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By Katherine Ayers
Friday, September 6, 2013
ECU made an extra $100,000 from Conference USA for opting to move Saturday’s football game against Florida Atlantic to Thursday night so the game could air on the Fox Sports1 network.
That is in addition to the more than $1 million in television revenue the school will make this year, according to C-USA spokeswoman Courtney Morrison Archer. Total television revenue will be between $13 million and $17 million, which will be split among the 16 teams in the conference.
Tom McClellan, ECU’s athletics media relations director, said all revenue generated by athletics is considered non-state funds and put back into the athletics operating budget.
The Chancellor’s Executive Council “strongly encouraged” classes and operations to end no later than 3 p.m. to minimize the safety risk for faculty, staff and visitors. The council said the greatest effect would be felt at buildings closest to the stadium, including Belk, Minges and the Ward Sports Medicine Building.
Rick Niswander, vice chancellor of administration and finance, said 384 students in nine classes would have met in those buildings, and professors were offered alternative locations to hold their classes.
“The impact (on student classes) was virtually zero,” Niswander said.
Sociology professor David Knox, who teaches a courtship and marriage class from 2-3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Jenkins Auditorium, said he likes football but still opted to hold his class in its entirety.
“ECU is a university where individuals get degrees for academic performance,” Knox said. “This is not a football camp.”
Plenty of students had planned to attend the game, as evidenced by the sold out “Boneyard” student section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, but some did have some concerns.
“I don’t have Friday classes, so this is a great start to the weekend,” Jeff Buck, a junior who had parked in Minges, said. “But I don’t like the idea of kicking people out of Minges at 3 p.m. when I have an exam (in Mendenhall) starting at 2 p.m.”
Freshman Adri Lazarus said she would attend the game, but without her parents who had originally planned to drive from Charlotte.
“They bought tickets but didn’t realize it was a Thursday game,” Lazarus said. “Now they’re stuck with tickets they can’t use because they can’t get their money back, and they can’t sell them.”
The game was ECU’s first Thursday night game since 2009. It was the C-USA opener for both ECU and FAU.
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