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Date Posted: 11/17/15 1:26:49pm Tue
Author: Culture...
Subject: They Don't Care
In reply to: 'gate80 's message, "Here's a dozen" on 11/16/15 10:48:03pm Mon

Before Dave Roach, stacks of comp football tickets were available at local businesses. The new model is locals pay. The product on TV is free and much better than mid-level (at best) FCS play. The locals paying are getting older every year, and we are now old enough where most of us are not bringing children (as they are out of the house and out of the area). Another generation from now and few will be attending at all.

Colgate is, painting with a broad brush, enrolling very different students than in the past. Most care very little (if at all) about college athletics (except for the athletes, of course).

The Colgate Hello is a rare bird on campus and in the village, and will be gone soon. School spirit is centered upon academic reputation (and what the degree buys in terms of earning power) along with the social/party scene. It is a *rare* student who attends a game and stays the whole time. For the student sports fans who are left, the ability to multi-screen / channel switch, etc., in the comfort of a climate controlled space with access to "refreshments" without campo intrusion... It is a STRONG sign that they did not show up for the Lehigh game.

The real problem isn't the short-term. It is that these graduates are the future of Colgate, and they do not give a crap about athletics.

When you add concussions, the push to need blind, and $$$$ into the mix, the question isn't whether Colgate will disband football, but when. Longer than 10 years, for sure. But fewer than 50.

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