Virginia has no major professional sports teams. But, boy, do we love our college sports.
With March Madness close in the rearview mirror, the next BizSense event will put a microscope on the money side of college atheltics.
On May 21, we present Breakfast of Champions: The Big Business of the NCAA.
Our panel of NCAA insiders, which includes athletic directors, league commissioners and a former college and NBA star, will take a crack at the hot-potato topics facing the industry. Representatives from UVA, Virginia Tech, VCU and the CAA will be on hand.
We’ll tackle the question of whether college athletes should be paid.
We’ll dig into how the push for bigger football and basketball programs affects non-revenue sports and how far schools can push student fees to help fuel athletics budgets.
We’ll also dive into the conference realignment shuffle and hear from the commissioner of the CAA, which just saw three of its best basketball programs jump ship.
And don’t forget the University Richmond’s decision to eliminate two sports programs in favor of adding a men’s lacrosse team.
You are not going to want to miss this discussion or this remarkable opportunity to network with like-minded businesspeople, fellow alumni and sports fans. And did we mention there’s a breakfast buffet?
Our panelists are:
Cory Alexander, a former all-ACC point guard at UVA, where he led the team to the Elite Eight. Alexander was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft and played for the Spurs, the Nuggets, the Magic and the Bobcats.
Glenn Hofmann, executive associate athletic director for external relations at VCU and part of a new regime charged with maintaining the Rams’ fast rise to national prominence. He has more than 20 years of collegiate athletics experience.
Lisa Rudd, associate director of athletics for financial affairs at Virginia Tech. She helps oversee one of the state’s biggest college sports budgets, fueled by the Hokies’ powerhouse football program.
Tom Yeager, commissioner of the Richmond-based Colonial Athletic Association since 1985. He is responsible for keeping the CAA competitive (two Final Four teams in the past seven years) amid seemingly nonstop conference realignment, including the departures of VCU, ODU and George Mason.
Our moderator will be Wes McElroy. McElroy is the afternoon host on Sports Radio 910 WRNL-AM, the pregame and halftime host on VCU’s RAM Radio and co-host of the Flying Squirrels Insider TV show.
The event will be May 21 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump. Click here to register.