Letters to the Editor

No concern

January 26, 2007


To the editor:

The Kansas-Missouri football game is to be played at Arrowhead in 2007 and 2008.

Lew Perkins: "We're very sensitive to our merchants. They've been very good to us. But we feel that having seven home games is showing them that we care. Hopefully they can understand."

I am not a merchant, but if I were, what I would understand is that Lew Perkins doesn't give a hoot about the merchants. It is laughable that he should say that surely merchants will understand because "we are bringing you seven football games." Four of those games, for which there will be a high ticket price, are hardly worth walking across the street to see. If I were a merchant, KU's athletic department would never see another dollar of support from me.

If we had a chancellor with any guts, he would have put a stop to this nonsense. The best thing that could happen for the long-term for the entire university would be the dismissal of Perkins and the chancellor.

Emerson L. Hazlett,



Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 11 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Lew Perkins, seven home games provide a great opportunity to make money. If the merchants aren't happy with seven football games, they should let some other merchant take their place. Playing a game at Arrowhead is a great way to showcase KU's football team. Also, the letter writer states that at least four of the games aren't worth walking across the street for. That says a lot about what kind of fan he is, doesn't it?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 2 months ago

I say again college towns are about school spirit. Sports fans love coming to Lawrence.

Not only that the more sales taxes that are collected in Lawrence Kansas the better it is for all residents. Even if someone feels sports suck.

So Lew Perkins is doing us a favor or looking after his bonus or whatever. Lew how about donating $500,000 to our local sales tax cookie jar thank you very much.

KS 11 years, 2 months ago

Lew needs to go. Maybe the Chiefs will hire him. He can commute to KC.

Jayhawktriplegrad 11 years, 2 months ago

The athletic department quite dishonestly tries to equate games like Florida International (or whatever) with Missouri. The crowds aren't the same. The big games like Mizzou, K-State and Nebraska are all full-price ticket games with usually sell-out crowds. The non-conference games have the 2 kid tickets for the family plan plus all sorts of promotions and much lower ticket prices to encourage local family participation. They're also not sellouts. The money spent locally and tax dollars collected locally from the full-price out-of-towners at the MU game has got to be exponentially higher than the non-conference family-heavy, non-sellout crowds.

Jayhawktriplegrad 11 years, 2 months ago

And, for that matter, where WAS the chancellor in this? He's supposed to be the head of the University of Kansas, not the University of Kansas City. Course his last noteworthy decision regarding athletics was the hiring of Al Bohl--what should we expect?

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