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 Post subject: Re: Wake Forest Sports
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:32 pm 
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[quote="WSBornNBred"]You have one more chance to see Wake football at home this year - we play NC State on 11/13. Wake has a pretty good shot at cracking the top 10 today after the win yesterday and three losses by teams just ahead of us in the rankings (Kentucky, Ole Miss, Iowa).

For what it's worth, despite all of the hand wringing about WFU and Charlotte, Wake does a fantastic job at promoting Winston during the games with the Welcome to Deactown marketing, with the scoreboard featuring shots of Bailey Power Plant and the skyline, with hashtags of WFWS (Wake Forest Winston Salem), etc. The football team is gaining National recognition and bringing more eyes on our city. If we can hang on to Clawson, Wake may become a perennial contender in the ACC.[/quote]

Your points are well taken! Regarding the highlighted last sentence, God knows they're spending enough money to keep him. Jeez, I wish we had about 3/4 other Bob McCrearys dumping that much $$$$ into the undergrad & grad school operations here in Winston!


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 Post subject: Re: Wake Forest Sports
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:01 pm 
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Gregory Slade AKA "The Pointer" was killed in a hit and run over the weekend. Many of you may recognize him as the guy who was always smiling and dancing while selling newspapers on University Parkway (between the coliseum and Putters). He was always sporting Wake Forest gear and apparently was walking to the coliseum to catch a game. He was truly part of the Winston-Salem fabric.

Here's a link to his gofundme page:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/yy8qw5-funer ... e=customer


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 Post subject: Re: Wake Forest Sports
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2022 9:42 am 
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WF sports will likely hit an inflection point in the next few years. It's looking more and more likely that the ACC is done as a Power conference. The next domino to fall will be when Notre Dame signs with the Big 10 or Clemson or Miami or FSU or UNC announces their intentions to move to the SEC or Big 10. I understand there will be huge payouts for leaving the ACC, but these schools don't have much choice when looking at the network contracts involved.

Either the ACC folds and Wake has to find a new home, or it becomes a much smaller conference built around basketball (like the Big East) and Wake stays. Either way, Wake's conference payout will likely be greatly reduced, which will impact all sports downstream.

I hope Wake is replenishing the coffers now, because I don't think the ACC money ($36MM/year or so) will last forever. Unfortunately, there just aren't many options for a school as small as Wake with a relatively small fan base and alumni network.

This also shows how completely pointless the ACC's move to Charlotte will be. The state will provide $15MM to keep a dying conference, who should have been focused on recruiting new members instead of moving HQs. The site of the HQ makes absolutely no difference in the success of the conference (the SEC is located in the metropolis of Birmingham).


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 Post subject: Re: Wake Forest Sports
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2022 11:32 am 
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So, why is the ACC in such trouble and why does it not have the respect of the other big conferences? The ACC does have powerhouse members. So why isn’t it being promoted aggressively to compete with the big guys? Obviously, just something I don’t understand.


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 Post subject: Re: Wake Forest Sports
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2022 1:29 pm 
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I think the big reason is football money. Duke and UNC are huge brands in college basketball but in-terms of revenue, wouldn't be top 10 in football. Clemson is a big brand today, but doesn't have the decades of success and brand recognition that Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, bring.

It's pretty easy to draw the parallels to corporate consolidation into large cities. The ACC is Winston, the SEC is Atlanta.

What may be interesting is if Wake receives a large payout from teams that exit (I would assume the amount paid to leave would be distributed amongst remaining teams). Wake's athletic budget could see a one-time infusion of $100MM+. Then, overtime, would see decreasing annual revenues.


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