Probably Merrimack could be easily persuaded. Out of that remaining 6...maybe UMass Amherst would be willing to since they partner with other leagues (CAA Lax - maybe they'd be willing to trade for AE Lax which is just as good if not better than CAA Lax I believe and on a lot stronger footing).There are 11 teams in the conference and 4 America East members, where the heck are the other two votes coming from, presuming this only needs a simple majority?
I think the NCAA is trying to figure that out themselves, which is why none of this went into effect right away. They're trying to figure out a way to not create an even bigger talent gap, and I think if any player gets paid, it would come from outside sources, i.e. local commercials from sponsors, social media income and, (please God) the return of the video games.There hasn't been much news about this lately, but how does D1 athletes being able to get paid for their likeness fall into all this?
I could see a scenario where we start to see some conferences merging to pool resources and better compete.
Good for Lowell!Update on the AE/Hockey East thing. Sounds unlikely. The AE made a pitch to share marketing, web hosting and office space, and that might be as far as it goes.
From the article below:
"The commissioner search could be complicated by the involvement of an all-sport conference, though sources tell CHN that is highly unlikely. Hockey East's athletic directors recently heard a pitch from America East, to share resources such as marketing, office space and web hosting. While sharing resources remains a possibility, sources said any agreement with America East, if there is any, wouldn't go beyond that.
"(Other schools) give this (idea) a big eye roll and single out Lowell as pushing that agenda," a source told CHN."
Hockey East's search for a new commissioner has narrowed to some final candidates, just as the conference athletic directors have heard a pitch from America East to combine some forces...www.collegehockeynews.com
It is reporting on a Hartford Courant columnist urging UConn to drop 8 sports. My less than fully informed opinion is that the wiser solution would be to drop football completely. With the move to the Big East, the cost of all their non-football sports comes way down.
UConn looking to reduce their number of programs from 24 to the FBS minimum 16. Do they still think staying FBS is a good idea?
Just remember anything a conference commissioner does at this level, while they can get ideas and things rolling, they do everything at the behest of its members' presidents and ADs. And, it's a two-way street...UConn and UMass have to want that, and I'm going to guess that's not on the table for them and the "this is fine" meme is in full force with those schools in relation to FBS football. I also think that the AE football schools are happy with the CAA setup, which functions completely as a different entity from the all-sports CAA. Not that what you're saying isn't true...my feeling is unless a hail mary happens, AE Football has sailed forever.I've been saying it for years, Amy had a chance when UConn made the move back to the Big East, the AE had an opportunity for football. Now, here's another chance, and the truth is, with that footprint from Maine to Stony Brook, include UConn, UMass, and URI, it makes more sense to leave the CAA behind.
Not sure what you define as "these parts." VPA sponsorship of boys and girls volleyball happened the same year (Fall 2016 was the first varsity season, I believe). Last year there were 8 boys teams and 13 girls teams: I know 1-2 of those boys programs are new in the last season or two, whereas that girls number has been pretty steady from the beginning.What I do see is the rise of popular in men's volleyball, which previously was largely a West coast sport. Vermont HS started sponsoring boys volleyball a few years ago (girls volleyball was always a very popular sport in these parts), and you can see its really taking off. It seemed like boys volleyball was first explored to provide an athletics avenue for nerdy high school boys, but now mainstream, athletic boys are taking part in large numbers.
My point wasn't that volleyball is popular in California, but rather that there is now evidence in several states across the country that more and more girls are playing volleyball and that participation levels have exceeded or matched basketball in many states. In addition, there were girls that were choosing volleyball over basketball. There have been many reasons suggested, but one had to do with the risk of an ACL injury. While obviously you can get hurt in volleyball (concussions are an issue), the risk of tearing your ACL seemed quite a bit less.Volleyball has always been extremely popular in California, for both men and women. I'm not sure what evidence there is for "growing" in popularity.
For sure, with volleyball it just comes down to who values it and who doesn't, which is at the heart of the issue and the future of some of these conferences.I agree with all that but I would probably not include volleyball. That is a sport that is gaining in popularity around the country and has actually started to take a pretty good dent out of girls playing basketball. The numbers, in California in particular, are pretty eye-opening (trying to locate the article I read a few months ago but unsuccessful thus far). I know the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and SEC have incredible programs and I have seen a LOT more volleyball being televised in the last couple of years than ever before. As a relatively inexpensive sport, I don't see any conference really wanting to part with that at the current moment. I don't see it as a sport that many current schools will drop at the moment either due to the lower cost in addition to the Title IX numbers that it provides schools.