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Subject: An alternate way to increase millennial sports attendance


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Calvin
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Date Posted: 14:04:06 08/17/17 Thu

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[> Subject: Re: An alternate way to increase millennial sports attendance


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 21:11:44 08/17/17 Thu

Spending more money than you're making on ticket sales, dumb idea. We have learned Ivy League students will attend games when you field a good team against quality opponents. Cornell basketball 2007-2010 was selling out Newman Arena every night because we had a nationally ranked team. Seven losing seasons in a row and Newman Arena looks like a high school JV game. We can do the same thing in football if we actually field a good team against quality competition. However, when we can't even beat Sacred Heart, then the fans stay away.

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[> [> Subject: If you don't mind my asking...


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Go Green
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Date Posted: 07:40:56 08/18/17 Fri


Who were the "quality opponents" that came to Newman during Cornell's glory run?

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[> Subject: Re: An alternate way to increase millennial sports attendance


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 14:39:42 08/18/17 Fri

Seton Hall, LaSalle, Army and we also know played St. John's at MSG. We went 29-5 in 2010. Of course like all our other sports we have sucked since that run. Cornell athletics enjoys losing money.

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[> [> Subject: Seton Hall, sure


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Go Green
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Date Posted: 15:02:32 08/18/17 Fri


LaSalle and Army, not so much.

But YMMV.

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[> Subject: Re: An alternate way to increase millennial sports attendance


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 17:51:52 08/18/17 Fri

It just goes to prove Ivy League students will support our athletic programs if we field good teams. We have a tremendous problem with excessive drinking and drug use on campus, but when Cornell was winning all those basketball games, many of our students were at the games for a couple of hours rather than killing brain cells in Collegetown. For whatever reason our university administration doesn't get it and continue to cut funding for athletics, meanwhile they complain about substance abuse on and around campus.

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[> [> Subject: Re: An alternate way to increase millennial sports attendance


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Sprint66
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Date Posted: 21:35:49 08/18/17 Fri

Counselor I agree with you somewhat but this past year three out of our four major sports posted losing seasons. Yes wrestling is still string along with hockey. However our stadium for football is currently a "dump" which is not helping recruiting and basketball is really bad although I like the new coach. Lacrosse is a cluster "@&$/? with coaching turnover and another losing season. Hopefully the new lax coach can turn it around. I am a loyal Cornell fan but I am tired of the excuses.

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[> Subject: Re: An alternate way to increase millennial sports attendance


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Counselor
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Date Posted: 19:21:34 08/18/17 Fri

Sprint66....Cornell's wrestling team (among the best facilities in the country) is most often in the Top 5 in the country, is it not? Cornell's hockey team (sells out the arena the entire season) is most often in the Top 15 in the country, is it not? Cornell's lax team has always been strong (lead by Pannell several years ago) except for the last post-Pannell few years but has recruited very well with Canadian Teat named the top freshman in the League last year...Cornell had a great run that one or two years in basketball......so, really, you are probably too focused on football which has been down for a while...but considering the entire program I would think you should be very pleased....

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