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Tuesday, May 8, 2012


I just watched the breaking news on Channel 3 that the University of Connecticut Women's basketball program has ended their relationship with CPTV to televise the women's games. This is wrong on so many levels. Let's start off that the company chosen, SNY isn't even Connecticut based, it is in New York. Hopefully Governor Malloy might have something to say about this as we look at more jobs being lost in Connecticut by the people that produced the UConn games. According to Uconn, the winning bid for SNY was $20,000 more than the CPTV bid which was somewhere in the $4 million range over the next four years. UConn needs to realize why they are the popular program they are today. It's the loyalty of their fans and the people who have supported them over the years. CPTV was airing their games back when no one was watching women's basketball. The success of Uconn can be tied largely to the fan base built by CPTV. Should the UConn program be driven entirely by dollars or should they also consider their fans, many or them who are senior citizens who don't have cable or satellite packages. It just seems like a state university should be about pride and support from their local fans who also support the college through taxes paid and not so much "broadening the UConn appeal" as the media reports stated. Maybe it is time for a boycott of the UConn Women to remind them what is important and who supports them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's all money.

I watched my parents - UConn alums and long time season ticket holders for the men and women - get priced out of Gampel and then out of the Civic Center. They were going to women's basketball when tickets were five bucks.

Does loyalty matter? Nope. If they could write $5,000 or $10,000 "donation" checks to the athletics dept they could get their seats back ... not something that two retired, lifetime UConn fans can afford to do.

It's all about the money, and it has been for a long, long time.