By Bill Adams /UrbDeZine
Are the San Diego National Football League (NFL) Chargers causing the San Diego State University Aztecs football team to lose games and fans? If so, which is worse for San Diego, losing its NFL franchise to another city, or sub-optimal performance and attendance at Aztecs football games?
While these question at first appear both absurd and provocative, there have been several studies that can answer these questions – at least to some degree. Moreover, the studies go further. The studies indicate that the success of a college sports team has an effect on the regional economy.
First, winning by a university’s sports teams increases both the number and the quality of its student applications. It hardly needs be said that the number and quality of student applications facilitates everything from funding to prestige, and ultimately the growth of a university. This explains in large part why university administrations continue to fund even money-losing or scandal-ridden high profile sports like football and basketball. [Read more…]