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  • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

    Originally posted by OnMAA View Post
    There is another one playing in the NHL. (Oilers), and he is a brother to one of them and a cousin to the other. One of their dads is a former CFL'er and Donovan McNAbb is an uncle to them.
    NHL player Darnell is UConn BB player Kia's brother. They are the children of CFL receiver Richard. Badger Sarah is cousin and niece to them . McNabb is an uncle by marriage; no blood relation to any of them.

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    • Originally posted by robertearle View Post
      They appear to do Friday/Saturday pricing, with Saturday costing more. $40 adult, $25 youth on Friday; and $49 adult, $30 youth on Saturday. On average, almost twice what Wisconsin charges for men's games.

      19 regular season home games, 11000 average crowd, let's say $40 average per ticket means $8.36 million, before we start talking about concessions, and parking, etc.
      Foolishly I never imagined them getting that kind of money there. Do students get in for free?

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      • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

        Originally posted by dave1381 View Post
        http://www.grandforksherald.com/spor...-womens-hockey

        I would take either Lam over Kennedy in any fight at any adult age, no question.
        I know this is pretty defeatist, but it feels like the damage has been done.
        Grant Salzano, Boston College '10
        Senior Writer & Women's Hockey Editor, BC Interruption
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        • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

          Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
          Wow that's something. Every time I heard the name I was like Nurse? Hockey? What?
          And Donovan McNabb is Nurse's uncle, according to the commentator from the ESPN broadcast.

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          • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

            Originally posted by drewkal View Post
            And Donovan McNabb is Nurse's uncle, according to the commentator from the ESPN broadcast.
            Uncle by marriage; McNabb married a woman whose brother became Sarah's father. There is no blood relation.

            (I saw Mcnabb in the men's room at the Final Four, and I was going to say "hey, aren't you... Sarah Nurse's uncle?" But I didn't, because... well, it was the men's room.)

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            • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

              Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
              I know this is pretty defeatist, but it feels like the damage has been done.
              Yeah, some nice sentiments and "valid" arguments but it's probably safe to say the Lams didn't major in Finance.

              The whole planet is in financially uncharted territory and has been for years...where do the Lams figure the juice is going to come from? Or did they give that any thought?

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              • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                Originally posted by Blackbeard View Post
                Yeah, some nice sentiments and "valid" arguments but it's probably safe to say the Lams didn't major in Finance.

                The whole planet is in financially uncharted territory and has been for years...where do the Lams figure the juice is going to come from? Or did they give that any thought?
                I didn't even mean regarding NoDak's finances -- I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
                Grant Salzano, Boston College '10
                Senior Writer & Women's Hockey Editor, BC Interruption
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                • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                  Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
                  I didn't even mean regarding NoDak's finances -- I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
                  I understood what you meant...I was just adding to it.

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                  • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                    Originally posted by Blackbeard View Post
                    Yeah, some nice sentiments and "valid" arguments but it's probably safe to say the Lams didn't major in Finance.

                    The whole planet is in financially uncharted territory and has been for years...where do the Lams figure the juice is going to come from? Or did they give that any thought?
                    like all women, men

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                    • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                      Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
                      I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
                      Minnesota did announce it was cutting both golf programs and men's gymnastics years back, and then funding emerged and the programs were saved. I'd guess that North Dakota has fewer sources from which it can seek such a bailout. Maybe Marvin Windows can sponsor the team. The problem is that Grand Forks isn't that big, and outside of UND, hockey isn't that big of a deal in most of the state.
                      "... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
                      And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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                      • Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
                        I didn't even mean regarding NoDak's finances -- I just mean that now that this announcement has been made, and recruits are going elsewhere, and players are transferring out, it's probably too late for the university to change course even if it wanted to. No one would want to play for that program now.
                        Huntsville hockey somehow survived when they announced they were killing hockey and then changed their minds shortly afterward. But, it is hard.
                        Russell Jaslow
                        [Former] SUNYAC Correspondent
                        U.S. College Hockey Online

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                        • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                          UND is not the only one cutting sports teams. Buffalo just announced they are cutting four sports:

                          http://www.whec.com/news/university-...44542/?cat=565
                          Russell Jaslow
                          [Former] SUNYAC Correspondent
                          U.S. College Hockey Online

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                          • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                            Originally posted by Russell Jaslow View Post
                            Huntsville hockey somehow survived when they announced they were killing hockey and then changed their minds shortly afterward. But, it is hard.
                            I mean, they "survived" in the same way that Voldemort "survived" after trying to kill Harry Potter... lol
                            Grant Salzano, Boston College '10
                            Senior Writer & Women's Hockey Editor, BC Interruption
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                            • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                              Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
                              I mean, they "survived" in the same way that Voldemort "survived" after trying to kill Harry Potter... lol
                              Yes, but just like a loving mother saved the "Empty Child" in Dr Who and Lily's love saved Harry Potter, maybe... Oh, never mind.
                              "Everything that rises must converge." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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                              • Re: REPORT: North Dakota cutting women's hockey

                                The article by Rob Port highlighting how much money the UND women’s team lost in 2015-16 made me want to find the financials for the men’s team as well. As I researched the web I found many years’ worth of the NCAA Financial reports for North Dakota and most other public DI schools from 2010 to 2014 and in some cases 2015. That set me off on doing the financials for all the hockey schools I could find the information on and it is taking a lot of time to enter the numbers and then double check them in the spreadsheet I created. I wanted to wait until all the information was entered, but the following posts made me decide to put the North Dakota information online by itself.

                                Originally posted by ne7minder View Post
                                Given that MN womens budget is $2.3mm i would not assume that UND men pay for themselves. I am sure that their expenses ate greater in every catagory. At 11000 a game I doubt ticket prices are that high. I imagine that there is a broadcast contract too but I bet it doesn't bring in a megabuck.
                                Originally posted by robertearle View Post
                                They appear to do Friday/Saturday pricing, with Saturday costing more. $40 adult, $25 youth on Friday; and $49 adult, $30 youth on Saturday. On average, almost twice what Wisconsin charges for men's games.

                                19 regular season home games, 11000 average crowd, let's say $40 average per ticket means $8.36 million, before we start talking about concessions, and parking, etc.
                                Originally posted by Leather helmet View Post
                                Those revenues would be offset by their facility costs: at $1/year, that works out to more than a nickel per game, just for the rent.
                                The workbook has four sheets: Averaged Financial Reports; Yearly Financial Reports; Reporting Categories; and Notes. The averaged and yearly financial reports sheets have the categories that any of the schools used to report hockey revenues or expenses, even if only in a single year. The yearly financial sheet shows how much North Dakota reported for each category for each fiscal year reported. The averaged financial sheet shows the average amount spent for each category that was reported, usually over all years. However, in a several cases that are noted only those years in which amounts were reported are averaged. The NCAA also split some categories into two, so the overall average revenue and expenses may not equal the averages for the individual revenue and expense categories.

                                Not every school reports numbers in every category, as either there is no athletic revenue or expenses in that category for hockey, or the school did not break down the spending or expenses for that category among specific teams. And sometimes a school breaks down the numbers for one year, but not another, so it’s actually a bit of a fool’s errand to try and compare a team’s revenue and expenses without also looking at the overall athletic revenue and expense. Still, I’m giving it a shot since the NCAA mandates that schools break down revenues and expenses by teams.

                                I have 6 years’ worth of financials for North Dakota’s men’s team and 7 years’ worth for the women’s team. Looking at the averages first shows the men’s team brought in $3.35 million per year in ticket sales, while the women brought in just $21,197 per year. Contributions are likewise skewed, with just under $79 thousand per year for the men and only $651 per year for the women. The parking, game programs, concessions and novelties are not much, a bit under $5,000 per year for the men and $761 per year for the women. In the end, ticket sales drive the men’s revenue of $3.99 million per year while the women’s revenue of $147 thousand per year is driven in a large part by the direct support of the school.

                                Average expenses show that in regards to scholarships the school supports the women equally with the men, but in every other category the women are supported at a lower level than the men (which is the same for other schools I have looked at with both men’s and women’s programs). The biggest surprise is that the men’s program has averaged a deficit of just over half a million dollars a year from 2010-15, with the women averaging a loss of $1.25 million a year from 2010-16.

                                Looking at the yearly reports shows much more information. The men’s yearly ticket sales increased from $3 to $3.6 million between 2011-15, while the women’s ticket sales tripled from 2010 to 2011, but then remained flat. The women’s team got direct sport for the school for 2010-12, but nothing in 2013-15 before getting support again in 2016. This is reflected in the women’s revenue taking a steep drop from just over $200 thousand in 2012 to just under $30 thousand in 2015. Meanwhile, the men’s revenue rose about a million dollars from 2010 to 2015, in a large part due to NCAA and conference distributions. However, moving to the NCHC also raised the men’s teams’ game day expenses, going from an average of $568 thousand per year for the last 4 seasons in the WCHA to $1.27 million for the first 2 seasons in the NCHC.

                                Interesting as the cost of being in the NCHC may be, the real surprise from the reports is that North Dakota does not lease the Ralph for $1 per year. For 2010, ‘11 & ‘12 the schools paid direct facilities (costs charged to intercollegiate athletics, including building and grounds maintenance, utilities, rentals fees, operating leases, equipment repair and maintenance, and debt service) payments averaging $1.68 million per year for both the men’s and women’s teams (99.6% being charged to the men). In 2013 that dropped to $43 thousand, but in 2014 it was $2.57 million charged to the men’s team.

                                In 2015 the NCAA split that reporting category into two: Debt Service/Leases (debt service payments (principal and interest, including internal loan programs), leases and rental fees for athletics facilities for the reporting year regardless of entity paying (athletics, institution or other)) and Direct Overhead (overhead and administrative expenses paid by or charged directly to athletics including: administrative/overhead fees charged by the institution to athletics, facilities maintenance, security, risk management, utilities, equipment repair, telephone, other administrative expenses.). The school reported just over $2.2 million under debt service/leases for the men’s team and in 2016 the school reported just under $400 thousand in debt service/leases for the women’s team (I would really like to see the men’s 2016 financials to see if some of the debt service/leases cost was shifted from the men’s team).

                                What this means is that in 2015 UND paid over $2.2 million to use the Ralph for the 2014-15 season and it is likely that the other payments under the old direct facilities category were also for using the Ralph. For what it’s worth, I also checked to see about basketball and volleyball payments for using the Betty and for 2010, ’11 & ’12 the school paid an average of about $100 thousand per year. Starting in 2013 there have been no payments made for either sport.

                                Regardless of why the school is making the payments, they have put the men’s team in the red along with the women’s team. Expenses for the men’s team have risen from $3.7 million in 2010 to $6.1 million in 2015 and along with the rising costs the team has seen increasing net losses (barring 2013). In fact, the men’s team lost $1.55 million in 2015, more than the women’s team lost.

                                Remember earlier when I mentioned that the men’s team forming the NCHC had raised their game day expenses? The difference between the averages I mentioned for the WCHA vs the NCHC is just under $705 thousand per year. Between the cost of using the Ralph and the increased costs of the men’s team playing in the NCHC it is unfortunate that the women’s team is taking the hit. I wonder if Rob Port would be willing to advocate for the abolishment of the men's team? After all "let’s be honest: It would be fiscally irresponsible to run a sports program losing that much money even state coffers are flush. Our institutions of higher education are not intended to be host bodies for sports programs."

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