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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Editorial: Tumultuous year hindering U SPORTS’ growth

When U SPORTS announced their rebrand back in Oct. 2016, CEO Graham Brown said it would change “the way university sports are consumed in a fast-changing digital era.” But the digital era doesn’t appear to be embracing U SPORTS, as the broadcasting numbers on Sportsnet platforms have trended downwards over the last three years. Since the start of the 2014-15 academic year, the total average viewership has declined, and U SPORTS will be lucky if they manage to snap that trend this year. For every highlight, such as an average total viewership of 529,000 during the 2016 Vanier Cup, there has been a lowlight, one being the average total viewership of 9,000 during the 2016 national men’s basketball championship final. […]

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Alumni Profile: Ian Mendes talks family, deadlines, and Carleton’s J-School

The Carleton School of Journalism and Communication. The name conjures up images of a steely, professional gaze in front of a camera at a disaster site or outside of a courthouse. Names like Nahlah Ayed, Edward Greenspon, and Rosemary Barton come to mind. Beyond the stern-faced fields of political and foreign reporting lies a flowery, self-satirizing region known merely as “sports.” It is here that Ian Mendes, a graduate of Carleton’s bachelor of journalism program in 1998, has made his mark. Hailing from Vancouver, the 38-year-old Mendes has an impressive sports broadcasting resume, highlighted by multiple World Series, NHL Stanley Cup finals, and Olympic Games. It wasn’t always that jam-packed, though—there was a time when Mendes was just another shell-shocked […]

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Associate professor gives talk on use of analytics and statistics in sport

Corsi, fenwick, adjusted save percentage, and THoR was the terminology introduced to a group of hockey and statistical enthusiasts during a talk given by Michael Schuckers on Nov. 14 at Carleton. The talk represented a continuum in the wave of analytics in sports, with Schuckers explaining his work in the field of advanced hockey statistics, a field still young in its existence. Schuckers, associate professor at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., said he made the short trip north in an attempt to inform people of the power in these analytics for decision-making in the game of hockey. While other sports—baseball and basketball—have seen the revolution in analytics, he said hockey has lagged behind with much scrutiny for what the […]

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Editorial: Ravens are making a name for Canadian basketball

The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team has done something big for university sports in Canada—gotten people to notice it. The team won their 10th Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship in 12 years—breaking their own record of most CIS men’s basketball championships won on March 9. This dynasty has put Canadian university basketball on the map. Not only is the team good in Canada, but they have beaten stiff competition from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams in the United States. Most notably, in the summer of 2013 the Ravens beat the University of Wisconsin Badgers, currently ranked 12th in the NCAA. Before their loss to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Wilson Cup final, the […]

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