Sports Journalism

Facing the facts of gender inequality in college athletics

Since the passing of Title IX, by Congress in 1972, universities have opened their door to creating many opportunities for female athletes. Or at least that’s what the gender-equity law is supposed to do. As the percentage of women participating in sports have increased, males still seem to dominate in terms of participation and creating a larger fan base.

With 24 competing teams at Indiana University – Bloomington, the most popular sports teams, which also happen to be the only two teams that bring in revenue, are football and men’s basketball. Although football and men’s basketball generate a large portion of the revenue from ticket sales and TV programs, the money isn’t kept within the sport. But instead it’s the athletic department’s revenue and they decide how that’s going to be spent and which teams are going to be supported. But …
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The Future of Virtual Reality

Free-D replay technology introduces new angle for athlete development

Indiana University paves way in sports technology

The expanded opportunities in broadcasting sports at IU

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When Mark Cuban gives you five million dollars, you name a building after him. Cuban’s donation signals the growing industry that is sports media.

On June 5th, 2015, it was announced that Billionaire Mark Cuban, an IU alum, was giving IU $5 million to create a “first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge, student-focused video, broadcasting and technology center,” according to the IU Athletics website. The building will be fully operational in the spring of 2017. The new center, in addition to Franklin Hall becoming the new home for the Media School, has created a tremendous number of opportunities for students.

Andrew Rosner, an Assistant Athletic Director at Indiana University, talked to students from the High School Journalism Institute (HSJI) about the opportunities that the IU athletic department provides for students.

“The IU athletics department, where I work, created a …
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No money no problem

Indiana University football fans pack Memorial Stadium on a chilly, autumn Saturday. On a cold, winter night in Bloomington, Indiana, thousands of fans flood into a sold out Assembly Hall. But, baseball fans sit in the stands of the new Bart Kaufman Field surrounded by nearly a thousand empty seats.

Former IU baseball player, Bart Kaufman, made a generous donation of $2.5 million to begin the funding for a brand new baseball stadium. This was a major upgrade for the team considering their former stadium was nothing special. Associate athletic director for budget and finance at IU, Scott Joraanstad described the old stadium as, “just a big bleacher behind home plate, the facility wasn’t anything special.” This new 2,500-seat stadium and artificial turf field was definitely an improvement and guaranteed to attract more fans to come out and catch a game.

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A new era in sports technology

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Virtual reality: a collaborative medium

Pros and cons of virtual reality in athletics

Abigail Rogers: born and raised inside the Little 500

The Little 500, a little girl, and a big dream made up the childhood of Abby Rogers. Growing up Abby was always around the Little 500 because her dad, Randy Rogers, was the director of the race from 1995-2002.

Abby was always around the college students, and found most of them funny. She always dreamed of being able to fly past an opponent and be able to win the race for her team.

“When I was a kid I did not think much of the race. I laughed at the students a lot but I always thought it was a cool bike race,” said Rogers, “It is a great tradition and I didn’t know at the time how special it would be, but I had a feeling it had a special meaning. I loved watching and supporting the teams.”

Participating in the Little …
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