Terry Jones: CFL working hard to improve viewership

Three years ago in the CFL, attendance and TV numbers started to slide.

Into the game came Christina Litz to tackle the problem.

You could make a case that she’s becoming the league’s most valuable player.

The new Senior VP of Content & Marketing, Litz has brought several new initiatives into play including the successful CFL Week in Regina last March. The event will return in Winnipeg this spring and almost certainly be held in Edmonton the following year.

This season the league has added a ‘TSN-CFL Fantasy Football’ concept. A ‘PickEm’ prediction project launched last year and is up 44 per cent.

Thursday, the CFL launched ‘Football Frenzy’, a fast-paced shoot-out style arcade game available for download on mobile and tabloid devises aimed at a young (8-to-14) demographic.

And Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, the latest initiative was launched.

It’s the first stop of a NFL-CFL flag football tournament featuring eight co-ed teams of 11-12 year-olds with the winner going to the Grey Cup in Ottawa and the winner of that proceeding to the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Early evidence is that the league’s effort to draw new fans and especially younger fans is working.

The league has never shared this before but their latest numbers in terms of reaching new and younger fans are suddenly solid, especially in the key 18-34 age group.

Ages 18-34 35-54 55+
CFL.ca 32% 39% 28%
Twitter 63% 18% 4%
Facebook 52% 31% 13%
Pick’Em 27% 46% 24%
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Source:: Edmonton Journal

CU to stick with Obama-era policies on campus sex-assault investigations despite DeVos’ decision to scrap them

The University of Colorado does not plan to require the higher standard of evidence now allowed when investigating allegations of sexual assault on college campuses following Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision Friday to scrap a set of Obama-era rules.

Boulder campus officials stressed, though, that they will continue to abide by federal and state laws, and remain committed to fairly investigating such accusations.

Building on remarks she made earlier in the month about providing a more fair process for both victims and the accused, DeVos on Friday rescinded guidance from 2011 and 2014 that required universities to use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard when investigating claims of sexual assault.

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DeVos’ new interim guidelines let colleges choose between that standard and a “clear and convincing evidence” standard, which is harder to meet.

DeVos has said President Barack Obama’s policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had “weaponized” the Education Department to “work against schools and against students.”

Read the full story at DailyCamera.com.

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Source:: The Denver Post

Saunders: Casting my vote for NL MVP will be no easy task

I’ll receive my official Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) ballot over the next few days.

This year, I have a vote for the National League MVP. It’s a bit daunting because there are several intriguing story lines and two local players in the mix.

In my mind, the top five candidates, in no particular order, are Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon, Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been scouring the web, reading arguments for this player vs. that player. For example, if you want to read a solid argument for Blackmon, I suggest you read Craig Edwards’ recent article in Fangraphs. The article is heavy on metrics, but Edwards also wrote something I found compelling:

“If you do choose to penalize him further for playing in Colorado, you might want to appropriately credit him for the observed difficulty of hitting on the road after playing at Coors.”

Of course I’m going to compare statistics before I vote.

Consider Goldschmidt vs. Arenado. “Goldy” entered the weekend batting .305, with 35 homers, 117 RBIs, a .410 on-base percentage, .986 OPS (on-base percentage, plus slugging) and a 6.0 WAR (Wins Above Replacement). “Golden Nolan’s” stats were equally impressive: .306 average, 34 homers, 125 RBIs, .370 on-base percentage, .949 OPS and a 6.6 WAR.

Then again, Stanton’s 1.012 OPS and 7.3 WAR are impossible to ignore.

As you can see, it’s a tough call, and one I’m not quite ready to make.

A definition of MVP — most valuable player — is left to the eye of the beholder, or at the discretion of the voter. Many factors will figure into my MVP vote:

— The historical significance of a player’s season. For instance, if Stanton hits six …read more

Source:: The Denver Post