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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
A whole lot of dreamers on here that can't do math....and a whole lot of non-Arkansans who think they know how Arkansas works.

They already charge the highest student athletic fees in the state and do not have football or the minimum number of SBC sports. They would have to offer those sports, offer scholarships, arrange for facilities, and hire coaching staffs. They would also have to deal with Title IX issues and offer enough women's slots to match. Plus they have to double their athletic department staff and come up with $12 to $30 million in startup costs (their numbers). Plus, I assume that they will still have to pay the War Memorial rent per game.

They have to do all this in a sports media environment that doesn't really want them to exist and won't even agree to follow their athletic branding and in a city that won't even sell out a Razorback game.

They will have to convince the University of Arkansas board to go along with all of this. Remembering that its the same UA that sandbagged its own system with a competing distance learning program not long ago.

We're talking about folks that threatened to not accept transfer credits from a two-year institution if it cooperated with Arkansas State.

And all of this overseen by a state that only allowed A-State to get a medical school or open an international branch if not a dime of state money was involved in it.

Plus, the Conway people are probably going to be vehemently opposed to it.

Is it possible? Yes. But getting it done ain't like in other places.
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-12-2017 05:18 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 05:00 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
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(04-12-2017 02:34 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  UALR sponsors 14 sports.
FBS will require 16 sports.
UALR does not fund all of the allowed scholarships currently.
FBS would require funding a minimum of 200.

UCA reported to the state (which uses significantly different accounting from the report USA Today does, namely not looking at capital expenditures) that they spent almost $3 million more on athletics than UALR.

So to get to the level of a pretty good FCS school UALR has to increase annual operating budget about 32%
To get to the level of AState, UALR has to increase annual operating budget 99.8%
That's an annual outlay in excess of $9 million more than they currently spend on athletics.

Now they could go with a student fee. Arkansas State charges $19 per credit hour per semester. UALR currently charges $20 per credit hour per semester. UCA one of the two FCS programs charges $18 per hour. UAPB the other FCS charges $17 per hour.

So UALR already has the highest athletic fee of the five Division I schools in Arkansas. That doesn't leave a lot of room to divert the cost to students.

They really have to have a benefactor step up, not only to help them get past the start-up costs (football will operate for a year with no revenue at all) but to deal with ongoing costs.

Appreciate the analysis, but you seem to be ignoring that UALR -- I assume -- gets no portion of the Sun Belt distribution for football. That would be more income.

That leaves them $8 million short of what AState spends.
They take a full $135,000 or whatever it is of television already. According to AState's AD they already get a partial share of the CFP money under the conference revenue sharing plan.
But you are talking at most a million bucks and that's not there if the go FCS.


Chasse Conque will raise the money. He made a lot of improvements to the sports in upgrades from donations. Coleman family donated a lot of money and more land for Little Rock for a sports complex. Coleman's own the milk factories. That is Little Rock's Sugar Daddy is at.

Startup costs will be hard enough. But millions of dollars a year every year? That's a lot milk.
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-12-2017 04:59 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 04:41 PM)Stugray2 Wrote:  Bluff will be called.

So you're saying that Arkansas won't play games in Memorial after 2018?

No, the city will likely cave in and compromise to do some things the SEC school wants done to keep coming back
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-12-2017 04:49 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 12:21 PM)billybobby777 Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 10:53 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  But here is one thing to counter that, Tom: Arkansas has been able to deny UALR a football team for decades under the premise that "Arkansas" is their football team ... with the proof being the yearly Little Rock game.

Now that game is in jeopardy.


That could be the --- yes, small --- window of opportunity.

When I was a kid, I remember Arkansas would play 3 games a year in Little Rock...I hadn't heard the game is in jeopardy now? Please explain?


The last game under contract is 2018, and there is no sign that Arkansas will renew the contract to play at the WMS.

No problem there. You could be right. I was specifically talking about your comment about Arkansas-Little Rock not being a part of the Arkansas system.
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-12-2017 07:37 PM)billybobby777 Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 04:49 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 12:21 PM)billybobby777 Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 10:53 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  But here is one thing to counter that, Tom: Arkansas has been able to deny UALR a football team for decades under the premise that "Arkansas" is their football team ... with the proof being the yearly Little Rock game.

Now that game is in jeopardy.


That could be the --- yes, small --- window of opportunity.

When I was a kid, I remember Arkansas would play 3 games a year in Little Rock...I hadn't heard the game is in jeopardy now? Please explain?


The last game under contract is 2018, and there is no sign that Arkansas will renew the contract to play at the WMS.

No problem there. You could be right. I was specifically talking about your comment about Arkansas-Little Rock not being a part of the Arkansas system.


I was saying they want to have their identity away from under the umbrella of Arkansas Hogs. That is why they dropped Arkansas in the name for sports. It could be the first step in divorcing from Fayetteville.
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(04-12-2017 05:15 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  People wonder where the school could get the money? From donations from local businesses that wants football games more often at War Memorial Stadium. They lost a lot of business when Arkansas went down to 1 game per year. It is not just students been filling out petitions, local business leaders for the past several years have been doing it as well. They see that Arkansas games will not be played in Little Rock anymore.

Now, the person involved at Little Rock in charge as the director of Athletics donation drive is the son of SFA's head football coach Clint Conque who moved over from UCA, Chasse Conque. Son of a football coach have driven the fever for Little Rock to add football. He was first hired in charge of donation drive at UALR.

http://lrtrojans.com/staff.aspx?staff=1

If he can get donations for baseball, basketball and swimming and diving? I think he could fund raise a drive for a football team which I think would work. He hired women's basketball coach, Joe Foley, away from Arkansas Tech. Tech's Golden Sun team have made several D2 basketball tournaments under his helm, and brought his success to Little Rock's women's program.

You have obviously never been to Little Rock. There is razorback stuff everywhere you look, the brainwashed people will support other hog fans. Those same hog fans are not going to donate to a school to compete against their favorite team. Local businesses did not lose that much with fewer LR hog games.

Learn your "facts". Conque had no involvement at all in the hiring of Joe Foley. Foley started at LR in 2003 while Conque did not arrive until 2007 in his first position at the school.

Quote:I was saying they want to have their identity away from under the umbrella of Arkansas Hogs. That is why they dropped Arkansas in the name for sports. It could be the first step in divorcing from Fayetteville.

Nothing is right about that statement. The athletic identity was changed but what was not changed is the fact that UALR is still very much a part of the UArk system. Since the pigs control the state, including politics, that is not going to change either.
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-12-2017 05:18 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 05:00 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 04:11 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 02:34 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  UALR sponsors 14 sports.
FBS will require 16 sports.
UALR does not fund all of the allowed scholarships currently.
FBS would require funding a minimum of 200.

UCA reported to the state (which uses significantly different accounting from the report USA Today does, namely not looking at capital expenditures) that they spent almost $3 million more on athletics than UALR.

So to get to the level of a pretty good FCS school UALR has to increase annual operating budget about 32%
To get to the level of AState, UALR has to increase annual operating budget 99.8%
That's an annual outlay in excess of $9 million more than they currently spend on athletics.

Now they could go with a student fee. Arkansas State charges $19 per credit hour per semester. UALR currently charges $20 per credit hour per semester. UCA one of the two FCS programs charges $18 per hour. UAPB the other FCS charges $17 per hour.

So UALR already has the highest athletic fee of the five Division I schools in Arkansas. That doesn't leave a lot of room to divert the cost to students.

They really have to have a benefactor step up, not only to help them get past the start-up costs (football will operate for a year with no revenue at all) but to deal with ongoing costs.

Appreciate the analysis, but you seem to be ignoring that UALR -- I assume -- gets no portion of the Sun Belt distribution for football. That would be more income.

That leaves them $8 million short of what AState spends.
They take a full $135,000 or whatever it is of television already. According to AState's AD they already get a partial share of the CFP money under the conference revenue sharing plan.
But you are talking at most a million bucks and that's not there if the go FCS.


Chasse Conque will raise the money. He made a lot of improvements to the sports in upgrades from donations. Coleman family donated a lot of money and more land for Little Rock for a sports complex. Coleman's own the milk factories. That is Little Rock's Sugar Daddy is at.

I think highly of Chasse he is a great fundraiser but we are talking about doubling the budget likely with no fee increase on students.

Little Rock ain't a sports town.

There have been four attempts to get a bowl game there and managed to hold one, back in the 50's for NAIA teams and it busted. There was a group that brought a college all-star game in with a three year commitment and punted after one.
Voters shot down the proposal for a 65,000 seat dome.
Voters turned down a proposed 18,000 seat arena.
Every effort for a new minor league ballpark failed.
The only way we got a new arena was by making it a county-wide vote and putting it in North Little Rock and then UALR ditched it for an on-campus facility (which was good but attendance suffered).
It was North Little Rock that passed a city wide tax to get a new minor league park.

When Arkansas State was set to host Mizzou in football, St. Louis offered AState $1.5 million to move the game to Busch Stadium. Kansas City offered $2 million to move it to Arrowhead. Little Rock offered to charge $17,500 to rent the stadium instead of $35,000.

UCA and UAPB tried playing there and struck out finding sponsors. Basically they ended up having to trade tickets for services to sponsors and they did such a good job distributing tickets that it was rumored they sold less than $1000 in tickets.

I think highly of UALR's AD, their last chancellor was very good, haven't met the new one, but Little Rock is about like Miami as a sports market, just smaller.
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-12-2017 07:42 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  I was saying they want to have their identity away from under the umbrella of Arkansas Hogs. That is why they dropped Arkansas in the name for sports. It could be the first step in divorcing from Fayetteville.

Or it could be a sign of a Martian invasion.

UALR started as Little Rock Junior College as an arm of the Little Rock School District. After the district was forced to close for a year as a part of the segregation crisis it was spun off as a private school.

It then became a four year college and when it was on the brink of bankruptcy the Arkansas legislature passed a law permitting LRU to join the University of Arkansas system.

The only way UALR could divorce itself from the UA System is to convince 51 representatives and 18 senators to pass a bill to make it happen and then get the governor to sign it.

That would buck the trend of the legislature offering carrots to the state schools to consolidate into larger systems.
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(04-12-2017 11:05 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 07:42 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  I was saying they want to have their identity away from under the umbrella of Arkansas Hogs. That is why they dropped Arkansas in the name for sports. It could be the first step in divorcing from Fayetteville.

Or it could be a sign of a Martian invasion.

UALR started as Little Rock Junior College as an arm of the Little Rock School District. After the district was forced to close for a year as a part of the segregation crisis it was spun off as a private school.

It then became a four year college and when it was on the brink of bankruptcy the Arkansas legislature passed a law permitting LRU to join the University of Arkansas system.

The only way UALR could divorce itself from the UA System is to convince 51 representatives and 18 senators to pass a bill to make it happen and then get the governor to sign it.

That would buck the trend of the legislature offering carrots to the state schools to consolidate into larger systems.


I mean let the schools have their own board members, and make decisions what is best for those schools. Look at what went down in Alabama? UAB gets a rep on the board of regents to make what is best for UAB. I think it should be the same way for Little Rock, UAFS, UAPB and UAM.
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RE: University Arkansas of Little Rock Doing A Feasibility Study To Add Football
(04-13-2017 12:24 AM)DavidSt Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 11:05 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(04-12-2017 07:42 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  I was saying they want to have their identity away from under the umbrella of Arkansas Hogs. That is why they dropped Arkansas in the name for sports. It could be the first step in divorcing from Fayetteville.

Or it could be a sign of a Martian invasion.

UALR started as Little Rock Junior College as an arm of the Little Rock School District. After the district was forced to close for a year as a part of the segregation crisis it was spun off as a private school.

It then became a four year college and when it was on the brink of bankruptcy the Arkansas legislature passed a law permitting LRU to join the University of Arkansas system.

The only way UALR could divorce itself from the UA System is to convince 51 representatives and 18 senators to pass a bill to make it happen and then get the governor to sign it.

That would buck the trend of the legislature offering carrots to the state schools to consolidate into larger systems.


I mean let the schools have their own board members, and make decisions what is best for those schools. Look at what went down in Alabama? UAB gets a rep on the board of regents to make what is best for UAB. I think it should be the same way for Little Rock, UAFS, UAPB and UAM.

UALR has the Board of Visitors. They don't have binding authority but can adopt recommendations and send a resolution regarding them to the Chancellor and UA Board.

Arkansas Constitution prohibits just devolving some of the UA Board's powers to the Board of Visitors. The only way to grant them any binding authority is to remove UALR from the UA system, otherwise it is an illegal compromise of the powers of the board.

Same is true of the AState system or the Parks and Tourism Commission. Any state board or commission can't have power taken away unless the whole body they oversee is abolished.
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