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Subject: Re: 2017 Ivy football attendance & NBCSN TV ratings


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Steve Mathiason
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Date Posted: 12:15:54 12/15/17 Fri
In reply to: voy vey 's message, "2017 Ivy football attendance & NBCSN TV ratings" on 16:36:20 12/14/17 Thu

Just a couple of observations here, fwiw.....

First, better financial incentives are making the Ivy product on the field better than it has been in many many years. Each game features at least a few guys who will at least get looks at the next level.

Secondly, the younger generation/Ivy students WILL attend games IF they think they are relevant. Before the demotion to I-AA/FCS, the Ivies were still in the "highest bracket" of the sport and attracted some fans who otherwise would not have been. Check successful hockey programs and other sports. They'll support them IF they feel the school is making their best effort, and there's a perception among many that the schools are not. So, why should they attend games?

Even in 2017, its folly to minimize the impact of FCS. What would happen to attendance at UConn games if they dropped to FCS? Boston College? Syracuse? We don't have to answer that.....it'll be "friends and relatives only" plus. That's almost what we have now.

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remember it well (Steve is right)
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Date Posted: 14:58:13 12/15/17 Fri

IUWW6 Declining attendance at Ivy games is a never ending topic on this board and by now we should have acknowledged if there is one dominating causal factor, it is the demotion of the Ivys to I-AA/FCS.
Doubtful the founding fathers who created our sports league could have anticipated that college football would evolve in a way that would diminish the Ivys to the degree that is has.
Shortly after the demotion to IAA the Ivy League admins attempted to bring in the military academies to help preserve the status of Ivy football. Had Army and Navy joined the League it certainly would have been a plus. That was really the last shot at keeping the Ivy football brand relevant.

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