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|1 week 1 day ago||You'll go to Costco||
This is great. I've tried expressing this same idea before, but I've never been able to do it as concisely and clearly as you do here. I might need to borrow this in the future.
|1 week 6 days ago||I agree that DB needs to try||
I agree that DB needs to try to fill those seats. But the problem is the things he is doing to attract people aren't working, and in the mean time he is discouraging long time customers. The bunch of Miley Cyrus tweens aren't going to pay astronomical prices to get crammed into a stadium for four hours and then sit forever in traffic on the way home because there is rock music in between plays and fireworks at the end. That stuff works at minor league baseball games because those games are relatively cheap and easy entertainment for the family as long as there is something to make everyone in the family happy. If he wants to attract the casual fans, he needs to set the prices at a level that doesn't discourage the non-die hards. Otherwise, he needs to stop all the crap that is ruining the experience that made the die hards love the games in the first place.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm assuming it's way cheaper||
I'm assuming it's way cheaper to play the bad bad teams, since everyone else wants to avoid the RPI hit as well. So I suppose it depends on whether the people in charge of scheduling prioritize a few RPI slots or next quarter's revenue statement.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Brabbs Game||
Haven't been to very many games since I graduated, but the best game when I was a student was the Brabbs game. Crazy back and forth game with a tense, improbable, last second finish. Not the most important or anything from my time there, but definitely the best.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree that it should be||
While would prefer the the color-coded version, the biggest advantage the old recruiting board had going for it was that it was updated frequently and had it's own front-page link. The key was you could get a relatively recent 10,000 ft overview of the recruting situation all the time. If this post was perma-linked and updated occasionally, it would be 90% of the old board right off the bat, which would be great.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This reminds me, the site||
This reminds me, the site should really bring back the old recruit tracking chart. Maybe I'm just getting old, maybe I'm not paying enough attention as I used to, maybe it's because recruiting updates now cover multiple years, but I had a much easier time keeping track of all the recruits when Mr. Blue, Data, and Nefarious Eduardo were helping me out.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I still don't see how this||
I still don't see how this argument relates when the access is controlled. I see how the first amendment issues apply if I film a player walking down a public street, but that doesn't seem to relate if I can't get access to film the player playing a game without paying the schools first. The TV stations wouldn't be paying the schools millions of dollars for access if the players weren't playing a game, and the players think they are being anticompetitively restricted from a larger share of those milliions.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
But this isn't a public event, it's a private event with television companies are paying millions of dollars for access in order to film and broadcast it. Until competing companies can show up and film for free I don't really think this applies here.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Once a player voluntarily||
Isn't this where the whole digression into the Sherman Antitrust Act comes in? While the players are "voluntarily" signing their rights away, they are doing it because the NCAA is anticompetitively taking away their other options.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This isn't my idea, someone||
This isn't my idea, someone else mentioned it in another post on this topic. But I think one of the big factors in the decreases demand is the change from season ticket waiting lists to the donation points system. Ten years ago when I graduated, I signed up for the season ticket waiting list even though I was moving across the country. Supposedly the waiting time on the list was 20+ years, and if I waited until I moved back to the area (or could afford to buy tickets just to fly back for the best games) I would never make it to the top of the list. And this rewarded loyalty from ticket buyers - if you made it to the top of the list, you better buy or else you might never get another change. And if you had tickets, renewing got you better seats, and if you didn't renew you might never get another chance to buy them.
Now the wait list is gone, and season tickets are given out based on donations. If the product is bad you can save money on tickets, and if you ever change your mind you can just put the money you saved towards donations and get your tickets back. Loyalty means jack squat if someone else donates more money. And behold, all customer loyalty has been lost.
And IIRC this change was done under Martin, so this isn't all Brandon's fault. Although he hasn't done anything to make the situation better.
(I don't know if the article goes over this stuff, but the site is crashed and I can't read it yet. But I'm assuming it's similar to all the other arguments that have been on this site before).
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Are there really casual||
Are there really casual sports fans that think the US has a realistic chance to win the World Cup? And how many of those casual fans are going to bother to read a profile of Klinsmann?
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Thanks for that||
The full quote:
Yeah, outside of head-in-the-sand homers I don't see the problem with that.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||I think the lack of a||
I think the lack of a basketball/hockey preview has something to do with it. Last year still had a goal of $30,000, but it offered a basketball/hockey preview along with the football preview, and the $30 combo package was by far the most popular option. This year has only the football preview, and now the $15 package is the most popular option. That's going to cut into the contributions no matter how much malaise is going on. Add in the general malaise that follows a 7-6 year and a chunk of procrastinators waiting until the last second and you're going to get lower totals.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Despite no running game, no||
Someone has to buy the tickets the first time for there to be a resale market. This wasn't a regular season game were there are lots of season tickets holders trying to pawn off the crap games once things go south, outside of the corporate sponsor freebies not many people are going to get tickets unless they want to go. Stubhub prices leading up to the game were slightly above face value, and I ended up buying tickets ahead of time so I could just relax and enjoy the time before the game instead of searching for deals.
(I went through the BWW website instead of the UM ticket allotment because I could pick my seat instead of playing the last row lottery, plus the later deadline allowed me to track Stubhub longer, but those things still apply to the people who went through the athletic department for tickets).
I'm pretty sure this was the first game in a while that was drivable distance for a lot of people in this part of the country, which probably helped the demand.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I guess this means that when||
I guess this means that when we have to watch the football team play Rutgers and Maryland this fall instead of teams like Wisconsin, Iowa, or Nebraska, at least we'll be able to find comfort in the fact that the athletic department will have marginally more money to pay coaches.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Isn't a "firepit" a hole in||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||That gif starts too late||
When ESPN showed her reaction, the best part was her glum look when she thought it was a home run, followed by the sudden shift to the reaction her on the catch. This gif cuts off the glum look.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I guess this might be a||
I guess this might be a problem for people who can't get/don't want internet streaming services and want to get all their TV through cable/satellite. But I think those people are going to be in a shrinking minority, and for everyone else most of the problems you listed won't be an issue. Netflix and Amazon and the like provide tons of content for the entire family, even obscure content. Even if there is a connection fee on top of the channel fees, cable channels are going to have to price relative to streaming competition, and I think that will be a win for most consumers.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Sports channels like ESPN and||
Sports channels like ESPN and BTN might be able to use team allegiances to raise rates, but all the other channels are going to have to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. People aren't going to need that many unlimited steaming services, especially if they plan on using the sports packages they pay $37 for. Given how many arms and legs cable companies are currently charging, consumers will still come out ahead, even if they are sports fans.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||They have profiles, I set it||
They have profiles, I set it up so her profile has a bunch of her shows on it.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Families are served pretty||
Families are served pretty well by Netflix too, they have lots of streaming kids shows. Even if I had to pay $37 for the sports channels (I doubt that number, at least if they want to keep customers), that plus Netflix would still be way better than what I'm currently paying for DirecTV.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||That's EECS 373.It was my||
That's EECS 373.It was my favorite class too, also because of the project. We had a remote control bulldozer that used a sonic ranger to find a box and then launch a ball into it.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||John Wangler mentioned||
John Wangler mentioned multiple times - how has this not been posted already?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Sometimes I wonder if the||
Sometimes I wonder if the people complaining about WiFi in the stadium also want the live blogs on this site shut down. After all, if you're typing something in or reading other posts, you aren't paying full attention to the game!
|14 weeks 5 days ago||The problem isn't the||
The problem isn't the statements. The problem is the members of the media who insist on turning the statements into "OMG QB controversy" stories.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||The ball got dropped when||
The ball got dropped when they added Maryland and Rutgers, watering down a conference schedule already weak on marquee opponents. I hope those cable fees are worth this.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Professional sports regulate||
Professional sports regulate what the teams pay, but outsider compensation of the athletes is completely unregulated. No one is going to care if I give Lebron James a 5-year-old TV or fix his grandfather's tractor.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Not the only way||
A better way to solve it would to make outside payments from things like bag men and endorsements legal. Then you no longer need to police something that isn't against the rules and players can get compensation more in line with what they are worth to the universities.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I've seen people mentioned||
I've seen people mentioned John Oliver in multiple places, but I'm not buying him as a good replacement. Part of what was great about The Colbert Report is that while the material complemented The Daily Show very well, Colbert's schtick made it a distinct and different show. While Oliver did a good job replacing Stewart last year, having him replace Colbert and do that would just make it The Daily Show Part II. I don't think that's a good idea.
(Of course I don't have any suggestions about who would be a good idea. But I think something to make it different from The Daily Show is a must).
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I'll admit this part made me||
I'll admit this part made me pause a little bit.
Excuse me while I look at the recruiting fall off under Rodriguez and tug at my collar.