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Auburn can't sell football tickets/operate in black

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Rockbottom, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Amazing, I thought.


  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It's not that they CAN'T sell the tickets, it's that they choose not to.

    Rather than risk releasing the tickets into the open market where opposing fans might buy them at inflated prices, they advertise them only to big-money boosters who end up buying them at face value and giving them away.

    I think SEC stadiums have over-expanded. As wildly passionate as their fan bases are, there's a limit to how much people are willing to spend for non-premium games when they can just stay at home and watch it in HDTV.
  3. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    Pure idiocy.

    Even if opposing fans buy up the remaining tickets, at a school like Auburn, I'm guessing that's just a couple thousand tickets.
  4. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Auburn can't sell all its tickets to its fanbase.

    My bad.

  5. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    I think we probably have reached the point where a lot of teams, even ones with rabid fanbases are going to have trouble filling their expanded stadiums on a regular basis. I would have thought SEC football would have been the exception to that rule, but I think this proves that if you want a full stadium, you can't get picky about who you allow to buy tickets.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    And there's a distasteful arrogance about this — a sort of provincialism-within-provincialism.

    In so many words, you're telling opposing fans they're not welcome in your stadium.
  7. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    SEC needs a player salary cap
  8. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    I understand what you're saying, but I think what they're trying to do is ensure that the home fans -- who've donated, paid for season tix, etc. -- don't find themselves in the midst of a visiting crowd. If I were an Auburn fan and had done all that, it'd piss me off to find myself sitting in amongst a passel of Alabama fans.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but they're not talking about 20,000 unsold tickets, they're talking about 2,000 or so in an 85,000-seat stadium, and most of those probably in the upper deck at that.
  10. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Part of the intercollegiate experience is seeing fans of other teams. Or are SEC fans as abhorrent as NFL fans?
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    This sounds more like an "Auburn has lazy and not very bright marketing folks" problem than a "structure of college athletics" problem.
  12. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    In the part of the story I read, they were talking about prime (between the 30-yard lines) seats.
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