Take a look at this chart the guys at Roll Bama Roll posted:
This is why Greg Sankey is hailed as a genius. And why Mike Slive was. We’re crazy about college football, so much so that we’re willing to pay through the nose for it.
It’s also why ESPN is able to call the shots as it does, even as it cuts against the grain of why we fans in the South make the SEC the powerhouse that it is.
Five of the seven most expensive tickets for SEC games this season are at pro venues, places wholly removed from the campus experience: Virginia Tech-Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway; Alabama-USC in Dallas; the World’s Largest Outdoor Sexual Harrassment festival in the Jaguars’ house, etc. And, it particularly makes no sense when the two teams at a neutral site already have gorgeous palatial stadiums, insane fans, and picturesque campuses — the LSU Tigers should not be traveling to Lambeau Field to meet the Wisconsin Badgers. Alabama fans should be able to see Traveler cross the midfield as the Trojan plants his gladius at midfield.
Is there anyone among Sankey’s bosses who cares about that? As long as the checks keep rolling in, I doubt it.
One more thing regarding those neutral site games — Georgia loses a home game to play in Atlanta, where the tickets are a relative bargain at $207 a pop. Will there be a pro rata reduction in the student athletic fee to make up for having one less game in Athens this season?