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SBD/August 21, 2013/Colleges
NCAA Considering New Venues For Lacrosse Championships To Combat Attendance Woes
Published August 21, 2013
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TOUGH SPOT: Holman noted that "ticket prices, the date of the event, the impact of increased television exposure and a tough economy will all be evaluated." LACROSSE MAGAZINE's Corey McLaughlin noted ticket prices have "roughly doubled in the last eight years." Ticket prices in past bid cycles have been "set as a result of revenue guarantees by hosts to the NCAA." Univ. of Denver coach Bill Tierney said, "The truth of the matter is those guarantees got a little exorbitant and it meant ticket prices got exorbitant." McLaughlin noted increased, quality TV exposure for the sport "often is cited as a reason for the championship weekend attendance decline." ESPN Communications Manager Mike Humes said, "If we say we'll stop televising it, people will go, 'Why aren't you trying to grow the sport?'" ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer John Vassallo said, "We hate when we're producing a game and we see an empty seat. Every producer at ESPN would love the event they produce to have as many people there as possible" (LAXMAGAZINE.com, 8/12).