If I’m playing craps, I’m pressing my bets.
If I’m coaching third, I’m sending the runner home.
And if I’m running HTA, I’m making an offer — a real offer — to Dana White and UFC.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I get it. Maybe holding a UFC event in Hawaii doesn’t make the state money directly. So what? There are a lot of things we spend money on that don’t make money immediately, maybe never.
But the value of hosting a UFC event isn’t in the gate, it’s in the prestige. Hawaii would not be investing in a fight, it would be investing in promoting Hawaii as a place of entertainment.
And, really, look around, what else do we have? Hawaii’s biggest non-resident attractions are hiking and buying property that can be used for vacation rentals.
HTA’s main job is to promote the islands and spend money promoting the islands. Where else will it spend its money? Billboards? Brochures? A tennis tournament? UFC offers an international pay-per-view audience. A UFC event here isn’t about many mainland visitors will attend. It’s about how many people will watch the event on PPV and then decide to visit Hawaii later. Or it could be other people wanting to eventually stage an event here.
I know people are annoyed at UFC’s asking price. But an event is a valuable commodity. If somebody asks for $6 million, counter with $5.2 million (what the Pro Bowl got), but not with a shrugging, inside-out-pockets counter of $1 million. If it’s too rich, walk away without making a counter. No shame in that. But it is a shame to ask for a Ross’ discount on Tiffany product.
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Once again, the defense looked good — really good — during today’s fifth practice of spring training.
In team drills, Donovan Dalton had a pick-6, Damario Mclean almost had an interception covering a slant route, and Penei Pavihi had a mouthpiece-loosening hit.
But the offense did get the last word: Jason-Matthew Sharsh caught a 44-yard scoring pass from Cole McDonald.
The folks on the sideline are impressed with:
> Quarterback Jeremy Moussa’s arm strength.
> Wideout Isaia Leeth’s size (6-4, 190), strength and route-running. He has wideout’s speed but tight end’s toughness.
> Safeties Jay Dominique and Kalen Hicks.
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Nice win on the road for the baseball ‘Bows, who beat UC Davis, 5-3, today to go to 4-1 in the Big West. Jackson Rees went seven innings to improve to 3-0; Dylan Thomas pitched the final two innings for his eighth save.