Exploring the Process & Procedures of Adding a Sport to NCAA Division I Programs.
Milstein, S. & Lanzio, J., (September, 2019). Exploring the Process & Procedures of Adding a Sport to NCAA Division I Programs. Center for Intercollegiate Athletics
SUMMARY - The factors, priorities and processes that NCAA Division I Athletic Directors use to make decisions in adding a sport to their institution are often unclear. The Collegiate Sport Addition Process (CSAP) emerged from a study designed to understand the factors, priorities, and processes that NCAA Division I Athletic Directors use in determining whether or not to add one or more sports to their institution. The information provided will help leaders recognize the various aspects of the decision-making process and the interdependence of the priority themes – University Viability, Sport Popularity, Association Membership and Access and Opportunity.
The following are common themes contributing to the clarity of the individual decisions being made:
● Athletic Climate Change- increased accountability in academics, recruiting, gender equity and an expectation of sound fiscal practices.
● Higher Education Environment- more complex than ever before as the responsibilities of athletic administrators have become increasingly demanding.
● Balance Seeking:
o diminishing resources available,
o demanding needs of competitive intercollegiate athletic programs,
o the athletic “arms race”,
o increased commercialization of sports,
o impact of Title IX,
o potential benefits.
● Decisions- must consider the impact on the students, the departments, the institution and the external environment.