this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
The U-M athletic department will announce the new student ticket prices next week.— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) October 17, 2014
Statement from U-M AD Dave Brandon pic.twitter.com/hl9zF4W2j1— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) October 17, 2014
UPDATE: As announced on MGoBlue:
CSG President Bobby Dishell made a presentation to the Regents regarding the findings from a CSG survey about the student experience at football games and the student body's relationship with the athletic department. He outlined the following agreements between Michigan Athletics and CSG that will take effect immediately:
- Athletics will work to design a new plan for next season that will include a significant price decrease for football student season tickets. Athletics will announce student season-ticket prices for the 2015 football season next week.
- Rental fees for athletic facilities will be eliminated for student groups with a charitable focus.
- The department has committed to work with the Big Ten to create a blackout weekend where Crisler Center will be available for MUSIC Matters in 2016.
- Monthly meetings with students will be held with Athletic Director Dave Brandon to address topics relating to all 31 teams and Michigan Athletics.
- Dishell and Brandon will have regular standing meetings.
- The athletic department will create a student advisory board comprised of student-athletes, non-athletes, season-ticket holders and non-ticket holders.
Dave Brandon Sees Future Ticket Price Increases; Future Schedule; Baseball Coach and More EDIT: Different Article, More Tidbits
Ticket Prices: Gradual increases coming
Future Schedule: Announcement "days away"
Baseball Coach: Very deep pool of candidates
Air Force Game: Planning for special day
Student Incentives: Coming (no new news)
EDIT: Ann Arbor.com Article w a few more things
Would like to schedule more military teams
Entertainment factor examined when scheduling: "networks are fighting over that game" - 2014 App State game
Still working to move UConn game to new venue: "working hard on that"
USA Today has a breakdown on Athletic Department budgets, showing who's running a surplus and who's not. Michigan fares well, as do OSU and PSU. MSU comes in at sixth, with NW is not ranked (due to being private, no doubt). Iowa comes in higher than I would have guessed, but they are about the only game in town for Iowans.
Tables (taken from a Freep article - boo Freep, but credit where credit's due - http://www.freep.com/article/20120515/SPORTS06/205150442/Fiscal-study-Michigan-athletics-are-self-reliant?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports ) below. The Freep article defines "subsidy" as:
Subsidies are split into four streams of allocated revenue: 1) Student fees charged for athletics, 2) direct institutional support (cash allocated to athletic department from the university), 3) direct state or government support, 4) indirect facilities and administrative support (facilities provided by university and not charged to athletic department).
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, MSU and Indiana "subsidize" quite a bit, although I'm not quite sure what all that implies (please share any insights or theories in the comments).
|2. Ohio State||$131,815,821||$122,286,869||$0||0%|
|1. Ohio State||$131,815,821||$122,286,869||$0||0%|
|3. Penn State||$116,118,025||$101,336,483||$0||0%|
|6. Michigan State||$84,510,199||$84,004,229||$3,650,280||4.3%|
Michigan Athletics Announces Ticket Prices for 2012 Football Season
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Friday (March 30) the ticket pricing levels for the 2012 football season. The six-game home slate will cost $390 per ticket.
“We appreciate the contribution our fans make to our football program and Michigan Athletics through their commitment every Saturday at the Big House,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “The financial support we receive from our fans provides us with critical resources we need to create outstanding academic and athletic experiences for our student-athletes across all of our 29 sports. Our fans passion for Michigan Football is unparalleled.”
Individual game tickets will be priced at $75 per ticket for games against Air Force (Sept. 8), Massachusetts (Sept. 15), Illinois (Oct. 13), Northwestern (Nov. 10) and Iowa (Nov. 17). The Michigan State game on Oct. 20 has been designated as a premium game and individual tickets for that contest will be priced at $95 per seat.
This is the second straight year that Michigan has moderately increased season ticket prices after keeping prices constant for the seven years prior to the 2011 season.
The athletic department will also offer ticket packs to accommodate fan interest in partial season ticket packages. Ticket packs and individual game tickets will go on sale in July.
Season ticket renewal packages will be available in early April.
As Brian wryly commented yesterday about phase two of the Crisler renovations
The renovations will be completed just in time for no one to be able to afford tickets.
There are some details over at the Detroit News on this (Link:) coming Crisler highway robbery at the hands of evil genius Dave Brandon.
The headline says it all:
Michigan fans to pay more for prime seats at Crisler Center
Some of the details:
Season-ticket holders looking to reserve seats in the lower bowl and eastern and western portions of the upper bowl facing center court will have to pay anywhere from $50-$7,500 per seat in what athletic department officials call a "personal seat donation" to secure their spot for the 2012-13 season and earn points for priority seating.
Points are given on a matrix of factors, including alumni status, varsity letter status, donations to the university, and consecutive years of holding season tickets.
However, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that heavy hitters in donations will basically snap up all lower bowl and sideline seats not given to students. And they only go back in years of season tickets to 1992-1993 (ironically, the middle of the Fab Five era/debacle.) Held tickets since the 80's or before? That's nice . . . so what.
A bone is thrown to those who can't afford a "personal seat donation:"
There are several sections in Crisler exempt from the new policy: Sections 201, 202, 208 through 220, 226 and 227.
And just where might those sections be, you ask? You don't have to be a genius to figure out that those sections are upper bowl seats behind the baskets.
I don't know what to say. I'll always be a Michigan fan, but pretty much from more and more of a distance.