Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Financial draw

March 7, 2007


To the editor:

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has protested moving the KU-MU football game to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City this fall. The move would create a financial loss for Lawrence businesses.

Even with the KU-MU game in Kansas City, seven home games remain on the KU campus. This is the same number of games as last season. College athletics is big business. A winning football program puts more people in the seats. The price tag of competing keeps going up with no end in sight. The lure of a guaranteed million-dollar payday at Arrowhead is too enticing to pass up. On the other hand, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce could possibly coax the KU-MU game back on campus by "guaranteeing" a sellout.

If the football fortunes at KU and MU continue to improve, the KU-MU game played at Arrowhead in Kansas City could become a big regional happening like the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas. Add national television to the picture and the financial payoff could be extremely rewarding. The worst-case scenario would be for the Jayhawk football program to revert back to the lackluster days of the 1980s. If the football program is a loser, the Lawrence merchants won't have many fans coming to the games at all.

The money race is on! Either keep pace with the rest of the Big 12 or lose! If KU fails to keep up, the Lawrence business community will lose a lot more than the revenue from the KU-MU game.

Bill Lytle,

Overland Park


Patrick Wilbur 10 years, 7 months ago

"could become a regional happening like the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas"

Uh - no.

imastinker 10 years, 7 months ago

Of course you like it - less driving time.

I'm more concerned about the alumni that have to take second dibs after arrowhead season ticket holders.

BigDog 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm more concerned about the alumni that have to take second dibs after arrowhead season ticket holders.

KU season ticket holders, even the family pack season ticket holders, will get their seats assigned prior to Arrowhead season ticket holders having the chance to buy tickets.

Jayhawktriplegrad 10 years, 7 months ago

The money race is on, indeed. The only answer for those of us who oppose the Arrowhead game is to boycott it. Even if you have season tickets, leave the seats vacant. When it's a money loser with small refreshment/beer sales, the Chiefs may not see this as such a good deal. KU home games belong at KU, not in Missouri.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 7 months ago

The more potential tax revenue gained by EVERY game played in Lawrence is better for Lawrence homeowners primarily because WE pay the bills. Lawrence downtown needs the business worse than the KU athletic department however both get a piece of the pie from home games.

Tips are good for employees. Bring the TV cameras to KU where school spirit flows and help support the community that helps support KU. After all it was noted that multi family residential housing is not paying it's fair share to keep up with the Cost of Community Services.

Just think Bill Lytle if all the Chief's games were moved to Los Angeles how much better off financially the Chiefs might be but hell why call them the Kansas City Chiefs?

Play all home games at home. Lawrence could use a day of one million dollars in gross receipts and the tax revenue generated by those sales. We have bills to pay.

KULOUVER 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree with Mr Lytle. How can you keep up with the other "big time" schools if you don't have "big time" money coming in ? I like the idea of you merchants (and other interested parties) buy up the tickets to the game(s), then they won't be tempted to move the game! KU has a right (and a responsibility IMO) to do the best that they can for KU. The writer is accurate as well when he implies that a stadium half full, game after game is not good for KU or the local merchants. You people need to see the financial reality of it all! The high price of the basketball ticket "buy in" is another example of these changing economic times. If we don't make these adjustments, we will indeed be left behind. I see the locals point of view, but the desire(or need) the keep up on the national scale is more important. I sat in my season ticketed seat last year and saw some empty seats, so if you don't want to help with coming up with a solution, I feel you lose your vote ! (like any of us really have one) Lighten up & enjoy the day! See you at Arrowhead !

Jayhawktriplegrad 10 years, 7 months ago

What is this "half full" stuff. I've been to every MU game in Memorial stadium in 40 years--I don't remember any that weren't full--last several have certainly been sell-outs--at full price. That "substitute" 7th game, like Florida International won't be a sell-out, and the crowd will have thousands of "kid" tickets in the family pack plus the cheap "Junior Jayhawk" tickets and who knows how manyother school group discounts--That "still 7 games" argument is a pile of crap from Lew and the boys. Also, let's not forget those hundreds of thousands of tax dollars going to KC, MO on gameday---KC, MO won't be paying for deferred maintenance and the myriad other KU needs like KS taxpayers. BOYCOTT ARROWHEAD!

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