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  1. Big A HG

    UND @ Western Michigan -- Saturday

    Before the game starts, make sure you login and turn off the live scoring option. Otherwise, you may see the score before starting at the beginning.
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    OK, thank you for the clarification. Is there a good location to see the finances of where all the money goes?
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    Good call on Stanford. They are quite good in just about everything it seems.
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    Wisconsin is about as well-rounded as it gets for athletics. They struggle to win championships, but seem to have consistency at getting near the top: NCAA TEAM SPORTS SINCE 2010: Men's Ice Hockey - 2010 Nat'l Runner-up (down a little lately, but can't argue their storied history in the sport) Women's Ice Hockey - 2011 Champions; 2011-2012-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018 Frozen Four Appearances Football - 2-3 record in five BCS bowl game appearances (came up just shy of making BCS Playoff in 2017) Men's Basketball - Nat'l Runner-up in 2015. Also made Final Four in 2014. Men's Soccer - Made Round of 16 in 2017 Women's Volleyball - 2013 Nat'l Runner-up, four total regional final appearances That's a pretty impressive collection of teams...but, only one championship to show for it.
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    St. Cloud State at North Dakota (January 25 & 26)

    4-1 UND tonight. Undecided on tomorrow night.
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    Thank you, Benny.
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    WHOA WHOA WHOA....where did I ever say that "novelty sales alone are enough to fund non hockey sports"???????? That's so absurd.
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    Just the salary of the staff needed to run a.... -hockey, basketball, and volleyball complex capable of hosting both events and practices (includes management, security, hourly workers, maintenance, etc.) -ticket office open daily to handle tickets for all athletics -retail merchandise store ....while only asking for $375k in return is a GREAT return on investment for UND. This doesn't include anything beyond just employee salaries and wages that UND gets out of the deal.
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    I'm not sure there's a better way for this to work, but here's how it currently works: - REA takes 52% of football ticket revenue. Based on what I've read in this thread, lately that equates to about $375k per year. - REA asks for nothing else from the university. This football ticket revenue is just UND's way of paying for use of the arena each year. - Because REA is using a percentage of football ticket revenue and not asking for a flat fee, REA is doing UND good because UND isn't hand-cuffed to a defined amount that they may not be able to pay. The more successful that football is, the more goes to REA. The less successful football is at generating money, the less goes to REA. If the contract said that UND is required to pay $375k each and every year while REA takes 0% of football ticket revenue....but football fans don't show up....where does UND pull the extra money from if the program is already strapped for cash? CLIFFNOTES: REA gets 52% of football ticket revenue. UND gets use of an arena for hockey, basketball, and volleyball events and practices. UND doesn't have to manage ticket sales as REA is also handling that. REA uses the money generated to keep the arena in tip-top shape and puts some money away for projects and unanticipated expenses each year. REA sells merchandise for UND (likely the top grossing UND merchandise retailer). REA then gives back all additional revenue to UND after they pay for upkeep and put a little away in savings for things like this. Sounds like UND and ALL of the athletic programs make out quite well thanks to REA on a $375k or so annual expense.
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    I never said it would be screwed. But, the landscape of our entire athletics department and its facilities would look quite different....and all-in-all, not for the better.
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    I think you're being reasonable in your response, but still are failing to see the point. The key here isn't about the money REA is generating. It's about how much UND has and is saving by having REA available to them. Money saved for the university doesn't equate to money coming from REA's pockets.
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    You fail to understand that UND has extra money for athletics programs outside of hockey because it didn't have to spend money building or renovating an old arena. The amount of money REA collects is small potatoes compared to the trickle down effect of expenses UND hasn't had to spend money on. With that said, REA isn't free to run or operate. What if REA has calculated that the enhancements they are making allow for additional ad space for increased revenue that pays for itself in the long run? How about the increase in ticket revenue (which leads to merch sales, concessions sales, etc.) that allows REA to put more money back in UND's pockets at the end of each year? Your logic about me carrying the weight of UND athletics is the most mind-boggling yet, as again, you fail to see the point....I'm not the one complaining about how others spend their money. If you don't like the situation the football team is in, do something about it. There are more football alums than there are hockey alums.
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    So the logical conclusion is that the older and more decrepit our facilities are, the more successful our teams would be....got it.
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    So many ungrateful people on here that fail to see the snowball effect of having use of REA. Not only that, REA will be UND's and UND's alone once the 30 years is up. Because REA exists, UND has never had to replace the old [original] Ralph Engelstad Arena, which would have been a necessity by now. Had UND been able to hang on for an additional ten years or so from the time it was replaced, they likely would have built something similar to what Duluth has in Amsoil Arena, which was built in 2010 for $80M. UMD only paid for 12% of the arena. The majority of the rest was paid for by the state and through taxes. Would you rather have REA or Amsoil Arena? Had UND done the same deal, they'd be on the hook for $9.6M....that's a lot of $375k football ticket revenue seasons. With that said. The arena, being a gift (albeit not entirely free) has saved UND many millions, kept many people living in Grand Forks after the flood, allowed 12k fans to enjoy games all winter long, and give people with ties to UND something to be proud of no matter where in the globe they are. Not to mention, what about all the revenue hockey generates for all sports through the sale of merchandise? The amount of revenue REA generated in that department funds all athletic programs. The football ticket revenue is a small price to pay for all of the additional money the arena has earned on top of the money it has saved the University. But, apparently we should say thanks for nothing to the Engelstads....then maybe all of our rich football alums will step up to the plate and donate their share to carry the weight of UND athletics.
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    Pfft....I share a birthday with the best current NHL player and best current MLB player.
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