Monday, February 18, 2008

Choice By Default

The Problem--Thin Crowd
The Solution--Comb It Over

Donald Trump was forced by his creditors to sign over partial ownership in one of his Atlantic City casinos because his was behind on the repayment of the debt owed on the property. The Comb over King came on television and announced the transaction as a great triumph. Many of us would have been humbled by the failure of our enterprise to meet the financial obligations that we had planned on but in the world of spin failing is really winning. John Swofford, ACC commissioner may need to spin the future of the less than successful league championship game. In reaction to recently announced scheduling conflict between a proposed USF v. Rutgers on December 4th and the ACC Championship game on December 6th, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is looking to make USF football a priority at Raymond James Stadium (behind the NFL).

The ACC is contracted to play in Tampa in 2008 and 2009 with the game moving to Charlotte for 2010 and 2011. The lot for the ACC is either playing third fiddle at Raymond James Stadium or pull a Trump and claim victory when the game is moved to heart of ACC basketball country.

As for USF, using Raymond James Stadium is an excellent financial move as an on campus facility would run from $55 million at the low end like UCF ( video) or $288 million indoor Gopher palace. The other option of moving to Tropicana Field a baseball stadium with all the charm of a 1987 Toyota Camry and yes the turf looks just as bad in person as it does on television. If the Bulls can get more games with the energy of the 2007 game against WVU they can make quite a name for themselves in the Tampa By region.

A Gopher Money Hole?

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