Bob Huelsman
Bob Huelsman

Bob Huelsman is a former high school teacher, coach and administrator, serving for more than three decades at Covington High School, in Miami County. In his 13 years as head basketball coach at Covington, Huelsman won 228 games and five times guided the Buccaneers to the regional round of the state tournament. Currently, he serves as the associate athletic director at Newton High School, and treasurer for the Southwest District Athletic Board. A former member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Control, Huelsman’s broad background in athletic administration has won the respect of his peers statewide.

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Seriously, why do we, you and I, continue to ante up not only for the privilege of watching a college sporting event, but the most basic amenity heretofore thought to be standard equipment…a seat from which to watch!

FLEECED: Stripped of money or property as a sheep is stripped of fleece; obtained by unfair or unjust means; plundered; deprived of money or belongings by fraud or hoax; swindled – used in the book FLEECED by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

That’s right! Fans are being fleeced.  They know it, and keep coming back for more!

I’m being fleeced, I know it, and I keep going back for more!  They got me on the hook, and they know it!

Quite some time ago, I had to send in money to the University of Cincinnati (Notice the “T” in “the” is not capitalized–in comparison to The Ohio State University.)  This is money ($2,000 to be exact) that has to be sent each and every year just to keep the privilege of buying seats for football and basketball.

It’s sort of a seat license, but must be paid every year.

Many universities are like this, and my level of giving is not even close to the top of the scale.  But add on the cost of the actual tickets…and by the way, you have to buy both football and basketball tickets…and pretty soon you have quite a bit tied up in going to the games.

To show how smart I am, I am even buying a “pig in a poke”.  I buy, not knowing what I am buying.  I have to buy before the school lets me know the schedule.  Fleeced, I say!

So, the schedule finally comes out.  As I scan the 20 home games in basketball (18 regular games, plus 2 exhibitions), I notice that the non-league games are a joke.  Out of the 20 home games, two are exhibition games, 9 are regular season non-league games, and 9 are league games.

The only reason I mention the exhibition games is because you pay for those as well.  These 2 games are against McGill University and Northern Kentucky.  I can’t wait!

Then we get into the meat of the non-league games of which there are 9—Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Presbyterian, Northwestern State, Radford (I thought that was an all-girls school), Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Chicago State.  Should I go on?

Mind you, the University of Cincinnati is not the only school that does this.  They all do it to some extent.

Sonny Fulks has mentioned this numerous times in regards to The Ohio State University playing Akron, Youngstown State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio University, etc. in football at $75 a pop.

The University of Dayton plays Western Illinois, UNC-Wilmington, Buffalo, Murray State, South Carolina Upstate, Florida International, Illinois Chicago, etc.  Since there is nothing else to do in Dayton, the Flyer Faithful get excited about this.  At Cincinnati, they just stay home!

Dale Meggas, a colleague with Press Pros Magazine, may be on to something when he talks about adding “a strength of schedule” component to schedules and ratings.  Why shouldn’t a team be rewarded for playing better competition?

To quote Dr. Gee at The OSU, “They don’t play The Little Sisters of the Poor”.  Right!  I was more impressed with Miami of Ohio getting beat 17-6 by Missouri than The OSU beating Akron 42-0 with their third string.

The ordinary fans are being fleeced by the big money universities.  You either fork the money over or be left out looking in!  I guess that’s why I bought a new TV.

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