Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 31

first_imgGazette article went too easy on KayRegarding your article about the resignation of NYRA chief Christopher Kay by Gazette reporter Stephen Williams: I read through the 26 paragraphs of plaudits and laudatory gushing and found exactly one single sentence about Kay’s apparent crime. No information about whether criminal charges would be filed, no mention of restitution or whether other employees would face discipline, no specifics about the apparent crime, no quotes from an eager district attorney. This article reads more like a resume than news about a crime.It’s a sad fact that our criminal justice system treats white collar crime more leniently, but it’s truly disheartening to see The Gazette do so also. James Van DijkSaratoga Springs Sending your child to a private school is a financial investment, but it’s an investment in your child’s future. Personally, I can’t put a price on the happiness and fulfillment my daughter receives from her private school. Jennifer VanDeCarrBallston Lake Consider private school for your kidsI’d like to urge parents who are concerned about bullying, class size and general apathy in public schools to consider private schools. My daughter is quiet and reserved, and when it came time to send her to kindergarten, I was concerned she would fall through the cracks in public school. We selected St. Mary’s school in Ballston Spa, the “small school with the big heart,” and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. The teachers at St. Mary’s appreciate the uniqueness of each child and encourage each child’s God given talents and gifts to flourish. The class sizes are small, allowing the teachers to focus on the individual needs of each child. A small class size helps eliminate bullying, because the students really get to know each other and learn to work together as a team. Knowing your classmates on a personal level breaks down barriers. It teaches students to show patience and understanding toward each other.  Trump proves his unfitness for officeArticle II, Section One, of the U.S. Constitution specifies a mere 35 words in the presidential oath of office, to wit, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Forty-four presidents have recited this oath, with Donald Trump the latest, in January 2017. Sadly, it’s now clear that Trump has egregiously violated this solemn oath in just two short years.Exhibit one is the growing evidence of a conspiracy between Trump’s key advisers and campaign officials and the Russian government to subvert our democracy in the 2016 presidential election. Thirty-four individuals, including six key Trump advisers, have either been indicted or pleaded guilty in the special counsel investigation. Overwhelming evidence is building of Trump’s own obstruction of justice in this probe. His confounding embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin has its roots in his dogged pursuit of riches and his 30-year infatuation with building in Russia. In short, Trump has put his and his company’s financial interests above the interests of the United States.Couple this conduct with Trump’s staggering degree of mendacity, over 8,100 false and misleading statements in two years, his populating the cabinet with grifters and unethical individuals, his embrace of foreign autocrats, his stunning lack of intellectual curiosity or desire to learn, and his laziness and inattentiveness to the job. The picture it paints is stark: Trump is singularly unfit for office.Dennis J. QuinnNiskayunacenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShow more respect for law enforcementSome of our elected officials, members of the general public and these so-called civil rights groups need to understand that they have been believing lies on upon lies about anybody in law enforcement that are just doing their jobs.Yes, there are quite a few in law enforcement that have been overstepping their duties. That is less than a handful. Not all law enforcement have been doing what these so-called civil rights groups have been claiming that anybody in law enforcement are doing. Also, as a law-abiding citizen, I respect and stand with and support all law enforcement.I hate to sound like Tom Selleck’s character in the TV show “Blue Bloods” here, but what his character has said is a daily reminder for all of us: “Anybody in law enforcement are 1) Human, yes, they are human; 2) They make mistakes; and 3) They are just doing their jobs.”This is something that our elected officials and the general public and these so-called civil rights groups need to understand. They need to respect any in law enforcement.Anthony Peter Carota 3rdSchenectady Grateful for paper carrier’s effortsThanks for delivery in the Sunday (Jan. 20) snowstorm. I was so impressed with Donald Shaffer, my delivery person, having to climb over snow banks and putting my paper on the front porch at 6 a.m. Thanks, too, to The Gazette for notifying us of a delay Sunday. Good job, everyone.Cathy McKeeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Finnish Cultural Foundation outsources private equity, alternatives

first_img“By outsourcing the management of new investments and portfolio administration to eQ Asset Management, we achieve cost-effectiveness, excellent reporting and investment service tailored to our needs,” Sunell said. Staffan Jåfs, head of private equity at eQ Asset Management, said: “The Finnish Cultural Foundation is one of the largest institutional investors in Finland, and we are very pleased to have been appointed as their partner in building the private equity programme.”The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private trust that gives grants to promote art, science and other intellectual and cultural activities in Finland.Neither party was available to say how much the foundation’s private equity and alternative investments are worth. The Finnish Cultural Foundation, which has assets of around €1.1bn, is outsourcing its private equity and alternatives investment management to Finnish firm eQ Asset Management.The institutional investor has signed a long-term agreement covering outsourcing of both existing and future investments within private equity and other alternative investments.The foundation’s CIO Ralf Sunell said: “We have been pleased with the return of our private equity portfolio, and private equity will continue to play a central role in our asset allocation.”However, managing those investments demand a high level of administrative resources compared with other asset classes, including monitoring and reporting systems. last_img read more

Stokes named ICC player of the year after landmark 2019

first_imgStokes was the unanimous choice for the coveted Sir Garfield Sobers trophy – thanks to his unbeaten 84 in a dramatic final against New Zealand in July followed by a brilliant 135 not out to win the third Ashes Test against Australia six weeks later in Leeds.Stokes, 28, said it was a huge honour for any cricketer to receive such an award. “To be recognised and be the person to win that (award) it’s pretty amazing,” he said in a video statement.During the voting period, Stokes aggregated 719 runs and bagged 12 wickets in 20 ODIs. He also scored 821 runs and took 22 wickets in 11 Tests.Indian opener Rohit Sharma was named the ODI cricketer of the year while captain Virat Kohli bagged the Spirit of Cricket award for his gesture to stop fans from booing Australia’s Steve Smith during a World Cup match.Smith was returning to international cricket from a one-year suspension for changing the condition of the ball.“I’m surprised that I have got it, after many years of being under the scanner for the wrong things,” Kohli said in a statement put out by ICC. Loading… Read Also:Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest“That moment was purely understanding an individual’s situation. I don’t think a guy who is coming out of a situation like that needs to be taken advantage of.”Kohli was also named captain of both the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year.In other major awards, Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins was named the Test player of the year and teammate Marnus Labuschagne was declared emerging cricketer of the year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ben Stokes was Wednesday named the International Cricket Council player of the year, capping an unforgettable 2019 for the swashbuckling England all-rounder that included a match-winning knock at the World Cup.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

Fury better than Joshua in every department, claims Warren

first_img Joshua finished with a 24.1 percent success rate from the 12 rounds, landing 65 jabs from 270 thrown. Fury, in his seven rounds against Wilder had a 22.4 per cent success rate, landing 24 from 107 thrown. Fury has a big reach advantage and would need to be using that to keep AJ at bay if they fought. But Joshua showed he still has all the jab and move skills ingrained on him coming through the amateurs. Fury laughed off Wilder’s taunts that he had “pillow fists” – then showed the American that they were much more akin to granite in a stunning KO win. But while the Morecambe magician does punch hard, he isn’t on the same level as Joshua. Despite easily outboxing Ruiz Jr in the rematch, many were left disappointed that Joshua didn’t go for the finish against a clearly unfit opponent. read also:Joshua, Fury’s fight still a dream – Warren But after a freak shot scrambled his senses in their first meeting, that’s perhaps why. Joshua has 21 KOs from his 23 fights, including impressive stoppages against Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. Fury also has 21 KOs from his 30 fights – the most impressive being his Wilder battering. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tyson Fury “beats Anthony Joshua all day long” according to the Gypsy King’s promoter Frank Warren. The two Brits hold all the heavyweight belts and fans are desperate for them to clash in an undisputed blockbuster. But Warren is adamant it would be one-way traffic, believing his man is better in every department. Speaking to Sky Sports, the legendary promoter said: “Has AJ got a better jab than Fury? No. Is AJ a bigger puncher? I don’t think so. “Has he got a better chin? I don’t think so. Has he got the hand speed or footwork of Fury? I don’t think so. “Tyson is so good in every department. When you saw him get off the floor from that punch by [Deontay] Wilder it tells you what he’s all about.” Here SunSport of UK takes a look at these fighting elements to give a clue as to who would win the heavyweight clash. Joshua went back to basics in the Andy Ruiz Jr rematch and completely outboxed the Mexican to win back his world titles. In his own rematch, against Deontay Wilder, Fury mixed solid jabs with power punches many doubted he possessed to blast the American out of there. The jab stats from the pair’s latest fights make interesting reading. Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Farlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua: I want Tyson Fury’s belt

first_imgAnthony Joshua has confirmed he wants to fight Tyson Fury with talks over a potential future bout still going on.Both British boxers are heavyweight world champions with many wanting the two to meet in an undisputed bout. Fury is due to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout, while Joshua was set to meet Kubrat Pulev this summer before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to proceedings.There remains hope that a fight between Fury and AJ can still happen either towards the end of this year or in 2021.And Joshua, who holds the WBO, WBA and IBF titles, is keen for a fight in order to stop all the talking from his rival.Joshua told The Sun: “Undoubtedly the fight I want is Tyson Fury — he is holding something that I want, he’s on my hit list.“You never know what you’re going to get with him. “He’s either at the top of the world, conquering the world, or at the bottom of the ocean and he needs to find a balance — but at the moment he seems to have found one at home working out with his wife.“He says things about me all the time, there is so much back and forth, but Tyson Fury is only relevant the day me and him sign a contract to fight.“The day he and I are going to fight is the only time really that I should be talking about Tyson Fury and I don’t really want to be in that position where I am talking him down.“He says a lot of controversial things, and I know if that was me… I just think he gets away with a lot.“But the work he has done around mental health has been very impressive.” Meanwhile, Fury believes it would be an easy night if he were to fight Joshua.“AJ’s style is tailor made for mine. He’s an upright fighter walking forward with a classic defence,” Fury told Sky Sports.“Strong and powerful. He’s got no footwork, hardly any resilience. And he’s a bit gutless when it comes down to getting clipped.“I think I’d knock him out in round two, three rounds. First time I connect on him, his legs will do a dance and I’ll just jump on him like the little fat kid [Andy Ruiz Jr] did in America that time.”RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tags: Anthony JoshuaBOXINGChampionship MatchTyson Furylast_img read more

Bernstein slams managers’ conduct

first_img Press Association Managers are setting a “terrible example” to players and the general public with their behaviour on the touchline, former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has claimed. “I have been involved with football for a long time and I do understand the pressures they are under but nevertheless when you look at the constant protesting on the touchline, the harassing of the fourth official and the comments afterwards, it doesn’t do anyone or the game any good. “It has been especially noticeable in recent weeks but it is an ongoing issue and it is a terrible example for their players, let alone the general public. “I think it is time managers assumed a much greater level of responsibility for their behaviour.” In the last week, Stoke boss Mark Hughes has been charged by the FA with improper conduct after being sent from the touchline against Newcastle, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could be in hot water over his controversial remark after the Manchester City defeat about referee Lee Mason being from Greater Manchester. Bernstein, who stepped down as chairman in July, said video technology would help ease the pressure on referees but he did not envisage the sport’s world governing body FIFA embracing any such developments in the short term. He added: “I am a great believer that video technology needs to come in to help referees, and that would calm everybody down. “I pushed for it when I was FA chairman but it was like banging your head against a brick wall. “I think it will happen, as it did with goal-line technology, after another terrible high-profile incident, but I think it will happen later rather than sooner.” center_img Bernstein, who was made a CBE in the New Year Honours, would not specify individual cases but said there had been a number of high-profile incidents in recent weeks where managers had been seen berating officials and behaving badly. He told Press Association Sport: “There needs to be improvements in the areas of respect. Some fantastic work has been done but there seems to be a particular problem with the behaviour of managers. last_img read more

Cricket News Gautam Gambhir dismisses differences with MS Dhoni, regrets not being part of 2015 World Cup

first_imgNew Delhi: Gautam Gambhir, who recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in an emotional video on Tuesday, has brushed aside reports that he had differences with former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni. In an exclusive chat with Navbharat Times, Gambhir, who was part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad, regretted that he did get a chance to help India try and defend the title during the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. Apart from cricket, Gambhir also spoke on politics and also criticized former India player and current Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu for his visit to Pakistan.Read More |’It’s over Gauti’: Gautam Gambhir announces his retirementThere have been reports of differences between Gambhir and Dhoni after the left-hander fell out of favour with the selectors after a poor 2011 and 2012 season. Before the release of MS Dhoni’s biopic titled ‘MS Dhoni: The untold story’, Gambhir stated he never believed biopics should be made on cricketers. However, he later clarified in a Facebook live chat that he never had a rivalry with Dhoni but had differences of opinion on several issues.Read More |Gautam Gambhir announces retirement: Here’s the full textHowever, the Delhi left-hander did have a regret of not being able to represent India in the 2015 World Cup which was held in Australia and New Zealand. “There are several players whom I have played with who have gotten a chance to play in two-three 50-over World Cups.  I got only one chance to play in the World Cup and I am glad I could help in India winning the cup. However, if you have helped the country win the title, then you deserve another chance in helping the side defend the title. Not getting a chance to be part of the 2015 World Cup is my biggest regret,” Gambhir said.‘Thinking of joining politics’Gambhir has been outspoken on several issues in recent times, be it the Army, farmer suicides, air pollution in the capital, Kashmir or on Patriotism. The 37-year-old has said if one has the independence to pursue the kind of work, he might consider a career in politics. “If your aim is to change the lives of the people for the better, then one must enter politics. One must not enter this field just to be a rubber stamp,” Gambhir said.The Delhi player also criticized Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congress MLA and former India player and commentator, for his recent visit to Pakistan. “One must not play around with the sentiments of our fellow countrymen. Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan was a mistake,” Gambhir added.The left-hander also criticised the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, saying that with a majority in place, they have failed to fulfill the expectations of the people of Delhi.Illustrious careerGambhir’s final cricket game will be against Andhra at the Feroz Shah Kotla from December 6-9. His retirement will leave a massive void in world cricket. He helped Delhi to the Ranji Trophy title in 2007/08 despite playing with a bruised palm against Uttar Pradesh. His gutsy effort helped him into the India side and he helped them win the 2007 World T20 title. His 75 against Pakistan was the difference in a narrow five-run win.His epic 11-hour rearguard against New Zealand in Napier 2009, in which he slammed 137, helped India draw the match and win a series in New Zealand for the first time in 41 years. In 2011, more glory came his way as his magnificent 97 helped India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final of the 2011 World Cup to help the country win the tournament for the first time in 28 years.In the Indian Premier League, he changed the fortunes of Kolkata Knight Riders by becoming captain and helping them to two titles in 2012 and 2014. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Copa Coca cola: Helping Nigerian Kids Realise their Football Dream

first_img Four coaches, including ex- international football star, Garba Lawal, handled the Kaduna training. Others were Usman Yinka Salahu, Absulkadir Aliyu Janga and a seasoned coach, Hassan Abubakar. Each of the four states presented 20 school children for the training after which those below the age of 15 years were selected to play matches. The event  which was initially scheduled to hold at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna (ABS) was shifted to the Living Faith Academy, Kaduna so as to afford  children in the school opportunity to watch the matches. The Kaduna State Coordinator, Nigerian Schools Sports Federation, Abel Yakubu, in an interview, explained that the essence of the exercise was to make the child know that sports cannot be separated from education. “That is why the venue for the event was changed from the stadium to the school so that the children can see what is happening physically and theoretically.” He said further that ex – International players and coaches were brought to take charge of the training so as  to encourage the children. “Most of the children must have heard about these former international stars, but they don’t know them. So their presence is a morale booster. If the programme had taken place at the stadium, the children here would not have had the opportunity of seeing these great former footballers.“The convener of the event, Copa Coca-Cola asked us to designate  three centres in Kaduna. They said we should take them to local football field and we picked three centres; Government Secondary School, Kaduna, Faith Academy and Rimi College” he explained.According to Yakubu, the clinical aspect was aimed at teaching the children about the techniques of footballing.“It is not just to kick the ball across the bar. They taught them all the skills that are involved in football.  After the clinic, we would screen the children to see that are actually U-15. We don’t have any parameter to test them, but we are parents and by seeing a child, you should be able to determine his age. “Before the training session commences, the children were admonished to be of good behaviour if they want to succeed,” he added. Addressing the children, Lawal, who had a successful football career at home and abroad told the kids that  the key success in football is discipline and hard work. He said it was possible to go to school and play football, stressing that it is possible for them to pursue the two at the same time. “I started playing football in 1989 and played for local and foreign football clubs. I played at the World Cup in 1998, I also played in the Olympic Games and I played at Africa Cup of Nations. “I started playing football like you, at a younger age than many of you. I want you to play better than some of us here. You can go to school and still play football. But if you want to succeed, you must be discipline and respect coaches and everybody,” he said. Also commenting on the initiative by Coca-Cola, Lawal noted that the process was the best way to get quality players. “If you want to get quality players, this is where to get them because if any player does not understand the basics of football, it’s always a problem . If you know the basics at a young age, it is fantastic. The challenge we have among players is lack of continuity. You can have a good player today after some few weeks, you see him declining,” he added. According to him, this process “has been helping Nigerian football. I have been with Coca-Cola for about eight years. The grand finale was fantastic, I believe this kind of programme would restructure Nigerian football. The kids are very lucky.” He added that “during our time, we never had this kind training during, we played on the streets. If you are lucky you will excel. But it is a fantastic programme and I urge Coca-Cola to keep it up, although it is difficult considering the issue of funding.” Also admonishing the children, Abubakar urged the children to be disciplined and respect their parents, teachers and coaches. He said no matter how good one can play football, if the person is not disciplined, he will never make progress. “Don’t misbehave to anybody. If you want to be great like Garba Lawal, you must be disciplined and hardworking,” he said. He commended Coca-Cola for introducing the programme noting that it was aimed at greater tomorrow. “I am happy with this programme because it is aimed at greater tomorrow. I call them greater tomorrow because with this contribution from Coca-Cola, I am sure they are helping some people to survive in their lives. Football today is business although some people may not look at it that way, but given proper support, the sky would be the limit for the children,” the coach said. The children were subjected to over one hour of rigorous coaching after which those  above 15 years were screened out.Matches were played among the participating states.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The northern city of Kaduna, played host to school children from four states, namely Kano, Zamfara, Jigawa and Katsina, which participated in the Copa Coca-cola footballClinic on Thursday. The programme which held across zones within the federation was introduced by Coca-cola to promote grassroots football as well as identify  young talents and groom them to become great footballers.last_img read more

Young hockey players departing for pro game sooner

first_imgThere is a trend brewing in the Wisconsin men’s hockey program that recently stalled thanks to what could be seen as a curious decision by Justin Schultz.Schultz, who just completed his sophomore season, became the third Badger defenseman in three years to collect an impressive array of awards. Starting with Jamie McBain in 2009 and continuing with Brendan Smith and Schultz in the following two seasons, all three players have done the following: Win a top individual award in the WCHA, be named a first-team All-American and first-team all-conference, rank first or second in the nation in scoring from the blueline and be named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.All three had their own individual wrinkles too. McBain was WCHA Player of the Year, while Schultz and Smith were named Defensive Player of the Year. Smith had the most points of the three in his big season, putting up 15 goals and 37 assists for 52 points and helping UW to the national title game. Schultz’s 18 goals were the most for a college defenseman since 2002. And there was his curious decision.All that hardware and fanfare and Schultz decided this: He would stay for his junior season.McBain, a second-round draft pick of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, left after his junior season, saying he’d accomplished everything he wanted to at the NCAA level. Smith, a first-round choice of the Detroit Red Wings, did the same. A second-round draft pick of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, Schultz’s numbers and awards would have seemed to indicate he would make the jump to the professional ranks at season’s end. Plus, he accomplished his feats as a sophomore, while McBain and Schultz were juniors. It would seem to look like Schultz is on a faster track to professional stardom.“Those awards, they’re great, I’m happy with them. If I were to leave based on getting those, I think it would be a big mistake,” Schultz said. “I know and coach knows I’m not physically ready yet for that next level.”That next level: The National Hockey League. The NHL can pluck its young prospects from the college ranks more easily than any other major professional league, for one main reason.They’re already drafted.The NFL requires a player to be two full years removed from high school to be draft-eligible. NBA draft eligibility is contingent on the prospect being one full year removed from high school. If a player drafted by an MLB player decides to go to school, the team does not retain his rights and the player re-enters the draft pool the following year.But for North American players, there is a small window of NHL draft eligibility. The player must be 18 years old by Sep. 15 of the draft year and no older than 20 by Dec. 31 of that year.As a result, the majority of the most talented North American players intent on playing NCAA hockey have been drafted before they even sit down for their first class. This also means they’re more or less free to leave at any time they want, knowing that they already have a pro franchise committed to them.“It just comes down to the organization that you sign with, whether they’re ready for you to make that transition, [if] they feel you’re ready,” McBain said in a phone interview. “Then also on a personal level, how you feel about where you’re at, both in your personal life and also with your hockey. You’ve got to weigh both options.”The problemThere’s a balancing act in college hockey between attracting top talent and being able to use it to its fullest potential. Teams that want to compete consistently need the right mix of talent, timing and execution.“It almost seems that if you’re going to be in that type of rotation where you’re able to attract top-end kids, this is what’s going to happen if you have a good team,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “The blessing of it is, you probably wouldn’t have a chance to get in that championship game unless you had those top-end kids. The downside is, they’re going to leave early.”Since 2002 (and excluding the NHL lockout year of 2004-2005), 185 college hockey players have left school with eligibility remaining to sign with an NHL or AHL team. A small number of players left early to sign with a European team – UW’s Jordy Murray announced this week he is likely foregoing his senior season to play professionally in Switzerland – but those players are not counted for this story. In 2010, 36 underclassmen signed, the most since 2007.Since Eaves became head coach at Wisconsin for the 2002-2003 season, he’s seen 12 underclassmen leave for the pros (13 if Murray goes), second in Division I only to Minnesota’s 19 in that time span. The WCHA, which includes traditional powerhouses like the aforementioned Badgers and Gophers, as well as Denver and North Dakota, was hit hardest in that span among Division I conferences. Eighty-one WCHA players left school early in those years, with the CCHA clocking in at a distant second with 43 early departures. Four of the five teams with the most defections in that span hail from the WCHA.With all that talent, the WCHA would be expected to fare well in the national tournament. And while the conference has succeeded in that setting, it has been a mixed bag.Since the NCAA tournament went to its current 16-team format in 2003, the WCHA has led all conferences in total bids in seven of nine years. Fourteen WCHA teams have made it to the Frozen Four in that span, but until Minnesota Duluth’s win in 2011, the conference hadn’t seen a national champion since 2006 when Wisconsin last won. The year before that featured an all-WCHA Frozen Four, with Denver defeating North Dakota for the title. WCHA teams won four straight titles from 2002-2005.So what happened to change that?The likely culprit is the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement, put in place after the 2005 lockout. The CBA’s prominent feature was a salary cap.“With the salary cap, the game has changed because of that,” Eaves said. “You look at most NHL teams now, if you take a look at their fourth-line players, those are kids they can afford to have up. They’re going to spend their money on their top-end guys.“A lot of teams now are three-line teams and five defensemen. And they kind of fill in around the edges with these guys they can afford.”In 2003, 10 players left early; in 2004, 18 players did so. In the post-NHL lockout years, the numbers of players to leave have looked like this: 25, 31, 27, 17, 36, 21.Organizations are eager to call up young, cheap prospects to do the same things a much more expensive veteran could do.Eaves realizes his top players are likely to leave early and understands sometimes they indeed need to move on in order to become better hockey players. But NHL teams are becoming more aggressive in encouraging picks to sign sooner. Eaves just wants to get three years out of them.“Really, that’s our main concern; if we can get them to stay for three years, if they can be committed to college for three years – it used to be four years, but realistically, three years for us – we can live with that,” he said.Check back tomorrow for the second part of this five-part series. *The article originally read that the WCHA hadn’t won a national title since 2005, which is false. Wisconsin won the 2006 national title. We regret the error.last_img read more

UW Athletics announces partnership with Under Armour

first_imgAll 23 University of Wisconsin athletic teams will ditch adidas gear for Under Armour starting next year, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced in a news conference Friday afternoon.The 10-year, $96 million deal will begin on July 1, 2016, the day after Wisconsin’s current contract with adidas expires.Flanked at the podium by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Senior Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty, Alvarez said he had followed Under Armour a long time, calling it a “modern success story.”“We think this will be a fantastic and long-term relationship that will benefit both the University of Wisconsin as well as Under Armour,” Alvarez said. “I know our student-athletes, staff and fans will enjoy and appreciate the top-shelf offerings from Under Armour.”Basic uniform prototypes were on display at the announcement. Plank said the uniforms are in the infant stages of development, and aren’t even close to what fans will see come Fall 2016.Alvarez’s and Plank’s relationship began in the late 1990s, Alvarez said. When UW’s current contract with adidas was set to expire about six years ago, Under Armour had a seat at the discussion table.And now, Under Armour, a company that started in a Georgetown basement, represents another major institution.“Today is another chapter in our company’s story — a story we’re very incredibly proud of,” Plank said.Compared to the deal with adidas, the contract with Under Armour financially favors UW.For the next 10 years, UW will receive “annual product allotment of Under Armour shoes, apparel and equipment at no cost,” according to documents from Friday morning’s Board of Regents meeting, which approved the deal.In addition to the product allotment, Wisconsin will receive $3.3 million in product during the first year of the deal. For the second year of the deal, Wisconsin will receive $2.45 million, with that number increasing by $100,000 per year to $3.05 million by year nine. In the final year of the deal, UW will receive $1.375 million.adidas provided UW with between $750,000-800,000 in cash contributions annually. Under Armour will provide $4 million a year in cash. Under Armour will pay $450,000 per year in royalties, while adidas only paid $100,000 annually.“It’s a great contract for both sides,” UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank said to The Badger Herald, adding that her daughter loves to wear Under Armour products.In addition to monetary benefits, Wisconsin placed significant stresses on Under Armour against harsh labor laws, a problem the university ran into with adidas.Plank said it’s just as important to him and his company as it is to Alvarez and the university.“Coach [Alvarez] is one of those people that are larger than life,” Plank said. “I can tell you there’s nothing more important to him than representing this state and representing this institution with the highest level of integrity of every turn.”Non-athlete Wisconsin students also gained something from the deal. Under Armour will hire two students each summer for its Summer Rookie internship program.“We couldn’t be happier with this new relationship,” Alvarez said.last_img read more