As rumors of the University of Texas’ and Oklahoma’s departure from the Huge 12 started to consider form final 7 days, Stephen Spiegelberg, operator of Lubbock-based mostly spirit shop Red Raider Clothing store was in Dallas meeting with other stores from close to the state, discussing likely impacts on their organizations and communities.
“We have a couple of core shops that have been in company for about 50 many years that are speaking about the complete path of what’s occurring – and how we make the most of the prospect,” Spiegelberg said.
Spiegelberg said one scenario the group was optimistic about was the probable for Texas Tech to be a part of the PAC 12 meeting, and the opportunities that could bring both equally the university and the Lubbock group.
“Texas Tech going to the PAC 12 would absolutely give us our own identity would give us a West Texas truly feel with the West Coast vibe,” Spiegelberg said.
Talking about some of the impacts, he mentioned, getting rid of the dwelling football matchup with the University of Texas every other year would hurt, not only simply because it was 1 of the additional valuable situations benefiting the community economic system, but also for the reason that of the rivalry between the applications in many sports activities.
Even so, he claimed he is optimistic about other attainable additions like UCLA, Arizona, Oregon and other PAC-12 teams.
Spiegelberg recalled that despite Texas A&M leaving the Big 12 conference 10 years in the past, they never lost that rivalry those rivalries go beyond the soccer area. So, the economic effect on goods featuring the University of Texas and Oklahoma would be small – there will even now be some demand for Sooner and Longhorn equipment in Lubbock.
Over-all, Spiegelberg stated the suppliers have been normally optimistic shifting forward.
“I assume the leadership is incredibly powerful in Texas Tech and I imagine they have the electricity and capability to choose Texas Tech as a result of the approach,” Spiegelberg said.
Steve Massengale, the proprietor of The Matador spirit and clothing shop, admitted he is worried about Texas Tech’s athletic convention future, indicating a great deal of his enterprise is critically tied to residence football games.
But Massengale, who also serves as mayor pro tem on the metropolis council, said he has self esteem in the university’s management, and the skill of businesses and the group to get on the appropriate route.
He extra it is important that Texas Tech has home video games with well known teams that will bring folks to Lubbock which will assistance the economy.
“Lubbock’s a excellent house football recreation setting for faculty soccer and I want to make confident that carries on,” Massengale mentioned.