Brucesky02

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  1. In today's world, they know that the e-mail got to you, you opened it, you clicked on it, all of your survey responses, and any other pages on UND's websites that you browsed. Or they don't want you to win the raffle.
  2. Can you imagine if they tried to take someone out of their seat at the Ralph? "We've oversold the UM games...you'll be rebooked for the St. Cloud series."
  3. Just wanted to add my two cents into the discussions of the NDSU and UND athletic budgets. I did a semester's worth of research into athletic budgeting across the NCAA while I was in school and at least at the time, there were some interesting behaviors across the country. Most schools made their budgets look worse than they were for one big reason - the worse your budget looked, the more money you could receive from the school/state/donors. I remember specifically researching bowl games, which can carry a big payday for FBS teams, and finding that almost all teams managed to lose money on the bowls in order to not throw off their budget for the year? Make the Meineke Tire Bowl? Ok, we'll bus fans there. Sugar bowl? Charters, champagne, and lobster tails. In a logical financial world, you would save some of the profits from a bowl, but athletic departments/teams had the outlook that if they had money left from the year before, they would get less funding the next year. That really only applies to bigger sports that can make money. As the stats from the U of M have shown, in no way are most major universities profiting off of 2nd and 3rd tier sports. An interesting tidbit is that even the NCAA wasn't profiting off of those sports' championships. The financials on the NCAA championships almost exactly mirror what you'll see at most any major school - the only championships to turn profits are football, men's basketball, and...ice hockey. Granted, that was all as of almost 10 years ago at this point. (sheesh, I'm getting old) Maybe the behavior is different now that we've been through a country-wide recession and many states have started taking a closer look at athletic spending.
  4. Yes, because a team's performance in the current season should determine whether it gets cut or not...
  5. I can't stand Goon as much as the rest of you guys. His writing is terrible. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills every time I see someone try to refer to him as a legitimate journalist. Despite all that, I agree with him that WH isn't the logical slam dunk you all recognize it as. Mainly, all of the costs that are being cited regarding the arena aren't true costs. The RE Arena Inc. entity was set up to protect the university from taking financial losses in case the arena lost money. That isn't the case - UND makes money from the REA year in and year out. So, what you have in these "rent" payments is essentially the University legally laundering their own money. It goes in to the REA and flows back out to the university through the revenue agreement with the REA. Obviously, there are costs to keep the lights on and the ice cold, but those costs are not equal to the costs you're imagining for the program. And no matter whether girls are skating on it or not, that ice has to keep getting chilled 24/7. If you want to find the easy cut in WH, just look at the coaching staff. ~$400,000 for 3 FTE is your easy cut. Go find a cheaper coaching staff. Idalski isn't getting it done anyways. On a side note, if anyone has more financial insight into the operation of the REA beyond the items in the UND annual financial reports, I would love to see that. However, I assume since it is set up as a corporation and not part of the university, it avoids any sort of financial reporting requirements or open records requests.
  6. Let me be clear - I'm not trying to reinstate the previous topic used for discussing Fargo. This is not for discussing crime - just for business topics, like the Grand Forks one. Anecdotally, it seems like Fargo is in a bit of a downturn. When I lived there, (2014-2016) I was worried about what I perceived as over-building in housing (especially in high end homes) and over-expansion of businesses. My feeling had been that the growth in restaurants/retail was being propped up by temporary demand increases due to the over-construction going on in the housing and retail markets. Once housing slowed, my thought had been the construction workforce would drop and demand for hotels/restaurants/retail along with that. I've been seeing a number of articles about places closing and the housing market stagnating. Anyone have anything else that's out there with analysis on all this? I haven't been able to find any concrete housing numbers to look at other than the first article below. What other factors do you think are at play here? Oil? Some examples of what I'm referencing: http://www.inforum.com/news/4171949-many-unsold-homes-f-m-area-could-have-do-uncertainty-years-election http://www.inforum.com/business/4101728-alerus-close-two-branches http://www.inforum.com/business/4175317-moorhead-hotel-owner-says-construction-blame-recent-closure http://www.inforum.com/variety/4084144-downtown-concert-venue-new-direction-close-fall http://www.inforum.com/news/4009176-west-fargo-business-close-laying-dozens-employees http://www.inforum.com/business/3948419-uptown-gallery-closing-after-deal-falls-through https://www.wday.com/business/4192601-sears-store-west-acres-close-doors https://www.wday.com/business/4118526-moorhead-kmart-close-years-end http://www.inforum.com/business/4194143-fargos-lone-star-steakhouse-closes-after-23-years-business http://www.inforum.com/business/4135338-fargos-coldwell-banker-first-realty-closing-friday http://www.inforum.com/business/4116155-junk-giant-closing-downtown-fargo-owners-focus-vinyl-giant http://www.inforum.com/business/3950180-grazies-italian-restaurant-close-saturday From memory, you can also put in the recent RIP list: -King Leo's -TGI Fridays -Quaker Steak -Ole & Lena's Pizza (mall location)
  7. I've only walked by, but it does look nice. The VR games would be interesting. But $25 for 6 minutes of go-karting? Yikes.
  8. I won't pretend to know the ND laws regarding the matter, but speaking from the experience of a past situation with a friend, (not in ND) they are enforceable.
  9. Have you ever heard of a non-compete agreement? It's basically the same thing. I can't leave my job and immediately take my privileged information over to a competitor in the same market. Even if my boss quit, my company sucked, or any other factor. Going to another school in the same division = same market. So I say, they are the same things.
  10. Game highlights and a couple interviews, including the "men vs. peewees" quote: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/sports/2016/12/31/union-loses-top-ten-battle-to-north-dakota.html
  11. I lived on the east side for a few years - I love Saint Paul, but I never left anything of any value anywhere that wasn't locked :/
  12. Sorry to hear about this. If I was you, I would set up a google alert for anyone selling a Hoogsteen jersey. Shouldn't be too many hits on that. If you're lucky, you'll find a craigslist post for it and be able to track down this motherf...not nice person. I can't speak to what the GFPD does (or wherever you might find the jersey) but many departments nowadays will help you out in confronting the individual and recovering your property.
  13. Is Dave Berger gfhockey? Simple question.
  14. Was anyone listening to Faison on the Jarrod Thomas Show today? Did this get brought up at all?
  15. Dang. As a student who golfed, it was always nice to be able to run over to RR and play for $10. It did suck that the course was only open for 3 months while school was in session...so maybe it does make sense in that regard. Still hate it, especially for Dustin and Nerby. There isn't exactly a huge amount of other jobs out there in GGF for golf courses, so I hope those guys land on their feet somewhere. They did a heck of a job managing that course on a shoestring budget for years. Looking forward, if they want this property to become connected to campus, they're going to have to do something about accessibility with the railroad. How much would it cost to move the whole rail yard outside of town? No more train shunting crashes in the middle of town, no more wall preventing development south from the main campus, no more kids getting run over...seems like it's all positives to me. Other than delivery to the power plant and that cemstone plant (or whatever it is along demers) what other reasons are there that necessitate a rail yard in the middle of town?? Heck, get rid of the rail yard and then we can have enough space to build a retractable roof football stadium and go FBS, right? ok, too far. But really, why does GF need that mess of trains in the middle of town??