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    Quote Originally Posted by OnMAA View Post
    There is another one playing in the NHL. (Oilers), and he is a brother to one of them and a cousin to the other. One of their dads is a former CFL'er and Donovan McNAbb is an uncle to them.
    NHL player Darnell is UConn BB player Kia's brother. They are the children of CFL receiver Richard. Badger Sarah is cousin and niece to them . McNabb is an uncle by marriage; no blood relation to any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertearle View Post
    They appear to do Friday/Saturday pricing, with Saturday costing more. $40 adult, $25 youth on Friday; and $49 adult, $30 youth on Saturday. On average, almost twice what Wisconsin charges for men's games.

    19 regular season home games, 11000 average crowd, let's say $40 average per ticket means $8.36 million, before we start talking about concessions, and parking, etc.
    Foolishly I never imagined them getting that kind of money there. Do students get in for free?

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    http://www.grandforksherald.com/spor...-womens-hockey

    I would take either Lam over Kennedy in any fight at any adult age, no question.
    I know this is pretty defeatist, but it feels like the damage has been done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    Wow that's something. Every time I heard the name I was like Nurse? Hockey? What?
    And Donovan McNabb is Nurse's uncle, according to the commentator from the ESPN broadcast.

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    And Donovan McNabb is Nurse's uncle, according to the commentator from the ESPN broadcast.
    Uncle by marriage; McNabb married a woman whose brother became Sarah's father. There is no blood relation.

    (I saw Mcnabb in the men's room at the Final Four, and I was going to say "hey, aren't you... Sarah Nurse's uncle?" But I didn't, because... well, it was the men's room.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    I know this is pretty defeatist, but it feels like the damage has been done.
    Yeah, some nice sentiments and "valid" arguments but it's probably safe to say the Lams didn't major in Finance.

    The whole planet is in financially uncharted territory and has been for years...where do the Lams figure the juice is going to come from? Or did they give that any thought?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbeard View Post
    Yeah, some nice sentiments and "valid" arguments but it's probably safe to say the Lams didn't major in Finance.

    The whole planet is in financially uncharted territory and has been for years...where do the Lams figure the juice is going to come from? Or did they give that any thought?
    I didn't even mean regarding NoDak's finances -- I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    I didn't even mean regarding NoDak's finances -- I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
    I understood what you meant...I was just adding to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbeard View Post
    Yeah, some nice sentiments and "valid" arguments but it's probably safe to say the Lams didn't major in Finance.

    The whole planet is in financially uncharted territory and has been for years...where do the Lams figure the juice is going to come from? Or did they give that any thought?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
    Minnesota did announce it was cutting both golf programs and men's gymnastics years back, and then funding emerged and the programs were saved. I'd guess that North Dakota has fewer sources from which it can seek such a bailout. Maybe Marvin Windows can sponsor the team. The problem is that Grand Forks isn't that big, and outside of UND, hockey isn't that big of a deal in most of the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    I didn't even mean regarding NoDak's finances -- I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
    Huntsville hockey somehow survived when they announced they were killing hockey and then changed their minds shortly afterward. But, it is hard.

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    UND is not the only one cutting sports teams. Buffalo just announced they are cutting four sports:

    http://www.whec.com/news/university-...44542/?cat=565

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Jaslow View Post
    Huntsville hockey somehow survived when they announced they were killing hockey and then changed their minds shortly afterward. But, it is hard.
    I mean, they "survived" in the same way that Voldemort "survived" after trying to kill Harry Potter... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
    I mean, they "survived" in the same way that Voldemort "survived" after trying to kill Harry Potter... lol
    Yes, but just like a loving mother saved the "Empty Child" in Dr Who and Lily's love saved Harry Potter, maybe... Oh, never mind.

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    The article by Rob Port highlighting how much money the UND womenís team lost in 2015-16 made me want to find the financials for the menís team as well. As I researched the web I found many yearsí worth of the NCAA Financial reports for North Dakota and most other public DI schools from 2010 to 2014 and in some cases 2015. That set me off on doing the financials for all the hockey schools I could find the information on and it is taking a lot of time to enter the numbers and then double check them in the spreadsheet I created. I wanted to wait until all the information was entered, but the following posts made me decide to put the North Dakota information online by itself.

    Quote Originally Posted by ne7minder View Post
    Given that MN womens budget is $2.3mm i would not assume that UND men pay for themselves. I am sure that their expenses ate greater in every catagory. At 11000 a game I doubt ticket prices are that high. I imagine that there is a broadcast contract too but I bet it doesn't bring in a megabuck.
    Quote Originally Posted by robertearle View Post
    They appear to do Friday/Saturday pricing, with Saturday costing more. $40 adult, $25 youth on Friday; and $49 adult, $30 youth on Saturday. On average, almost twice what Wisconsin charges for men's games.

    19 regular season home games, 11000 average crowd, let's say $40 average per ticket means $8.36 million, before we start talking about concessions, and parking, etc.
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    Those revenues would be offset by their facility costs: at $1/year, that works out to more than a nickel per game, just for the rent.
    The workbook has four sheets: Averaged Financial Reports; Yearly Financial Reports; Reporting Categories; and Notes. The averaged and yearly financial reports sheets have the categories that any of the schools used to report hockey revenues or expenses, even if only in a single year. The yearly financial sheet shows how much North Dakota reported for each category for each fiscal year reported. The averaged financial sheet shows the average amount spent for each category that was reported, usually over all years. However, in a several cases that are noted only those years in which amounts were reported are averaged. The NCAA also split some categories into two, so the overall average revenue and expenses may not equal the averages for the individual revenue and expense categories.

    Not every school reports numbers in every category, as either there is no athletic revenue or expenses in that category for hockey, or the school did not break down the spending or expenses for that category among specific teams. And sometimes a school breaks down the numbers for one year, but not another, so itís actually a bit of a foolís errand to try and compare a teamís revenue and expenses without also looking at the overall athletic revenue and expense. Still, Iím giving it a shot since the NCAA mandates that schools break down revenues and expenses by teams.

    I have 6 yearsí worth of financials for North Dakotaís menís team and 7 yearsí worth for the womenís team. Looking at the averages first shows the menís team brought in $3.35 million per year in ticket sales, while the women brought in just $21,197 per year. Contributions are likewise skewed, with just under $79 thousand per year for the men and only $651 per year for the women. The parking, game programs, concessions and novelties are not much, a bit under $5,000 per year for the men and $761 per year for the women. In the end, ticket sales drive the menís revenue of $3.99 million per year while the womenís revenue of $147 thousand per year is driven in a large part by the direct support of the school.

    Average expenses show that in regards to scholarships the school supports the women equally with the men, but in every other category the women are supported at a lower level than the men (which is the same for other schools I have looked at with both menís and womenís programs). The biggest surprise is that the menís program has averaged a deficit of just over half a million dollars a year from 2010-15, with the women averaging a loss of $1.25 million a year from 2010-16.

    Looking at the yearly reports shows much more information. The menís yearly ticket sales increased from $3 to $3.6 million between 2011-15, while the womenís ticket sales tripled from 2010 to 2011, but then remained flat. The womenís team got direct sport for the school for 2010-12, but nothing in 2013-15 before getting support again in 2016. This is reflected in the womenís revenue taking a steep drop from just over $200 thousand in 2012 to just under $30 thousand in 2015. Meanwhile, the menís revenue rose about a million dollars from 2010 to 2015, in a large part due to NCAA and conference distributions. However, moving to the NCHC also raised the menís teamsí game day expenses, going from an average of $568 thousand per year for the last 4 seasons in the WCHA to $1.27 million for the first 2 seasons in the NCHC.

    Interesting as the cost of being in the NCHC may be, the real surprise from the reports is that North Dakota does not lease the Ralph for $1 per year. For 2010, Ď11 & Ď12 the schools paid direct facilities (costs charged to intercollegiate athletics, including building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rentals fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) payments averaging $1.68 million per year for both the menís and womenís teams (99.6% being charged to the men). In 2013 that dropped to $43 thousand, but in 2014 it was $2.57 million charged to the menís team.

    In 2015 the NCAA split that reporting category into two: Debt Service/Leases (debt service payments (principal and interest, including internal loan programs), leases and rental fees for athletics facilities for the reporting year regardless of entity paying (athletics, institution or other)) and Direct Overhead (overhead and administrative expenses paid by or charged directly to athletics including: administrative/overhead fees charged by the institution to athletics, facilities maintenance, security, risk management, utilities, equipment repair, telephone, other administrative expenses.). The school reported just over $2.2 million under debt service/leases for the menís team and in 2016 the school reported just under $400 thousand in debt service/leases for the womenís team (I would really like to see the menís 2016 financials to see if some of the debt service/leases cost was shifted from the menís team).

    What this means is that in 2015 UND paid over $2.2 million to use the Ralph for the 2014-15 season and it is likely that the other payments under the old direct facilities category were also for using the Ralph. For what itís worth, I also checked to see about basketball and volleyball payments for using the Betty and for 2010, í11 & í12 the school paid an average of about $100 thousand per year. Starting in 2013 there have been no payments made for either sport.

    Regardless of why the school is making the payments, they have put the menís team in the red along with the womenís team. Expenses for the menís team have risen from $3.7 million in 2010 to $6.1 million in 2015 and along with the rising costs the team has seen increasing net losses (barring 2013). In fact, the menís team lost $1.55 million in 2015, more than the womenís team lost.

    Remember earlier when I mentioned that the menís team forming the NCHC had raised their game day expenses? The difference between the averages I mentioned for the WCHA vs the NCHC is just under $705 thousand per year. Between the cost of using the Ralph and the increased costs of the menís team playing in the NCHC it is unfortunate that the womenís team is taking the hit. I wonder if Rob Port would be willing to advocate for the abolishment of the men's team? After all "letís be honest: It would be fiscally irresponsible to run a sports program losing that much money even state coffers are flush. Our institutions of higher education are not intended to be host bodies for sports programs."

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    WOW! Thanks that is a lot of work & I appreciate your digging into it. I think it is only right that we recommend UND cut men's hockey in order to save the institution all that money. Where do these freeloaders get off thinking they can livre on the taxpayers dime like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Pickett View Post
    blah blah blah
    thing is, who in the US outside of ND or in Canada would ever of heard of UND if not for their men's hockey program?

    and there it is, if they had to pay for all the media space they get for their hockey team it would be anybody's guess what the total comes to as an average per year, but fair to say it is a lot $$$$$$

    same with Clarkson, how can they justify putting a hockey team of Canucks together? well, they can't, unless it puts the school name in the media
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    That's some interesting information Sean. I wonder if the "lease" fees for the Ralph are part of a shell game to put money somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pokechecker View Post
    thing is, who in the US outside of ND or in Canada would ever of heard of UND if not for their men's hockey program?

    and there it is, if they had to pay for all the media space they get for their hockey team it would be anybody's guess what the total comes to as an average per year, but fair to say it is a lot $$$$$$

    same with Clarkson, how can they justify putting a hockey team of Canucks together? well, they can't, unless it puts the school name in the media
    The hockey teams at Clarkson have been a big source of donations and yes, it gets the name out there. As far as a "team of Canucks", it's no secret that CCT appeals more to the Canadian players due to us just about being in Canada and the small town atmosphere that is more comfortable to some of the Canadian players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARM View Post
    Minnesota did announce it was cutting both golf programs and men's gymnastics years back, and then funding emerged and the programs were saved. I'd guess that North Dakota has fewer sources from which it can seek such a bailout. Maybe Marvin Windows can sponsor the team. The problem is that Grand Forks isn't that big, and outside of UND, hockey isn't that big of a deal in most of the state
    and there is the problem, not much in ND to pick up the tab, and we know the cheapskate Canadians won't kick in a dime
    that's the problem with filling your team with Canadians or Europeans, especially women, they do not stick around, rather go back home

    Quote Originally Posted by FireKnight View Post
    The hockey teams at Clarkson have been a big source of donations and yes, it gets the name out there. As far as a "team of Canucks", it's no secret that CCT appeals more to the Canadian players due to us just about being in Canada and the small town atmosphere that is more comfortable to some of the Canadian players.
    I'd be willing to bet the team does nothing to boost attendance of Canadians, nor increase donations among Canadians
    I'm sure there occasional exceptions, but typically as mentioned above, they do not become a part of the community
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