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RE: Disappointed and frustrated in a lack of AD support for MBB
2800 average attendance is a direct indictment on our AD being out of touch with our “premiere” program
02-03-2018 11:02 AM
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RE: Disappointed and frustrated in a lack of AD support for MBB
Is the attendance this year really on the AD or is it on the teams performance? They are currently sitting at 12-10 while a 3 game win streak. To start conference play the team was 6-7 not really an easy sell. I think if the team keeps winning more fans will turn out. Also other than Oregon St and Buffalo there haven't been any real home game draws. Akron and BG are still a couple weeks away from visiting. I would also point out that there have only been 4 "weekend" home games. I am counting the Ohio game which was on a Friday. We only have 2 more weekend games which luckily are the Akron and BG games.

So to recap... the team has hoovered around .500, 7 home games during the week, only 2 big name teams at home, frustrating team to watch early on. Not really keys to high attendance.
02-03-2018 11:37 AM
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RE: Disappointed and frustrated in a lack of AD support for MBB
(02-03-2018 11:37 AM)ilovegymnast Wrote:  Is the attendance this year really on the AD or is it on the teams performance? They are currently sitting at 12-10 while a 3 game win streak. To start conference play the team was 6-7 not really an easy sell. I think if the team keeps winning more fans will turn out. Also other than Oregon St and Buffalo there haven't been any real home game draws. Akron and BG are still a couple weeks away from visiting. I would also point out that there have only been 4 "weekend" home games. I am counting the Ohio game which was on a Friday. We only have 2 more weekend games which luckily are the Akron and BG games.

So to recap... the team has hoovered around .500, 7 home games during the week, only 2 big name teams at home, frustrating team to watch early on. Not really keys to high attendance.

You're exactly right about the schedule and performance to date. Doesn't help attendance for sure...

I'm frustrated with our Athletic Department as they made public their "Athletics Master Plan" proclaiming Men's BB to be their premier sport. In my mind I was thinking that meant they'd do something to improve the team, the arena, marketing, etc..As far as I can tell, all they've done are minor things like adding spinning lights, smoke (which I hate), graphics, changing hype person (good move!). None of that really drives attendance. Even a little advertising couldn't hurt. I hear Akron "MAC Pass" ads on WKNR almost everyday.

I know they are building a basketball practice facility in the old MAC Annex which is a great thing. I just think they need to do more. For Pete's sake, were a big University and they say this is their premier sport. Gotta be more than this.
02-03-2018 01:28 PM
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RE: Disappointed and frustrated in a lack of AD support for MBB
(02-03-2018 11:37 AM)ilovegymnast Wrote:  Is the attendance this year really on the AD or is it on the teams performance? They are currently sitting at 12-10 while a 3 game win streak. To start conference play the team was 6-7 not really an easy sell. I think if the team keeps winning more fans will turn out. Also other than Oregon St and Buffalo there haven't been any real home game draws. Akron and BG are still a couple weeks away from visiting. I would also point out that there have only been 4 "weekend" home games. I am counting the Ohio game which was on a Friday. We only have 2 more weekend games which luckily are the Akron and BG games.

So to recap... the team has hoovered around .500, 7 home games during the week, only 2 big name teams at home, frustrating team to watch early on. Not really keys to high attendance.

Also, the OU game is usually a big draw but this year it fell on the day of a giant snow storm. I had friends that graduated from OU that were going to go then decided it wasn't worth risking the roads.
02-03-2018 02:53 PM
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RE: Disappointed and frustrated in a lack of AD support for MBB
I do agree with the lack of advertising. It annoys me that the only billboard I have drove past is the one by bob evans on 43. They really need to ramp it up for all sports. They should have radio ads on 92.3 throughout the day and during Browns games. Also on 100.7 during the Cavs games. Then sprinkled throughout other stations. I should also see billboards in a 30 mile radius of the campus.

Another idea I have had over the last week or two is to have an all seasons ticket. Instead of buying season tickets to each sport just have one price for all sports. I think it would sway more people to attend more events.
02-03-2018 04:00 PM
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(02-03-2018 02:53 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  
(02-03-2018 11:37 AM)ilovegymnast Wrote:  Is the attendance this year really on the AD or is it on the teams performance? They are currently sitting at 12-10 while a 3 game win streak. To start conference play the team was 6-7 not really an easy sell. I think if the team keeps winning more fans will turn out. Also other than Oregon St and Buffalo there haven't been any real home game draws. Akron and BG are still a couple weeks away from visiting. I would also point out that there have only been 4 "weekend" home games. I am counting the Ohio game which was on a Friday. We only have 2 more weekend games which luckily are the Akron and BG games.

So to recap... the team has hoovered around .500, 7 home games during the week, only 2 big name teams at home, frustrating team to watch early on. Not really keys to high attendance.

Also, the OU game is usually a big draw but this year it fell on the day of a giant snow storm. I had friends that graduated from OU that were going to go then decided it wasn't worth risking the roads.

and it was moved to Friday night, HS bball night, Saturday night home game with OU = 5k+
02-04-2018 02:10 PM
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RE: Disappointed and frustrated in a lack of AD support for MBB
I've never, ever understood the "it's not an attractive opponent" argument. In fact, I think it's idiotic. If you are a Kent State fan, you go to the games to support the coaches, players and school. Who cares if it's against Akron, Arkansas or Alabama A&M.

We have the cheapest tickets in Division I with a pretty darn good game experience for one of the oldest buildings in America with a team which hasn't been below .500 in almost two decades.

At some point it's on the fans.
02-05-2018 01:18 PM
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Actually it’s easy to understand. There are not enough true Kent fans we need some general basketball fans too. I know I’m not there to support the coaches, etc. I’m there to watch basketball. I am fanatical enough I’ll watch Alabama A&M but I’m sure a lot of fans won’t. They are more sensitive to the schedule.
02-05-2018 03:38 PM
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And as long as ADs keep awarding contract rollovers for 20-win seasons, you are going to get four non-division one games like Eastern Michigan did this year. So good luck with that.
02-05-2018 03:56 PM
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(02-05-2018 03:56 PM)JimJoyce Wrote:  And as long as ADs keep awarding contract rollovers for 20-win seasons, you are going to get four non-division one games like Eastern Michigan did this year. So good luck with that.

When was the last time we had 4 non-D1 games on our schedule?
02-05-2018 05:29 PM
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