I've never understood why WSU doesn't announce games as they are scheduled. If you don't know the date tell the fans we'll be playing some school IDed by name. Fill in the date time later. Every year Raider fans find out when some other school announces that they are playing WSU. Is WSU the least "fan friendly" school in the country, or does it just seem like it?
Great comment. I too am extremely puzzled as to some of our program's less-than "fan friendly" actions. Is anyone on that fan advisory board committee that has any insight into why our scheduling actions are the way they are? Or is our process just standard for DI schools, perhaps.
I think our process is pretty standard from what I know. Most schools only release their full schedule when it is complete. Some schools release a tentative OOC schedule without dates to season ticket holders but that is it. The only thing I think WSU does different from some of the other teams I follow is we don't "leak" out scheduling tidbits very much. UD, for example, lets their beat writer know when they are trying to schedule someone. That's a double edged sword. It does spur on fan interest but it has also come back to bite them in the butt a few times when those negotiations fell through.
Post by Class of '79 on May 27, 2012 15:58:35 GMT -5
I really wish our athletic department would make some intelligent moves this summer. We really need 3 things to happen to get people interested in WSU basketball next year.
1. We need to finish out our 2012 recruiting class strong and have a big thorough press release on each new player to get some potential fans interested in our new roster. All our recruits have some highlight videos available online. Have someone put together a 3-5 minute highlight video of all of our incoming players when they are all finally announced.
2. We need to finish off our OOC schedule and get it released early to drum up some interest in season ticket sales. No D2 games. We all want a bunch of teams we recognize on the schedule, but I would be happy to start off with a schedule of real D1 competition.
3. We need to increase season ticket sales and mini pack season ticket sales. WSU pissed off many season ticket holders last year by taking away some of the perks to being a season ticket holder (like the all sports pass). WSU needs to make up for that and make season tickets a bargain this year. Last year we had 16 home games and 1 exhibition game. If we have 17 games again this year we need to reduce the price for season ticket holders so they are only paying for 12 or 13 games. We need to make the mini packs 6 games for the price of 4 games and/or 3 games for the price of 2. Make people want to purchase season tickets because they are getting a bargain for their money. We need to take steps to rebuild our once strong fan base.
I'ts awesome having a schedule with a rival, and it sucks we don't have one we can count on anymore, but forcing a rivalry that students wont embrace isn't the way to do that and I hope we dont try to shove BGSU down students' throats as our "new Butler" Also not saying it couldn't turn into a rivalry, but I think the Athletic Dept. needs to accept Miami is probably the biggest "rival" on our schedule and that's even a stretch. I cant remember a game vs. MU that wasn't during winter break.
I changed the name of my Recycle Bin on my Desktop to "UD Arena" because that's where garbage goes.