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@A true fan If UA is losing so much in donations as you contend, why are they planning to spend all those millions over the coming years? Retake Econ101 and get back to me. You say they lost their biggest booster a few years ago, and guess what, UA is totally fine. They are in a great position because of the "true fans" who support UA no matter what, don't pull their support, and know what's best for their alma mater.
2 years, 10 months ago on My Case for Fayetteville, in Fewer Words
@A true fan Alabama plays Auburn because they are in the same conference and on the same level. A better comparison would be 'Bama playing UAB (aka a crap squad with almost no fan base in a tiny conference, like Arkansas State) which they never do. Why do 'Bama and UAB no play? Because neither has anything to gain.
I'm not Jeff Long's financial adviser, but I don't believe he owns any restaurants or hotels in Fayetteville. His job is give UA the best athletics program possible, and that involves making as much money for UA as possible via athletics. If selling more expensive tickets to more fans in a larger stadium makes that possible, he's going to do it. So would I. Of course it's about money, Arkansas only profits on football and baseball (barely), so he has to use the entire pot of football profits to pay for every athletics team UA sponsors. We really are hurting ourselves by not maximizing our only real revenue source for athletics.
Yes, this is a gamble that they will lose fans, but if you stop supporting (read: donating) to UA because of an extra few hour drive, you probably weren't donating that much anyway.
@Limb Bream Southeast Arkansas is poor so UA has to move its games to a smaller stadium in the middle of the state for them? Sorry, but that isn't going to impact a single person's point of view in the UA administration. These are the same people cranking up tuition every year and its simple supply and demand. More people want to go to UA, tuition goes up. More people want to watch the Hogs now that we are competitive within the conference, the poor people get squeezed out for richer NWA residents. That's pretty much what the American free market is: if people want it, they have to pay for it.Honestly, we have enough fans to fill DWRRS every game as it is now (especially confirmed by the planned expansion) and there are already people who are traveling up here to see it, and paying their dues in travel costs. If these poor Arkansas Delta people can't afford a trip across the state, they aren't giving a whole lot of their meager paychecks to UA athletics anyway, which means they have no voice in UA athletics. Sorry, it may not be fair or sound cheery, but to suggest that UA will handicap itself facilities-wise because of "tradition", "SE Arkansas economics", "statewide support", "keeping fans from A-State", "tailgaiting", or anything else is ridiculous. We finally have an AD who cares about the University of Arkansas first and foremost, and I support him.
2 years, 11 months ago on My Case for Fayetteville, in Fewer Words
Thank the lord that someone is out online making the case for Fayetteville. Every other major college program laughs at us for Little Rock and rightfully so. I have yet to meet one person under the age of 60 in favor of War Memorial Stadium that isn't from central Arkansas. We are a national program now, transportation is much better, and if you don't have the money to drive to Fayetteville you probably won't be able to afford tickets in the coming years. Walmart proved just how wrong geographic determinism was when they founded the #1 Fortune 500 company in Bentonville, Arkansas, instead of Chicago or New York. Why is the U of A still acting like it is valid?
The notion that Arkansas State is going to gain fans/money from this? Please. I thought we were turning off the people who are too poor to drive to Fayetteville, so how are these "poor delta folk" suddenly going to start giving gobs of money to A-State?
Couldn't agree more. Alabama doesn't play in Birmingham, LSU doesn't play in Shreveport, Ole Miss doesn't play in Jackson. They all used to though. As a current student, I don't understand why we go to Little Rock. The excuse I always hear is that "we're happy for anything the U of A sends down to Little Rock" but clearly this is not true since New Mexico wasn't a sell out. I understand big donations come from Little Rock with the condition being that we play there, but real donors and boosters that actually care about the University of Arkansas wouldn't handcuff the athletics department with such restrictions. I say stop accepting those donations and do what we want, which is Fayetteville only. To get used to this, we could replace the first cupcake with A-state or whoever else and move it up to Fayetteville and play LSU/A&M in Little Rock every year for a few seasons.
3 years, 1 month ago on Arkansas/AState Revisited: "Tradition"