The assumptions by some that the Omaha market is saturated and that UNO should be left behind if the NCC schools move to D-I are basing it on the blind assumption that the market is cornered and not on the reality that UNO sports actually have quite the following. Check out their attendance for HOCKEY:
That's this season's attendance in the Qwest Center. Notice that they draw 4500-5000 at a minimum, with 7,000 and 8,000 plus for the rivalry games with Alaska-Fairbanks and nearly 10,000 for their tilts with Michigan. This was actually a DOWN year for that program attendance-wise. Prior to this season they had the nations longest sellout streak when they played in the Omaha Auditorium (The Aud), hitting 8,314 regardless of the opponent. The difference in attendance has been mostly attributed to an increase in ticket prices at the new building, a decrease in the atmosphere at a new but sterile building, and Qwest management forcing the change of time/date for a few games. Overall however, this is not the profile of a school who lacks the market prescence to play additional sports at the D-I level.