Archive for Saturday, August 27, 2011

Challenge’ ahead for basketball rules at KU

August 27, 2011


David Booth can do the math: 13 rules + two sheets of paper + one signature = one heck of a tourist attraction.

Booth, a trustee for the Kansas University Endowment Association and chairman and co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, said Friday that he was looking forward to turning over James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basket Ball” to his alma mater, where they are envisioned as the focal point for a likely expansion of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

With the community’s help, of course.

“We’ve put it in the form as a challenge,” said Booth, speaking during the Community Education Breakfast, which drew 550 people Friday to support the Lawrence Schools Foundation. “As soon as KU gets a way of housing them appropriately, we’ll give them the rules. They’ve got some exciting (ideas) ... and hopefully all of you will be able to participate in the fundraising efforts for that.

“It will really be a great destination point, based on the things they’re thinking about, which will partly convert Allen Fieldhouse more into a year-round venue, which I think is very exciting.”

Plans remain in the works for accommodating rules, which Booth purchased at auction in December for $4.33 million. Various options are being considered, including remodeling or expansion of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, which Booth and fellow family members helped establish with a donation of $9 million.

The rules also could go into a stand-alone building.

“We don’t want to do something quixotic,” said Sheahon Zenger, athletic director, who attended the breakfast event. “We don’t want to do something that hasn’t had a lot of forethought. …

“If we do this right, it truly will be a tourist destination. There are a number of ways we can do that: anything from honoring the legacy of the University of Kansas, Kansas basketball, basketball history itself, in conjunction with different ideas that would involve food service or vending opportunities for memorabilia and Kansas Athletics gear.”

Men’s basketball coach Bill Self is looking forward to the final project making what he considers the finest college basketball arena in the country even better. He foresees it as both a premier tourist attraction and as a recruiting tool for students.

“It’s something we would sell all our recruits, in basketball, but there won’t be a student that’s being recruited by our university that wouldn’t have an opportunity to see this,” Self said.


overthemoon 6 years, 9 months ago

Are they going to be playing in an electrical substation this year??

overthemoon 6 years, 9 months ago

Are they going to be playing in an electrical substation this year??

somebodynew 6 years, 9 months ago

Thanks. I thought I was the only one getting that image. Strange e-paper today I think.

rtwngr 6 years, 9 months ago

No, silly, this is where they are thinking of housing the rules. Didn't you read the article?

newmedia 6 years, 9 months ago

David Booth in his "work" clothes? I would guess not.

Getaroom 6 years, 9 months ago

Whether to "THE RULES" are funded entirely by private funds or partially through fundraising, or even public monies, creating a propriety stand alone facility is a heady idea. Understanding how passionate sports fans can be about inanimate memorabellia and we can see that everywhere around us in Halls of Fame, collectors shops, ebay and on and on, but let us consider the times we are living in before moving to quickly on this please. I mean really, tourists flocking in to see "THE RULES" nested in a throne in some stand alone building that then requires maintenance for years to come, in an environmentally controlled sealed environs using how much energy and resources and at a time when for most of us on this planet, resources are dwindling? And all that for what? Sure the rules are a piece of history, but so are many more important things that are not spectator sports related. So how about not enshrining them within their own four walls? Put them into an existing facility, where tourist spectators are already flocking to gawk and honor the legends of sporting and under the watchful eye of guards, glass cages, alarms and where they can have have some friends around them for company during those long cold Winter nights and scorching Summers when no one is around to view them? Like other big sporting events, basketball when played is fun, exciting sometimes, nail biting, maddening and more. Just let the two pieces of paper with a signature share some space, they do not care and no matter how many millions of dollars were spent on them, they are still just paper and basketball is just a game. Ya, ya I know but think about all they represent. Sweaty men and women running up and down courts, tats bulging and blazing from every conceivable inch of skin, blaring supermegajumbotrons, advertising galore, glory won and lost, scholarships given and taken away, and NCAA Rules broken left and right as far across the USA as it goes. Well, I guess THE RULES remind of of simpler times don't they, fruit baskets for goals and such. Those who sit in the high places get to decide anyway and no blog is going to change that. Build away and we will see who pays for it in the end as usual. Just remember when that building begins to fall apart someone must pay to glue it back together, or give them roommates. Endowments, how could I forget? Endow away! Those rules may need to go to college someday and become professional papers and valued for all they have have done for society. Alright, just give them their own private dorm room and hope they appreciate it one day. No Lexus though, that is that and I don't care of the other papers are all driving a Lexus, not until you graduate! Now, shall we sign a contract on THOSE rules?

parrothead8 6 years, 9 months ago

Could also use some better proofreading.

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 9 months ago

Yay for Mr. Booth. Those Rules of Basketball will really benefit KU and make Lawrence a much better place to live in. Mr. Booth spent his $4,330,000.00 wisely.

rayguns13 6 years, 9 months ago

There will be a documentary coming out about the purchasing of the rules. (not sure of an exact timeline on it though) It's called "No Place Like Home". I shot all of the Lawrence portions of that film. Look for it. It will be great for any KU fan to see. :)

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