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

roar Lion
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Date Posted: 13:24:43 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

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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Steve Mathiason
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Date Posted: 16:21:35 12/16/17 Sat

I think Ivy fans are happy, generally. There is room for improvement. The problem isn't so much what the Ivies are or are not doing, as much as it is how Division I football is structured currently. Its almost set up so that many D-I programs are guaranteed to lose money. It needs to be loosened somewhat to enable teams to make the commitment they can afford to and still compete.

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