ndfan wrote: NDSportsFan wrote:
old#63 wrote:You probably are correct, winner, that the reason this debate is still on is mostly because of the REA. And you might be fine with state dollars being spent to "re-sue" the NCAA, but I bet there are a lot of people in the state who have a big problem with that. Just sayin'.
Re-sue? I don't think that's even an option anymore due to the settlement. Isn't the only question right now to change the nickname or live with the consequences?
I believe you are right. I think the only sport that would really be hurt by it is the football team because it's the only sport that could probably have a home playoff game. With UND being a hockey school the hockey rubes would have no issue throwing the football team under the bus to keep the name. But thats just my opinion.
I think you're right also, NDSportsFan. But the legislation that was passed clearly gives the attorney general the green light to use state funds to "sue" the NCAA if they impose sanctions on UND for keeping the name. My understanding is that the previous lawsuit was settled "with predjudice", meaning it couldn't be revisited. But, as we all know, anything can be filed in court. You can bring lawsuits even when you know you have no standing. They are simply unsecessful. But they still cost money. Lawyers don't work for free. So even if there is no legal standing, and even if they lose, the state could still end up spending taxpayer dollars on this.
And I also agree with you, ndfan, football takes the big hit by not hosting playoffs. But I think other programs such as track, etc.. will take hits as well. Not with playoff hosting, but with not being able to attend meets and such. Several schools have indicated that if UND is on the NCAA's "naughty list", they won't schedule games or invite UND to events. There aren't very many consequences to hockey (unless Big Ten Minnesota and Wisconsin won't schedule), but other sports need exposure if they are going to make the successful move up to D1.
I think the makers of this legislation somehow think the NCAA is just going to say, "oh, nevermind then, just keep the name." I doubt that will happen. The NCAA is going to reimpose the sanctions and I don't think anybody can change that.