The coronavirus pandemic shuttered March Madness, the NCAA’s most lucrative asset, last year and set off a chain reaction devastating athletic department budgets, broadcasting contracts, and student-athlete opportunities. The new 2020-21 NCAA basketball regular season is tipping off with hundreds of schools looking to take the floor to compete and complete reconfigured schedules with March in mind. The challenge ahead for these mission-driven institutions – including the NCAA – will be to follow precise protocols for indoor sports in quasi-controlled environments. Amid the current COVID-19 surge, innovative thinking could give athletic departments and conferences, at all levels – Division I,II,III, etc. – a road map back to the big dance, with mini-bubbles around practice facilities, arenas, and even hotels. Lastly, the myriad of guidelines by geographic location is a massive factor in the state of play, with Indiana looking to stake its claim as the most ‘successful and safe’ option in the end.
This webinar will begin with the following areas of discussion:
• Overview of the current college basketball ecosystem
• Priorities and challenges ahead for administrators and officials
• Areas of opportunity and the resources needed for competition guidelines
• New business models around game scheduling and media
Sponsored by the American University's Masters in Sports Analytics & Management program