Even by their standards, they've found new lows.
Friday night, there were 18 men's basketball games played across the country. As of this writing (3:30 ET on Sunday afternoon), not one of the 18 has a boxscore posted on the CIS site, and one doesn't even have a final score! Saturday's games, same deal: 18 games, only one with stats, and three without a final score.
But that's just one sport, right?
- Women's basketball: 37 games Friday/Saturday, 36 without a boxscore, two without final scores
- Men's hockey: 31 games, 27 without boxscores, three without scores...and one from Thursday without a boxscore
- Women's hockey: 18 games, 17 without boxscores, one without a score
That means only seven games (out of 122) have full information, either the day after or two days after the game ended. What a joke. When's the last time you could get by covering a league based on nothing but the final scores?
Yes, you can go to the conferences' sites to find all this information, but that encourages petty regionalism, quadruples the time it takes to substantially cover this league nationwide, and (pay attention now...) makes the entire concept of the central governing body redundant.
Besides, putting the boxscore online requires almost no effort: you've already kept score; now it's just a simple upload. If one school isn't used to uploading to two places (say, to the OUA and CIS sites), then that can be excused, especially in the first week of the season. But this is a week later, and it's everyone in the country. This is no longer a few schools not getting with the program.
What we have here is a top-down failure. Lack of funding is not an excuse. It's a lack of effort, care, and accountability. When's the last time you could say those three qualities were evident at the top of the organization? They certainly aren't there to the same degree as with the athletes and coaches and everyone else who tries to do a good job, in spite of the institution surrounding them.
In short, Canadian interuniversity sport deserves better than to be run by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.