(Originally posted on ScalpEm.com)
There is no question we are in tough economic times. Unemployment is up, the stock market is down, and people don’t know which way to turn. The credit catastrophe, the housing bust, and lack of consumer confidence have affected nearly every part of our lives. The operation of our beloved Seminoles is no exception.
We all know attendance is down at Doak Campbell Stadium this year. There are a lot of ideas behind why, but the most prominent is that people just don’t have the expendable money to travel to Tallahassee, even if hotels are removed their “minimum two-night stay” rule.Â But that’s not the only way the economy is putting the squeeze on the Noles.
Last week the Associate Press put out an article, ran throughout the Internet as well as in USA Today, that explored the impact of the economy on booster donations. The AP article discusses the problems that schools such as Georgia, Washington, and Nebraska are facing to maintain their level of booster donations. The article also details the plight of Oklahoma State, where booster T. Boone Pickens’ record-breaking donation is slowing melting away due to a plummeting stock market.
So how will this affect Bobby Bowden? Well, I’ve often heard that one of the main reasons for keeping Bobby Bowden around, despite his advancing age, a continuous barrage of personnel infractions, and a diminished national stature was that Bowden could bring in the dollars. My opinions was that Bowden’s legacy and his persona as the face of Florida State Football have been invaluable in getting people to open up their wallets, even when the team’s record was less than stellar. Bowden has been a money making machine the athletic department could not afford to give up.
But what happens when the well dries up? What happens when the people can’t afford to give? From what I can tell, fans are growing more and more comfortable with Jimbo Fisher and the idea of Bowden’s succession. So might the administration start to give Bowden a push out the door? If the money isn’t coming in, why keep him around?
So what do you folks think? Is the booster pinch affecting Florida State? Are you giving less to athletics? And could the bad economy mean a swifter end to the legendary career of Bobby Bowden?