The University of Tennessee has elected to charge its students for football tickets. That, in and of itself, is hardly newsworthy (unless you’re a UT student, of course). But the explanation is.
In a continuing effort to offset a projected athletic budget shortfall of more than $3 million next year, the University of Tennessee will begin this season charging students for football tickets.
The Vol Athletic Department can’t make ends meet? What’s going on in Knoxville?
The increased revenue, which also is to include a $19 jump in non-student season-ticket prices and a 30 percent reduction in discounts for faculty and staff, announced March 31, will go toward stemming a projected $3.15 million shortfall in the athletic department’s operating budget for 2009.
That includes costs such as tuition for student-athlete scholarships and travel for both men’s and women’s athletic teams. It will also help with non-operational costs, mainly projected pay raises for men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl, football coach Phillip Fulmer and their staffs. [Emphasis added.]