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Intercollegiate Athletic Forum: How Does College Basketball Regain Its Former Status?
Published December 13, 2013
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* Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski, on driving student attendance at events: "How do we get the athletes more involved in the general student population? It's an issue everywhere. We don't help ourselves, from an athletic perspective, as we demand more of their time and focus and give them less opportunity to be integrated with the student population. This is one of the answers: Students are much more likely to come out and support somebody that lives down the hall from them; that they have a relationship with; that's having a shared experience with them. I don't know how we fix that, but we've gone the other way from that."
* Magnus, on the growing tendency to blame attendance issues on TV: "The time to do that is during negotiations for rights. These start-time issues didn't just pop out of thin air. Those are very heavily negotiated during the rights-agreement process, and, frankly, the current generation of rights agreements anticipate and delineate start-time issues very specifically, so conferences go into these negotiations eyes wide open to that. They sign up for it. There's a value tradeoff, obviously. But nobody's just winging it on start times, I can assure you of that."
* Lewis, on possibly moving Final Fours out of stadiums and back into arenas: "I don't think you're going to see the Final Four leave the dome venues for one reason: Nobody is willing to turn back in their tickets. The reality of it is that our membership has access to tickets and it's become a convening point for college athletics at that point of the year, so it just means we can't play in a smaller venue from a standpoint of fulfilling the needs we have right now."