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Catskill 
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05-24-18 02:44 PM - Post#257163    

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10Q 
Professor
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Loc: Suburban Philly
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05-24-18 02:48 PM - Post#257164    
    In response to Catskill

The Abomination sinks to a new low.

 
Silver Maple 
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05-24-18 02:50 PM - Post#257165    
    In response to 10Q

This will certainly be a test. The first two tournaments seem to have been pretty successful. There's now a significant risk that it's going to turn into a sad little affair played in a half empty, crappy little gym.

 
Jeff2sf 
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05-24-18 03:03 PM - Post#257167    
    In response to Silver Maple

why do you think the risk is increased that much more? the risk to me is whether yale qualifies or not. they've been a pretty safe top 4 bet though of course this coming year I'd assume Penn is the safer bet. If they're in, I expect the place to sell out.

Hey I'd rather it at Penn but can't complain.

 
SteveChop 
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05-24-18 04:25 PM - Post#257172    
    In response to Jeff2sf

A capacity of 2532! What a joke! It will sell out b/c it is less that 1/3 the size of the Palestra (which was close to a sellout both years). Way to enhance the revenue stream Robin Harris.

Why do I see James Jones' handprints all over this choice? Perhaps he will require that the banner be put up at Yale regardless of who wins. Even Amaker said that the Palestra is the right venue for this tournament. Watch for the ticket prices to go back to the level they were at for the first Ivy tournament in 2017 (or higher).

As an interesting side note, remember when the complaint was that either Penn or Princeton won the Ivy title every year. So far there have been four Ivy championships (oh, OK, NCAA tournament slots) decided by this cockamamie tournament. And they went … two to Penn and two to Princeton.

While I will concede that the games have been exciting both years, this idea remains a terrible one until the Ivy League has a realistic chance of getting a second bid to the NCAA. And they MUST look at the tiebreaker selections. Because of the stupid Ivy League rules, had Penn not won the tournament title, they would NOT have been guaranteed a spot in the NIT.

And no one ever responded to the loss of a game for the four teams who don't make the tournament (they remain locked in at 27, not 28, games).

This tournament remains a bad idea.


 
Go Green 
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05-25-18 08:07 AM - Post#257184    
    In response to SteveChop

  • SteveChop Said:
A capacity of 2532! Way to enhance the revenue stream Robin Harris.





Would you prefer we spend money to rent a venue?

Apparently, the voices to move it from the Palestra were pretty loud. So it had to go somewhere...


 
weinhauers_ghost 
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05-25-18 08:46 AM - Post#257186    
    In response to Go Green

Can't have it both ways. If the League insists on not paying for a venue (i.e., preferring to play on the home court of one of the member schools), it makes little sense to move it from the one venue which has sufficient seating capacity to accommodate fans of the eight men's and women's teams to one that has barely a third of that capacity,

 
AsiaSunset 
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05-25-18 09:12 AM - Post#257190    
    In response to weinhauers_ghost

Doubt it has anything to do with money and everything to do with not wanting to look like they are going "big time".

Obviously holding it at the number 1 seat seed makes more sense as they chose a site with limited capacity but best guess is they need time to prepare in advance and had to have a venue determined before the latest date the number 1 seed might get decided.

Ticket sales don't drive the primary revenue streams of most events. It's sponsorships and other revenue sources.

 
weinhauers_ghost 
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05-25-18 10:22 AM - Post#257196    
    In response to AsiaSunset

Doubt it has anything to do with money and everything to do with not wanting to look like they are going "big time"

That will certainly help recruiting.

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Penndemonium 
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05-25-18 11:54 AM - Post#257203    
    In response to weinhauers_ghost

I understand the gripes about having it there - but the calls to do it somewhere other than the Palestra will keep happening until they have it somewhere else and it sucks. If those tourney games are as grim as people suggest, then this experiment will actually help the tourney move to the Palestra long term. If the tourney is great at Yale, then we have nothing to complain about.

 
10Q 
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05-25-18 12:27 PM - Post#257205    
    In response to Penndemonium

Why don't we just stipulate that it will suck and bring it back now. Or dump the thing and be done with it.

 
AsiaSunset 
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05-25-18 12:37 PM - Post#257206    
    In response to 10Q

Leaving aside the seating capacity issue, Lee Amphitheatrr has a lot of atmosphere and charm. It has both court side bench seats and tiered chair back seating. All the sight lines are very good.

It does have some undesirable characteristics that can effect visiting teams. One end has no seats - just a wall and the chair backs rise up in a way that creates a different look.

It’s not a bad place and it will sellout and be very loud.

 
SteveChop 
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Re: tournament
05-25-18 02:23 PM - Post#257209    
    In response to AsiaSunset

Of course it will sell out - it is TINY. While I'd acknowledge it is an unusual setting, in my view (and I've been there many times), the lighting has always sucked and, as you note, there are those few rows of seats at only one end.

It was noted today in the Philadelphia Inquirer that at this past year's semifinals, the combined attendance was 5,219 and for the finals was 5,564. In 2017, those numbers were 5,023 and 3,833 (with the Penn men not playing) was 3,833. Where does the league think almost 3,000 people per date will be? Even if the average ticket is $50 (and it was much higher in 2017), that's $15,000 in ticket revenue plus the refreshments and souvenirs those 3,000 people would buy.

The article notes that the attendance will suffer. BRILLIANT - hey, these guys represent Ivy League schools. There is NO WAY that you can convince me that this tournament will not suck from a fan's point of view (and the league's pocketbook) even if the games are good.

And much as I also don't like the Columbia gym, Levien holds 2,500 (almost exactly the same number and is more centrally located than New Haven. And it's in New York where people just might find other attractions.


This remains a joke!


 
Old Bear 
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05-25-18 04:17 PM - Post#257211    
    In response to SteveChop

15 yard penalty on Penn foe excessive whining!

 
AsiaSunset 
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05-25-18 04:27 PM - Post#257213    
    In response to SteveChop

Steve - 50 times 3000 equals $150,000.

Still - I don’t think this has anything to do with money and I also feel comfortable saying the league makes money on this thing and will do so next year, even in New Haven

 
SteveChop 
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05-25-18 05:11 PM - Post#257216    
    In response to AsiaSunset

Thanks for correcting my math and strengthening my point Asia. And if they make money, presumably through ESPN, what is the objection to making more? If the total is MORE THAN $300,000 ($150,000 times 2 days - I got that one right) plus concessions, that's an awful lot of money to pass up. If the overall total is $500,000, that's approximately $63,000 per school - maybe then we can afford to have two sets of home and away jerseys with players' names on the back.

 
palestra38 
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05-25-18 06:02 PM - Post#257218    
    In response to SteveChop

We need to NFL this tournament. Make a rule that the minimum size to host is 5000 and if any Ivy school builds a 5000+ seat arena, they get to host immediately plus go into the rotation. Over time, we will have adequate arenas in all Ivy sites.

 
Old Bear 
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05-25-18 06:19 PM - Post#257220    
    In response to palestra38

P’38, why would B, C, C, D, H, Y and probably P’ton build bigger gyms when they down fill the ones they have?

 
HARVARDDADGRAD 
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05-25-18 07:38 PM - Post#257221    
    In response to Old Bear

Harvard sells out.

 
section110 
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05-25-18 07:52 PM - Post#257223    
    In response to HARVARDDADGRAD

Sometimes & I understand the renovations reduced the capacity at the Harvard place.

 
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