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Subject: Small Upstate schools out pace Cornell for BB attendance.


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 21:44:39 06/20/17 Tue

As a Cornell alum I often hear our athletics department doesn't have enough funding to fix the hole in the ground at Schoellkopf Field (i.e. West Stands), put a bubble on Alumni Fields in the winter, or even provide a post game meal for our athletes (the parents pay for the meal). However, some schools here in Upstate New York have even smaller budgets, but draw more fans to help pay some of those bills. For example tiny St. Bonaventure University and Siena College basketball teams averaged 4,125 and 5,925 fans per game respectively; compared to Cornell who averaged 1,272 fans per game. Cornell has over 20K students compared to 1,800 for St. Bonaventure and 3,100 for Siena. All three schools play mid-major Division I basketball, but two of those schools actually make an effort to draw fans and I don't think I received one e-mail or piece of literature from Cornell inviting me to attend a Big Red basketball game last season. Cornell will probably never make "Big Money" on football, basketball, or lacrosse, but every dollar counts and maybe we need some accountability. Go Big Red!!!

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[> Subject: Re: Small Upstate schools out pace Cornell for BB attendance.


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Son of Eli
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Date Posted: 05:07:38 06/21/17 Wed

Some Ivy Schools are way ahead of others on ticket marketing. I frequently get calls from Harvard and Penn trying to sell me tickets as I've bought tickets through their Athletic Departments in the past for Yale road games. However, I've never received a call from Yale to solicit ticket purchases. Not even an email.

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[> Subject: Re: Small Upstate schools out pace Cornell for BB attendance.


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Go Green
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Date Posted: 07:40:50 06/21/17 Wed


St. Bonnie's is in the A-10. That's higher quality basketball than the Ivy and they should be expected to draw more.

Penn has a bigger student body than Villanova. Yet for some reason, Nova outdraws Penn in basketball. Can't imagine why...

Siena is probably a better comparison. Could be that they do exceptionally well for their size/competition.

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[> Subject: Re: Small Upstate schools out pace Cornell for BB attendance.


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 10:03:41 06/21/17 Wed

I brought this up as there was a recent announcement in our local newspaper regarding St Bonaventure 2017-18 basketball schedule. Meanwhile Cornell is never in the newspaper regarding any of our sports. We don't even see coverage for hockey. Meanwhile other Upstate schools get regular coverage. Siena, Niagara, and St Bonaventure all play basketball games on local cable TV and Colgate plays several football games on Time Warner. Oh well.....out of sight out of mind.

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[> Subject: St. Bonaventure is starting a D-1 Lacrosse program


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Diogenes
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Date Posted: 13:36:56 06/21/17 Wed


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[> Subject: Re: Small Upstate schools out pace Cornell for BB attendance.


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 21:50:46 06/21/17 Wed

Yes that article was in the local paper as well, as the Canisus College lacrosse coach is starting a new men's program at St. Bonaventure.

All I am saying is three out of our four major sports at Cornell this past year (football, basketball, and lacrosse) all had losing seasons again and our lack of media coverage along with terrible attendance hurts recruiting, fund raising, and performance on the field. Sometimes I feel our athletic department is "Asleep at the Switch". I don't mean to be so critical and respect many of those who work in our athletic department, but the records speak for themselves.

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[> Subject: Siena Hoops


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Lion Rooter
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Date Posted: 10:41:30 06/22/17 Thu

Siena Hoops - my son went there - upstate NY Siena Hoops is a big deal. They play in the Times Union Center - at least 18K seats. also have a big rivalry with SUNY Albany

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