Changes in college sports and the NCAA

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jodi Upton of Syracuse University; Scott Hirko of Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; David Barron of Houston Chronicle
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 11:30am
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

From paying players to bribery convictions of shoe executives, the turmoil in college sports seems endless. 2019 may mark the end of college sports as we know it, especially for football. Most crystal-ball watchers are predicting major conference realignments and a lot of dropped programs if some of the current lawsuits are resolved as expected. And if they aren't, the future of college sports may be decided by the Supreme Court -- and likely all in the next few years before the major cable contracts are awarded. Amidst all the chaos there's never been more need for watchdogs in this $10B-dollar enterprise in DI.

Speaker Bios

  • Sports reporter for the Houston Chronicle since 1990, focusing on the Olympics, sports media and sports business. Former managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. Previously employed by United Press International, the Waco Tribune-Herald and Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph.

  • Dr. Scott Hirko is an Associate for Communication and Research, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.  He is the project manager for the College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database, http://cafidatabase.knightcommission.org. In addition, Dr. Hirko is an Assistant Professor, and Director, of the Sport Management Program at Defiance College (Ohio). @KnightAthletics 

  • Upton is Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University. Her students have contributed to USA TODAY, CNN and other media. Her students also helped develop data for the Syrian Accountability Project, which tracks Syrian War casualties. Previously, she led an award-winning team of journalists and researchers at USA TODAY, covering data-driven topics including Medicare fraud, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches’ salaries.

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