Thursday, May 8, 2008

DLI likely won’t pay $6,400 bill


DLI won't help KU cover cost

DLI will not help KU cover the costs for canceling the men's basketball awards banquet, which was originally scheduled at the Holidome.


2008 National Championship Parade

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Video coverage of the downtown parade held in honor of the National Champion 2007-2008 Kansas University Jayhawk men's basketball team.

The Kansas University athletics department won't be able to count on a $6,400 check from Downtown Lawrence Inc. to cover the cost of canceling its basketball banquet at the Lawrence Holidome.

The athletics department canceled the post-National Championship banquet in favor of a downtown parade and celebration at Allen Fieldhouse.

Dan Hughes, owner of Sunflower Bike Shop and president of the DLI board, said the wording wasn't final on a letter to be sent to the department, but the consensus after a Wednesday morning meeting was that paying for the cancellation just wasn't something the organization could do.

"That's a significant chunk for us," he said. "It's probably about 10 percent of our annual budget."

Hughes said DLI is a small, member-driven organization that doesn't take in much money. Additionally, he said, while some businesses certainly benefited from having the throng of people in downtown, for others it may have done little good.

"They can make the claim the parade brought 100,000 people downtown, and I'm sure there are businesses that benefited - and they probably benefited from the tournament in general - but the parade itself for Sunflower wasn't a big draw," Hughes said.

But that aside, Hughes said he didn't want it to seem like he was diminishing the level of excitement the merchants have for KU basketball's National Championship.

"We've enjoyed positive relationships with the athletics department in the past, and we hope to continue those positive relationships going into the future," he said

Officials at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, which was asked by the athletics department to share the cancellation cost with DLI, have not returned phone calls.


Nathan Mattison 11 years, 9 months ago

Lew, Maybe we should have had the parade in KC Mo.? On a serious note, KUAC could have asked the parade be another day, my understanding is the city was pretty much working on KUAC's schedule, it is ridiculous to ask the city to pay for this.

FlaHawk 11 years, 9 months ago

Good point about their budget. While I agree that it had great benefits, KUAD needs to find someon with some money in budget.KUAD is the only one making budget money on the KU Championship. Sure it has costs, but they aer very minor to the revenues!

Carter Patterson 11 years, 9 months ago

I agree with DLI on this one. Unless KUAD asked them to pay it BEFORE they agreed to do the parade and cancel the prior event, then they have not standing. The parade gave KU basketball much more than $6400 worth of attention.

KU 11 years, 9 months ago

Isn't Holiday Inn the "bad guy" here? You'd think they would have the sense to eat their "cancellation fee" in hopes that they could attract future KU events. If I were the AD, I would blacklist the Holidome for sending the $6400 bill. I would have future events in a parking lot before I went back to the Holidome.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 9 months ago

Good!It's nice not to succumb to the KUAC Hitler tactics.

theno1jhawk 11 years, 9 months ago

WTF people. I cannot say I am willing to look-up past comments related to the parade to call people out, so this is more general and not specifically addressed to any one poster.If I recall reading posts while the AD was still dealing with the post-Championship chaos and not willing to address a parade, many were PO'd that there was no definitive answer. Yet, the AD had a parade (although limited), and, as a result, cancels a previously scheduled event for the benefit of the Lawrence community (and Jayhawk fans more generally) and we can't pony up? If all the complaining on these posts about the move of the MU game didn't irritate the Department enough, perhaps it will be the realization that we, as KU fans, can never be satisfied. We get our parade, but we don't want to pay the cost of the parade. This doesn't look good for future parades...(ps, I would've been willing

areyouserious 11 years, 9 months ago about trying to squeeze every penny out of a National Championship............just plain TACKY...............and STUPID!!

EvanstonReader 11 years, 9 months ago

Before all you anti-business Lawrence liberals jump on a business for trying to make a profit and keep people in the area employed think about a couple of things, like how much did the Holidome loose when they moved the MU game to KC? Plus the Holidome would have incurred some expenses due to the timing of the cancellation, plus by blocking the space they lost potential money as no one plans major events in that short term. Additionally the sales person/people who booked the KU business lost part of their compensation as the event wasn't held. Granted if after they pay the bill they never want to do business with the Holidome again that is their choice, which should have been a factor in the Holidome's choice to enforce the broken contract fee.

Gary McCullough 11 years, 9 months ago

DLI should ask KUAD to reimburse them for the loss of revenue when the MU football game was moved to Arrowhead. Or maybe there should be a support services charge when the basketball team has a players-only team meeting at a downtown eatery. Lawrence would be a minor suburb between Topeka and KC if it weren't for KU, but KU's ability to draw students is significantly enhanced by the downtown area. Manhattan has Aggieville, Austin has 6th Street, Lawrence has downtown. Each has a symbiotic relationship. So can't we all just get along?

KUbsee69 11 years, 9 months ago

This story made a big splash on the 10:00 TV news in KC last night, and as usual, the presentation made KU look bad ... and really cheap.Just remember, all accumulated positives can be blown away with just a few negatives. There's an old saying that "100 attaboys" can be distroyed by just one "ah-sh*t".Marchiony usually seems to be the quoted culprit. Maybe he's just the mouthpiece for higher-ups. Maybe that's why he still has a job. Then again, maybe he has nude pictures of somebody higher up. I don't know, but I really get tired of the bad press for KU.

KU 11 years, 9 months ago

Evanston, I hope you're not interpreting MY comments as "anti-business liberal". I'm the furthest thing from that.Sometimes, a business needs to make a decision to forego profit from a fee that obviously strains relations with a client in hopes of making MORE money from that client down the road. If the Holidome had waived the fee they would have strengthened the goodwill with the athletic department, which should lead to more business and more revenue in the future.You can't tell me that the Lawrence Holidome is in such high demand that they had to turn down another booking for the space after KU signed for it. They probably had 3 ballrooms vacant that same night.If the argument is that they had invested money in perishable food, they could have offered to cater the gathering at AFH to use the food.Holiday Inn didn't lose ANY business--compared to other years--due to KU playing in KC because Lew scheduled an extra home game, giving KU 7 homes games. That's as many or more than KU normally has in a given year. An 8th home game against MU would have just been a bonus for Holiday Inn.It was very short-sighted of Holiday Inn to deliver the $6400 bill, in my opinion.

kcphantom 11 years, 9 months ago

I said this before and I'll say it again, you'd think the Holidome would waive the fee since it was a national championship celebration! What's $6400 to the Holiday Inn corporation? And how much money did they bring in from people that were in town for the celebration that they normally wouldn't have had?And if they aren't willing to write it off, I'd definitely hope that the KUAD will want to reconsider where to have the annual event from now on.

frustrated 11 years, 9 months ago

kcphantom,fyi - most hotels are franchises that aren't owned by big corporations. And they definitely DID lose money - they lost an event they couldn't replace. Also, it's time to quit whining about moving the Missouri game. Most people I've talked to were upset that we lost but very excited about making the game an annual event in KC. It's time to get on board with this - and I hope the game is hosted in KC for years to come.

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