(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.