Ill flame wrote:
Kricket wrote: ↑February 5th, 2023, 11:51 am
I think our main focus should be how we put more eyeballs on football (and basketball).
You're not wrong but we are already doing everything we can on the athletics side. We already have top tier G5 coaching staffs, facilities and according to a tweet i saw today, NIL money. With the new C-USA tv contract we will now have much more exposure. What more do you think we should be doing?
Winning typically does that, but winning alone doesn't make us attractive to bigger conferences. Can we add more value to the TV deals then the average team does in a bigger conference? We certainly can in C-USA but probably not yet in the AAC.
Take it a step further, focus on getting to a playoff in the next few years in football and NCAA tournament runs in basketball. Easier said than done, but that's our best shot in radical growth in the fan base and becoming a national brand.
It sounds cliche but winning takes care of the rest.
Wealthy individuals providing NIL money wouldn't hurt to speed up the process...
I have no sense for how well the collective is doing. I hope it is doing great, per the posted tweet. I don't know what's being done to make the collective even more successful so I didn't intend my post to be a criticism of what we are currently doing.
I haven't heard that we have a large commitment to NIL to be P5 competitive. I would say that will be an area we would need to focus on, but again, I have no inside information on how well we're doing on that.
My point is, we can't know how long we will be in C-USA without knowing if we will win in a significant way and grow our fan base. The end destination in mind shouldn't be finding a new conference. We are still growing.
Most fans seem to think if we have money and facilities and we're pretty good, that's enough to go P5. Why should those conferences care how good our facilities are? Even if we have a great season or two, why should they care? Do we bring eyeballs? Do we bring more eyeballs than their current teams do? If not, why should they want us?
How can we increase our fan base is a more interesting question. Outside of winning, what can we do to increase the size of our fan base? Is there a case study for this? Is it similar to building brand loyalty in any business? Idk, but I'd be interested to see if there is a model to emulate.