The NCAA needs to rethink every single thing they are doing as far as the NCAA hockey tournament is concerned.
Would it be to far fetched to have 2 permanent sites with 2 arenas in each area? Example have the East Regional day 1 in Worcester and Northeast Regional Day 1 in Providence. Then day 2 have both games at one of the 2 sites. It limits where you can do this but if the Detroit area or Minneapolis areas could work, try in for a 3 year period and see what happens.
Trusting that Ed asked about many of the issues raised in this forum, seems to me that Metcalf isn't nearly as concerned about the issues as we are, or he simply isn't letting on that he's concerned.
I get he's going to put a best foot forward (ie Loveland optimism) but doesn't address attendance, lack of bids, concerns about the bid/price structure, etc...
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As stated in previous posts, “Why host?”
From the article, and I am sorry I don't know how to do the quoting properly:
"Finally, the specifications require a financial guarantee to the NCAA of $150,000. After all receipts from the regional have been determined and the NCAA has received its guarantee, the host receives the lesser amount of budgeted or actual expenses. Any remaining receipts above that amount are split 80% to the NCAA and 20% to the host institutions or conferences."
I read this to say that:
#1 - NCAA gets, 150K guaranteed
#2 - From what is left at that point, the host get its expenses covered (Note to hosts: budget high because if there are cost overruns they are NOT covered by this piece)
#3 - If there is anything left at all, it's split 80/20
This is why we call it the NC$$.
That's horrible. Just horrible. In order to bid, the host has to be sure that they will make more than 150K profit. But they also need to rent the place for 3 days (because the NCAA wants access a day ahead), and pay for all the labor to re-do all the signage. As well as the comfort level guarantees....
Think about that. For an event with an average of 15000 tickets sold, the prices have to be high enough that the host will make 150K profit. PROFIT. And, then, and only then, do they begin to actually make anything for themselves.
What if we extrapolate the NCAA requirements to the other ideas thrown out here?
1- 3 weekend system. In this case, the 8 host schools from weekend 1 would have to reserve hotel rooms, pay for change of signage in their home arenas, grant NCAA access for 2 days (not one), and guarantee the NCAA 50K before even their own expenses were taken care of. What we actually need here is a good estimate of what it would actually cost to host. I think most schools would end up losing on this one. Then, if you have weekend #2 be 2 games at a regional site, the host site has to reserve the arena for 2 days, pay all the costs, etc, and guarantee the NCAA again 50K. I happen to think this is a better dear for the hosts. But the first weekend kills the idea, really.
2- Top 4 seeds host the region. Aside from all the pragmatic issues we have discussed here before - like media space, hotel rooms, etc.... - you still would have something like the NCAA demanding their cut.
What this really means is: As long as arenas and schools continue to bid to host under the current system, it won't change. There is no other system which guarantees the NCAA a 150K per site profit on the regionals. Add the whole business together, and I would be sure that the NCAA profits 1M on just the regionals.
So while the NCAA needs the guarantee, it's not just $150K in their pocket.
My point is that those costs exist regardless of the system. If some teams are hosting, then there are no hotel rooms necessary for those teams, so there is some savings. But that doesn't really change the calculation. This system obviously is the one which is best for the NCAA $-wise. And, that's why it will stay.
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