Introducing the Ivy League Digital Network

The Ivy League announced Friday that it has partnered with Internet Protocol television company NeuLion to create the league's first-ever digital sports network.

Scheduled to launch in August, the Ivy League Digital Network will be comprised of nine separate channels accessible on  tablets, computers and mobile devices, meaning Ancient Eight fans will no longer have to pay for each school's own individual streaming service.

The new nine-channel video platform will consist of eight channels for each individual school and one conference-wide channel which will feature all available Ancient Eight digital content. Schools' own production crews will continue to provide the streams, which will then be unified under the new network.

Subscription  costs have not been announced when the network goes live this summer.

Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky told The Daily Pennsylvanian in January that he had been involved in trying to get the Ivy League to offer all streaming available under one package.

“If we’re able to do this league-wide, you’re going to have every away game,” Bilsky said to The DP in January. “And as a real fan, you might be interested in watching the Harvard-Princeton basketball game on your network for whatever the price is. It will find its right value.”

Bilsky also noted in January that any universal Ivy streaming package would have to achieve comparable quality across all schools, so that fans of one school which features high-definition and announcers in its broadcasts won't grow frustrated with other schools' broadcasts that don't.

Schools' own production crews will continue to provide the Ivy League Digital Network's streams, which will then be unified under the new video platform.

Bilsky wasn't immediately available when reached for comment Friday afternoon.





Roundtable: What to look for at Penn Relays

24870_04302011_pennrelays_laurafWhat should people be looking forward to the most for the 2013 Penn Relays? Our roundtable weighs in.

Sports Editor Ian Wenik: There are a few individuals I’m going to have my eyes on this weekend. In the Olympic Development ranks, I’m going to be watching French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre.
You might remember Lemaitre from his performance in the 2012 London Olympics, as he posted a sixth place finish in the 200-meter dash finals. London was a bit of a disappointment for Lemaitre.

Ranked fourth in the world in the 200m heading into the Olympics, his 20.19 time was well off his personal best, and he didn’t even try the 100m. The fastest man of non-African descent in the event’s history, Lemaitre’s will have to go through a stacked 100m field at the Relays that includes 2004 Athens gold medalist Justin Gatlin this weekend.

Personally, I think he wins. Lemaitre is only 22 and has plenty of good runs left in him.
In the college ranks, I’m excited to watch my former high school opponent Curtis Richburg take the track for Rutgers. A perennial contender for the state championship during his cross-country days at West Orange, Richburg has been one of the Scarlet Knights’ biggest in-state snags.

Nowadays, Richburg is in top form as part of Rutgers’ 4x800m relay team, which is one of the best in the Big East.

U.S. Olympic Development distance runner Robby Andrews is an interesting story after dropping out of UVA to train on his own. Last week, Andrews won the 800m at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a time of 1:48.18.

Highly regarded for years, Andrews crashed and burned at the Olympic Trials last year. Could he, like Lemaitre, get a boost from a good weekend?

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Penn Relays on high alert in wake of Marathon tragedy


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In light of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 170 people, the University has issued a statement calling security "a high priority at the Penn Relays" according to the Inquirer.

Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson told the Inquirer that "high-level talks involving various agencies were under way" and that officials hoped new restrictions would be known by early next week.

We'll have more on The Penn Relays' security restrictions as we learn more.


DP Athlete of the Week – Brian Feeney

We're excited to announce our first ever Athlete of the Week, junior Penn men's lacrosse goalie Brian Feeney, whose career-high single-game save percentage (.833) helped the Quakers trump Brown for the first time in three seasons. Feeney's stats this spring speak for themselves, and now, so does he:

Q&A: Robert Morris coach and former Penn basketball player Andy Toole

I asked current Robert Morris men’s basketball coach and former Penn basketball player Andy Toole (C’ 03) Thursday about his relationship with fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice, under whom he served as an assistant coach from 2007-10 at RMU while Rice was head coach. Toole declined comment twice on the scandal two days after Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman absolved Toole of any suspicious behavior while announcing the findings of an internal investigation into Rice’s practices there from 2007 to 2010.

But Toole did have a lot to say about the state of Robert Morris’s program following a memorable first-round NIT home win over Kentucky last month and why he never wants to go up against Penn again.

Daily Pennsylvanian: There was obviously a lot of talk about you going to Siena — now that you’re back at RMU, where do you see this program headed in the next couple of years?

Andy Toole: I’m very excited about the direction of this program. I think we have a quality group that’s coming back, so I think what we’ve done here in the last six years and try and continue to just push the envelope in terms of our recognition as a program.

DP  What did it mean for your program to get that much-publicized win over Kentucky in the NIT?

AT: It was extremely exciting … For [the players] to get some of the recognition that they’ve gotten is terrific. Any time you can get that much national exposure, it helps in recruiting, it helps in notoriety and helps increase the brand of Robert Morris University basketball. That helps exponentially.

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Recruit Roundup: Greg Dotson’s all-important ACT exam

Jeff McDevitt from over at City of Basketball Love reported yesterday that Greg Dotson of Germantown Academy told him he wants to play at Penn next year. But Dotson still needs to qualify academically. McDevitt says Dotson told him he needs to get a 24 on his ACT exam which will take this Saturday to qualify, and his current score is 22.

In a December interview with PhilaHoopsHigh, Dotson said he had offers from Delaware, Canisius, Dartmouth, Lafayette and Sacred Heart.

But a February article focusing on Dotson's resilience in response to a left hip injury mentioned that Penn, Brown, Lafayette and Canisius were all recruiting Dotson "with passion."

The 6-foot-5 Dotson is known for his strong defense and solid wing play, averaging 16.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in his senior 2012-13 campaign.


Penn Rowing Diary: San Diego Crew Classic (Part 2)

Saturday April 6, 8:20 PM  San Diego, California

We are all going to bed hungry tonight. Not hungry for food; heavyweight rowers tend to be fed like kings on these trips. We are all hungry for another chance at Stanford in the morning. It is not often in this sport that you can be bested by a crew on one day, and have an opportunity to turn it around, learn from your race and beat them the next day, but we will have to do just that in the finals Sunday morning.

We were all up by 6 AM today, had a light breakfast at 6:30, and took off for the racecourse by 7:15. It’s all business on race day. We checked over the boat, stretched out, changed and met up as a team at 8. After some words of encouragement from coach Myhr and a team huddle around our coxswain, sophomore Lou Lombardi, we waded back into the waters of Mission Bay and took off on the warmup. After a solid warm up we pulled into the lane 2 stake boat with plenty of time to spare.

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Penn rowing diary: San Diego Crew Classic

Presenting senior men's heavyweight rower Mitch Stein's perspective on the Quakers'  trip to the San Diego Crew Classic. The team packed up its boats on a cross-country bus and...well I'll let Mitch explain the rest...

Friday, April 5, 8:32 PM San Diego, California

The team has settled back into our hotel rooms after a full day of preparing for our race in the morning. However, the real preparations for this trip began in September when our coach put the San Diego Crew Classic on the table as a potential reward for a strong fall performance. We would have to reach some markers at the Head of the Charles or Princeton Chase in October that we had been very far from in recent memory. After having our best finishes at the two regattas in over a decade, Coach Myhr was true to his word and signed us up for the storied west coast regatta in April. Thanks to the generous support of alum John Chatzky ’77, the cross-country trip for the varsity 8 was made possible.

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Roundtable: Who should be Penn’s starting point guard in 2013-14?

In this week’s roundtable discussion, our editors ask who should be Penn basketball’s starting point guard in 2013-14:

Associate Sports Editor Steven Tydings: This one is tough. While Tony Bagtas told me he is going to “run the team” next year, I think this is a two-man race between Miles Cartwright and Tony Hicks. When Cartwright was running the point effectively, the team played some of its best basketball, and I’d have to think that coach Allen will give the soon-to-be senior the first opportunity to win the job.

That being said, Penn’s best player in the second half of the season was clearly Tony Hicks. His performances at Cornell and at home against Harvard showed he has the potential to be one of the next great point guards in Penn history. But at the same time, I don’t think he should be the point guard to start the year. Cartwright should be given the chance at point guard to start the year. He may not stick. And that’s why it’s important that Hicks is there.

Former Sports Editor Mike Wisniewski: Jerome Allen needs to put the guy there who runs the offense best. My guess is that guy will end up being Miles, at least in the beginning of the year. But if they start the Ivy season and begin losing games, and at that point it becomes clear to the team (because it will probably already be clear to everyone else) that Penn will not win the Ivy League, it will be time to once again look to the future, something Miles will not be a part of.

In that situation, why not give Hicks or Bagtas the bulk of the work to better develop the team for 2014-15? Realistically, Penn won’t be in it next year, but with the young crop of guys they have — if developed properly — they could be in contention the year after next.

Associate Sports Editor John Phillips: I think we’re forgetting about Cam Crocker, who started every game going down the stretch at the point. He had the highest assist to turnover ratio on the team and showed the true passing skills that Cartwright and Hicks don’t naturally have.

But the reason that he should run point over Cartwright or Hicks is really due to what Cartwright and Hicks can do when they are not running the point.

Hicks thrived when he moved without the ball, and Cartwright performed better during the season when he could ease into a contest. When he has the ball in his hands from the opening tip, he tries to do things too quickly. What started to work as the season progressed is that three-guard lineup, with Cartwright, Crocker and Hicks all out on the floor at once. If Cartwright started heating up, then he would start taking the ball up as the game went along.

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Several Penn teams involved in the GLSEN Project

In this in-depth piece on the culture of coming out for LGBT Penn athletes, I examine what Penn Athletics has and hasn't done for the Quakers' LGBT athletic community.

But five varsity programs have stepped up for that community with the Team Respect Pledge put forth by the GLSEN Sports Project, an education and advocacy program focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and physical education programs. Those Penn programs are volleyball, women's tennis, men's tennis, women's soccer and men's soccer.

And the Team Respect Pledge reads as follows:

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