Is more fan friendly not an option any more?

Okay, it’s not exactly “4 tickets, 4  hot dogs, 4 cokes” territory, but it’s a little disconcerting to see UGA’s athletic department take a step like this.

Sure, some of that can likely be chalked up to a post-COVID hangover, but not all.  If this is a inkling of what’s to come, even at a successful program like ours, were I Josh Brooks, I’d be getting a wee bit concerned.

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  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    A move to a nine game schedule, pods, only ONE cupcake per year, and adding TU and OU should get people excited about season tickets again.

    Even if Auburn is no longer a yearly opponent. (Yes, I’m saying once again that Georgia will be “asked” to bend over to get fucked by the SEC due to realignment)

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    • RangerRuss

      There’s that “pods” word again. It smacks of Eurotrash, communism and soccer.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        Well, what would you prefer? Bama and Auburn coming over to the East and almost never getting to Atlanta as long a Saban is in Tuscaloosa? Maybe another 10 years?

        Or pods where we have a much better chance to get to Atlanta?

        Georgia is literally stuck between a rock and a hard place.

        Either we fight to keep the rivalry with Auburn on a yearly basis and in a de facto way give up on going to the SEC Title Game because Bama is now in the East, or we let Auburn go and we are the dominant team in our pod and we get to go to Atlanta more often.

        It’s not exactly Sophie’s Choice, but it two fucking bad decisions.

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        • Russ

          I’d prefer Bama in the East and beating that Saban ass. He knows it’s coming.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

            LOL. Okay. I’m not so delusional as that.

            The guy doesn’t lose in the SEC, and Kirby is 0-3, but sure, Saban KNOWS that ass-kicking is coming? The greatest CFB coach of all time?

            Know your limitations, Russ. I like Kirby a lot, but Kirby ain’t Saban.

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            • bmacdawg87

              To be the best… you gotta beat the best! Woooooooooo!

              In all seriousness though, If UGA is going to get where all of us want it to go, it’s going to have to go through Bama. What difference does it make if it’s in the regular season instead of the SECCG?

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                Because winning a division or a pod is something better than nothing. Also, our best performances against Bama, even if they are losses, are later in the season in the SEC Title Game or National Title Game.

                When we’ve played Saban early in the season going back to 2008, he’s fucking destroyed us.

                THAT is why we shouldn’t want them in our division.

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                • I, for one, can hardly wait to watch them hoist UGA’s first pod championship banner at Sanford Stadium. Goosebumps just thinking about it.

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                • RangerRuss

                  Bwahahahahaha! Man the fuck up. You can’t be scared.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  That is not what I am. I’m realistic.

                  Were Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie “scared,” Ranger? Hell no. But you bet your ass they were realistic. They fought knowing they were gonna die. Why? Because if you’re already dead they can’t kill you. If you’re already dead, it’s then your job to bring more people with you to the next life.

                  Saban is the Mexican Army. Kirby is Jim Bowie. It’s not going to end well as long as he’s at Bama. It’s just the way it is.

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                • dawgtired7

                  I don’t agree with the mentality of avoiding good teams to ensure a winning record. I don’t want a participation trophy. Bring ’em on!!!

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  Okay.

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                • RangerRuss

                  It’s a game. Nothing else. I believe the Dawgs are on close to equal footing with the Gumps. Take away their Bama privilege and they’re sporting losses two of the last three contests.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  With players, with facilities, and with assistant coaches, yes, we’re on close to equal footing to Bama (they still have a slightly more talented roster, and they’re spending $400M in a
                  Facilities Master Plan while we keep doing shit piecemeal), but in regards to the head coach?

                  No. We’re nowhere near close to being on the same footing as Bama. It’s not Kirby’s fault he’s not Nick Saban, it is what it is. What’s hurt Kirby the most the last five years is his resistance to change. Kirby’s biggest issue, his stubbornness, is completely self-inflicted. When Saban loses just one game, he’s willing to tear everything down and rebuild. In similar situations Kirby decided to keep ramming his head into a wall right up until last season. He did take steps towards change last season. I’m hopeful it pays off this season with Bama breaking in a new starting QB and OC at the same time.

                  We’ll see.

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                • Derek

                  Can’t never could do nothing.

                  Its a loser’s mentality and I reject it.

                  If we can be up at half three times in a row (once in regulation and once late in the fourth) then we can win the fucking game.

                  If CMR can roll Saban’s defending national title team in athens so can kirby.

                  No legitimate Bulldog fan would think otherwise.

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                • gurkhadawg

                  Corch, you do know what happened to the Mexican army shortly after the Alamo don’t you?

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  Dude, that’s not the analogy. Saban is the Mexican Army and Kirby is Jim Bowie.

                  What you’re trying to say is our NEXT coach will be Sam Houston.

                  So does that mean you advocate Kirby’s firing so we can our Sam Houston?

                  I’m good with Jim Bowie for now, because 9 times out of 10, Kirby’s gonna get spanked by Saban, but all we need is that one time to let us get past him. Easier to do that in an SEC Title Game or Playoff Game than a regular season game.

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                • gurkhadawg

                  I’ll go ahead and tell you. A few weeks after the fall of the Alamo, Sam Houston and his rag tag band of rebels annihilated the much larger Mexican Army at San Jacinto. I like to think of Kirby as our Sam Houston.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                  And given the evidence before us, that’s laughably delusional.

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            • akascuba

              Corch,
              Your right with your facts Kirby is 0-3 so far. What Kirby has accomplished to date in his short career is way more than Saban did at the beginning of his career.
              Saban is the G.O.A.T. he also is in the twilight of his career. No coach in the SEC has done a better job of preparing himself and his program to be the man when St. Nick retires than Kirby. I’m impatient too and tired of losing winnable games. It’s time for Kirby to change the narrative and start beating Bama. I believe he will do exactly that in the next five years of his coaching career.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

                Yeah, but dude, what you’re ignoring is, Saban didn’t have to do it against a “Saban.” Yes, Kirby is doing a relatively good job even though his decisions to turtle the offense helped us lose the national title and the next SEC Title. Kirby took too long to learn lessons he should’ve learned much more quickly, and it has allowed Saban to put even more distance between himself and his former DC. Kirby had Saban on the ropes for two years, and let Saban knock him out both times.

                So as long as Saban is in Kirby’s way, expect more of the same.

                Context matters. You can’t just throw stats out there without context. Kirby doesn’t have the luxury Saban had to learn on the job at Toledo and Michigan State. This is big boy SEC football with a school that expects to win National Titles. This is the pressure Kirby wanted. He could’ve gone to Tulsa or Arkansas State years prior to taking the Georgia job. He could’ve done what plenty of national title-winning coaches like Saban, Spurrier, Corch, and most others did by learning on the job and making mistakes with much less pressure. But he didn’t. He waited for the Georgia job and now he has it.

                So I’m sorry, but because he decided to do it this way, this is the bed he made for himself.

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                • akascuba

                  We can disagree about the facts looking at the future. Its just opinion no matter how spun about it anyone feels for now. You choose to ignore Saban does not have Bama with the GOAT in his way every year. I choose to believe a National Championship game WIN is coming down the tracks for Kirby in the next five years maybe more than one.

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          • rugbydawg79

            “With You”

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        • ben

          When I find myself agreeing with the former jags coach, things have gotten out of control.

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        • bucketheridge

          I plan on being a UGA fan for far longer than Nick Saban is coaching at Alabama and want what’s best for the conference long term, which is moving Auburn and Alabama to the East.

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      • mp

        European soccer leagues do not use pods, they don’t even use divisions – each team plays every other team twice (once home, once away). Closest to pods, honestly, is US pro sports leagues with the word “pod” being replaced by “division”. So blame those commies in the NFL. A pod is just a division, so I guess you can blame the Reds in Birmingham too.

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        • Mid-Age Man Coniston

          But why let facts get in the way of a good (false) narrative?

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        • stoopnagle

          Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

          Look, there’s a straight-forward solution for everyone to get what they want: preserved rivalries, diversity of opponents, equity in scheduling… but it requires some higher level thinking skills so it’s “too complicated.”

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      • thunderdawg42

        Do they have pods in soccer? I’m 99% sure they do not have pods in soccer. Maybe in “netball”, whatever the fuck that is. Europe can keep that one.

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        • Down Island Way

          Soccer has “Holligans”…

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        • unionjackgin

          I think what they are talking about is the multi-national competitions like the WC, Euros, Gold Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League where they are called groups.

          In actuality, if they do organize into some type of group, I think they could learn some from World Football because the groups are not static year to year but select based on competition coefficients. Then each team goes into a different selection pot based on their Tier. Teams that have had the most success go in pot 1, and so on with the least successful teams falling into Pot 4. Each group can only have one Tier 1 member etc.

          The groups are changed each year (which would eliminate some rivalries) but it might also solve the rotation issues of playing A&M just once since they joined the conference.

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      • RangerRuss

        I am one simple, ignorant, country fuck. The only pods of which I’m familiar have peas in them. Don’t know or care how pods relate to college football. However, I am amused to see how quickly some of the boys got their panties all twisted around their testicles at the disparagement of soccer.

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        • argondawg

          Maybe I am just old fashioned but I think soccer should be treated with derision year round.

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          • Derek

            There are only two really good reasons to watch soccer:

            1) you have a family member playing in the match

            2) you are pulling for England’s National Team to lose.

            All other interest in soccer should subject one to scrutiny by the HUAC along with Justin Bieber fans, people that won’t eat a mater sammich slathered with Duke’s and guys with sleeves of tattoos, ear/nose/eyebrow/nipple rings and long beards who drink beers I’ve never heard of so they can express there individuality right along side of dozens of other guys similarly adorned with sleeves of tattoos, ear/nose/eyebrow/nipple rings and long beards who drink beers I’ve never heard of.

            I also think that the US men’s national team should not be allowed to compete internationally until they are no longer a national embarrassment.

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        • spur21

          Put me in the “I hate soccer” pod.

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          • originaluglydawg

            I only watch soccer when I can’t find some wet paint to watch drying.

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            • rigger92

              Soccer is like basketball to me, I really want to like it, get into it, and follow closely like we do here. Just can’t do it. I hate the off season and there’s just nothing to fill it other than this right here.

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        • Anon

          It’s Football RR—-not soccer. Get your head out of the turnip patch. Lol.

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        • PTC DAWG

          Call it what you want, it works for me…and agree with others, would be nice to see some of the teams in the west more often, and Missouri less.

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        • rugbydawg79

          I imagine you know how Rugby players feel about soccer.

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        • gurkhadawg

          Is soccer like kickball? We played kickball in the third grade. It was pretty fun.

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        • mp

          Meh, I really don’t give a crap about soccer but do care about ignorance. So you’re welcome!

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      • Tony BarnFart

        I want 4 divisions of 4. Or pods. Even if we build them out into yearly fluid divisions of 8 for SECCG purposes. Dammit, if we’re supposed to be excited about adding Texas and OU, I actually want to play them more frequently than concrete divisions of 8 would provide.

        And by all accounts we are supposed to be super excited, given that Texas and OU are (were) two of the headliner announcements about our future beefed up non-conference slate. It sure would be a twisted irony to bring them into our “conference” only to play them LESS than we were already scheduled to do in the late 2020s. It’s amazing to me how excited people get for good non-conference games but then have no interest in expanding the matchups against other big brands that we don’t actually see very often just because they have the SEC label on their jersey.

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      • Remember the Quincy

        Why can’t we just name them divisions? Why does moving from two groups to four mean we have to change the nomenclature?

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      • mg4life0331

        Them fuckers are gonna trigger some ad algorithm and we are gonna start getting moving commercials.

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    • PTC DAWG

      The 4 pods works for me…9 game would be easy to schedule that way.

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    • Rudy Quillian

      This is what happens when the powers that be cater to the suite holders.

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Also, maybe not play all of the best games in Atlanta, Charlotte, etc? I dunno. Just a thought.

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  2. PTC DAWG

    4 sec games available…fans aren’t traveling yet I see..or at least not traveling to see an ass whooping.

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  3. Dawg93

    Unfortunately it’s a product of being in this crap-fest we call the SEC East, along with playing an uninteresting West opponent this year (no offense to Sam Pittman).

    Quite frankly it’s one of the reasons I’m fired up about Texas & OU joining the SEC – our home schedule HAS to get better, right? I would love to see us stop playing UK, Vandy & Mizzou every single year. At least take 2 of them away please. I have to think that’s what will happen once they reconfigure the conference scheduling. Here’s hoping our new conference brothers join sooner (see what I did there) rather than later.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      If we don’t do a fluid setup of 4 groups of 4, then you are going to see OU and Texas LESS than we were already scheduled to do via non-conference slate. If you make it 2 permanent divisions of 8, move Bama and Auburn to the East (which could eliminate the need for permanent inter-divisional rivals) and add a 9th game……..YOU’RE STILL ONLY GOING TO AUSTIN ONCE EVERY 8 YEARS. Hell we were slated to do more than that with them as Big12 members. We have got to have much more rotation with 16 teams or there is little in it for the fans (IMO) since expansion is happening anyway. I am not interested in a defacto SEC – old SWC’esque loose affiliation that only benefits the suits.

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      • kingcmo2000

        Yeah, but you’re also going to to go to Baton Rouge, Norman and college Station once every 8 years, and get those teams to come to us. Plus you’d have Bama every year, in addition to what we have now. I think we’ll get a much better home schedule with those divisions and a nine game schedule. But you have to go to 9 games. Which I think they will, for the money.

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        • Tony BarnFart

          I should actually clarify that I favor a completely deconstructed SEC over pods even. Give everybody 3 permanents (all slightly different for each school) and rotate 6 on and off. Then you’re getting everyone a minimum of 2 in 4 years and traveling to every stadium at least once in a 4 year cycle.

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          • Tony BarnFart

            I know everybody loves watching the ponies run in lexington and trips to broadway in nashville, but I’ll gladly trade that from every other year to 1 in 4 in order to see everyone and go everywhere more often. In every scenario I’ve seen written about 3 permanent rival designations, we have Florida and Auburn. Problem solved. And most actually have Kentucky as the third, which is a better road trip than Williams Brice or Knoxville, IMO.

            The only super long-standing rival we would be ditching on an annual basis is Vanderbilt. That’s a no-brainer tradeoff for me.

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            • biggity ben

              I support this model. I want to keep handbags and WarTiglePlainsmen, and the rest can be whoever/whenever. The fewer times I have to hear that piped in rooster and rocky top, the better.

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            • miltondawg

              I’ll be honest, I have been into this pretty heavily since word came out last week, but I haven’t seen the deconstructed SEC situation discussed. At first glance, I like it better than two divisions or four divisions. I too would prefer to have six rotating games so that I see Austin, Norman, Oxford, etc. more than once a decade-plus. And like Ben said, I can do without hearing that screeching rooster and awful Sandstorm or Rotten Crotch over and over.

              If we have Auburn and UF I would absolutely want Kentucky. After going several times in the 90s and 00s to Lexington to watch the ponies on the Friday before the game, I can say that after I started working and having kids and the UK and UF games were still back to back, we started going to the UK game and not Jax. Far and away my favorite road trip in the SEC.

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              • Tony BarnFart

                I took a 6 month old baby to the Lexington game in 2018 that happened to be their biggest game in probably decades…. and it was totally perfect and tolerable. Hell they even had a designated private nursing room in the concourse that my wife said had leather couches, temp control and a closed circuit feed of the game (i shit you not)

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    • Migraine Boy

      Dropping JAX too, but no one wants to have that conversation

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  4. Is some of this due to anticipated visitor returns? I thought all who made a Hartman contribution were able to obtain season tickets this season. I’m assuming this is an interim measure before single game tickets are offered.

    Yes, it has to be troubling and Brooks has to think about how to make the in-person experience better.

    Hint, hint … a good first step would be to convince President Morehead to lift some of the Adams tailgating restrictions … hint, hint.

    Another good step to students would be to make additional tickets available at student prices for unsold tickets especially in the Fech Deck after going through all of this.

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    • You want to know who should be really nervous? Bar and restaurant owners in the Athens area (especially at the higher end) who depend on the people who descend on the Classic City and are ready to spend their money.

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      • Our AirBnB in Normaltown area has been booked full for a couple of months now for all game weekends at a higher rate than it was in 2019 fwiw.

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      • jcdawg83

        I don’t know for sure but I don’t think bars and restaurants in Athens are dependent on 6 home game weekends for survival. If a bar or restaurant or hotel can’t make it on the other 46 weeks of the year I doubt the 6 home game weekends will save them.

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        • A few here probably are especially around the downtown area that do not really cater to locals much (i.e. The Varsity, which is now closed). But generally speaking, I have to agree that most are not dependent on game weekends to survive. If so, they’ve got a flawed model because the home game schedule is out of your control each year.

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        • I get that. Those 6 weekends may make a good year a great year.

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        • PTC DAWG

          They used to be, but with the growth in the area, I agree…

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    • It was more than just all Hartman fund contributors – they were still slinging season ticket packages (may still be) in July. You could have historically contributed $0 to Hartman fund and still gotten an end zone 300-level season ticket package that is renewable. Hard fall from the $10k+ contribution level in 2007/2008 for season tickets.

      My sense is this season’s home games being a weak slate + COVID hangover contributed to this.

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  5. waltergeiger

    perhaps if the gestapo in athens would ease up on tailgate restrictions they would not have this problem.

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  6. silverbritches02

    The home schedule this year is just complete hot garbage. I live about 5 hours away, and it’s asking a lot to trek over there for this.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    They’re not desperate… yet. We’ll know they’re desperate when we see the stands chock full of actual students.

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  8. Granthams Replacement

    The TV revenue in 5 years will be north of 100 million. Why would u be worried?

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  9. theotherdoug

    This what happens when season ticket holders get a taste of staying home and watching on the big screen.

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  10. MGW

    “All is well…”

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  11. 79dawg

    Turns out the whole, jack up ticket prices for visiting fans to put them in the nosebleeds is, in fact, mutually assured destruction for actually getting visitors into stadiums….
    I love road games, but paying $120+ to sit in the nosebleeds is ridiculous….

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    • I think this is very interesting. We were pretty much one of the last schools to make visitor tickets with the same face price as the season ticket holder’s price. Once we started matching the price that our visitor blocks were offered, you could definitely begin to see the drop in the number of visiting fans in those seating areas especially at the lower end – Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Fech, etc.

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      • 79dawg

        We were, and your point is true also – I know South Carolina really sucks this year, but the idea of them being so passionate (maybe deranged is a better word), so close and returning tickets is not a good indicator of health….

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  12. Godawg

    Help me out. It says “per ticket”…is it $630 for three games or $210 (seventy each)?

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  13. godawgs1701

    The scheduling redesign that will be necessitated by Texas and OU coming into the conference needs to include the long-awaited make-good on the Auburn scheduling SNAFU. Auburn needs to pay us back with two visits to Athens in a row so we can finally fix the odd-year schedules again so we can have Auburn or Tech on the schedule every year again. Without one of those two games, the schedule ends up pretty anemic if you’re also going to go out and play two of your biggest games at neutral fields. Whether Auburn is coming to the East or we’re going to this dumbassed pod system, Auburn needs to stay on the schedule and they need to get back onto the odd-numbered years.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Interestingly enough, the easiest way to do what you want to do is to go into the pods and then have Auburn just come here twice in the four year cycle.

      Any other way may be impossible.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      Yep, if you want to have a non-anemic home schedule and jacksonville, you need 4 groups of 4. We can’t bitch about how bad most of the East sucks and then demand we keep playing all of them every single year.

      Personally, i think there’s a pretty easy way to do 4×4 and keep auburn permanent.

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  14. akascuba

    Maybe it’s time to actually do things to improve the game day experience.

    Just a few suggestions like encouraging tailgating again, spend money to stop long lines to the bathrooms and concession stands ( enhance revenue can be donated to those doing it now) its possible to improve the post game traffic plan before it fixes itself with fewer fans. Finally work with the conference to serve fewer cupcake games. Most years our home schedule is not very appetizing. Having our biggest conference game in Jacksonville makes the job more difficult I get it.

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  15. Ryan Scates

    Why would the AD be nervous? The football program is nothing but a cash machine. If leveraging it to its highest and best use via TV rights means less demand for tickets, who really cares?

    It’s time for the CFB purists to find new hobbies. Our ship has sailed.

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  16. Castleberry

    I asked Seth Emerson the same question in last week’s mailbag. Sounds like the school kind of shrugged him off saying season tickets hadn’t sold out before. I just don’t ever remember getting the “still on sale” spam from UGA like this.

    I think short-term it’s COVID hangover + a shit home schedule. I think longer term football is WAY behind in fan experience and needs to pull it’s head out of its ass. Everything is geared towards the TV fan. There is a LOT of dead time for fans in the stands. The biggest innovation in recent memory is the official in red with the TV time remaining board. So, I watch a run, run, pass, punt and dude jogs out with a big 2:30. Watch that count down. Run, Run, pass, review – and here he comes for another 3 minutes. Then a punt, then he comes out for 2:30. Then a pass, and its the end of the quarter for 3 minutes…. WTF.

    Play football and show the damn Bud Light commercials on 70% of the screen between plays. Figure out a way to split-screen and keep it moving. It shouldn’t take four hours and 90+ commercials (I counted before) to play a 60 minute game.

    Maybe packing in 8 games with a bigger conference will shrink game time and force them to figure this out, but I doubt it. Betting two game family packs and longer game times are the way of the future. They’ll add more channels and see how many commercials they can cram into each broadcast before people tune out. Here’s hoping…

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    • jcdawg83

      Quite a few sports have the split screen commercial/live action thing going now. I see no reason that football can’t do it. With DVR technology it isn’t like most tv watching fans are seeing the commercials anyway. Going split screen would actually generate more eyeballs on the commercials and the games could go back to being played in well under 3 hours.

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      • Migraine Boy

        You want me to watch the game on half of my screen with a commerical playing on the other half?

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        • Castleberry

          I’d suggest there’s ample dead time between plays to throw in a 30 second sponsor bump – especially on change of possession, reviews, injuries, garbage time…

          The flip side, which is happening now, is 92,000 (*check that – number declining) paying fans standing around so the folks who don’t pay for tickets won’t miss anything. And… sadly I know who will win on that every time.

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      • The problem with the split screen right now (Playing Through on PGA Tour coverage) is that the ad takes up a large portion of the screen and the action is fairly small (even on a big screen). The soccer example is better … have some level of banner ad (this segment of the game is brought to you by XYZ).

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        • Castleberry

          Yeah – I was thinking about this blog. I see tower ads, banners, and so on. If I had to watch a 3 minute commercial before commenting I’d pass. They need to figure something out to provide a better product in the stadium that doesn’t completely wreck the TV experience.

          They need to be forward thinking, too. My teenager is watching twitch on one screen, youtube on another, and simultaneously playing a team-based FPS game. In 15 years will he be packing up his family to sit in the stands all day while the TV timeout guy jogs out for the umpteenth commercial break?

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  17. miltondawg

    Said here already by many…mix the ease with which to watch games from home or with friends on large screen 4K ultra HD TVs (with pauses, replays, highlights from other games around the nation, etc.), parents with kids having youth sports on Saturdays, stadium issues with entry and exit, concessions and bathrooms (which don’t exist at home), loss of historically significant social part of game day in tailgating, and traffic in and out of Athens for some and the finished product is less demand for tickets. For some, the cherry on top are the games starting at 7 PM or later and knowing that you’ll be lucky to get home before 1 AM on Sunday (or later) depending on where you live.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Football in 4K is seriously some next level shit.

      I hate VR, it always gives me a headache, but I can imagine that the only thing better than watching football in 4K is watching it in VR, like
      you’re there, but sitting in your recliner with a kitchen and clean bathroom steps away.

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      • miltondawg

        I hadn’t really thought about watching on VR. My kids have a couple of VR headsets and from time to time I’ll play games with them. Is there an ability to have a VR headset and watch live TV?

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  18. Previously Paul

    Am I the only person who has never heard of Charleston Southern? Did you know they had a football team? Charleston Southern is a Christian school that plays in the Big South, a conference that includes Kennesaw State. I work at KSU and I never heard of Charleston Southern. I’m thinking the ethical thing to do is have them forfeit and just send them a check. This is the kind of game that makes you wish we still had a JV team to put on the field.

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    • originaluglydawg

      I was going to post something similar. Suppose (just for the sake of making a point) North Carolina was playing a cupcake the same weekend. Why not reschedule, let the two big teams play each other, let the two cupcakes play each other, and the big schools play each other and send the cupcakes and even bigger check than they would have gotten? Plus there should be money left over from the game, concessions would be much greater and the motels, bars and restaurants would be full.
      Of course the answer is resting the team and putting in new plays, etc that week.
      On the other hand, didn’t we love seeing Georgia State beat Tennessee?
      And App St. beat Michigan? And James Madison beat Virginia Tech?
      AND, Georgia Southern (not really a cupcake) beat Florida?!!

      BTW ..yes I have heard of Charleston Southern.

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  19. dawgphan34

    UGA selling lower level renewable season this July was also a surprise. I wonder how long til they figure out that the home schedule matters.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      This is ultimately why the Cocktail Party will eventually move home and home.

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      • After 1995, I don’t want that bunch of jort-wearing Handbags in Sanford again … this comes from someone who doesn’t go to Jacksonville.

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        • miltondawg

          Also from someone who hasn’t been to Jax in 15 years and who was in Sanford in 1995 – losing to the Handbags in Sanford was a horrific experience. Perhaps it was the manner in which it happened that year, but I don’t want to experience that in Athens again.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          What we want or don’t want is immaterial. I personally want it to go home and home.

          The only thing that matters is having an unbalanced 9 game SEC schedule REALLY goes against Georgia’s way in holding on to the Cocktail Party.

          You think the schedules have been one-sided since McGarity bent over backwards for Auburn?

          Wait until we play only 3 SEC home games in a year we’re supposed to get 4, and we play 5 on the road with Jax as an extra road game.

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

            Meaning we techically would have 6 road games in the SEC and only 3 home games.

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          • Until the schools don’t get more from the neutral site game than it would in a home game every other year, the Cocktail Party will stay in Jacksonville.

            When in doubt, follow the money. Our soon-to-be conference members Oklahoma and Texas play 9 conference games now, but you don’t hear either of them desire a move to campus.

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          • miltondawg

            Wait, wouldn’t BM be fair and charge less for tickets if we only had three true home games?

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

              HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

              [deep breath]

              HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

              Whew. Boy. Thank you, miltondawg. I needed that!

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          • 79dawg

            This is a dumb take – it means Florida would have the reverse every other year also. Do you think they are really going to to go for that as well? Frankly, Georgia and Florida would probably prefer 4-4-1 every year to 5-4 one year and 4-5 the next…

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

              You can’t always get what you want.

              But if you try sometimes, you might find, the SEC fucks you in the ass. Without lube.

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      • Castleberry

        Another nugget here is that putting Mizzou in the East and flipping the Auburn home year made a major dent in our default home schedule. Conference expansion (provided we don’t see Mizzou each year) should alleviate.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          You trust the SEC to make it right for Georgia, as opposed to asking Georgia to keep bending over to get fucked?

          Fool me once, shame on them. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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  20. At $210/ ticket isn’t that scalping?

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      It’s $210 per SEAT for 3 games.

      Not $210 per ticket.

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      • miltondawg

        That is for 600 level tickets. It is $270 for 300 level tickets.

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Dude, that’s still not $210 per ticket per game, which was the original insinuation.

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          • miltondawg

            Correct. I was simply adding that the $210 was for three tickets to three home games per seat in the 600 level (i.e. $70 per game). For one 300 level seat to three home games, it is $270 or $90 per game.

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  21. uga97

    Horseshit pricing, no one will buy a single pack for just themselves. Nothing says “buy me” like paying the $420 (2 seats) or $840 (4 seats) for being forced to see a creampuff, after all our other $$$ are going to Clempson, Jax, SEC Champ, & CFP all Neutral sites.

    Athens’ is just giddy to have yer leftover sock change with this carcass of a slate.

    Jeebus, no thanks.

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  22. PTC DAWG

    Off topic, Dusty Hill, MIST. RIP

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Oh man, that’s terrible!

      Everyone go listen to Tush in his memory!

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