File this under why Butts-Mehre can have nice things.
Even with an increase in prices, demand for Georgia football season tickets exceeded supply coming off a trip to the national championship game, athletic director Greg McGarity told the athletic board’s finance committee.
“We’re happy to announce we’re all sold out of season tickets,” McGarity said in a meeting Wednesday. “Our fans have responded very well and again have answered the call.”
The Hartman Fund has generated $31 million in donations for the right to buy season tickets so far this cycle, an increase of about $4 million from this time last year, according to executive associate athletic director Matt Borman, who oversees athletic fundraising.
“Individuals wanted to improve their location, be in a better position for road tickets, things of that nature,” McGarity said. “So there was a substantial increase in that.”
“… be in a better position for road tickets”. They’re getting better at milking us, aren’t they?
Because you never know when your potential national champion is out there lurking as the seventieth-best regular season team.
On the other hand, there’s always a bigger March Madness check.
You guys can keep pretending all you want about why postseasons don’t expand. I’ll keep watching the money, thanks.
Mike Slive, who passed away yesterday, by all accounts appears to have been a genuinely admired fellow who certainly played a significant role in college sports over the last two decades. So I’m not trying to crap on his grave here, but damn, this ain’t right.
Leave it to an ESPN pundit to (1) patronize the South — “perceived” regional product, really? — and (2) praise Slive for turning the conference in a national direction. I’m sure Mickey is thrilled by that, but if you don’t mind, I think I’ll cling to my fading perception as long as I can. Those CFP brackets will be here soon enough.
Man, I know Danny Kanell fancies himself the King of SEC Bashers, but this is a little over the top even by his standards.
Auburn was the best team in the SEC last season? Do tell. I guess that explains how they wound up playing UCF.
I mentioned the other day in discussing Georgia’s 2018 schedule that it would have to run a mid-season gauntlet of seven straight conference games, three of the last four being LSU, Florida and Auburn. I went on to say that Georgia is far from the only SEC team facing that sort of challenge. Here’s a breakdown of Cubelic’s list:
- Tennessee: Florida, at Georgia, at Auburn, Alabama (you could add at South Carolina on 10/27, given UT’s recent struggles against the ‘Cocks)
- Florida: at Tennessee, at Mississippi State, LSU
- Arkansas: at Auburn, TAMU, Alabama, Ole Miss
- Auburn: TAMU, at Georgia, Liberty, at Alabama
- Missouri: Georgia, at South Carolina, at Alabama, Memphis
I don’t know how tough any stretch including Liberty can be (which is not to say playing Georgia and ‘Bama on the road will be a cake walk, obviously). That being said, the Tennessee run looks brutal from here. What do you guys think?
A couple of random points about the brave new world of sports betting coming down the turnpike and how that might affect college football in ways we haven’t thought about too much yet:
- We all know what kind of control freaks college head coaches are when it comes to their rosters and the information flow. (Jim Harbaugh, for example, doesn’t even publish a depth chart.) So, this is going to be interesting to watch, to say the least:
Even if South Carolina doesn’t jump in the betting pool, enough other states will create a ripple that requires the NCAA and/or college conferences to adopt a uniform policy of injury reporting in football and basketball.
The weekly NFL injury report is all about gambling, to eliminate (lofty goal) or limit (more likely) inside information on injuries.
Such a college policy would take lots of pressure off the student trainer and walk-on punter, ideally cutting down on inquiries from guys who are just curious about how the starting running back’s knee feels this week.
As it is, some college teams keep injury reports to themselves. Others are only slightly less murky.
Look around at a lot of their “crowds” during those lonely Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday night games and you know it’s not a sustainable business in and of itself. These schools are basically being subsidized because the cable channels need content and gamblers need juice. That’s the only reason they exist.
Okay, maybe it’s not as big a deal as when the Big Four decided to pass on entering the NFL draft before last season, but Deandre Baker’s decision to play one more year in Athens is still big. How big? Welp,
Lockdown corners don’t grow on trees and having one makes things easier when you’ve got to replace two/three starters in the secondary. So, yeah, big.