U SPORTS national broadcast numbers “underwhelming”

The viewership from Sportsnet’s U SPORTS broadcasts during the 2015/16 season totalled a combined average viewership of 1,081,600 viewers across 15 broadcasts—which represents a drop of nearly 800,000 viewers across the same number of broadcasts the previous year, according to a document provided to The Charlatan by U SPORTS. Sportsnet has broadcast seven U SPORTS events so far this season, resulting in a combined total average viewership of 950,000 viewers. There are nine more broadcasts scheduled, covering the men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s hockey national championships. The U SPORTS men’s basketball championship final drew an average viewership of 51,700 viewers in 2014-15 when the Carleton Ravens took on the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees. But one year […]

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Women’s-only gym hour campaign launches weekly fitness hours

The campaign for a women’s-only gym hour at Carleton has gotten space in Carleton’s Athletics Centre for a women’s-only fitness hour, which will be offered three times a week, according to the Athletics website. This dedicated fitness time, which launched on Feb. 6, will be offered in addition to the paid women’s-only classes and sports already offered on campus. Ashley Courchene, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student services), said he is happy with what the campaign has been able to accomplish so far. “What our survey initially showed . . . was an overwhelming support for women’s gym hours,” he said. “I think with the space that is created here, it’s a good step forward and I just want […]

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Capital Hoops Classic celebrates 10 years

When the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees hit the court on Feb. 3 as part of the Capital Hoops Classic, it will mark ten years since the inaugural event. The first Capital Hoops was held on Jan. 23, 2007, when U of O guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe hit a game-winning buzzer beater to win it for the Gee-Gees by a score of 64-62 in front of 9,750 fans at the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC), then known as Scotiabank Place. Only a men’s basketball game was played as part of the first Capital Hoops Classic, though the women’s basketball game was added to the event the following year. Since the inaugural event, the rivalry has been considered […]

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Doping in sports: Why football players are common offenders

The life of a U SPORTS football player is a busy one, filled with practices, the desire to win for their school, the possibility of being drafted by a Canadian Football League (CFL) team—all on top of the responsibilities of being a university student. Throw in an injury and things get even more stressful—and stress can make one do drastic things, like taking a banned substance to improve athletic performance. Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are a way to improve one’s athletic ability and recover from an injury, but can damage one’s reputation if caught. PEDs, or doping, have been a controversial subject in sports leagues for years, and U SPORTS is no exception. The subject was recently brought to light at […]

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Women’s-only gym hour campaign changes goals

The campaign for a women’s-only gym hour at Carleton had changed its goals in response to student feedback collected last semester.   The revamped campaign is now championing women’s fitness programs that don’t restrict operations at Carleton’s gym, as opposed to a women’s-only gym hour, according to Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre. Other goals include seeking improved sensitivity training, hiring more gender-diverse employees, and increasing promotion of women’s varsity sports in the Athletics facilities, Schneider said. “These are concrete changes that will change the atmosphere at Athletics [and] will help with the male-dominated space and sexual violence in the facilities,” Schneider said. Ashley Courchene, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student services), said he agreed […]

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