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Deloitte Issues Annual Outlook on Sports

In the Deloitte 2022 Outlook on Sports, the public accounting and consulting firm looked at future trends in sports and reinforces many of the topics we have covered this past year. When summarizing the current trends in collegiate athletics, the overarching conclusion of the study warns of the “impacts of conference realignment and NCAA constitutional changes on smaller athletic programs.” Specifically, student-athlete Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) legislation along with spiraling costs to keep up with the Power-5 conference spending. The side-effects of these trends include the probable elimination of automatic conference berths and unlimited scholarships and liberalized transfer rules as just a few of the threats to mid-major programs going forward. Continue reading Deloitte Issues Annual Outlook on Sports

A Deeper Dive Into Jersey Branding Strategy

Would Duke ever abandon its name on uniform for its initials — ‘D.U.’ ? 

Our recent story about the DU administration’s overall branding decision to perhaps move away from the full “Denver” name on sports jerseys in favor of a new logo with an abbreviated “DU” has clearly touched some nerves, so we thought we’d share a deeper dive on the subject, comparing this strategy to other universities.

Rather than going through the jersey branding for every team in the country, we examined the current top 10 hockey programs, the top 10 lacrosse programs, the top 10 basketball programs, the Summit League members, and ten metro/urban universities to better understand jersey branding practices.

What did we find?

In nearly every case, schools branded their uniforms with the University name/location and not an abbreviation. Continue reading A Deeper Dive Into Jersey Branding Strategy

Berlo Cites ‘Cultural Fit’ in Pursuit of Denver Athletic Director Job

Former University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Director Josh Berlo was officially introduced as the University of Denver’s new AD at a press conference in the Gottesfeld Room at the Ritchie Center Thursday morning. His hire becomes effective July 15th after his nine-year run with the Bulldogs. Continue reading Berlo Cites ‘Cultural Fit’ in Pursuit of Denver Athletic Director Job

Breaking: UMD’s Josh Berlo Tabbed as DU’s Next Athletic Director

The University of Denver has reached out to a familiar hockey face to lead the Pioneer Athletic Department and named Josh Berlo as its new Vice-Chancellor for Athletics and Ritchie Center Operations. The announcement will be made this morning at 10:45 at Ritchie Center on the DU campus. Berlo has been the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Athletic Director since 2013 and had just signed a three-year contract extension at UMD just a couple of weeks ago. The Pioneers, however, were able to pry him away from Duluth. Continue reading Breaking: UMD’s Josh Berlo Tabbed as DU’s Next Athletic Director

1DAY4DU Making the Impossible Possible for DU Men’s Hoops

There are many worthy causes at DU including the beautiful new James C. Kennedy mountain campus, the Chancellor’s Priority Fund, the Learning Effectiveness Program, and Summer Internship Award Programs among others. When it comes to Denver Athletics this year, nearly every program is worthy of notice. Hockey is the shining star, boasting their ninth NCAA championship trophy and, oftentimes, we take for granted that they generally do not need our financial help. However, no DU athletic program is more worthy and needy than Denver Men’s Basketball. Continue reading 1DAY4DU Making the Impossible Possible for DU Men’s Hoops

A Five Point Fan Wish List for DU’s Next Athletic Director

As DU winds down the current athletic year and Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Karlton Creech prepares to depart for the next chapter in his career, we die-hard fans at LetsGoDU have our wish list for the next athletic director, whomever it may be.

Here are our wishes, in rough order of priority: Continue reading A Five Point Fan Wish List for DU’s Next Athletic Director

Dominant DU Women’s Lacrosse Coasts to BIG EAST Regular Season Title

They are 30-3 over the past two seasons and their 16-8 road win at Villanova this past weekend guaranteed DU women’s lacrosse at least a share of the conference title – yet again. That now makes it three straight regular-season titles (2020 was canceled due to COVID-19). Sitting at #9 in the national rankings, Denver women’s lacrosse is on a tear, sitting at 14-1, 4-0 this season. They have outscored their opponents 196-118 and take 11 more shots per game. Continue reading Dominant DU Women’s Lacrosse Coasts to BIG EAST Regular Season Title

Gymnastics Season of “What if’s” Ends with Disappointment and Hope

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

While the entire Pioneer Nation comes down off of the hockey Championship high, the DU gymnastics season fizzled out with our sole National Championship qualifier, Abbie Thompson, not competing in Fort Worth, assumingly due to injury. The season started with incredibly high hopes of, perhaps, a national championship for the first time ever from an all-women’s team at DU. It was just not to be. Continue reading Gymnastics Season of “What if’s” Ends with Disappointment and Hope

Denver Hockey Celebration Set for Tuesday Evening

According to  DenverPioneers.com, The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation invites fans to Magness Arena for the 2022 National Championship Celebration on Tuesday at 6 p.m. MT. The event will celebrate the University’s 34th and the program’s ninth National Championship in the free event. The first 1,500 fans on Tuesday will receive a commemorative championship poster.  Plans are also underway to free live steam this event to DU alumni and fans around the globe.  The event can be watched at this link or paste the following link in your browser at http://www.denverpioneers.com/watch

Continue reading Denver Hockey Celebration Set for Tuesday Evening