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Date Posted: 23:09:00 02/23/09 Mon
most of what you say in this post makes sense.
can't see how you can find fault with bob belber though. even more than the maac, the tuc wants siena to win every game. not only because they get more money by having more people at games on saturday, sunday and monday, but if siena goes to tournament, the following season's ticket sales should get a huge bump as well. if siena gets 1,000 more fans per game, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that they arena makes a lot more money. at an average of $20 per ticket x 1,000 fans x 13 games = $260,000 for the TUC to share with Siena.
if you don't think bob belber is in his office praying for siena victories, you are nuts. he has a huge vested interest in siena's success as it contributes greatly to his bottom line. and i am not sure what that matters. i don't think any championships are going to be won or lost by what colors the banners in the lobby are or who the gm of the arena is rooting for. i am sure the gm of hsbc is rooting for a combination of niagara/canisius/siena in the final when in buffalo, but it doesn't matter. he is the host of the tournament and does whatever ensor tells him to. he and the tuc are great hosts for this event.
and btw...no matter where this tournament is held outside of albany, it will be a bust, no matter how much they include it in their "ad planning", etc. buffalo loses $100k+ and they have two schools within 30 minutes.