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A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
The new NCAA plan, which is a proposal at this point but likely to be adopted, will give power conferences more say in their affairs. This could include offering more generous scholarships. I think this is going to start an arm race among the power conferences and a complete recruiting dominance over other conferences. It is not clear if a conference can decide to pay its players.
I know the mgoblog audience is not necessarily a representitive sample of the overall Michigan Football ticketholder universe, but it seems like there are enough people here to provide an indication about 2014 football renewals. There have been several times in the last couple years when people on this site confidently declared they will not renew season tickets anymore (due to losing games, ticket price increases, dynamic pricing, The Noodle, Dave Brandon, etc).
So I'm curious, now that we are past the renewal deadline ... did you ACTUALLY give up your tickets? Either you did or you didn't.
Not sure if we'll get enough responses to draw conclusions, but I'll suggest a template for responses and include my own responses as an example.
- Student/Alum/Did not attend: Alum
- Number of previous seasons you purchased season tickets, as student or not, excluding 2014: 9
- Number of tickets renewed for 2014: 2
- Number of tickets NOT renewed for 2014: 4
- Bonus question: Did the Nuss hire or the Penn State night game announcement sway your decision? (No for me)
I thought about letting all 6 go but just couldn't do it.
As a corollary to the several board topics about the outlandish price of football season tickets and whether the product on the field is worth that price, I would like to get the MGoCommunity epinion on upgrading their football seats.
I got a call from the ticket office saying that I can upgrade to any group I want, as long as I pay the associated PSD. They cannot, however, guarantee the row or section within the group. I'm currently in the Blue group, section 40. I like the row I'm in since its reasonably close to the exit and I get a good view of whats going on, so I really have no interest in trying to get better seats within the group (i.e. getting closer to the field). I'm mildly intrigued by the offer of moving groups, but wanted to get other people's thoughts. Has anyone done this? Any insights?
Thanks in advance.
It appears that ridiculous ticket price increases and seat licenses are NOT the brainchild of Dave Brandon (as much as we would like to believe). There is a story on Eleven Warriors about the history and rise in ticket and PSD costs through the years.
While Ramzy gets some of his facts wrong on how PSDs and ticket prices are "subsidized" by the government, he does make a few good points. It is interesting to note that the 2014 game between Michigan and Ohio will run $150 each. This is up from $70 two years ago.
Interesting read. I didn't find a single bad word about Gene Smith. He apparently can gouge the Buckeye fans at will while collecting his bonuses for National Championships from a wrestler has probably never met.