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The AD has to figure out how to get people into that arena. You realize that right? I don't care if the students thought they should have been paid to watch the game. The AD should have figured out a way to get them into the arena not push them away. Blaming the students for not following or understanding the rules like you are selling something that is in high demand is exactly the kind of thinking that has our basketball program where it is. Apple can get away with treating its customers poorly because it has a product they want. The Auburn Athletic Dept HAS to find a way to get people in that arena on game day or AU basketball will never be successful.
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Place was nowhere near full . Maybe an 8 oclock start turned away some out of towners .
Same as an 11 am football game .
It's supply and demand. When the supply is high and demand is low, lower the price and get more people in the seats. When demand increases and supply decreases, then you raise the price. When the arena is half empty and kids are walking away, that's bad business. JMO.
First of all, winning will get people in the stands. Not even giving away tix (which $5 tix are) will do it at AU,. obviously. I think it's pretty clear that the AD realizes that b-ball is not high demand already or they would not be giving away 1500 tix and just about giving away the rest at next to nothing. The AD did it's job by hiring a coach. Now that coach is responsible for the product. Win.
Listen, folks: I've griped before -- and gotten slapped down on the boards -- about the ridiculously high "athletics fee" that all students pay as part of tuition and mandatory fees (that latter phrase is just a public relations head-fake to say tuition is lower than it actually is, mind you).
Auburn charges one of highest, if not the highest of these fees, in the conference. It's one thing to charge $100 a year and tell students, "Hey, if you wanna go see Olympic sports for 'free,' you need to contribute up front." It's another to charge several hundred dollars -- plus rising costs for football tickets -- and then have a hair-brained plan like what we saw last night for a basketball program that hasn't delivered in a long, long time.
To be clear: I'm not taking a slap at Barbee with that last sentence. Just saying that any market analysis of our ticket policy -- students and otherwise -- has to take that into consideration.
Seems to me Auburn is trying to split the baby here. They're letting some students in free. But charging others. They charged all of us when I was there. This is what happens when you can't make up your mind.
How 'bout this: Let in students for free to all weeknight games. Period. The first 1,500 are in the student section around the court. The rest are admitted on an as-available basis within 30 minutes of tipoff. Something like that. BUT STILL FREE.
Or, even better, if we're gonna charge, how 'bout Jay Jacobs or maybe some other athletics fatcats chip in some of their own money and COVER THAT FIVE DOLLARS for 500 more folks. Seven more SEC home games. You could find seven donors willing to spend $2,500 or even $5,000 to let more students get to games.
And once Barbee wins a bit more, students will be willing to pay -- and the athletics department can expect them to pay. But, now, it should be about getting butts in the seats. Period.
First game of the SEC.
First 1500 students get in free, then it costs $5.00.
AUBURN beats LSU.
Local / State media outlets report on "students being turned away"
Outrage grips the campus
AU Atheletic Dept rescends the "5 after 15K" policy letting all student in for free.
student attendence soars.
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