it's funny how you, as a fan, know this, but the writer didn't bother to do his homework. what a bitter guy...The writer seems to think that Geno and JC have the say about where UConn plays. My guess is that certain members of the legislature have traded their votes on general UConn funding for a promise from the University leadership to favor the XL, hence the exclusive rights. The banks holding the paper on the property around the XL need UConn basketball. Without it a lot of the businesses there would be in big trouble. The two coaches can voice their opinions but have little influence. Politics rules.
I appreciate that Geno listened to and is following up on the feedback (ear full) he received from fans and family alike, after the tempest his comments triggered related to the attendance at Maya's last home game. He hasn't dropped the ball and his intentions are a positive. There's a new AD and I believe the current XL Center contract prohibits games beyond Gampel or the XL. So as a Fairfield County resident, I'd really enjoy and appreciate an exhibition game in Bridgeport if that's the best we can do for now. Crumbs from UConn's table are still more desirable than whole meals from most others.
Oz- I don't want to speak for Eric, but my take is that he posted with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
bitter because he blames Geno for something he has no control over. it would have been different if he'd done his homework and came to the conclusion that Geno should try to press the AD to alter the contract with the XL center, but to blame Geno for "doing nothing, being all talk and no action" when Geno has zero control over it is poor "journalism", if you can even call his blog that.
Why do you assume that Geno has a role in negotiating contracts and where games are played?IMHO if Geno insisted, one game could be played every year in Fairfield County. Geno has some involvement with the X L Center contract negotiation and if pressed hard enough, they would relent on a game being played in Bridgeport, especially if its a game they normally wouldn't get. While not as desirable there's no reason why a preseason game couldn't be played in Bridgeport. There's not that much money involved with pre season game. The preseason game could be against a school located in Fairfield or Westchester County and that would help with the attendance.
I don't think this is a tongue in cheek opinion by Chris, I think its a serious column.
Why do you assume that Geno has a role in negotiating contracts and where games are played?
Input yes, I expect that but I do not think Geno has as much control over venues as some may think.I doubt that Geno has any direct role in contracts, but I certainly believe he has input as to the location of games at Gampel and in Hartford. And it appears he is trying to expand that role with regard to games in Bridgeport.
Also, I am no fan of Elsbery but I don't see any reason to accuse him of "bitterness". He writes for a Bridgeport paper and he is just promoting the idea of UConn games in his city.