David Brandon says the reason The University of Michigan won’t be taking the band to The Cowboy Classic is because it would cost $400,000 to transport them, which amounts to double what it costs for the team. Yet, Michigan is set to earn a $4.7 Million payday for playing in the game. To make matters worse, the band was originally told they were going and the contract Brandon signed even designated seats for the band. Now with the band being forced to stay home, family members that had made arrangements to attend the game and see their son or daughter perform are left with just a ticket to the game—if they still want to go. Granted one could argue that the band is just a side show--but the side show is a part of the confluent intercollegiate athletic experience. This decision is egregious because it sends the message that intercollegiate athletic competition is no longer about the preserving and promoting the positive experience of the athletes, the students, the alumni, or their parents, but rather about financial gain. Is that really a message we want for our children. Is that really congruent with the University of Michigan mission statement?
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