Lonely Being Luicci

Two days later and the Ledger’s Tom Luicci still is the only journalist reporting that Rutgers season ticketholders renewed at a staggering 99% rate, despite the recession, despite $4/gallon gasoline.

The only source cited in Luicci’s article was a self-interested Rutgers official (earning around $156,000, incidentally), whose pay comes because he is a flack for Mulcahy’s Folly. No external validation was offered. No corroboration. No proof of any kind. Just a flack’s word.

Do the Google News search yourself.

Note to the Scarlet Nation folks: the Feldman piece (ESPN) that turns up in the Google News search carefully attributes the 99% figure to Luicci. Journalists do that when they are hesitant about the facts. You folks wouldn’t know that because, well, you don’t know much that isn’t on your own myopic little message boards. The post that gleefully cites Feldman as disproving our point is in this thread. Sigh. We know there is no profit in arguing with message board posters but, sometimes, the impulse to educate carries us forward anyway.

But, we suppose, this post regarding Feldman stands as a prime exemplar of the Aronson thesis — where dissonance reduction is a life purpose for some. Good going! Do you think this was a witty for-instance of irony? A conscious attempt to win the Rutgers 1000 t-shirt?

OK, neither do we.

As for the bigger issue — the alleged 99% season ticket renewal rate — what there isn’t is new reporting confirming the 99% figure. The Home News, APP, Bergen Record, etc. are sitting on their hands. If the 99% figure is true, it’s an important story.

If.

What do other journalists smell that Tom didn’t?

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One Response to Lonely Being Luicci

  1. English Department Student & Football Fan says:

    I have no way of knowing whether or not the 99% number is true, but economic factors are usually a poor gauge of attendance at sporting events. MLB recorded the highest attendance average in its 79 year history in 1979 (a record that was later surpassed). 1979 was the same year that the U.S. was in midst of economic turmoil that included a national energy crisis, staggering inflation, and a 6.1% unemployment rate.

    The Dow Jones lost 22.6% of its value on October 19, 1987, triggering a recession that lasted into the 90’s. Rates of alcoholism, depression, and drug abuse increased during this period, and so did MLB attendance–rising 22.6% from 1988-1993.

    NCAA football’s attendance was 48,751,861 last season, up more than 842,000 from 2006. The 2008 mark will be in the same neighborhood, if not higher. Economic struggles are felt in the auto industry and real estate markets, not in the bleachers of America’s stadiums.

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