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February 13, 2014

Rivalries belong to the fans

When suits make decisions based on money and ego, we lose.

(Continued)

So, finished with my email to a friend, I saw that at about the same time, he’d emailed me complaining about Indiana and Kentucky not playing each other in basketball, halting a rivalry which had been played continuously since the 1969-70 season. The schools argued about where to play, neutral sites or home venues. Depending on which quotes you read, or what perspective you take, either side might seem like the villan.

The truth is though that neither side’s athletic power brokers cared enough about a rivalry to keep it going — a rivalry that IU and UK fans take great pride in.

Suits with big egos win. You lose.

Same goes for the Michigan-Notre Dame football rivalry. Looks to me like ND is the team to blame here, but I’m sure comments and circumstances could be construed differently. Bottom line is that a border war that the whole country watches is off for this year and the foreseeable future after ND decided it had too much of an obligation to its ACC entanglement (playing their football teams without being in the conference in football) to figure out how to get Michigan on the schedule.

What this means is that colleges which make money off fans’ interest, don’t value the fans’ interests when ducking opponents, oops, I mean, when scheduling opposition.

Suits with big egos win. You lose.

In these cases, and so many others during a time of conference chaos, losing these rivalries weakens college sports. Losing rivalries means losing games people care about, and telling a fan base that the coach’s interests, or the AD’s interests are more important than those of the fans.

These bad decision are done in pursuit of another home game, or a recruiting advantage, or a sweeter TV deal, or immediate money over long-term benefit. Or sometimes, they’re just made out of plain arrogance.

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