I have come into possession of this top secret internal memo on what it would take to make Football happen at Charlotte read and then respond to my proposal below:
Football at UNC Charlotte ?
Where does this leave us?
Beyond the one-time facility costs (which are substantial), the cost to add football and a proportional amount of opportunities for
women would cost between $7.1 million and $8.1 million per year. While there could be more corporate/donor support than suggested,
it is unrealistic to anticipate a huge push by the business community for college football in Charlotte (as evidenced by the relative lack of
discussion in the media and among business leaders). Corporations, in tight economic times, traditionally limit any area deemed “not essential” to their
business mission. UNC Charlotte football would seem to fit that bill. Private donations work a little differently, but usually require an affinity
on the part of the donor to a particular cause. Since a UNC Charlotte football program has not existed, it would be unlikely for the average college
football fan to shift allegiances to a new program that would likely be unsuccessful on the field initially. This impacts ticket buyers who
might support the program occasionally, but traditionally won’t buy into the program with their hearts.
Using the financial estimates in this package, UNC Charlotte students/administration would need to fund an additional $2.3 to $3.3 million
dollars per year in order for the University to compete at the average level of a Conference USA school. For the purposes of this group – If the
additional costs were passed along to the student population, it would cost between $143 and $206 per student per year, in addition to the $85
referenced earlier ($228-$291 total). Whether the students would be receptive to this or not is something that would need serious evaluation.
What is the next step?
It is no secret that if football is to become a reality at UNC Charlotte, students must take the lead. The corporate business community is
is not currently pushing for the formation of a program. The push must be student initiated and must take in consideration the issues stated
in this packet. A mere “we want football” or “it would be great” polling of the student body will not get the ball rolling. Students need to develop
a realistic business plan to make it happen. Much of the burden, financially, will more than likely have to fall on the student body. Division I football
at many schools is a resource-draining proposition. In 1998-99, eight of the top 25 finishers in the Sears Directors Cup (overall athletic excellence
as determined by national championship tournament finishes), LOST money. Included in these eight were Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia.
Being “big-time” comes with a cost. If the students, alumni and friends of the University are willing to make the financial commitment to
adding football AND keeping the University in compliance with Title IX, the prospects of football at UNC Charlotte are favorable.
(The information in this packet was prepared by Darin Spease, Sr.Assoc AD/Business, and is the result of budget surveys, estimates, and knowledge of
the operations of a Division I-A athletic program. This information was compiled to educate the student leaders of UNC Charlotte on the obstacles
obstacles and costs that the University would reasonably face in undertaking the addition of Division I-A football. It is not designed to be a
blueprint for the formulation of a program.)
[B]So basically this all starts with us and here is my proposal: I am going to start a list of Football supporters and contributors. I will compile this list until I have 1000 names and then I will submit it to the administration. This is what I need from all of you:
PM or email me your Name and contact info, year of graduation, How much money would you contribute to the initial start up, How much would you give yearly and would you buy season tickets.
I need each of you to reach beyond this message board and give me a list of at list 5 people you graduated or attend school with the info I asked for in #1.
We have about 200 active posters here who are hard core 49er fans, if all of us reach out and get 5 people to comit to this we have our 1000 people.
Pledge as much as you can realistically expect to contribute. For example I am Pledging $500 for start up and $250 a year and I would buy season tickets.
This will allow us and the administration to see how serious we are about football. If no one signs up then we know this will probably never happen in our lifetime, but if we really want this as much as we say this will go a long way to proving it and actually doing something to make it happen.
Time for all of us to put our money where our mouth is. I think the website is a great idea and this can go hand in hand with it (weekly update of pledges and so forth) but I really think this is the only way to find out how serious we are.
I look forward to you response and I can be emailed at [/B]firstname.lastname@example.org