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Podcast — S5, E6: “Shark Meat, Omaha AD Dowell at the Press Club, North Dakota Preview”

  • Monday, October 31, 2022 3:08 PM
    Message # 12973175
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The sixth episode of the 2022-23 season... 

    >> Includes video footage of Omaha AD Adrian Dowell’s recent presentation at the Omaha Press Club (lots of good info on NIL, “full cost of attendance scholarships” for UNO Athletics, and changes coming to D-1). 

    Video version: 

    Audio-only versions: 

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022 10:22 PM
    Reply # 12974815 on 12973175

    Woot. It’s Bridget, not Jason!

    Positive result on the weekend.

    Let’s talk about the LIU broadcaster.

    Discipline will be important. We don’t have the guns to overcome falling behind because of penalties and PPGA.

    No matter the level of competition, don’t ever expect to win by 4 or 5 goals… or even 2 or 3. Always expect a close game.

    At this point, Randl still on two goals for Saturday.

    Pivonka. This year’s Nogard/Sundberg.

    Has anyone been consistent for Omaha in both nights of a weekend? Randl is about it. I think Guevin has been solid. He and Lemay are fun to watch – but we’ll see if they can do that against NCHC foes.

    Pivonka has been steady.


    My only issue with NIL is that it allows big schools to provide better opportunities. The rich get richer.

    AD needs to get those alumni and their families to come out of the woodwork. Get us ahead of Creighton in the public eye.

    All scholarships should be full cost of attendance. All sports. All levels. All athletes.


    Conference play. Reality. The true test.

    Glad to get Green Week out of the way early.

    What? Media are allowed to cover college hockey?

    All teams are beatable. On any given day…

    I would expect UND to continue to be upperclassman-heavy. Transfer Portal will make it easier for them to reload every offseason, pick off top end talent from lesser schools.

    I encourage UND to spend money at our arena. Just don’t destroy the people or the place.

    Safe bet: lots of beer sold at Baxter Arena.


    That’s it? It’s over?

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022 11:13 PM
    Reply # 12974834 on 12973175
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I mentioned the article Bridge was working on about Dowell's presentation at the Omaha Press Club (discussing NIL, full cost of attendance, etc.). Here it is: 

    Omaha AD Dowell Talks Opportunities, Challenges With Changes in College Athletics at Noon Forum

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022 11:28 PM
    Reply # 12974850 on 12973175

    Generic post…

    the green meanies piss and moan about our non cons, but Quinnipiac had their way with the after TYING Long Island University. The ‘French Connection’ does intrigue, hopefully they stay healthy long enough to learn the ropes. Has anyone notice that Weiss hasn’t been ‘pushed over’ this year? A ‘banger’ he’s become (sorry Yoda!). Where did Miller go, did he transfer? We need more Miller Time!

    Would love to see the team move their feet more, at times they are getting real ‘Blazie’ in the D zone. UND will light them up if the start relaxing.

    this weekend looks to be a long one. Need to get up early to have a chance. No penalties. Zone time, offensive is preferred. Big Jake for game one. If he manages them well, he should get the weekend.

    throw a blanket on Gaber and Blake. Shoot the puck shoot-shoot the puck…

  • Thursday, November 03, 2022 6:09 AM
    Reply # 12976670 on 12974815
    Anonymous wrote:

    What? Media are allowed to cover college hockey?

    Well, when the only sport that papers, radio and local news across the state goes up like the Hindenburgh at Lake Hearst N.J. and your company hasn't really  covered anything else except high school football since the 1950's it does leave sports departments looking at anything to fill broadcast space. Don't expect any long term attention no matter what happens to NU, although I will be interested to see how much uncritical buy in any coaching hire gets from fans this time.

  • Thursday, November 03, 2022 9:49 AM
    Reply # 12976866 on 12973175
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To be honest, I'm not sure coverage in the OWH and on local newscasts is something that will improve the fortunes of UNO Hockey (or any of the UNO athletic teams). 

    First of all, the demos that watch the local news and read the newspaper aren't exactly the people likely to attend a sporting event — and they certainly aren't the future-forward demographics you are looking for down the road. 

    Entities like Omaha need to build out their own internal media departments to create content and distribute it to the masses via their website, and various social media platforms. 

    They should have the ability to do weekly shows with their coaches, special segments and series with their teams, and live coverage of special events. 

    They do webcast (for free) sports like volleyball and basketball on the omavs website. Unfortunately, it is not well publicized. 

    But there needs to be an entire apparatus in place pushing out content on a consistent basis. 

    It's the sort of thing that takes time and money to build out. Obviously, they have a TV production unit within the university, but I've never been quite sure how the financials work out on that. I know that journalism profs (who Bridget serves with on the Omaha Press Club board) suggested money was an issue. 

    I know that Trev (during his latter years at UNO) was trying to develop the "Maverick Digital Network," but I'm not sure it ever came to fruition in the intended manner. 

    But they really need to become their own media company. In the long run, it will pay dividends (as we've seen at St. Cloud State). 

    Reliance on "legacy media" isn't a long term plan for success.

    I'd love to see UNO come out and double down on the notion that they were going to embrace online platforms (like YouTube) over all others — telling the world that they are going to be the "new media" athletic department.  

    It's not likely that a mid major conference like The Summit League will ever have a major media deal like the Power 5 football schools. 

    But the fact remains that despite major TV deals we see with SEC football (as an example), the "main" reason those media deals are happening is because live sports are the "last gasp of breath" for legacy media operations like CBS, ABC/ESPN, Fox, and NBC. 

    Viewership is down year-over-year on legacy media outlets as it regards sports. Younger generations aren't subscribing to linear cable or satellite TV packages. 

    Content creation needs to be led by individual athletic departments (especially among mid major institutions). 

    Not only is that content a marketing vehicle for athletics, it is a marketing tool for the university. 

    What happens is that they try posting a couple videos — no one watches — and they give up. 

    Efforts like that will take years to implement and grow. They have to give people time to find them, become subscribers, and interact with the content. 

    Those that start now will be way ahead of the game down the road. Because "content marketing" — and developing your own online media apparatus — is the future in collegiate athletics. 

    Last modified: Thursday, November 03, 2022 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Thursday, November 03, 2022 8:52 PM
    Reply # 12977721 on 12973175

    The idea has always been there. The funding never has been.

    TKN/UNO-TV used to love the Mike Kemp Show -- because all it cost was my paycheck. It was essentially free content for them.

    Coach Kemp always wanted home games rebroadcast on public television, like at Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it would've cost money to have someone turn it around and put on the air -- when KYNE was essentially on autopilot, after hours.

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