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Old 04-21-2017, 11:53 AM
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brew, you are taking some things for granted that can't be quantified.

1. UD fans are not only basketball crazy, they are known for being basketball crazy, and they WANT to be known for being basketball crazy.

2. Whoever hosts the 2nd round of games at Anywhere Corporate Sponsor Arena is an unknown and no one cares. If we hosted the FF once every 10 years it would be a waste of time most likely. But we don't. We are THE SITE for the FF. Every single year when people tune in for the FF they know the game will be at that same arena in Dayton. No one gives a hoot about the host site for the rest of the games because as you say it's forgotten immediately afterward. After 10 years or so, that piece of information does sink in and stay sunken in long after the games are over. So that actually DOES = publicity.

3. Most sites that bid on hosting are doing it once every few years. Staff has to be re-trained, new updates must be made to meet new NCAA codes, etc. Staff complains because "last year I was on the beach at this time." Not Dayton. To us, it's more like the annual family camping trip. Yeah, some parts of it suck (3 days of planning, bugs, mud) but when you do it every year the work actually becomes part of the bonding experience. You wouldn't understand because you're not part of the culture.

4. If you are not good at it your costs will be higher. If you get it down to a science you can make money at it. It's like anything else.

5. UD plays in a smaller conference. It helps to sell recruits to be able to tell them "we put 8,000 people into this arena for 2 teams who mean nothing to us, we didn't just bring you on a recruiting visit for the 1 big game on our schedule." That has value.

6. You can't tell me that the NCAA folks / coaches / selection committee / etc. doesn't have just a slightly higher level of respect for UD when our name is in front of them all year long. I'm not sure how to put a $ figure on that, but business = relationships. And college BB is a business.
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