Re: Ron, you and I were in the knothole gang

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Posted by Big Ron on December 30, 19 at 13:06:16:

In Reply to: Ron, you and I were in the knothole gang posted by Don B. on December 30, 19 at 10:50:59:

People use the argument that Phoenix has a transient population, but its always been a transient population. Metro phoenix population growth:

1950 374,961
1960 726,183
1970 1,039,807

So when ASC fought to become ASU, probably 75% the population was new to the area. Still the entire community rallied to support the school gaining university status. And when the ballot measure passed, 726,000 didn't just become ASU fans. We WERE ASU. It was our school, our creation.

G. Homer Durham rode that energy and inspired the area with exciting teams led by young iconic coaches. ASU then rode that energy for a couple decades without understanding the need to keep it alive. Worse yet, past administrations even tried to kill it because they saw the sports fan base as a threat to academic reputation. The death of the Sun Angel Foundation marked the beginning of the decay orbit. My fear is that as the old fan base dies off, there is no way to replace it. We are now living with the consequences of past decisions.

So today, we ask why local recruits do not chose ASU. The true question is why should they? Decades ago, ASU should have been asking what it needed to do to ensure that local recruits grew up wanting to come to ASU. No quick fixes now. I how Crow enjoys his Sports Consumer model.

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