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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-11-2017 09:33 PM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  Great crowd here considering no UAB. Concessions typical Birmingham :-/

Maybe this helps Birmingham's chances of keeping the tournament.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
Birmingham is most likely to get a good crowd for the championship game from a non-UAB crowd than any other C-USA site due to proximity...
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
As long as one of those teams is Middle Tennessee
03-11-2017 11:29 PM
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
Arguments about when the tournament should take place are moot. The league is going to schedule whenever tv tells them to play.

Arguments about New Orleans or Nashville are also moot. the league has looked into NOLA and the Smoothie King Arena (where the Pelicans play) is not available for the money the league is willing to pay and has a pretty full event schedule. The only other major facility is the Lakefront Center ar UNO and the Sun Belt tournament is already locked in there. The SBC league office is in NOLA. Same basic scenario with Nashville as far as the Bridgestone Center (or whatever its called this week).

Shreveport might be a possibility. I would like the league to give it a swing if they so desire and see how it would work. I doubt they will be nearly as happy as they are here.

The rest of the league might not like to hear it, but Birmingham has an excellent infrastructure for hosting these events and does a damn good job of it. I expect to see it here on a regular basis.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-11-2017 11:29 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  As long as one of those teams is Middle Tennessee

Or Western they bring good crowds.
03-12-2017 12:23 AM
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
Marshall brought a very nice crowd
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
Obviously the tournament being played in Bham gives UAB no real advantage so maybe it's best if it goes somewhere else.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
The Arena we would use in Nashville is Municipal Auditoriym and it just became available as ainundersyand. OVC is moving locations. I'm all for Nashville.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-12-2017 08:39 AM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  The Arena we would use in Nashville is Municipal Auditoriym and it just became available as ainundersyand. OVC is moving locations. I'm all for Nashville.

The OVC used to play at the municipal auditorium?

I'd be all for that. About a half-mile from where I live.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
This was their last year there.

Marshall brought a respectable crowd.

I was disappointed they were very few UAB fans in attendance yesterday. Some of the die hards and that's it.

We play into the medias hands when we don't show up.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-11-2017 01:48 PM)Blazer88 Wrote:  
(03-11-2017 01:45 PM)BlazerPhil Wrote:  La Tech and USM should cohost the tournament in New Orleans.

Or MTSU & WKU could cohost in Nashville.

Both cities give fans lots more to do, see and places to eat more so than Birmingham, Biloxi or Shreveport.

If UTSA gets it going San Antonio would be nice.

Or Rice hosting in Houston would be good. Just get us out of the rut.

What fans are flocking to the tourney exactly? need to have it in Birmingham where the home team is at least good (hopefully) and can be well attended.

Not many with our choices recently being El Paso or Birmingham . I love my home town, but it's not a vacation spot.

If the destination is attractive, people will come. The tournament was well attended in Memphis and Louisville, of course we had die hard fans from good basketball schools too.

The Sun belt HQ is in the super dome, and the SB plays their championships in New Orleans every other or every third year, yet their closest schools are UL Lafayette and UL Monroe. It would be good for CUSA to get an anchor location like that.
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It's not like UAB fans are attending in droves in Birmingham. I could not be more disappointed with our own more than any other fan base.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-12-2017 10:00 AM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  It's not like UAB fans are attending in droves in Birmingham. I could not be more disappointed with our own more than any other fan base.

We've just hit up our people for thousands of dollars apiece to repair Ray Watts' idiocy, and to trust that Fumbles won't spend their money on doughnuts. Asking them to shell out more cash to attend games that don't even include UAB out of program loyalty is a little much. If the AD wants attendance, then they're going to have to convince people that it's a worthwhile expenditure of time and money: tell me to go because I'll have fun, not because I'd be letting down the green and gold otherwise.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
MTSU brought a good crowd. Marshall brought a great crowd, considering they're 8+ hours away. Here's a link to a pic of the MTSU side. Wish I'd taken a pic of the Marshall side.

https://twitter.com/mt_coachdavis/status...7252631553
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-12-2017 11:26 AM)Marathon Blazer Wrote:  MTSU brought a good crowd. Marshall brought a great crowd, considering they're 8+ hours away. Here's a link to a pic of the MTSU side. Wish I'd taken a pic of the Marshall side.

https://twitter.com/mt_coachdavis/status...7252631553

Doubt if same would be true if tourney was in El Paso, though...
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The TV views must've been weird, bc the arena looked empty on TV
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(03-12-2017 11:35 AM)The Answer UAB Wrote:  The TV views must've been weird, bc the arena looked empty on TV

Insert Legion Field argument.
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
(03-12-2017 11:35 AM)The Answer UAB Wrote:  The TV views must've been weird, bc the arena looked empty on TV

Most TVs views show the stands behind the goals. When the side views were shown the crowd looked good...
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RE: Champlin: C-USA commissioner assesses status of BB tourney, strength of league
Give it to middle since they won both regular seaaon and post and got the only bid. Middle probably would keep it here and sell it out or.

Reward the womens champ.
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