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10.16.2006

Marquette - UWM talks break down

This is a shame. After years of the Marquette and UW-Milwaukee men's basketball not playing each other, negotiations have broken down over resuming the series. Since the schools are only a few miles apart in the city of Milwaukee, there's a natural rivalry that is sure to generate interest. The article indicates the sticking point is the amount of money Marquette is offering UWM for the games at the Bradley Center. UWM Athletic Director and Marquette coach Tom Crean appear to be at a standstill for now.

Haidet's contention is that MU would be able to offset the up-front money it would pay UWM with the sizable crowds it would be sure to draw at the Bradley Center.

"There's a lot of money to be made when you have a sellout crowd," Haidet said. "Certainly, I would think that any game played between the two of us is going to be a sellout, wherever it's played."

Even so, Crean said there were no further counteroffers forthcoming.

3 Comments:

At 10/16/2006 01:54:00 PM, Blogger Craig said...

It is a shame. This has been something fans of Milwaukee have been waiting for, for quite some time... And it's a shame to not see UWM kick some major MU ass!

 
At 10/17/2006 09:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time around the FIB's that "...are Marquette" and can say they're pretty chicken.

 
At 10/18/2006 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There really is no on-court rivalry. It's only the fan base at UWM wanting to step up to big time college ball.

It's the middle/working class background commuter UWM student vs. the white collar/upper class/Illinois transplant Marquette student. Not that everyone at each school is this way, but that's the vibe I got from UWM students when I lived on the east side a while ago.
I cheer for the Badgers myself.
-Andrew

 

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