March 19th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

At Cleveland State, such a season for the university’s marquee athletics program — men’s basketball — is a killer, since it makes the already-difficult task of getting attention in a sports-mad region practically impossible. The attendance numbers at the Wolstein Center have mirrored the Vikings’ struggles. But Harlan Sands, who is in his first year as CSU’s president, disagrees with our premise that the region’s focus on its pro teams makes things tougher on the Vikings. “I think it’s actually easier,” Sands said. “We’re in the 19th-biggest media market. We’re the only college team in downtown Cleveland. We’re in a major metropolitan area. It’s an incredible sports town. I’ve been to all three major sports (venues) now, and I think this town will support a team that’s competitive on the field. There’s no other product like college basketball. So if you ask me whether it’s harder here because there’s success, rather than going to a land-grant school in the middle of a state where there aren’t that many folks who are great sports fans, I might argue the opposite — that it’s easier here. -Kevin Kleps, crainscleveland. Read More.

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