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Afraid not, Elizabeth89.
Michael: Well, the full value he was getting for a scholarship and degree from Duke was probably still somewhat more than your estimate of what his contract plus Rice tuition might have been. But, there were also the other reasons Ibeagha spoke about, included in the article, that amount to more than testing his value.
Daniel: Value is certainly subjective, but during the months the RailHawks play four games, that works out to about $1.25 per match. That hardly seems unreasonable. As I wrote, this move needs to go hand-in-hand with an improvement in production quality, etc. Fortunately, Carolina's home webcasts are among the best in the league. The league has made plenty of missteps, but I don't regard an improved web presence and placing value on your product as one of them.
You're correct, Timothy. Correction made. Thanks for reading!
Thanks, Jesse. Time and space didn't permit an analysis of each team's possible additional factors. Certainly those two mid-Sat. afternoon start times haven't helped (I noticed that on the schedule), plus the move from downtown to Blaine affected attendance figures both last and this year. That said, Minnesota's ebb mirrors the trend line seen throughout the league (other than Edmonton).
Right - and the results sounds as I described.
This comment from Albert Colone was sent to me by e-mail on Friday with a request that I post it "wherever it suits":
Neil, Hopefully your well-researched and well-written piece on the soccer hall will lead to renewed interest in reestablishing a living, breathing national historic center for the sport.
Failure to believe in a Hall and America's soccer heritage is failure to believe in the sport itself. Rather than America being seen as one of soccer's [Association Football's] founding nations, soccer in America is seen as the other guy's sport. That condition dramatically restrains the sport's overall public popularity and growth. Sadly, way too many within the sport here in the US are in that category of non-believers!
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