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In the end, you are contradicting yourself. First, you state there should not be an advantage based on location, but then you say it would be fair if it existed based on seeding. So which one is it, then?
For all the Leah Hextall fans in this thread
It was a somewhat standard call, like many I have had in my 15-year career. I was thrilled that ESPN coordinating producer John Vassallo was asking me to work the NCAA Division I Menís Ice Hockey Tournament.
Calling an NCAA Division I Menís Ice Hockey Tournament regional was something I have never done and would further my experience as a play-by-play broadcaster, a role I moved into last year after more than 14 years as a reporter and host.
My guy is a hard-nosed hockey player who is not afraid to crash the net. Your guy is a goon who runs the goalie.
There's no such thing as earned home ice advantage? If you're going to spread that gospel, you're going to have to persuade the NHL, the NFL, the NBA and everyone else who awards home playoff games on the basis of regular season performance. The college hockey conference tournaments do the same.
The issue here is whether home crowd advantage is the functional equivalent of home ice advantage. Complicated issue. Good arguments on both sides.
If you really mean it, then you're in favor of using campus sites in the West. Clearly that's where the most potential profit is. In fact, as has been chronicled endlessly, they're the only sites that really work in the West, in terms of appropriate seating capacity and proximity to fans.Yup, it was for the money, and I don't see any problem with that. This is college hockey, not college basketball or football.
If the multi-year conversation has proven anything, it's that no system is perfect. But we can strive for the best possible system, or at least the lesser of the evils.The system of regional tournaments, as they are now, can never be "fair". Leave the question of "fairness" for peewee competition. Which regional site would be fair to Huntsville? ASU? How about Alaska's teams?
And please. We are where we are precisely because of demands for fairness. If it was just about the revenue, Yost & Mariucci would still be regularly hosting regionals.
Perhaps Stauber1's post was a bit spirited, but this is not a contradiction at all. Home Ice/Home Crowd is fair if earned, otherwise not. You get your performance bonus at work if you meet your target, otherwise not.In the end, you are contradicting yourself. First, you state there should not be an advantage based on location, but then you say it would be fair if it existed based on seeding. So which one is it, then?
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So the West regional would have been at the Ralph instead of Fargo. How much do you think that boosts the 4200 average attendance without UND in the mix?
The Midwest regional would have been...at Yost? Madison? That would have driven attendance through the roof.
Mankato still gets shipped to Providence regardless.
Does anyone know when the future Hockey Regional Sites will be announced? I would like to see UMaine and the City of Portland, Maine apply to host a Regional at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Arena isn't on par with The Dunk, Manchester or Worcester but they did do a $30 + million dollar renovation a few years back that improved it to the point that they could host a Regional. The City of Portland is fantastic. The Old Port area, great restaurants, lots of bars, hotels, craft brew scene, etc.
Attendance at Providence on Saturday was 7,180 and on Sunday 5,231. The Cross Arena has a capacity of 6,733.
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