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Havig the Cross Town Classic at US Bank was a great idea and had the bankks buzzing, I would love to spruce that place up and make UC the main tenant. Also, we could get some NCAA tournament games down there as well. Much more potential downtown.
Can someone show me tv ratings that show UC has any less market value than Louisville (with the 50th tv market) or Syracuse or Pitt? I mean if it's about football revenue (tv) and tv markets then you're telling me Syracuse has $17MM in value? The most relevance they've had in football over the last how many years has been the Ernie Davis movie. I'm not trying to knock Syracuse, my point is UC should be in same conference or equal conference with them and Louisville and Pitt. And UConn too for that matter. I'd argue USF doesn't have quite the equal brand, but they shouldn't be in this hell hole either.
I really don't see much differentiation between these schools as tv properties?
I do know that Cincinnati was ranked as one of the top tv markets ratings wise for college basketball and a year ago (apparently dropped out this last year) was 25 in country for college football.
I also see UC as having growth potential for an ACC or a big 12 or the SEC offering entry into Ohio. You can look at UC today or you can look at what would UC be in one of those conferences in 5 years, 10 years.
And as an aside, I think UC basketball adds value that many football schools do not possess. Cincinnati basketball still retains some old brand....and is building upon that again.
But.....hey what do I know.
The ratings today are not the only relevant piece. Lousiville is a much more attractive entity because they switch from the highest budget in the Big East to the highest budget in the ACC. That budget allows them to go first class in all sports including olympic sports and women's golf travels the same way as men's major sports. If you look at why the Big East faded from a major conference like the big four, you only have to look at number of 5 start football players signed in Big East vs the other conferences. (Single digit) Long term that equates to an inferior product which translates to lower ratings, advertising sales, etc and it becomes a vicious cycle. You need a fan base and a budget and facilities to get those players and that is why UC is trying to reposition so hard. Being business people, they want a product that will increase in value over the contract and not decrease. Hence, the reason why the schools mentioned above are competitive with us or more attractive at this point.As I mentioned, however, help is on the way and we will be prepared for the next move.
It's also not just pie-in-the-sky potential. Any league that looks at us now and sees potential also has the reassurance of seeing the growth that happened in the last seven years, when we were first given access to the potential to rise to levels we previously didn't have access to. We out-performed, and who doesn't like the potential of a stock with a history of out-performing?
I am getting ready to embrace the Metro/A12. I don't know about you guys...
Be my guest...
I'll embrace the University of Cincinnati, but not the A-12 (or whatever-12).
Something like the recent e-mail from Whit announcing a plan to fully fund the maximum allowable scholoships for all UC sports (based on my quick glance at the e-mail).
Must be counting on conference liquidation money.
Whit was on Mo Egger's show yesterday & said that he highly doubts the new conference will be called America 12. Thank god!!!!
We are going to be with those guys for a while, so might as well get used to it. I am still keeping up with the BE board on ncaabbs just so I know how my future conference mates feel. Personally, I cannot wait for a classic 60-59 barn burner at the Shoe against SMU!!
With my apologies, I will not be attending the pity party. Let me know who else shows.
Nothing to be down about Beej, we are going into a league with several likeminded schools that share similar academic and athletic ambitions. Next season cannot get here soon enough!
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