(02-07-2017 07:16 PM)Mav Wrote: The next phase of the athletic complex plan was to turn an area to the west of the arena into diamonds for baseball and softball, but they ended up tabling those stadiums and going back to playing on high school fields when the new arena pulled a net loss, and now the "athletic complex" talk is dead in the water.
But there has to be a will and the funds to make it work, and I'm not seeing it in the near future unless they get help paying off the arena.
Didn't know that UNO athletic dept financial situation was that bleak. What was the cost of the new arena and how was it financed, bonds? Or donations?
Hopefully things turn around for you.
It's mainly a hockey arena, as that's your main revenue sport, right? With hopefully MBB doing well, too. It looks like a really nice arena.
Do you think attendance has gone down for hockey since moving from the big Omaha arena? To ask another way: is it a pain for people to get to UNO campus?
(02-07-2017 07:16 PM)Mav Wrote: It also wanted to make a name for itself in-state and be known for being more than a commuter school for unambitious kids.
Well, if you want to be a major research institution, all you'd need to do is merge the University of Nebraska Med School/Health Science campus in Omaha under UNO. That would do the trick in a hurry.
And I imagine the Lincoln board would s___ a collective brick, and then push small children down, falling over themselves to have that plan rejected.
(02-07-2017 07:16 PM)Mav Wrote: Is it possible for the Summit to replace its secondary sport?
I can't see what team sport they could reasonably replace baseball with, as the third team sport.
You have MBB, then soccer would be the second men's team sport, and you apparently need one more. NoDak suggested men's volleyball. That would work for me, but I don't know if the schools would buy it.
(02-07-2017 09:18 PM)chargeradio Wrote: All the Summit has to do is sponsor football, then baseball can go away. If they need six full members to force the takeover of the MVFC, then adding Northern Colorado would be the way to go - adding UNC would allow the Summit to keep baseball afloat longer as well if they do not want to drop it.
I'm all aboard that plan ... except one catch: the MVFC is separate from the MVC. In other words, the MVC doesn't sponsor football. It was the same way with the Gateway Football Conf.
So if the Summit assumed management of the current MVFC, it would seem like that "independence" from the MVC and Summit would remain.
(02-07-2017 09:18 PM)chargeradio Wrote: If the Summit dropped baseball, UNC could continue to play in the WAC if they keep their team. Oral Roberts, Omaha, Western Illinois, and Fort Wayne could all join the MVC for baseball only if they keep their programs. South Dakota State would probably drop its program.
The Dakota 4 should follow USD and UND's lead and all drop baseball, in my opinion.
If UNC was the enabler, allowing the Summit to officially sponsor football, then I would think it would also drop its program. Possibly same with Omaha. Denver doesn't have baseball.
The Dakotas, Omaha, Denver, and N Colo, if they joined, would be the schools I'm most concerned with. NCC 2.0