Bashing Bridgeport: Not Really

by Categorized: 2013 NCAA Tournament, Bridgeport, NCAA, UConn women's basketball, Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard Date:

So much mail, so little time to respond to it all. So allow me to take this shortcut.

Earlier this week, I took a playful jab at Bridgeport as an NCAA Tournament site, saying since UConn Nation (and its media) have to go there the NCAA should be fair about it and send Tennessee and/or Delaware there, too, to entertain us.

Many objected to it, saying I should be more supportive of Bridgeport because I live and work in Connecticut. I think Governor Malloy should wear socks when he goes out during the winter. But that’s his business.

I understand the hometown sentiment from the Land of Steady Habits. We need to support each other, stick up for each other. Hey, I was born in Bridgeport, lived there for five years, learned to fear clowns attending the Wing-Ding at Beardsley Park when I was a child.

I learned to love Dairy Queen there. Thank you, Bridgeport. Thank you.

But in this particular case, I have a problem.

I view the NCAA Tournament as a reward for the programs that qualify for it. And the NCAA looks at the women’s tournament as a niche event with limited geographic possibilities.

History supports the contention. Just check the attendance figures for first- and second-round, third- and fourth-round games. Uh, not so good.

So the Selection Committee tries to assign teams to regions and locales for the tournament based on projections for attendance and revenue.

So while the men get to go to Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, You Name It, the women are sent to – Bridgeport. And that’s because fans will go to Bridgeport to watch UConn.

That is simply not right and not fair on a number of levels, particularly competitively for those who have to deal with the Huskies on essentially their home floor.

But it is also business appropriate and the only option the tournament has to make sure television screens are not filled with seas of empty seats.

So, I don’t dislike Bridgeport (the Merritt Canteen, yum-yum). I like it much more than Trenton, for instance.

I just dislike the reality that deems its candidacy as a staple venue crucial to the sport’s success.

I hope that explains it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Bashing Bridgeport: Not Really

  1. Double Talk??

    As my pig farmer father was prone to say: The Women’s basketball venues are only allowed to have the hind teat.
    That one being less productive and not desirable.

    John–It would seem that those Venues that attract you have eateries that of YOUR liking. Is there a trend here?
    However having traveled these 48 contiguous state over 30 plus years, they become to be known by their Restaurants.
    South San Francisco—Friendly eateries, much like Brooklyn, NY–good food, good people
    Little Rock Ark–Good Tex Mex, Mom and pop Southern
    New York (Long Island) NY Style Pizza
    Connecticut–Grinders, Shore Sea food (plug) Geno’s place
    Quebec–French Meat Pies, Putzin
    Okla City—Many Western/Steak eateries
    San Francisco–the Wharf
    Boston–The No Name Restaurant
    San Diego, –Calif Western high level restaurants
    Newport Beach– Fast food types

    Best Italian food—Ma’s Kitchen (meaning home cooked )and that’s the truth

    Over all best for ETHNIC food–Chicago, Ill.

  2. Ken

    With all respect, the UConn Women could play the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament in Alaska and still win by double digits each game. Home court in the women’s game is meaningless. And yes, it is about the almighty dollar and seats sold. Tournament games leading to the Final Four should be on the home court of the higher seeded team anyway. These “neutral” sites make no money as it is.The women’s game is so top heavy it just makes no fiscal sense to play the first four rounds on a neutral floor.

  3. ray-ray

    bridgeport is a dump—–strategically,socially,culturally.the ncaa should be sued for sending people to that city.ever walk thru downtown?dont drive thru wrong neighborhood ,youd think you were in juarez—-if you make it out safe.

    1. Conn My Home

      WBB Fan—Sometimes the truth hurts. Bridgeport is a disaster area. It looks like a city that had been struck by a N.Korean Nuke.
      Law and order hasn’t existed in that city in 40 years–including the Mayor

  4. Fairfield County Fan

    WE will miss both of you at the games – as I am sure you will not want to subject yourselves to Bpt!

  5. mr.husky

    ray-ray is right.place is a hooror show—ffld county fan,im sure you spend your summer weekends at seaside parklol

  6. KJKJ

    Bridgeport won’t see this Husky fan again. Outrageous ticket prices (including fees!), outrageous parking prices (and you thought Hartford’s parking prices were bad). I’ll be like most of Husky Nation and watch this one on TV. I’d rather save my money for New Orleans!

  7. UconnFan

    Uconn has played zero games or practices in Bridgeport this year, so how do they figure there is anything remotely close to a home court advantage? When Uconn plays at providence and has more fans than the home team which has happened more than once, is that also a home court advantage. All the great teams will play as well on the road as their home floor. I guess losers always have an excuse for not doing well.

    1. UConnFan

      UCONN LOSER FANS ALWAYS HAVE AN EXCUSE. UCONN HAS LOST 7 OUT OF 8 AGAINST NOTRE DAME INCLUDING LOSSES ON UCONNS HOME COURT. PATHETIC LOSERS LIKE YOURSELF ALWASY BLAME THE REFS OR INJURIES. YOU LOSER CONSPIRACY THEORISTS THINK THE WORLD IS AGAINST UCONN. MAYBE IF GENO PAID ATTENTION TO WHO HE WAS RECRUITING UCONN WOULD NOT CONTINUE TO CHOKE AWAY LEADS AT THE END OF GAMES. KEEP DRINKING THE GENO AID. HE NEVER ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY. SO HIS CULT MEMBERS ALWAYS HAVE EXCUSES INSTEAD OF GIVING CREDIT TO THE TEAM THAT IS STAND ON UCONNS THROAT.

      1. motorchick

        I think you need to check history when you talk about Genos recruiting. Players do not always make an immediate impact sometimes takes 2= years uconn will be just fine.As far as Genoo not taking responsibility you are so wrong if you read the articles and listen to his interview you would know this. Crawl back in your hole and stop bashing my team, you don’t hear me bashing yours.

  8. Baylor Will Lose

    Bridgeport is a poor venue and a dump. It’s not safe. 25%of the problem is the town needing upgrades, 70% of the problem are the people, and 5% of the problem is that CT doesn’t over much for entertainment besides UConn basketball.

    Maybe it will get changed to Hartford? Doubtful. I would even settle for Stamford or Trumbull if they don’t want to use Hartford (which I would understand).

  9. final four foreseer

    alright john,
    i also was born in bridgeport and raised there too.
    i knew there was something about you i liked (aside from the support geno at almost all times)(i understand, you have to deal directly with the guy and the school)
    bridgeport was a GREAT place to grow-up.
    i’d like to hear from ray-ray and mr husky if they can name a place without faults.

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