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SBD/March 29, 2013/Colleges
FGCU Trying To Build Off NCAA Run With Season-Ticket Deposits, Courtside Seats
Published March 29, 2013
GROWTH SPURT: FGCU play-by-pay announcer Dave Moulton said the school's off-the-court story “may be more remarkable than the on-the-court story.” Moulton said the university “was built with the intent" of being a Division II school. He noted the success of FGCU’s other athletic programs, including former FGCU P Chris Sale being taken in the first round of the '10 MLB Draft, and said the “only thing that was not successful so far was the men’s basketball program." Moulton: "It’s already pretty close to a mid-major athletic department even though it’s a very small conference with a ridiculously low budget.” The school has “not been able to really tap into any of the money in the area” of Ft. Myers. The "great unanswered question" is whether FGCU can “tap into the money that is within an half-an-hour of it.” Moulton: “All that money was made somewhere else and these folks have come down here and retired. Can they get them emotionally invested in this little school to turn it into the great next mid-major?” (“The DA Show,” CBS Sports Radio, 3/28).
MERCH SALES STILL STRONG: In Florida, Tracy Miguel reports FGCU has been the "top-selling college and most-searched school on Fanatics.com" since the start of the NCAA tourney. Florida unsurprisingly has been the "top state for sales" of FGCU gear. Meanwhile, Sarah Smith, who manages the Lids location at the Coastland Center mall in Naples, Fla., said that FGCU caps "have been selling well" since the team made the Sweet 16. The store, which "didn't carry many FGCU hats because there wasn't a demand for university merchandise until recently," has sold about 100 caps this week (NAPLES DAILY NEWS, 3/29).