I have curbed my urge many times over the years to call out black college football event producers. However, the litany of issues I dealt with at this year’s State Fair Classic compelled me to put some light on the biggest problem contributing to the decline in attendance at black college football games; incompetent and uncaring management of these events by people who treat the fans and the media like second-class citizens. Event producers think they only have to please school administrators and corporate sponsors. It’s time to stop the madness. The fans and media are what make a Classic a success, not fake big shots.
My Urban Sports News colleague, Henry Bailey, put it best when I discussed the 2011 Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic issues. He said, “These games are run by people with small minds trying to do big things.”
I couldn’t put it any better, but here are the problems and my recommendations on fixing the event: