Zips Attendance Woes Continue

It’s no secret that attendance at University of Akron football games leaves much to be desired. The usual raucous crowds that accompany collegiate football contests that are filled with student sections swaying side to side with whatever tune the band is thunderously sounding are just flat not there at Akron Zip football games. In fact, the visiting sideline can usually be a bit louder and more passionate than the home stands and student section combined. But why? Well, let’s step back and look at this from a numbers standpoint.

For the 2015 campaign (2016 attendance numbers are yet to be calculated), the Zips saw a crowd increase of about 2.3 percent from the previous season per Ohio.com. However, that worked out to only 32,280 people over the course of six home games. This, broken down to a per game averaged, comes to 5,380 people walking through the gates each game. Obviously, for a stadium that holds 30,000 people and cost over $65 million to build, these are not good numbers for UA. The usual mass amount of money that comes from ticket sales just simply is not there, which leads to a drastic drop in sales in other departments. Food and beverage, merchandise, and more also suffer at the hands of poor attendance. Stock up the team store with all the cool jerseys and hoodies you want, it won’t matter if no one is there to buy it or even see it for that matter. This all, of course, coming in arguably the best season ever for the Zips which ended in a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory over Utah State.

To find some answers on how to fix this, I interviewed students and older fans alike to find out what both sides think can bring in more people to the games (see SoundCloud link below). One common answer found across the board? NO MORE WEEKDAY GAMES. The thought behind weekday games this is clear. Grabbing some quick, discounted ESPN time during the weekday to shed some national exposure onto the program. A lot of previous gimmicks mixed into these games have brought fans out as well. Just two years ago, a Tuesday night game against Bowling Green promised to send 6 kids home with free tuition at halftime. The first half had students and older fans alike going crazy and cheering on the Zips passionately since there were so many people there. After the winners of the tuition were announced, however… well let’s just say that stadium emptied rather quickly. When the team is not winning these games and the stadium is empty, the results are counterproductive to what this program wants to achieve. Many seem to believe that having weekday games can mess with some players’ psyche since it is not that usual “wake up on Saturday because it’s gameday” feel. The Zips finished this season on 4 consecutive weekday games, losing every single one of them. This is utter disaster for a program that, after getting its first bowl victory ever just a year ago, had lots of promise and potential coming into this season. A slew of injuries at the quarterback position left third stringer Tyrell Goodman to lead the offense down the stretch of the season. This tough finish to the season leaves the Zips at 5-7, missing out on bowl season yet again.

Maybe next season the Zips will muster up a winning record and get back into Bowl Season. And heck, while they’re at it, they might just come up with a way to get fans to come see it happen.

https://soundcloud.com/wzip/akron-football-attendance-2016

 

The Cavs continue their home court dominance

 

Fun is an understatement when it comes to Cleveland Cavaliers basketball and the feeling in this city. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks with a score of 128-90, and did it with ease.  The Big Three continued to have total domination, and showed that they are everything that we thought that they could be with time, and built chemistry. Kevin Love hit his double-double mark with 27 points, and 10 rebounds. Kyrie shot an astonishing 8-8 from the field in the first half with 21 points, and of course LeBron came in with a soft 19 points and 11 assists. This is pretty respectable when you contemplate the fact that the big three didn’t even play a second in the fourth quarter.

 

The Cavaliers shot 51.2% in the first half, and took care of all necessary business early in the game. The Cavs just came off of an 81 point first half against the formidable, Portland Trailblazers. This effort was sustained with a 72 point first half, that included Kyrie Irving shooting a perfect field goal percentage with 21 points.  The Cavs shot 45% as well from the three-point line, and are continuing to show the NBA why they are the champs.

 

The Cavaliers had so much confidence in this early lead, that they were capable of pulling the starters in the end of the third quarter. This made it possible for the young stars, which include Kay Felder, and Jordan McRae to show what they can do on the court. This was all the result from a stingy defense, that played championship basketball from the very beginning of the game. This was very apparent from the fact that the Cavs held the Mavs to only 55 points through the first three quarters. They held the future hall of famer, Dirk Nowitzki to only 15 points on 7-18 shooting.

 

This game was LeBron’s thousandth game, and he is the 11th active player to hit this mark. This is also the best start in the Cavs history, with a 12-2 start, and this shows the dominance that they still hold onto in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs broke all kinds of records with this phenomenal performance, and are 9-1 at home. They are also averaging 116.2 points per game at home, and do not look to stop here.

 

The Cavs next game will be on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers this Sunday, November 27th at 1 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

 

Below is the post game press conference with Coach Ty Lue, discussing the improved shooting on the season.

https://soundcloud.com/user-221617666/ty-lue-presser

Cavs Head into Thanksgiving with a “Love”ly Win

CLEVELAND- There is a furnace, then there is the sun, and then there is Kevin Love during the first quarter of the Cavs 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Love went absolutely bonkers in the first frame, dropping a franchise record for points in a quarter with 34 on 11/14 shooting. The mark is also the NBA record for points in an opening quarter, and trails only the Warriors Klay Thompson (37) for points in any quarter. Of those 11 made field goals, eight were from behind the arc, helping the Cavaliers break their single game record for three pointers in a game with 21, breaking the old record of 19.

 

Love finished the game with 40 points, in what was by far his best game in a Cavalier uniform. He also added seven rebounds.

 

It is always a good sign when you have a player have a triple-double and it isn’t the main headline of the game. That was the case for LeBron James tonight, as he put up a very impressive 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists.

 

With his 13 assists, James passed Guy Rodgers for 17th on the NBA all-time assists list, with his total now at 6,927.

 

It was a total team effort for the wine and gold, as Kyrie Irving added 20 points. Channing Frye was also big off the bench, working well with James in their trade mark pick and pop game. He finished with 14 points.

 

Damian Lillard, as usual, led the way for the Blazers. He finished with a team high 40 points, while adding 11 assists and seven rebounds.

 

It was a rough night however for Canton native CJ McCollum. The Canton GlenOak High School graduate finished the game with 13 points and was kept in check by the Cavs the whole night.

 

The Cavs will be back in action on Friday when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at the Q. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30. For more information on this game or any other Cavalier news, make sure to visit Cavs.com.

 

Below is what Coach Ty Lue had to say about the high scoring game.

https://soundcloud.com/wzip/ty-lue-postgame-11-23-win-vs

Cleveland Pounds Detroit in Smith’s Return

He may have been playing on a bad ankle, but JR Smith’s shooting arm is still as healthy as ever. The 6’6 shooting guard, who returned from a three game absence, hit three big threes to set the tone in the Cavs 104-81 win over the Pistons. Those would be the only points Smith would score, as he and all of the other main contributors sat the majority of the 4th quarter.

Speaking of threes, Tristian Thompson, who had the task of guarding the Pistons all-star center Andre Drummond, helped the early intensity with three huge first quarter blocks. Thompson finished with 8 points and 14 rebounds to go with 4 blocks.

The big three did their part as well, led by Kyrie Irving, who finished with 25 points and 11 assists. LeBron James had 21 points, while Kevin Love added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

It was a rough (and that’s being very kind) night for the Pistons. They were led by Jon Leuer with 15 points. Detroit shot an abysmal 31.2% from the field and couldn’t get anything easy on the Cavs swarming defense. The Cavs held Drummond in check, who finished 8 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs will be back in action this coming Wednesday the 23rd when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Q. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the game as well as other Cavs information, visit Cavs.com.