On The Warpath: Special Edition – $100,000 Per Year Is Insignificant At FSU
Posted by William Kristoph
First, let me preface this rant with a disclaimer. I have had some awful experiences with Seminole Boosters over the years. My trust for the organization is not high, because on a couple of different occasions money that was earmarked for an individual sport club ended up in the football account. Phone calls supposedly straightened that out both times, but I’ll never know for sure. Just keep in mind that I fully admit my perspective is probably a bit skewed and my fuse is a bit shorter than the average fan.
ChantRant is running a Q&A with Seminole Boosters, Inc. regarding the desire of an indoor practice facility for FSU Football. The eye opening comment in the article to me, was about the Jeff Bowden payoff, in which the VP of Marketing for Seminole Boosters, Jerry Kutz, comments.
Will it help to retire current obligations like the payout to Jeff Bowden?
Kutz: “That’s insignificant money in the grand scheme of things — about $100,000 a year. And that’s coming out of concession revenue or something. Also, the bond issues on the stadium are a 30-year deal, and we’re only about ten years into those.”
$100,000 is insignificant at Seminole Boosters!
- $100,000 to a guy that only got the job because of his daddy.
- $100,000 to a guy that wasn’t qualified to run a D-I offense.
- $100,000 that we could spend elsewhere in the program each year.
- $100,000 so that Jeff Bowden can volunteer on North Alabama.
- $100,000 that could pay a professor that got laid off.
- $100,000 that could help academics at FSU in a time of historic cutbacks.
- $100,000 x the 5 years in the buyout is really $500,000.
Don’t forget, I’m not arguing that FSU shouldn’t have paid Jeff to leave. In fact, I think when it comes down to it, FSU got a good value, but don’t tell me that $100,000 (really $500,000 total) is EVER insignificant.
I wonder what Seminole Boosters thinks of my measly $60 that I personally give each year to be a Booster? (My parents give the bigger money for the right to season tickets, of which I pay half). I wonder what Seminole Boosters thinks of my family’s measly little 4 ticket block that we’ve had since 1998 (which has gone from roughly $25 / game then to $45 / game now)? I know the players appreciate us being there and our money. I’m pretty sure Jimbo Fisher and company appreciate fans going to the games. But, at the end of the day our money is evidently “insignificant” you know, in the grand scheme of things. The prevalent attitude I’ve witnessed for years is that for hundreds of dollars per year it’s like we should all get down on our knees and thank the football gods that we’re allowed to purchase tickets. HDTV makes that a tougher argument each year, and the Boosters need to wake up to that fact. On top of that, give a couple hundred to an individual sport club and see how thankful those coaches are for the money. You’ll probably get a personal phone call from them thanking you.
At a time when Seminole Boosters needs all of the help it can get to combat falling revenue from a team that declined horribly through “The Lost Decade (2000-2009)” they really should tread a bit more lightly. Instead of talking about insignificant amounts of money, and $30 million for a practice facility that has to be pretty (aka brick, which fits in with campus) in a time of economic struggle for most people, why not talk about how Boosters is helping the students with academics, character and leadership? Put the big expense issues aside, which aren’t going to happen for quite a while, and talk about how Seminole Boosters is helping FSU through a time of struggle. Tell everyone about how even $60 to the Boosters or $50 to an individual sport club superbly helps the players, not only on the field, but in the classroom too.
Or maybe none of it matters, in the grand scheme of things.
The next time I have $100,000 just laying around the house I’ll be sure to make a mental note that it’s insignificant money. Surely Seminole Boosters wouldn’t need that measly sum, right? Surely I shouldn’t bother with ONLY $100,000 as a donation that is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. $100,000 ($500,000 total) couldn’t possibly help build the FSU Football practice facility. Repeat after me, $100,000 is insignificant.
Give me a break.