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AlumDadDad
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  Message Not Read  Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/4/2022 8:48:31 PM 
So...what's going on with the Bobcat Club? I haven't heard from them at all this year, there's only general info on the Ohio giving page (no specific info on game parking this year), and the link to the club website is broken. I'm left to assume that they don't need my money.
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Kinggeorge4
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/5/2022 7:21:23 AM 
I have emailed and called repeatedly, no response at all.


GO BOBCATS
GEORGE

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SBH
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/5/2022 8:46:28 AM 
There's a new director this year. Seems like a nice guy.
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colobobcat66
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/5/2022 8:53:18 AM 
I gave up trying to get ahold of them and gave directly to university online
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OhioCatFan
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/5/2022 9:21:00 AM 
I re-upped my OBC membership online about a month ago. No one ever contacted me as they have in the past, and Iíve gotten no communication after-the-fact thanking me for my contribution. Someone does seem asleep at the switch.

Last Edited: 7/5/2022 9:21:41 AM by OhioCatFan


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Kinggeorge4
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/5/2022 10:34:09 AM 
I had done everything online too. I had a question. Sure would be nice if they responded.


GO BOBCATS
GEORGE

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Mike Johnson
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/9/2022 11:46:35 AM 
During the last couple years, my passion for college football and basketball has been eroding. It's been getting to feel too much like the NFL and NBA, neither of which I follow.

Back in 1996 or '97, I bought into the Tower Club so that my late wife Lynne could continue enjoying game days. The drugs she was taking to keep her autoimmune disease in check didn't mix well with prolonged exposure to sunshine. Tower Club provided shade. She was having difficulty with steps. Elevator to the Tower Club. Walking long distances was becoming challenging. As a Tower Club member we parked in the Peden lot.

After she died in early 2014, I decided to keep my two TC seats. I had little difficulty finding someone to use the second seat. When travels precluded attending a game, I usually found a taker for the two seats.

This year? For the package of reasons why my passion for college football has been eroding, I decided not to renew the TC seats. Last season I attended only one game - the opener against Syracuse. The better part of that day was visiting the spot where I sprinkled Lynne's ashes in the Hocking. I also enjoyed shopping for Ohio-themed Christmas tree decorations in the College Bookstore. And sipping, nibling and reading in the Front Room was pleasant. The game? It did nothing to stop the erosion.


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ytownbobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/9/2022 4:01:42 PM 
Hey Mike, thanks for your post. Very personal reflections, yet I concur that things feel different lately regarding college athletics.
The MAC will need to find its way particularly in football. Feels like the NCAA has been bought out by super conferences and ESPN and we are going to feel the effects.
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OhioCatFan
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/9/2022 5:18:15 PM 
Mike, thanks for your personal reflections. I, too, am finding that my passion for college athletics is eroding. It's not yet at the point that you've reached, but it's headed in the same direction. I'm not sure that this feeling is unique to fans of G5 conference schools. I'd not be surprised to see that at many P5 programs as well. And, further, I don't think it'll be confined to people in our age cohort.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

Note: My avatar is the national colors of the 78th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry, which are now preserved in a climate controlled vault at the Ohio History Connection. Learn more about the old 78th at: http://www.78ohio.org

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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/11/2022 11:42:41 AM 
Mike and OCF - you two have expressed my feelings exactly. I would add that Covid was a contributing factor in that many people found out they could live without the "athletic experience." The disconnect between what is becoming a very big business in a select number of conferences and the core mission of an educational institution is troubling. The music business is no different in terms of profit. We just saw Brandi Carlile in Nashville at Ascend Ampitheater (great show by the way) and the nickel and diming through upgrades, fees, taxes, and concession prices was mind boggling.
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Mike Johnson
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/11/2022 1:33:59 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
Mike and OCF - you two have expressed my feelings exactly. I would add that Covid was a contributing factor in that many people found out they could live without the "athletic experience." The disconnect between what is becoming a very big business in a select number of conferences and the core mission of an educational institution is troubling. The music business is no different in terms of profit. We just saw Brandi Carlile in Nashville at Ascend Ampitheater (great show by the way) and the nickel and diming through upgrades, fees, taxes, and concession prices was mind boggling.


Another sign of my eroding interest: For the first time since 2000, I didn't buy Phil Steele's preview. My other passions - reading, writing, traveling, staying connected with friends, involvement with non-profits - remain intact. Which reminds me, last Wednesday I returned from France. A couple days ago on my Facebook page, I posted an account of one of the trip's highlights. It felt good to reconnect in person with some long-time friends.


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AZBobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/11/2022 5:29:12 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
Mike, thanks for your personal reflections. I, too, am finding that my passion for college athletics is eroding. It's not yet at the point that you've reached, but it's headed in the same direction. I'm not sure that this feeling is unique to fans of G5 conference schools. I'd not be surprised to see that at many P5 programs as well. And, further, I don't think it'll be confined to people in our age cohort.


From what I've been reading, current students in general don't really care that much about college sports. We've all seen the articles about, say, Ohio State being unable to sell out their student tickets. Today's students are tomorrow's donors. If they're alienating former real die-hard fans now, who's going to be left in 20 or 30 years?
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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/11/2022 6:24:24 PM 
AZBobcat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
Mike, thanks for your personal reflections. I, too, am finding that my passion for college athletics is eroding. It's not yet at the point that you've reached, but it's headed in the same direction. I'm not sure that this feeling is unique to fans of G5 conference schools. I'd not be surprised to see that at many P5 programs as well. And, further, I don't think it'll be confined to people in our age cohort.


From what I've been reading, current students in general don't really care that much about college sports. We've all seen the articles about, say, Ohio State being unable to sell out their student tickets. Today's students are tomorrow's donors. If they're alienating former real die-hard fans now, who's going to be left in 20 or 30 years?


In March of 2021, I came out of retirement, sort of, to help my alma mater (Muskingum) raise money as a development officer. I had been in yearbook sales and sales management for 34 years so it was a natural fit. Giving to colleges and universities as a percentage of graduates continues to decline. One of the best predictors of future giving is engagement while in college whether it be membership in an organization or consistent attendance at events. Additionally younger folks in particular and a growing number of adults in general are giving to causes versus institutions.

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Kinggeorge4
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/13/2022 7:55:01 AM 
The Bobcat Club did reach out to me yesterday and all of my questions were answered.


GO BOBCATS
GEORGE

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Valley Cat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bobcat Club?
   Posted: 7/13/2022 10:32:10 AM 
I was disappointed to see during the Open House portion of my daughterís Orientation that the only booth not staffed was Athletics. What a missed opportunity to talk to incoming students and parents who could be potential season ticket holders. I get it itís Summer etc. Just surprised.
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