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Alright, soapbox time....
Now, I understand that college sports is a business. And I also understand that it makes good business sense to hold an NCAA tournament regional final at a venue that seats, say, 40,000 rather than one that holds 15,000.
But I would also submit that the extra revenue provided by 25,000 tickets is secondary to the quality of the telecast. And as a viewer of many college basketball telecasts, I would further submit that a game played in close confines in front of 15,000 is many times more engrossing than a game played in a converted football arena in front of 40,000.
I have no doubt that the fans who turned out at Cowboys Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium this week yelled themselves hoarse. But I also I have no doubt that the acoustics they produced sounded distant, scattered and altogether unworthy of such consequential games. That's the nature of a seating structure that might be properly described as the anti-Cameron Indoor.
College athletics are an atmosphere-driven entertainment niche, and transmitting as much of that atmosphere as possible to the fan at home should be a priority. Instead, the NCAA latches onto the biggest echo chambers it can find. Frankly, it makes me grumpy.
Plus, that whole sunken-bench dynamic is awkward—especially when the players have the coaches sit on that little sideline bar stool.
Can we at least work on that?