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  1. Boston Globe Article Very Good article on the state of Small college Scholarship Football. What scares me is the fact is that he is writing out an outline of how to do it and there is a line of Presidents who want to read it.
  2. Finally, about time this happened. Smart move by the NEC going 40 schollies because it makes the conference very attractive to these schools that are full of traditions but logistically isolated. Plus it give the conference instant credibility. I can see it break down like this... North Maine UNH URI Bryant UA CCSU South Duquense RMU St. Francis Wagner SHU Monmouth Possible Championship game, maybe...depends on Scheduling but I think this move could save 1-AA football in New England.
  3. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=mlh/stat/ahl-attendance.htm All of these reports of teams coming to Albany to replace the Rats are all very fishy. Why would a Hartford or Bridgeport move to Albany when they are closer to their affiliates now where they are rather than go further north and Albany has drawn the fourth worst in the league? I think the current brass of the Rats are trying to keep people coming by reassuring them. The only hope for Albany is if Portland, ME moves in because it would be closer to Buffalo and in their TV market. http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/955028.html As for Albany basketball moving to the TU to fill the void. I'm sure a 6-21 basketball team will be a huge draw for people to come to downtown Albany.
  4. The RACC is a pretty nice basketball facility for the America East why isnt that been sold out every night? I dont go to Bruins games because I like the TD Garden. I go to see hockey and Bruins. People who like football and like Albany will go regardless of what kind of stadium it is. Just because you build a 10,000 seat stadium doesnt mean 10,000 will show up. 5000 max will be plenty and if by some miracle we start selling out, expansions can always be made.
  5. Sorry Reality Check but Buffalo has no shot at getting into the Big Ten. I will either be Rutgers, ND, WV or Mizzou. Anyway the decision is not coming for 18 months. My point being is that if the structure of FCS football does not change it will not be in the long term benefit of UA to put too much investment in football (i.e. New stadium and increase in scholarships). I do support improvements to University Field as is.
  6. "FCS schools must confront their expenses without the benefit of the lucrative television contracts or the cash-laden bowl payouts that aid Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) teams." Me and my dad were discussing this last night. When they first did the split some 1-AA games were on network TV in local markets whether it was BU, BC, Rutgers, UConn or Holy Cross. Since then, Conferences and not the NCAA have negotiated TV contracts and that has steered revenue towards the BCS and FBS schools. This makes FCS football an attendance driven sport. If you can't draw you can't survive. We are kidding ourselves if we think that FCS football as it is now can survive. The dent in budgets in the future will be in travel. Those costs are only gonna continue to rise as we go into the future. If we stay patient I am almost willing to bet that a new Yankee conference emerges with decreased scholarship numbers.
  7. In Regards to URI... http://www.projo.com/sports/mikeszostak/uri_football_sidebar_11-22-09_38GHQV9_v2.2e5fb51.html Apparently they are getting a new weight room in 2011 and that will springboard them to instant success. Rhode Island has been one of the states hit hardest by the Recession so URI will have to make a decision on the program at some point and with the trend I think its the next one to go.
  8. Now just waiting on the announcement for a contract extension for Trina.
  9. If a twin rink is run properly it can make money. I'm not saying it could make huge money but you do have a potential work force (students) who could work on the cheap in Maintenance, concessions, shop, tickets, etc. which is something the others don't have. Since it is a university facility I am sure they are exempt from some state taxes which isnt much but a help. The next key to it is bringing in the business. A new facility is something that could entice a Junior team like the CD selects to base themselves at. Other revenue streams could be high schools and youth programs. I am well aware that many facilites do struggle and I play every week at one. It is starting to come back but slowly. Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT where the wolfpack practice has been a relative success and that is mainly because they have the wolfpack, jr. wolfpack and the CT Clippers who at Jr. B.
  10. In regards to attendance I went to the BU/UMass game a few weeks ago and they were turning students away. If hockey was brought on and made D1 I could see it getting something similar to that of basketball if the facility was built on-site. With that said to gain that popularity Albany would have to shoot for at the least the ECAC league in 5 years time. Students would not come out for Atlantic Hockey. If Albany was ECAC they could entice match ups with our America East companions i.e. UNH, Maine, Vermont (I leave BU out of the equation because I never see BU playing again UA at UA unless they some how went Hockey East). Plus being in the ECAC league would give us a natural rival in RPI and Union. With that said as much as I would Love UA to go D1 Hockey I thing there is a laundry list of things that have to be done with other sports to get UA to look more like a D1 College. Permanent Seats at Softball and Baseball fields and an upgrade to University Field. Another Idea in regards to building a new facility is if new Hockey rinks were build somewhere on campus could that be used as another stream of income. A twin rink facility with one rink at capacity say 500 and then one at 2000-3000(similar to Gutterson at UVM) could be used to entice clinics, youth teams, high school teams, adult leagues to buy ice time. A hockey facility can be turned into a source of income unlike the Football Stadium which will go used only in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Twin rinks would be open all year round and most are used almost 24hours a day.
  11. If memory serves UConn's 40,000 stadium cost around $90 Million. So if the new UAlbany field is gonna cost 40-45 we're getting hosed.
  12. http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/...keeper-coundoul
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