OK people....first post of April...always kind of slow when the seasons end. Open loops? Well, a new men's assistant basketball coach...and the signing period opens in a week. BG has two signees and if there's other news, I haven't heard it.
Just had a chance to look through BG's new athletic strategic plan. I would certainly recommend that Falcon fans take a look at it. I think it's well done as these things go...all the goals link up to University goals, which they should. I think the priorities are right on...it represents a nice balance between competition and academics. There are strong but achievable goals in both areas. Clearly, we want to win and we want to graduate good students.
A few random thoughts....
- They are looking at getting turf onto all the grass facilities. If you are going to keep baseball and softball in the MAC, you can't justify not having turf.
- There is going to be a full renovation plan for the Doyt, which I think we would all be interested in seeing. I was there Saturday and there is a lot going on right now.
- I'd be interested in knowing what is entailed in "Develop scheduling strategies to position teams for post-season play." Does that mean wins or tough scheduling?
Finally, the revenue goals are interesting:
- A 7% annual increase in gross ticket revenue. It will be interesting to see how that plays out. In some cases, there is easy room for 7% growth (men's basketball, for example). I think fans can expect some additional cost increases as well, though I think basketball is already too high.
- There's also a 7% annual increase in merchandising. I think there might be an opportunity here. If you heard the chatter about the SBX closing, you head the general consensus (which I agree with) that SBX had a much better selection and quality than the University does currently. This might be an opportunity for BG to up its game.
- Increase the unrestricted fund by 20% annually. That's going to be tough. There is a tactic that says they are going to get a timetable for changing Falcon club rules...it will be interesting to see what that ends up being.
Even though these types of things are likely to cost me money, I think fans need to keep the big picture in mind. BG gets 63% of its athletic revenue from subsidies, most of which comes from student fees paid by BG undergrads. It is a number that is common in the MAC, but probably already too high. I don't know how likely it is to go down but you'd like to see it at least not get worse. So, you need to get a higher portion of your revenue from the people in the stands...it's just right.