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University of Minnesota vs. President Obama

University of Minnesota vs. President Obama

Today the White House released 2016 budget documents for the United States Government. Included within those documents was at least one measure that may have college sports fans on opposite sides of the political spectrum agreeing with each other.

Currently, seat donation fees and similar “required donations” to universities as a prerequisite to buying tickets to sporting events are generally 80% deductible as deemed charitable contributions.

President Obama’s budget would eliminate this, as he puts it, “loophole.”

We’d guess the uproar over this may become significant and – all things considered and without delving deep into politics – we think it’s likely that Obama will not get his way on this one. But he could.

Many college and universities have seat donation fees. The University of Minnesota is relatively new to the “game”, but they are stepping things up in a risky way: the ‘U’ recently announced they’d be dramatically increasing the football “scholarship seating” fees over the next three years. 

On their pricing maps for the next three season, Minnesota displays the current facts: “80% of your preferred seating fee is tax deductible.”… but what if that changes?

Should or would the U change their pricing? How would consumer behavior change?

Tax law is always a significant area of risk management for individuals, companies and yes – not-for-profits. Today, college sports fans were reminded of this by the President.

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Jerry Kill: Winning Helps Everything?

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Jerry Kill: Winning Helps Everything?

September 18, 2013

Minnesota Gopher football head coach Jerry Kill and his ongoing battles with epilepsy have been heavily documented. Nonetheless, there are many missing pieces to the story that probably won’t ever be addressed. We hope that all the answers Kill needs to help him remain healthy will be found, but they might never be.

A look back at some of Coach Kill’s publicly known seizures indicate that winning may be some of the best treatment he could receive. Is there reason to believe that elevated levels of stress are a trigger for some of Kill’s significant seizure episodes? That’s a matter of educated opinion.
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Big Ten’s Top 25 Players for 2013-14; Austin Hollins Snubbed

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players for 2013-14; Austin Hollins Snubbed
September 17, 2013

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Minnesota’s Austin Hollins (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We’re not big fans of “top X lists” because they usually lack substance and are little more than conversation starters.

However, Inside the Hall (Indiana basketball focus) and UM Hoops (Michigan) recently published a list of the “Top 25 Big Ten Players for 2013-14” that offered commentary on each player. Both websites produce excellent original content and are highly recommended reads for fans of college basketball.

The top 25 players are listed below along with a link to the respective commentary pages.
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Crean’s Buyout Suggests He’s at IU for the Long-Term

August 9, 2013
Crean’s Buyout Suggests He’s at IU for the Long-Term

Indiana’s buyout cost to early terminate their head men’s basketball coach dropped last month from $16 million to $14 million

Oftentimes the end date of a coaching contract has little meaning. This is due to termination provisions and the frequency of amendments and restatements. However, if Tom Crean tells a recruit, “I’m staying with Indiana for the long haul and vice versa”, his employment agreement with the school would appear to support his words.
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Minnesota: PG and Practice Facility Package Deal?

July 21, 2013
Minnesota: Point Guard and Practice Facility Package Deal?

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Novogratz Domed Court

2016 Wolfgang Novogratz of The City (NY) travel team is a 6’2” point guard who has some early interest from the Gophers. He’s a vocal leader on the court despite playing with and against older, more experienced players. See his LNH player page for more information.

With his excellent passing skills and evolving overall game, Novogratz is a name for Minnesota fans to keep an eye on. We’ll update his player page with thoughts on his play in the future, but the remainder of this article will focus on a unique back story.

Wolfgang’s parents, Robert and Cortney, are well known for their home designing skills and entertaining lifestyle. The couple has seven children and the family has been the subject of the TV series 9 by Design, aired on Bravo, and Home by Novogratz on HGTV.
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Minnesota’s Facilities Plan Set Up for Failure

July 10, 2013
Minnesota’s Facilities Plan Set Up for Failure

This afternoon at a University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting, athletic director Norwood Teague discussed “Phase One” of his department’s master facilities plan.

If the goals Mr. Teague stated are accomplished, he should be praised and his compensation should be tripled. However, it’s not realistic to believe they will be.

An increasingly pressing need is a basketball practice facility. The smart move, in our opinion, would be to push for the allocation of current revenue streams (i.e., media contracts) to fund a practice facility project. This course of action may prove to be inevitable, but at a minimum a long delay in getting construction started due to an insistence that money be fully privately funded will continue to adversely affect the program.

On the one hand, we applaud Teague’s willingness to be bold in reaching for the sky. Unfortunately it just seems his goals are teetering on the edge of when consideration of a mental health hold is warranted.
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Parrish Misses the Mark on Critique of UCLA, Alford Buyout

July 9, 2013
Parrish Misses the Mark on Critique of UCLA, Alford Buyout

Today Gary Parrish of CBSsports.com staunchly critiqued the contract between UCLA and men’s head basketball coach Steve Alford in his piece, “Why UCLA’s buyout in Steve Alford’s contract makes no sense for UCLA“. Parrish writes:
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