By Fredy Ramirez
He is at the 10″ the five” and tackled at the 1-yard line with no time left to play! The Broncos win it all! Your 2017 Division II National Collegiate Athletic Association football champions are the Broncos.
Division II NCAA football champions Cal Poly Pomona Broncos- that has a nice ring to it.
CPP hasn’t had a football program since the early 1980’s. Now is the time.
I have had the privilege of working collegiate football games at the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum and they are lively. The roar of the crowd and the energy felt in the stadium are indescribable, but the one thing that stands out is the student section. This is where the heart and soul of college football lives. Although it sees different students every four years or so, their passion and commitment are undeniably there every year. The ability to share that passion is one that is not allotted on our campus.
If a football team was reintroduced, about 200 student athletes would be able to play in order for the gender equity to stay constant. This would drastically change the budget for the athletic program. Paying for 200 additional athletes could potentially take money out of other sports programs at CPP. Due to budget constraints, the student athlete experience could be a little different.
Brian Swanson, the director of student athletics, stated that, “At Cal Poly, the goal is to ensure that the student athlete experience is the same as other schools in our conference.” The issue here being that if football takes away from any other sport or if football itself is a bad experience, it shouldn’t be added.
Yet, if the football program were to be successful, it could pay for the entire athletic program at CPP. It could potentially add to the athletic budget and this would improve student athlete life. Most athletic programs spend time fundraising. With the revenue that football brings in, the other sports could spend time practicing and improving instead of fundraising, thus raising champions!
The entire school would benefit from a new football program, especially if we won multiple games. A winning football program brings a sense of pride and fills up the stands, positively affecting revenue.
There is also the money incentive for football. Game day fans purchase tickets, t-shirts, food, parking passes and more. According to a report from the NCAA on Division II football, from 2004 to 2012 there has been an increase in total revenue every year for colleges that have a football team.
In 2012, schools with football teams generated nearly twice as much as schools without a football program. The average total revenue from football alone in 2012 was just over $600,000. Clearly there is a profit to be made to such an extent where it would minimally affect the student and university budget, not to mention the jobs that would be created for our student body as well.
Some may argue that starting a football team would cost too much money and would hurt the education. Some even fret at the thought of having to pay more tuition.
The average cost for a football team to be added is $1 million. That would be an average increase of $50 per student in tuition.
However, a raise in tuition is unlikely. More revenue presents more resources for CPP staff, faculty and students. One way to spend the money is to improve student parking. Instead of students having to pay more for a parking pass, which currently cost about $130, the revenue from football could pay for it.
If the athletic department received approval today, it would be a couple of years until a coaching staff, team and field could be acquired. Thus, we have to wait patiently for our Division II NCAA football champions.
Fredy Ramirez has been a collegiate footballl enthusiast for over a decade.
Robert Diep / The Poly Post
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