… that allows so many of you to wave off normal economic concerns?
The majority of responses to last night’s post about the impending increase in Georgia football ticket prices are consistent in chastising me for even mentioning the possibility, on the grounds that it’s an inevitability. Skipping past the suspicion I have that most of this advice comes from folks with no skin in this particular game, why am I, as a consumer, expected to remain passive in the face of a cost increase? Is there something about college football that requires me to demand nothing for my hard-earned money? Do those of you who offer that advice operate that way in every other sphere of your economic lives? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.)
To put it in the vernacular of a comment I received this morning, why is raising ticket prices like the weather? If we give B-M a pass on that, aren’t we encouraging more of the same down the road? (Not to mention that nobody ever expects a reduction in ticket prices after a disappointing season.) Are those of us paying the freight, so to speak, not even entitled to question how the money is being used, or why we can’t have a more fan-friendly game day environment if we have to pay more for the privilege? What other things do you people buy in such a way?
Speaking of silence and encouragement, does it not occur to some of you that by failing to make demands of Butts-Mehre, we get the sort of mediocrity that’s been a hallmark of much of Georgia athletics for decades?
I suspect that if I drew a Venn diagram of the folks shrugging off the ticket price increase with those who insist that college football players are adequately compensated for their efforts, there would be a large overlap. Again, with regard to the latter group, why do you have little compunction in urging that student-athletes accept conditions that you would never accept for yourself in your career?
So, what is it about college football? Is it just that it’s so easy for some of you to dismiss the concerns of others if they don’t personally affect your pocketbook? Or is it something about the sport in particular that makes you so passive?
I’m not asking these questions out of frustration or anger. I’ll stroke the check for the new price because I can afford to do so and because I still get enough enjoyment out of my hobby that it’s in my interest to do so. But I would never be as blithe as many of you are about it, even if I decided to walk away. I’m simply curious where the source of your apparent indifference comes from.