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Virtual Hockey Tickets a Game-Changer for Denver Athletics

Denver Hockey is getting creative as the Pioneers face one of the most unusual seasons ever. With the slim prospect of fans in the stands for any games this year, season ticket holders can support #5 DU hockey by contributing all or part of their prepaid season tickets as ‘virtual hockey season ticket packages’, roll cerrent season ticket deposits to next season or receive an immediate refund. Any proceeds go to the 5280 Together COVID Relief Fund. This fund will provide crucial resources for student-athletes as Denver Athletics faces an uphill budget battle this upcoming year.

We expect virtual fan packages to be extended to non-season ticket holders in the future. Continue reading Virtual Hockey Tickets a Game-Changer for Denver Athletics

Colorado Venues Selected as NCAA Tournament Hosts, Denver named Hockey & Gymnastics Host Institution

Last week, the NCAA announced more than 450 selections of host sites for preliminary rounds and final sites of championships in Divisions I, II, and III, with most to be held from 2022-23 through 2025-26.  The University of Denver is set to host two Hockey Regional playoffs in 2022 and 2026 in Loveland (in addition to hosting the West Regional in 2021, depending on the Covid-19 situation) and a Gymnastics Regional in 2023 at DU’s Magness Arena. Continue reading Colorado Venues Selected as NCAA Tournament Hosts, Denver named Hockey & Gymnastics Host Institution

DU Announces Virtual Homecoming October 19th-24th

In a year when almost nothing seems normal, DU announced a virtual homecoming to help the DU community experience a sense of normalcy this fall. The events are designed to blend philosophy, academia, and athletics in a series of virtual, online meetings with DU leaders, stakeholders and guests.

The homecoming goal is to engage body, mind and spirit in a series of virtual, on-line events. Continue reading DU Announces Virtual Homecoming October 19th-24th

NCAA and US House Advance Name, Image & Likeness Legislation for Student Athletes

In a prior article, we talked about the potential benefit of Name, Image and Likeness legislation on DU student athletes – even though DU does not field a football team or benefit from significant basketball revenue.

The NCAA Board of Governors voted to support allowing its athletes to profit off endorsements and still maintain their eligibility beginning next year. The results of the vote were announced by the NCAA on Wednesday morning. The new rules must be approved by the NCAA’s three divisions before implementation. A January 2021 deadline has been set for that approval, which would allow the new rules to take effect for the 2021-22 school year. Continue reading NCAA and US House Advance Name, Image & Likeness Legislation for Student Athletes

NCAA Basketball Set to Start November 25th, Opens Door for Hockey on November 20th

The NCAA Division I Council met today (Wednesday) and approved a college basketball start date of November 25th. Earlier in the morning, the Big 10 announced a fall return to the gridiron October 24th with an 8-game schedule, leaving only the Pac-12 absent from football until a self-imposed deadline of January 1st set, in part, due to the restrictions in place in California and Oregon.

Continue reading NCAA Basketball Set to Start November 25th, Opens Door for Hockey on November 20th

DU Jumps 17 spots to #80 in US News & World Report Annual College Rankings

Many people tend to discount university rankings but they are truly meaningful to students and especially parents when there is a premium to attend top-ranked schools and universities. DU received fantastic news today when it was announced that the University of Denver jumped 17 spots from #97 a year ago to #80 among 400 national universities. Continue reading DU Jumps 17 spots to #80 in US News & World Report Annual College Rankings

84 Division I Athletics Programs Dropped During Pandemic

The running list of sports teams dropped by Division I schools has reached 84 teams with men’s tennis (12), women’s tennis (9), and men’s track (9) the biggest losers. The biggest surprise is Stanford dropping 11 of their most successful sports To include women’s sailing (3 national championships), synchronized swimming (8 national championships), men’s volleyball (2 national championships), field hockey (2 national championships), and men’s rowing (5 national championships).

Outside Stanford, Furman dropping the growing sport of lacrosse was a major surprise as well. Continue reading 84 Division I Athletics Programs Dropped During Pandemic