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Strange. Even in the SEC which has been dominate. I wonder if it is a reflection of demographics. Population is getting older, and may be some less inclined to make a 3 hour trip and go through a day of tailgating etc. I can see why the Big 10 would drop. Their conference is mostly irrelevant. Pac 12 same.
Though many fans/students go for the tailgating/atmosphere etc. So they have fun even if their team isnt doing so well. Literally thousands of the LSU fans outside Tiger Stadium never enter for the game. they just go to party.
Many of Pitt's 58 "rushing attempts" were the result qb Tino Sunseri fleeing the pocket like a man whose clothes were on fire.
True, but you cant tailgate at home. And there is still the big-time atmosphere of a rocking stadium that cant be replaced by TV. But I do think you are partly right.
WVU had estimated 30k for its spring game. 44 degrees and rain left it with 10k. Many posters said they stayed home and watched it on espn3. If there was no ESPN3, you likely get more people braving the cold weather and rain to make the trip.
I still think the country's aging populace plays a large role.
At least some WVU fans can handle the rain, unlike your whiny bitch ass.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
Go to the Off-topic Board and read UMPaul's and SATerps' responses on the Indecision 2012 - Obama vs. Romney Thread.......then you'll know "ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID". You'll just be confused on whether it's Obama;s or Bush's fault
I dont think it is the economy. I see kids everywhere getting cars when they turn 16, new iphones, and designer clothes. shrug. Hell, when i was 16 no parents bought their kids cars.
[nola] The Big 12 will experience an attendance boom next season b/c everyone wants to see the 'eers when they come to town. Did you guys know they have the highest road attendance in the country? I don't have any supporting documents but know it to be fact [eer].
For me I stopped going because of cost...between the tickets and TC donation I was above 2K a year...so I would say economy.
Pitt was selling tickets for 5 bucks a piece. It wasnt the economy.
And why were they selling tickets at 5 bucks a piece??????......
in a futile attempt to get people to show up.
and those people weren't showing up at the higher prices because...?
This post was edited by JDawgBBall9 2 years ago
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
That is the topic of the thread my friend.
Feel free to speculate. My theory is demographics. aging population. Especially in large rural states where many fans face a 3+ hour drive each way.
Since they were not showing up at the lower prices either, i dont think you can blame the economy.
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For other people since nolaeer will probably argue it:
When I was calling people about fundraising a couple years ago, the number one reason BY far that people cut donations off entirely was the economy. Lose a job, have a kid, and its not exactly a situation that opens yourself up to keeping your discretionary spending at the same level.
Because ticket prices are the only money spent when going to an exhibition game that is up to 3 hours away.
It's the economy. People are tapped out. Just because we live in an affluent area and we see supposed prosperity doesn't mean the rest of the country isn't hurting. The only reason MD/DC/VA is not sucking wind is because of the government spending. You can't swing a dead cat in this area and not hit someone who is sucking off the government teet.
I know of at least two posters on this specific thread that either work for the "company" or have family members that work in one of the following:
Contractor working for the government
Education system, including colleges
Ask yourself how many people you know in this area who work for one of those, which are all primarily funded by Uncle Sam. That's the reason why we don't see "a bad economy" around here. But its coming.
I'll also add that I think the bubble of attending spring games, especially for money, is about to burst if it hasn't already. I couldn't imagine spending any amount of money to see a team scrimmage itself for a few hours.
I agree the economy is a factor. But I think it is more of a factor for bowls and roads games where you have to pay for flights, hotels. A home game(especially Pitt) the cost is scarcely more than a movie.
For fans who have to travel longer distances, gas can be a factor. But you dont have to make a donation and buy season tickets to attend most games. For teams not named LSU/Bama you can typically buy one for less than face value.
I cant imagine(and I am not picking on Terps) that you could not just buy 4 tickets cheaper than face value last season. Of course that has not always been the case, but the decline in attendance nationwide has been recent. And for good teams as well as bad.
Add economics to the list of things Nola doesn't understand. It fits in nicely between law and conference realignment.
So basically this was just another thread started by nola on the maryland sports board to bash pitt football.
When it comes to the spring game I think there are three factors: 1) economy, 2) weather, 3) state of the program. If you have two out of three of those going against you, your spring game attendance is going to be shitty.
No, if you read the article, you would see that attendance is down even in the SEC. It is down nationally. It is down at VT, Auburn-schools with recent success.
My nephew's theory is that less students care about sports to the degree required to attend a game. He says there are more options for college students now then sitting through a 4 hour game on a saturday. WOW, geeky stuff, etc.
I think the answer may be a combination of things, including the economy. Because if less fans make roadtrips, there will be less at the games. If less students show up-same. More older fans less willing to drive 3.5 hours and sit in the rain. etc.
Of course many of those "fair weather" fans are more than happy to watch the game at home or in a sports bar. So the TV money should continue to grow.
Maybe this will help you figure out which of us understands economics better.
WTF does that article have to do with my post?
I meant to link the art. to this tidbit. Sorry JSH.
Still don't understand what that article has to do with any of my posts in this thread.
Since you did link it though, I looked at their data. The following is a list of schools who generated more revenue than WVU during the 2010-2011 athletic year.
North Carolina State
Athletic teams that generated more revenue than WVU football:
Teams that made a larger profit in 2010-2011 than WVU football:
Penn State football
Texas A&M football
Virginia Tech football
North Carolina basketball
Ohio State basketball
North Carolina football
North Carolina State football
Those are just some of the names. I don't really have time to list all the programs that were more profitable than WVU in 2010-2011.
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