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December 5, 2013

Think About It: Pro-Bow Or No?

The threat of cutbacks in sports at UH-Manoa or a cutback in budgets for existing sports at UH is a reality in the foreseeable future unless revenues pick up. It's not the end of the world, but you can almost see it from here. Athletics provide a learning experience for our children, teaching discipline, time-management skills, handling stress, adjusting to circumstances, getting along with all types of co-workers, and about 50 other valuable life lessons. 

But those lessons aren't free, and unless or until UH can draw more financial support from fans, sponsors, and boosters and also get much deserved financial relief or help on parking, concessions, and other items, the concern is that we are heading down a slippery slope. Sure, a poor result on the football field frustrated many, none more so than the players and coaches. But let me assure you that no one here will be happy with further dilapidated facilities, weakened recruiting budgets, or cutting out certain so-called "minor" sports entirely. And unlike many other college towns, we don't have pro sports nor do we get a lot of live entertainment options. 

So here's hoping that various state entities can figure out better ways to keep this could-be-attractive program vibrant. Maybe the legislature simply needs to see the wisdom and value. Here's wishing in this holiday season that boosters and legislature step up and give us the aid to compete with the (dare I say) Boise States and New Mexico States of the world. The options are ugly and would further weaken perception and revenue- Division II, dropping sports, weakened teams, coaches who can't be paid a salary that will attract the best available, etc. So, Go ‘Bows, and by that I mean go see the ‘Bows and enjoy the opportunity, before it withers. Think about it…

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