The Arkansas Legislature is pushing to pass a bill for a new rivalry between the Razorbacks and their in-state colleague, Arkansas State.
The game would be played at War Memorial Stadium on an undecided date and all proceeds will benefit charity.
ArkansasASUbenefit.com was set up to allow the public to vote for or against the game. The final results showed that 51.8 percent of people would like to see the game. There were 25,053 total votes cast on the website. The website states:
"REP. ANDY MAYBERRY (R-EAST END) AND REP.HAROLD COPENHAVER (D-JONESBORO) HAVE DRAFTED A BILL TO ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, STATEWIDE INTEREST IN INTRA-COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS, AND INCREASED COMMUNITY AND PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT. THE PROPOSED BILL WOULD ACCOMPLISH THIS THROUGH A ONE-TIME BENEFIT FOOTBALL GAME BETWEEN THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS AND THE ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES. THE GAME WOULD BE HELD AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM IN LITTLE ROCK, AND A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WOULD BENEFIT A WORTHY CAUSE FOR THE STATE AND ITS PEOPLE."
The game may sound like a great idea, especially when including that all proceeds will benefit charity. But, there are also many negatives to this idea.
First, the game is being forced by the Arkansas House of Representatives, shouldn't they be focusing on other important things such as the education of these two institutions, not the athletics?
Second, this game will cause an unneeded, unwanted rivalry between the two schools. Shouldn't we want rivalries with schools located inother states, (Missouri, Texas, etc.) not between our own state? Splitting the state like this could cause several problems because often college athletics is the center of many heated debates.
Finally, the state of Arkansas doesn't need this game to help the achievement of statewide interest in intra-collegiate athletics because there is definitely an interest collegiate athletics in the state due to the lack of professional teams.