSA jobs.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Daishon, Even though you||
Even though you "don't want to go to Michigan" you should totally apply anyway, you know, just to prove that you can get in. (Just like we did!) Definitely lose that acceptance letter though, no point in keeping that old thing; people will have no problem taking your word for it.
Every MSU student ever
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I have confidence in Coach||
I have confidence in Coach Harbaugh to pick a good candidate, Michigan alumni or not. Stanford had plenty of rushing success. It sounds like you think we should've hired Bielema (Wisconsin / Arkansas references).
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Tyrone Wheatley is coaching||
Tyrone Wheatley is coaching in the NFL because his boss got hired out of Syracuse:
He could be awesome, but I wouldn't argue he's got some long term track record blessed by "The Shield".
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe you are John||
Maybe you are John Harbaugh?
Because before this season he hired Thomas Hammock away from Wisconsin, who spent three years there as RB coach and had also been given the "Associate Head Coach" title (and presumably a raise) to try and keep him from leaving.
Of course you can't put it all on Hammock, Wisconsin was good before he came along and its not like Melvin Gordon had a dropoff this year.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Do you disagree with the||
Do you disagree with the Mgoblog position that Fred Jackson has been a disappointment at identifying recruits / developing running backs over the past decade or so?
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Few Things||
As Brian often says, the goal here is not to make money. For Power 5 schools with big TV contracts, the goal should generally be to win and break even.
In the expenses column it's not just football. Every sport except Football, Basketball, and maybe hockey consistently operates in the red every year. For 2013, Brandon U-M spent ~$40M on scholarships and team expenses BEFORE coaches salaries. Michigan generally spends its operating surplus on new facilities... of debatable value to fans (particularly for non-revenue sports):
For many of the Group of Five (D I, non-Power 5) schools, this is a business decision for the school. The football program may lose money, but it is a marketing expense for the college.
How many students at Big Ten schools not named Michigan and MSU would readily acknowledge CMU, WMU, EMU as "directional Michigan", but would be surprised to learn that there is a Northern Michigan too? How many would have heard of Bowling Green and Ball State etc. as institutions of higher learning if not for the MAC?
This is known as the Flutie effect (BC), and it happens in basketball too (Butler, FGCU, VCU):
|41 weeks 3 days ago||The panelists are: 1. Ace||
The panelists are:
1. Ace (Sports Writer), 2. Masters Degree in Museum Studies, 3. Masters Degree in Library Science, 4. Law Degree, 5. Sandwitch Baron (Zingermans Founder, U-M History Grad circa 1982).
With all due respect that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsment for the career prospects of a U-M History major. Not to say you can't be successful, but rather that if you are it won't be on account of your undergraduate education, you'll need to branch out and/or get an advanced degree.
Good luck Ace!
|41 weeks 4 days ago||End of the article|
|42 weeks 2 days ago||There ya go||
If OSU did what Michigan has done / is still doing... Jim Tressel would still be there.
Shameful. Fix it.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||My Letter||
I am a proud alumnus (Redacted), but I am highly embarrassed by the conduct of our athletic director, Dave Brandon. His recent handling of the Shane Morris incident is deplorable. He allowed Coach Hoke to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon (2 days after the game), while either willfully withholding information about the events that occurred on Sunday from him, or encouraging him to provide false statements to the press. Anonymous sources within the University medical department have reported that the Athletic Department PRESSURED THEM TO LIE about the medical status of Shane Morris following the game.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Mr. Brandon has persisted in atrocious decision-making that has embarrassed the University over the course of his tenure, and he has consistently hidden behind “corporate” boiler-plate excuses when those poor decisions blow up in his face.
- He banned John Bacon, a Michigan professor and one of the most professional, authoritative sources on Michigan football history, from the press box during football games.
- Last year the athletic department paid for a plane to skywrite “GO BLUE” over Spartan Stadium. I don’t need to spell out for you in further detail what a sophomoric act this was.Estimates of the cost (which were never released) were on the order of $3000, a terrific waste. The statement in response, "There were no locations targeted." – Dave Ablauf (spokesman for AD), is in stark contrast to the stated target of East Lansing by the pilot who did the skywriting.
- He scheduled Appalachian St., to the horror of our fans, so that the national media could have a good laugh remembering our upset from 2007 under the guise of “no such thing as bad publicity”.
- He instituted a ridiculous General Admission policy to the student section that prevented students from sitting with their friends during games. The plan was poorly implemented, universally panned, and reversed the following season.
- Following that fiasco, he increased the price of student tickets by ~25% and claimed “we are not profit motivated” and “we don’t plan to reduce the student section”, but “want to give the students an incentive to show up”.
- Student ticket sales dropped from over 20,000 to less than 15,000. Mr. Brandon has insisted that the drop in attendance is driven by cell phone coverage and competition from HDTV, contrary to tangible survey evidence from students that the price increase and inability to sit with friends were the primary factors.
- The sections that were formerly students have been persistently EMPTY at games this season, despite attempting to resell them on the open market.
- He dramatically increased the price of tickets to non-students, and now thousands of tickets remain available for sale in the week leading up to the game. We are reduced to selling “fan packs” that include a coke, hotdog, and t-shirt. Numerous other giveaways have been employed to fill seats this year, the most embarrassing being the “buy 2 cokes” incident, which Mr. Brandon blamed on a miscommunication.
- There sure seem to be an awful lot of miscommunications going on in our Athletic Department!
- Where does the money go? Well the Athletic department had a $9M surplus this year.
- Millions of dollars are being spent to promote the growth of non-revenue sports, such as making women’s lacrosse a varsity sport and a new field hockey facility.
- Administrator salaries are up over 50%.
- Yet, he refused to pay the $400K to allow the Marching Band to travel to the Alabama game in Dallas.
- “Just because you can charge them more, doesn’t mean you should,” – Former U-M AD, Bill Martin
- “You don’t have to do marketing at Michigan. We have the fans. We have the support. We have a great reputation... You just need to make it as affordable as possible for your fans.”– Bill Martin
- Former U-M president James Duderstadt, referred to the situation as “a House of Cards”.
HOW DO WE FEEL?
- The students at games are chanting “Fire Brandon”
- A rally is scheduled on the Diag for tonight (9/30) to encourage you to Fire Dave Brandon
- As of this writing, more than 6,000 students/alumni/faculty have signed a petition to request that you Fire Dave Brandon
I trust that you will make the right decision to find someone that can adequately represent our tremendous University. It is shameful that the sterling reputation of so many incredible non-athletic endeavors has been allowed to be muddied by this ham-handed Athletic Department’s mismanagement.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Bravo||
A shining example of writing talent undoubtedly nurtured by your Michigan education.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Different One||
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Almost the same?||
First play, cole and Williams were backside; second, they were play side. That's pretty different.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Further Reading||
The general point that many times there is too much emphasis on "speed"/"plyometric" work for teenage boys when they haven't established a baseline level of strength is, in my opinion, accurate and there is some consenus among trainers on that point. The degree to which those mistakes are STILL being made in D1 college football locker rooms... I wouldn't want to speculate on something I don't have first hand experience with; Rippetoe seems to "assume" an awful lot here, and writes like a jerk (which is generally encouraged by T-Nation editors).
Eric Cressey is an elite pro baseball strength coach:
Louie Simmons is perhaps the most famous trainer in truly world class elite powerlifting, his "speed" work is a core component of his philosophy, but its fundamentally different than cone drills, etc., it's about lifting "lighter" than your max fast; but he believes this is a waste of time until you can squat ~400/500 lbs, so "lighter" is still dang heavy to us puny humans.
There is still innovation in S&C, not everyone is doing the same thing. Numerous anecdotes from Chip Kelly & Jimbo Fisher (via WWL) here:
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting thanks. Though||
Interesting thanks. Though "athlete" is not my #1 requirement for a great LB. Manti Te'o was a heisman candidate and he got crushed at the NFL combine.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||So Tea Leaves||
So tea leaves imply Texas at the Big House in 2024 and in Austin in 2027 (recall MSU/OSU are @ Michigan in odd numbered years).
What's most interesting though is we have VT and UW in '20/'21, with 9 conference games and 1 open (for cupcake). So in all these other years are we going to double up with P5 opponents or am I missing something?
Brandon seemed to suggest strongly in that article that we don't have room for ND until post-2027.
Part of the ND series falling apart (among many, many other things) is probably Brandon wanting to flip the Home & Home so we are on the road in odd years.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Onwualu||
Circa March 2012 (his JR yr of high school immediately pre-ND commitment; recall Onwualu went to same HS as Michael Floyd):
ACE: What position did Michigan offer you for? I know you're listed as an athlete. Do you know what position you'd play if you decided on Michigan?
JAMES: Well, as of right now, they just have me offered as an athlete. We haven't really talked position-wise. Since I've been talking to Mattison a lot of people assume I'm going to be playing safety or corner, but as of right now I don't really know.
ACE: Do you have a preference in terms of where you fit best on the field? Do you prefer offense or defense?
JAMES: I don't know, it could change. Next year I'm going to be all over. We've got a really good running back, [2014 RB] Blake Banham, who's going to be playing next year, so I'm not going to playing as much running back. We've also got a safety, [2014 S] Tim Gordon, so we're going to have to see, I might be playing corner and receiver.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you Stubbs!||
Thank you Mr. Gase & Go Blue!
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