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As the sport grows, the number of conflicting youth events during Memorial Day weekend has escalated. Families now, more than ever, have to decide to attend the championships or their son youth or high school lacrosse event.

The MLL provides great entertainment value at a cheaper average ticket price. With the MLL season moving earlier and earlier, in 2012 the Boston Cannons had three regular season home games before the NCAA championships.

One concept I continue to hear is that of bringing the championships back to a college campus, like it was when I worked for the NCAA. Folks need to remember that there may not be many schools interested in hosting a three day event over a holiday weekend when their staff would normally be home with their families. Remember that these campus athletic staffs have worked almost every weekend from September through May supporting the other university sports.

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director of lacrosse for Gillette Stadium, serving as tournament manager for the 2008, 2009 and 2012 championships. He also serves as the executive director of the Intercollegiate Men Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA).

My belief is that the initial move is for the NCAA to work with prospective hosts to identify possible solutions. In addition, it is up to the college coaches to continue to utilize the new rules adopted effective with the 2013 season to play exciting and fan friendly styles of lacrosse so that fans will want to watch the games in person.

The NCAA has enhanced and grown the stature of the quarterfinals to the point that these two events now have become some fans championship weekend. In 2012, fans in Maryland enjoyed a great event in Annapolis with three teams from the state. These events now create a scenario where the championships are promoting against the quarterfinals, and vice versa.

crashing and the escalating financial guarantees has raised ticket prices to the point where the current prices cause fans to more deeply consider attending the championships, especially when weighing numerous other factors.

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Attendance at the NCAA championships has taken a downturn since 2008 that is alarming. No longer can college lacrosse envision sellout crowds before considering the impact of numerous factors and how the trend can be reversed.

There is no easy answer to this continuing problem. However, if we all work together we will be Nike Uptempo Gumtree able to stop the downturn and build momentum for the future. In addition, he is the executive Uptempo Nike Women

10. Family Conflicts (youth events etc.).

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ESPN now brings 12 14 cameras to the championships, including Skycam and Steadycam, providing viewers with outstanding broadcasts on large screen televisions.

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The NCAA was operating under the belief that attendance would continue to escalate and that it would sell out an NFL venue. This logic was prevalent during the bidding process for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 championships. The NCAA directive to maximize the revenue generated from the event doubled the guarantees in a short period of time. Unfortunately, the combination of the economy Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 Duke Release Date

The growing number of major regular season events (Inside Lacrosse Face Off classic and Big City Classic, along with events in Charlotte, Denver, Jacksonville and New England) potentially have had a negative impact on the championship as families now can see some of the best teams in their backyards at very family friendly prices and not have to travel to the championships on a major holiday weekend.

Family conflicts are prevalent during Memorial Day Weekend. Conflicts exist for lacrosse, family, soccer and other situations. Rising transportation costs, enhanced television coverage and the proliferation of major regular season events "allow" families to choose not to attend the championships with less consternation.

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In addition to promoting college lacrosse, the abundance of regular season games now provides lacrosse fans with many opportunities to watch the best teams week in and week out. Before ESPNU and CBS Sports, lacrosse fans planned to watch the best teams during championship weekend. Fans in New Jersey did not have the opportunity to watch Syracuse or Johns Hopkins, as two examples, during the season and looked forward to seeing them or other teams during the championship. Now fans can determine if they want to attend the championships based on the style of play teams exhibit during televised games.

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Unfortunately, most of the identified issues are not going away; in fact, they may continue to grow in their own individual stature, putting additional pressure on the lacrosse community to celebrate the NCAA championships together in whatever city is hosting the event.

The proliferation of summer youth and high school tournaments has generated a tremendous amount of conflict for the lacrosse community. Families need to evaluate their investment in the NCAA championships in relation to their summer commitments. On a personal note, last year my family was committed to seven weekends in a row of youth and high school events from June 3 to July 20. Families have to attend (and spend money) to attend their children commitments but do not have to attend the NCAA championships.

continue to crown champions on the field, and with more and more colleges and universities sponsoring varsity programs we should all be celebrating. Unfortunately, the championships are not attracting the crowds that attended the weekend just six years ago.

14. Conflicting Tournaments and Events

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