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

Steve Mathiason
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Date Posted: 09:58:38 12/16/17 Sat
In reply to: Old Eli 's message, "Re: 2017 Ivy football attendance & NBCSN TV ratings" on 21:30:33 12/15/17 Fri

I don't think the Ivies could compete with Power 5 FBS competition on a regular basis. I do believe they could be a decent mid-major FBS league, a la the Sun Belt, MAC, or CUSA. However, most of their games would be within the league with OOC games against teams they could compete with, along with the FCS team or two. Bowl Games need not be a factor. Just a return to the highest overall bracket would help with attendance and the like.

Nothing is cast in stone forever. For years many of us thought they would never see a true spring practice or a tenth game!

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roar Lion
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Date Posted: 13:24:43 12/16/17 Sat

A midmajor FBS school is spending $20 million a year on football and losing money. The players are under intense pressure to maximize sports time, minimize classroom time. The Ivies compete at a higher level in basketball, soccer and hockey because it is affordable to do so. You don't need 20 FTEs and $5m in financial aid to support a basketball team the way you do in D1 football. Would it be better for Penn to spend $3m on a head coach and lower its academic standards (and demands) so alumni could watch a game vs. Rice or Wake Forest instead of a game vs. Holy Cross or Lehigh? The level of Ivy football is quite good, the players are actual students who graduate at nearly 100% rates and enjoy professional success. We ought to be delighted with the product we've got.

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