After getting priceless publicity, while putting up no cash, the Robertson family has pulled its so-called sponsorship of the Indy Bowl, leaving it without a title sponsor for 2015.
Never mind that a six-year commitment was apparently made to the Indy Bowl. Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander, said they enjoyed their sponsorship of the 2014 Bowl, but that it was time for another sponsor to take the lead.
He could of at least thanked the Indy Bowl for splashing its Duck Commander logo all over the football field and for the national television exposure.
No details were released about why the Robertson family pulled its sponsorship. There is speculation that a contract was never signed as well as questions about how much money – if any – was contributed to the Indy Bowl by the Robertson family business.
The development adds more than a tinge of confirmation among those who said early-on that the alliance with Duck Commander was a shaky and unpredictable deal.
To be sure, the Indy Bowl is now in a precarious predicament, trying to find a wealthy sponsor in the competitive world of college football bowls.
There will be 40 bowl games in 2015 competing for sponsors and quality football teams. Big payouts get the best teams, and it’s impossible for a bowl to compete without a big-name sponsor. Since 1990, 15 bowls have folded.
The Indy Bowl, with a payout of $1,150,000 to each team, is the 11th oldest bowl, founded in 1976, in existence today.
It would be a local tragedy if the Indy Bowl went the way of professional baseball, football, and hockey in this area. Hopefully, someone will step forward.
Previous sponsors include Poulan Weed Eater, Sanford, MainStay, PetroSun, and AdvoCare V100. The big question is, “Who’s next?”
Who’s growing and who’s not
The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2014 population estimates for Louisiana parishes. The estimates provide a snapshot of which parishes are growing since the official 2010 census.
The newly released population estimates indicate that Bossier and DeSoto parishes are growing, while Caddo, Claiborne and Webster parishes are losing population. Here is a look at each of those parishes:
In 2010, the population of Bossier Parish was 116,979. The July 1, 2014 estimate is 125,064, an increase of 8,085 residents.
The 2014 estimates for cities have not yet been published, but in 2013 the estimated population of Bossier City was 66,333. The official 2010 census had its population at 61,315. That’s an increase of 5,018. It is likely the 2014 estimate will show continued growth.
The 2010 official population of Benton was 1,948. The 2013 estimate was 2,063, an increase of 115.
In 2010, the population of Caddo Parish was 254,969. The July 1, 2014 estimate is 252,603, a decrease of 2,366 residents.
For the city of Shreveport, its official population in 2010 was 199,311. The population estimate for the city as of July 1, 2013 was 200,327, an increase of 1,016. It will be interesting to see the 2014 estimate.
The 2010 official population of Blanchard was 2,890. The 2013 estimate was 2,898, an increase of 8.
In Greenwood, the 2010 population was 3,222. In 2013, it was estimated at 3,219.
In 2010, the population of Claiborne Parish was 17,195. The July 1, 2014 estimate is 16,412, a decrease of 783 residents.
The 2010 official population of Homer was 3,237. In 2013, the estimated population was 3,106, a decrease of 131 residents.
In Haynesville, the 2010 official population was 2,327. The estimated population in 2013 was 2,241, a decrease of 86 residents.
In 2010, the population of DeSoto Parish was 26,656. The July 1, 2014 estimate is 27,142, an increase if 486 residents.
The 2010 official population of Mansfield was 5,001. The estimated population in 2013 was 5,051, an increase of 50 residents.
In 2010, the population of Webster Parish was 41,207. The July 1, 2014 estimate is 40,333, a decrease of 874 residents.
For Minden, the official population in 2010 was 13,082. The 2013 estimate was 12,154, a decrease of 928 residents.
Springhill had a 2010 population of 5,269. The 2013 estimate was 5,214, a decrease of 55 residents.
The Fax-Net will update the population estimates for cities and towns when the 2014 estimates are available.
Metro Area population estimates
The Census Bureau has released it 2014 population estimates for Metropolitan Areas. Let’s take a look:
What is classified as the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area consists of the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, and Webster.
The official population of the 2010 Census was 439,811. The 2014 Census estimate puts the population at 445,142, an increase of 5,331.
The Alexandria Metro Area consists of the parishes of Rapides and Grant.
The 2010 official population was 153,922. The July 1, 2014 estimate is 154,872, an increase of 950.
The Baton Rouge Metro Area consists of the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
The official population in 2010 was 802,484. The July 1, 2014 population estimate has it at 825,462, an increase of 22,978.
The Houma-Thibodaux Metro Area consists of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes..
The official population in 2010 was 208,178. The July 1, 2014 estimate puts the population at 211,350, an increase of 3,172.
The Lafayette Metro Area consists of the parishes of Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, and Vermilion.
The official population in 2010 was 466,750. The July 1, 2014 estimates has the population at 476,659, an increase of 9,908.
The Lake Charles Metro Area consists of the parishes of Calcasieu and Cameron.
The official population in 2010 was 199,607. The July 1, 2014 estimate of the population is 203,861, an increase of 4,254.
The Monroe Metro Area consists of the parishes of Ouachita, Morehouse, and Union.
The official population in 2010 was 176,441. The July 1, 2014 population estimate is 178,803, an increase of 2,362.