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Rick George's Athletic Dept. Update 6/3

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  1. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    I am sure most of you got this today but for those who didnt:

     
  2. CUFan

    CUFan Welcome back Club Member

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    1. It seems as though the AD has been getting complaints about game start times. To me it is a very serious drawback of being in the PAC.

    2. I really hope the AD completely revamps the PR and marketing department within the AD. Both in terms of outside the university and inside university relations.

    Those are two complaints, but overall things are definitely moving in the right direction. :)




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  3. Buffnik

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    I'm pretty sure that CU still doesn't see the value of PR. They don't do it. They don't have a PR firm. I think what passes for PR is that Plati issues some press releases.
     
  4. sackman

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    An 8:00 PM start time in September is a whole lot easier to accept than an 8:00 PM start time in November. My biggest issue with any game at that time is that my Dad is starting to get to a point where late games simply don't agree with him. He has a hard time staying up that late.

    The AD did a survey of basketball season ticket holders, and I responded to that survey that I thought the start times were bad. I know they can't do anything about it, but they should know that it's an issue for me, and probably a lot of other folks as well. I can't take my 11-year old daughter to a 9:00 PM basketball game. 7:00 is a stretch as it is.
     
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    It really is frustrating that CU cannot understand something so basic especially after all the PR disasters we've had the last decade plus. We desperately need a new image. It just seems so obvious I just don't get it. I don't even think it would be expensive.

    I am also still baffled as to why Plati is so damn great. It seems like typical public employee praise: "Well he's been here a long time so he must be fantastic". Maybe I'm blaming the wrong guy, and if so, I apologize (Sacky's PR campaign against Plati probably worked!).


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  6. sackman

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    Plati is good at what he does, which is provide statistics and historical information to members of the press who want it. As a PR guy, he's a walking disaster. He shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a microphone and should never, under any circumstances, be quoted. With the new facilities, a PR guy (or group of people) could be very important. We need to get out in front of the morons who are clogging up the DC with gripes about global warming and bees.
     
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    I should add that I don't think I've heard Dave Plati being quoted in well over a year. Probably longer. So maybe they've figured that out.
     
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    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    for the most part ....

    I did hear that CU used to have a tent for past players on gamedays and that RG took it away to save money and that some of
    these past players are upset and didn't renew their season tickets. This doesn't sit well with me.
     
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    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Umm what? Where was this tent?


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  11. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    The alumni C tent is set up just West of the Math building. Big, round thing. I'm surprised to hear that's being discontinued.
     
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    Tent? How poor. Isn't the Touchdown Club for the former players?
     
  13. hokiehead

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    thanks for posting. The only emails I get from CU are those telling me about another opportunity to directly part with my money.

    I like the comms from RG -- it addresses many of the top bitches about the CU AD that I hear on Allbuffs: providing some general PR, soft-selling of athletics to the academic-first stakeholders, reinforcing continuing need for donations and demonstrating responsiveness to fan feedback.

    Regarding the perceived need for a PR dept, how about an alternative with a structure of Senior projects by marketing and communication majors under supervision of a professor (or professors) to ensure continuity? This would take advantage of the free [STRIKE]slave[/STRIKE] student labor, give the students some valuable experience, save money and ensure that the PR group is in touch with college students. Sounds like win/win to me, but I have no idea how capable those departments are here at CU.

    Does Plati's office do the prose on the flyers they give out at the basketball games? I still think they were outstanding, but part of me is hoping they were student authored.

    I know I'm in a different world here w/r/t kickoff times, but I'm still shocked that a population so interested in outdoor activities wouldn't prefer 8PM game times so as to spend the day hiking, skiing, bicycling, fly-fishing, building decks, beekeeping, etc... There's actually a very sick part of me that's waiting for a day with a nooner at AFA or CSU and an 8PM at CU so I can overdose on a D1CFB two'fer. {The day of the ASU game, CSU hosts UC-Davis, which has a good shot of being at 12PM, but isn't the most exciting warm-up game I could imagine; the Saturday of the OSU game has more options and the UU game is my last hope . PM me if game times work out and you share my illness.}

    I understand Sacky's complaint about 9PM basketball tip times being too late to take kids out. However, my observation was that the most poorly attended were the Saturday nooners (where attended = butts in seats, vs. tix sold).

    I know that we always hear how college sports revenue is dwarfed by TV money, and not by ticket, parking and concession sales. But at some level, aren't they related? I know that when I watch a game on TV with mostly empty seats that a part of me wonders "if the people living next to the venue don't care enough to see it, why am I watching from hundreds/thousands of miles away?" If colleges completely sell out to TV to the point where even people like us don't attend, won't that hurt TV ratings both short and long term? A big part of the reason I watch sports on TV is because I enjoy following the teams and want to see all of their games --> a big part of why I enjoy following the teams is because of [STRIKE]Allbuffs[/STRIKE] how much fun the live game experience is. If the next generation of kids never attends games with their parents, will they watch them on TV when grown up?

    85 days until the start of college football.
     
  14. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    I wonder how true that is i know engaging former players is a huge initiative of RG's and i have seen him glad handing the Buffs4life tailgate organizers before a number of games.
     
  15. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    A.) Its not built yet, and B.) its for people who donate money.
     
  16. InTheBuff

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    my dad talked with a past QB that he knows from the 1950's who had mentioned it-
    this past QB has kept his tickets but sounds like others have not-
     
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    Some late start times for games is fun every so often. Even old fogeys can get out of their routine and enjoy a late night once in a while.
     
  18. Highlander

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    Says the guy for whom the 8pm start means 2pm and a 2pm start means setting an alarm so you don't miss the game.
     
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    Hehehe, I may have ulterior motives but I also wake up to watch some games at 7am.
     
  20. sackman

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    I can pretty well guarantee my Dad won't go to that ASU game. I'm sure I can find somebody for that ticket, but that's not really the point. At this stage, my Dad is just buying the tickets for my benefit. And while I appreciate that, it saddens me when he says he'll skip a game here or there because of the start time. By my uneducated estimate, I figure I have four or five years left with my Dad. Anything beyond that will be gravy. I want to make the most of that time.
     
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    If it is many games I think there is a problem, but if it is one game a season that starts in west coasts prime time I say we can deal with
     
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    <sarcasm> Sacky, you could help your dad out and let him retire so he doesn't have to get up early and go to work early on Sunday mornings after the game.</sarcasm>

    On a serious note, my brother and I have had a number of discussions around how much/little sports attending we'll be doing in our old age. I see affordable parking options becoming one of the larger restraints when body becomes too decrepit to be worth walking a mile from the street-side free parking spot.
     
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    Dude, you are way too worried about old age if you're breaking it down to the cost of parking.
     
  24. Buffalo Brad

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    I actually really like the early season late start times. Allows us to go to our kids sporting events and still make the games with time to tailgate!
     
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    I like them for the fact I won't be baking in 90 degree heat -
     
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