Envy and jealousy, an epitaph?

Ivan Maisel reads the John Bacon piece I linked to the other day on how Michigan’s marketing is backfiring and sums things up beautifully:

Treat college fans like customers, they’ll start acting like customers instead of people with emotional ties to the product.

At your peril, bitches.  At your peril.


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7 responses to “Envy and jealousy, an epitaph?

  1. gastr1

    You’re so right on about this, Senator. The cracks are showing. How long can the TV money drive the bus toward the edge like this?

    I’m curious to see where the breaking point is, i.e., at what moment we can see the schools & conferences actually start listening to fans instead of TV dollars.


  2. Otto

    Very true, which is why keeping traditional rivals on the schedule is critical.


    • gastr1

      Critical until it isn’t critical. When does it revert back to actually, really critical again? How far will they go? They can’t really charge more for ESPN on the cable bill, can they?


  3. TennesseeDawg

    Someone made a good point in the comments of the Bacon article. 10-20 years from now, those students you’ve pissed off would have become the next group of athletic donors. How’s that going to work out when you screwed them while they were students?


  4. Bulldog Joe

    Well Michigan, East Lansing is only an hour away and I hear they have a pretty good football team.


  5. stoopnagle

    Reminds me of that Dale Watson song: “That’s Country (My Ass)”

    Georgia football was George Jones; now it’s Jason Aldean.

    All I can do is shrug and move on. The good news is that if I quit caring so much, I’ll save a ton by not having a DirecTV bill anymore.