Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
[UPDATE 8/26/2014 from Seth:]
While the ticket spreadsheet was awesome for its time, we've known for some time that it's subject to abuse, and more likely to be damaged the more our community has grown. We've been on the lookout for some way to add a layer of security that's still free on both ends. Now we have that!
Go here: http://www.tiqiq.com/sellerdirect and sign in with your Facebook account. Then list your tickets, put MGoBlog somewhere in your description if you like, then copy the link to your tickets and paste on the spreadsheet.
Nobody's forced to use that system. This is just a protection for sellers so their price can't be changed, and for buyers so they know they're dealing with a real human with a name and pictures of their cat.
To go along with the 'more informative headlines' theme, this thread will hopefully get set as a sticky. I have made a spreadsheet listing all people selling and looking for tickets.. http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Avnckx2kNv9GdGVPQXBQMDZQdFJ4RTJS... Basketball season is here.. I've started up a new sheet in the document for basketball. Ive made the permissions open to anyone to edit, so we'll try the trust method for a while until someone abuses. Feel free to post what you are looking for or selling. If it gets abused, I'll go back to the method of requiring someone to email me and then posting.
For those that haven't seen it, the Alumni Association is selling single game tickets to members May 8 for lifetime members and May 11 for annual members.
I'm considering buying tickets this way for the first time, and I'm highlighting it to the board hoping someone will let me know the section and row these seats are usually in (I can't seem to find it on the board or interwebz). Is the alumni section the one in the first 40 or so rows in the SW corner of the endzone?
In the course of being interviewed live by Dierdorf and Brandstatter, Jim Hackett just stated there is now a waiting list for season tickets, he said for the first time in seven years.
The hire of Harbaugh is already reaping financial rewards. Money very well invested.
The University of Michigan Alumni Association of Washington D.C. is hosting our annual fundraiser right now. The silent auction supports our clubs activities, but more importantly funds the scholarships that we give to deserving DC-area students who attend the University.
There are some pretty "a-maize-ing" items up for grabs right now, including a lifetime membership to the alumni association, tickets to football games this season and a variety of Michigan-related swag. It's a completely non-profit organization and much of the money goes back to the University in the form of need-based scholarships.
Please take the time to looks at the listings below and check back periodically as more items may be added. Bidding ends March 31st. Thanks and Go Blue!
I read in the News (LINK) this morning that a State Rep from Saginaw has introduced a bill to end the anti-scalping law in Michigan, which is an issue I have a strong opinion about (as a consumer). The apparent rationale being, it prevents consumers from recouping the total price they paid for tickets they can't use, it leads to unnecessary harrassment of sellers by law enforcement, and private ticket transactions should not be exempt from the forces of the free market.
I find these reasons to be disingenous and short-sighted, as nothing irks me more (when it comes to buying tickets) than brokers who buy large blocks of tickets only to resell them at a higher cost, for an easy profit on the backs of the general public. I read several articles before the Super Bowl about the shady practices of brokers, including how the average fan can effectively no longer attend the Super Bowl (at least not at a reasonable price, and by reasonable, I mean <$1000 per ticket).
Refusing to play the scalping game is why I watched the 1998 ice hockey national championship game from the TGI Friday's next to the Fleet Center, instead of in the venue, after traveling 8 hours from DC to attend. That, and because I was relatively broke at the time. Nevertheless, I've done my time on the front lines of the ticket scalping battle; I have the equivalent of an anti-scalping Purple Heart.
I'll admit, in advance, that I have no prepared counterargument to the question, "but why should StubHub be considered legal, if tickets can be sold above face value?" I would only say that StubHub isn't a broker or reseller of tickets, but a service to bring buyers and sellers together. StubHub has no say in the price of a ticket, but one could argue they're condoning or complicit in an otherwise illegal transaction (depending on State law).
While this is arguably OT, I suspect the MGoCommunity has an opinion worth hearing on this topic, given 1) many of us are avid event-goers, and 2) our collective experience with rising event ticket prices and other ticket-related expenses (cough, PSDs) since the 90s.
(As an aside, I was under the impression that University employees aren't allowed to use their University affiliation to support a political issue or campaign, but perhaps the quoted professor from UM-Flint was simply consulted for his opinion, as opposed to voicing his support through a proponent of the bill.)
Via the Michigan Daily (LINK):
The Michigan Athletic Department will announce a new policy Monday regarding the prices of student tickets, in which students demonstrating financial need are eligible for pricing discounts.
Students who meet the eligibility criteria for the Federal Pell Grant will be able to purchase season tickets for football, men’s basketball and hockey at a discounted rate. The standard prices for football, men’s basketball and hockey tickets in 2015-16 will be $175, $200 and $150, respectively, while the discounted prices are $100, $120 and $90.
Nice work by CSG prez Bobby Dishell:
The idea for need-based pricing for tickets came from Central Student Government President Bobby Dishell. When Dishell worked with the Athletic Department earlier in the school year to come up with a plan for lowering football ticket prices, he spoke with members of the Athletic Department about the possibility of special need-based pricing.