On October 7, 2014, the Syracuse University Whitman NYC Alumni Club kicked off its speaker series featuring Mark Emmert. Mark Emmert is a Syracuse alumni and the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Prior to his speech, 10 VIP attendees were invited to a meet and greet with Emmert. The VIP attendees said they enjoyed mingling with him and each other. Outside of the room, the chattiness, merriness and laughter of the attendees could be heard all the way on the lower level.
Following the meet and greet, Emmert made his way downstairs and spoke with the general audience about the NCAA. He gave a general breakdown of how colleges allocate monies to be spent on collegiate sports at their schools. Emmert was able to get the audience to understand that the NCAA provides more than just entertainment, but there is a business side to it. He explained that 90% of the NCAA’s revenue comes from March Madness. As a recovering college sports lover, it’s unbelievable that the national collegiate sport operates so well based on its performance over a three-week period. Then, he addressed the other business-related issues such as pending antitrust lawsuits and dissent over athletic policies. Nevertheless, Emmert stated some amazing statistics such as the fact that more athletes graduate from college than non-athletes, especially minorities. Some critics felt that education wasn’t being pushed for athletes. However, these statistics demonstrate the opposite and quiet feelings that are merely myths. We are so glad to have alumni such as Emmert who are making a mark in the world and we wish him the best for this upcoming collegiate athletic season.
In the future, we will be hosting more speaker series packed with great speakers such as Emmert. You will also have the opportunity to attend the event as a VIP member and make the connection with the speaker. Please check out our events page and look for announcements for future dates. Don’t miss out on a great event.
By Nicole Bovell, Secretary