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  • #16
    Re: Comparing NCAA Hockey with NCAA Baseball Attendance

    Originally posted by moose97 View Post
    Well, if you follow this logic:


    Then only 66 of the 338 are over 2,000 per game. Even if you extend to those over 1,000, the fugure increases to 132 of the 338. So:

    69% of Hockey teams are over 2,000 per game (86% over 1,000 - 21% over 5,000)
    10% of Baseball teams are over 2,000 (don't have all listed over 1,000 - 2% are over 5,000)
    20% of Women's Basketball are over 2,000 (39% over 1,000 - 4% over 2,000)
    17% of lax are over 2,000 (don't have all listed over 1,000 - 5% over 5,000)

    Seems to me Hockey wins big on all accounts...
    Fair enough. But keep in mind that 78% of college hockey teams play in a "major" conference. Even if you include mid-majors, that number isn't nearly as high in women's basketball. I think that has a lot to do with it. I'd be willing to bet Merrimack would not have broken the 2,000 plateau if it were in the AHA or CHA instead of Hockey East.

    I guess I just have a hard time saying hockey draws better than women's basketball. The fact that there are so many fewer D1 hockey teams no doubt boosts those percentages. What if women's basketball could be as selective about who gets to play D1 as college hockey is? Almost every college hockey team has a realistic chance of competing for a national championship somewhere along the line. Bemidji and RIT have proven that. How many women's basketball programs have absolutely no hope of ever competing for a national title? A lot.
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    • #17
      Re: Comparing NCAA Hockey with NCAA Baseball Attendance

      Well, there's attendance and then there's revenue. Hockey is at least a strong revenue sport for several schools.
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      • #18
        Re: Comparing NCAA Hockey with NCAA Baseball Attendance

        Originally posted by Federal League View Post
        Fair enough. But keep in mind that 78% of college hockey teams play in a "major" conference. Even if you include mid-majors, that number isn't nearly as high in women's basketball. I think that has a lot to do with it. I'd be willing to bet Merrimack would not have broken the 2,000 plateau if it were in the AHA or CHA instead of Hockey East.
        Well, yeah, but the question wasn't which sport draws more overall (or based on a structure of majors to mid-majors), it was which has better attendance. Overall, you can't dispute that hockey draws the best (when looking at the whole rather than just select teams).
        Originally posted by Federal League View Post
        I guess I just have a hard time saying hockey draws better than women's basketball. The fact that there are so many fewer D1 hockey teams no doubt boosts those percentages. What if women's basketball could be as selective about who gets to play D1 as college hockey is?
        Um, what? Last I checked, every school listed as a women's basketball school was able to play D-I hockey too. It's not like hockey is any more selective than any other sport - most schools just have decided to not offer it. (And, in fact, hockey is more inclusive, since D-II or D-III play-ups have never been allowed in basketball)
        Originally posted by Federal League View Post
        Almost every college hockey team has a realistic chance of competing for a national championship somewhere along the line. Bemidji and RIT have proven that. How many women's basketball programs have absolutely no hope of ever competing for a national title? A lot.
        Every one not named UConn.
        Last edited by moose97; 05-26-2010, 07:04 PM.
        Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

        AHA:
        B1G: UMinn, UWisc
        ECAC:
        HEA: UMass, Notre Dame
        NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
        WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

        Inactive: BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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