UConn Men-Women Basketball Doubleheaders Not In Immediate Plans

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One thing UConn’s last three games have had in common is they were all a part of double-headers featuring a men’s game hosted by the Huskies opponent. Hartford, Stanford and Oregon all played men’s games either immediately after or later in the same day.

Apparently, this concept is not in the immediate future at UConn.

“We have not had those types of discussions at this time,” said Deb Corum, the UConn’s new senior administrator for women’s basketball. “That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t consider having a doubleheader in the future. But both are basketball programs have shown the capacity to be self sustaining over a long period of time.

“So it’s not like we need to use the men’s basketball program to help generate attendance for the women’s team. That’s usually the reason you see these double-headers. And it’s also because it works out [for the host school] in terms of the television schedule.

“However, we are seeing more of this. Networks such as ESPN have expressed interest in staging double-headers featuring the same [home] team. That could me we might open up to the idea in the future, everything is on the table. So we would look at all options.”

The UConn women were a part of this concept two years ago when they followed a St. John-Syracuse men’s game by playing the Red Storm in the nightcap of the doubleheader on a snowy night in New York.

By the time the women’s game began, most of the crowd had left.

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3 thoughts on “UConn Men-Women Basketball Doubleheaders Not In Immediate Plans

  1. Misty

    St Johns is a poor example as they don’t draw flies.

    Both UCONN teams draw full houses, which means allowing at least two hours between games for the fans of one program to clear out, allowing the other team’s fans to come in. Completely unworkable and a non-starter. AND – a very bad idea.

    Although, the Catholic Big Easy (oops East) might go for that idea in order to double their average attendance to 328.

    1. John

      Based on what I’ve seen on TV, Uconn doesn’t sell out anymore unless it’s a big time team.

  2. Village Idiot

    I attended a number of “double headers” Men/Womens basketball games at Annapolis (NAVY) one fee for two games. It was great. A real comparison of men vs Women’s games. As a true fan of both, I saw little difference except the physical part.
    I always thought the Navy scheduled them this way to enhance the attendance at the Women’s games–but that was just MY opinion. I enjoyed both games. Navy Women are tough, maybe some Marines among them.

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