Daily Archives: December 15, 2013

Getting while the getting’s good

LSU is raising ticket prices again.  When asked why that was necessary in light of the increased revenues expected to roll in from the SEC Network, here’s what the AD had as a response:

“I know there’s a lot of talk and discussion about the SEC network, however, we don’t have any idea of how much money that is going to generate,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said…

“It has to be sold to the carriers. It has to be sold to COX, Time Warner, and to Dish TV and satellite TV,” Alleva said. “As of right now, it hasn’t been sold. We have no idea how much revenue it’s going to bring in.”

So… you’re telling us that the SEC embarked upon a path of massive disruption to its conference scheduling – something which you and your head coach have been bitching about on a non-stop basis ever since, by the way – without having the faintest notion about how much the bank account would grow?  Yeah, sure.

But there is a consolation prize.

Alleva said if the athletic department is fortunate and the SEC network contract does generate a significant amount of money, the department already has a revenue sharing agreement with the university.

“So if that does come to fruition, the university is going to benefit significantly from that situation,” he said. “And that will alleviate the need for us to increase ticket prices in the future because our expenses continue to go up $2 to 3 million a year.”

Well, that’s a relief.  Unless state governments that don’t have a problem with starving their college systems see that new revenue stream as a great source to tap as a substitute.  Gee, I wonder where that might happen.

Don’t put that checkbook away just yet, peeps.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, It's Just Bidness, SEC Football

Passing the eyeball test

One measurement of how exciting – as opposed to satisfying, I suppose  – Georgia’s season has been is that five of the games the Dawgs played wound up being the highest-rated or second highest-rated broadcast of their respective weeks.


Filed under Georgia Football

Considerin’s got nothin’ to do with it.

Nick Saban is shocked, shocked that anybody would believe the stories about him and the Texas job.   Maybe a little disappointed in all of us, too.  But it was out of his hands.

“Really, the whole thing from my perspective stunk, but there wasn’t a hell of a lot I could do about it.”

Well, maybe other than telling Jimmy Sexton not to pick up the phone, that is.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

Pity the poor Gator beat writer.

Ain’t much fun covering Boom’s team right now.

Bowl games are considered a reward for a successful season. What they really are is a primer for the next season, with all those extra practices playing a role in player development.

Unfortunately for Florida, there will be no bowl experience this year coming off the school’s first losing season since 1979. So, getting ready for the 2014 season is on hold until the spring.

But the Gators’ inactivity in December doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead to 2014 and projecting how the Gators might look at each position.

Which leads to a discussion about… the Florida receiving corps!

It just goes to show that there are worse things than being threatened with banishment to Seat 37F.


Filed under Gators, Gators...