"Closing out the Spring semester..." ???
Isn't the January to April semester the Winter semester and the May/June the Spring semester?
If you aren't already, get used to this, and I wouldn't blame the students.
In news that will come as a shock to many, charging students $295 for a home schedule in which the best game is against Penn State and the race for second is between Indiana, Minnesota, and Maryland doesn't go so well—especially a year removed from alienating much of the student fanbase with an unpopular, poorly implemented, and subsequently scrapped general admissions plan.
The deadline for renewing student tickets came and went on Tuesday, and in years past there's never, to my knowledge, been a need to extend the deadline. Student/poster bdsisme noted an email went out today urging some students to renew their tickets for the fifth time—in the three years prior, according to him, there'd been just four combined emails of that nature, which is consistent with how it was when I was in school ('06-'10)—and offering an extension to "Michigan Football SuperFans":
Thank you for being a Michigan Football SuperFan! According to our scanned data, you attended 5 or more home football games on-time last season (prior to or at kickoff). As a result, you have been granted SuperFan priority for the 2014 season.
Earlier this week (Tuesday, April 15) was the deadline to renew your season tickets for the 2014 season. However, since you have proven your loyalty this past season, we would like to offer a one-time extension of the season ticket renewal deadline in order for you to continue your devotion as a Michigan Football Superfan.
We know you are busy closing out the Spring semester and may have questions regarding the new seating policy for the 2014 season. By extending the renewal deadline to Friday, April 25, we hope you are now able to guarantee your seat as a Michigan Football Student Season Ticket Holder.
How magnanimous of them.
"Closing out the Spring semester..." ???
Isn't the January to April semester the Winter semester and the May/June the Spring semester?
Oh man, I didn't even notice that. How do you get the current semester wrong in an email like this? Embarrassing.
Yeah, especially when the Athletic Department is so concerned with the STUDENT-athlete.
Look, Dave Brandon is super good at running companies into the toilet, so we should not be surprised he is running the football program into the shitter as well. Between when he took Dominos to IPO in 2004 and when he left in 2010, the company went from $13 per share to $8 in six years. In 2014, it is over $70 a share under four years of grown up non Dave Brandon management. Yes, he is doing the same thing at Michigan.
You conveniently overlooked the fact that the time period of 2004-2010 included the financial meltdown of 2007-8 that saw thousands of companies go belly-up and millions of Americans file bankruptcy. The stock market had topped 13,000 and dropped to 6,000 in 2008. Jobs were nowhere to be had even for M grads, so your figures are somewhat misleading. Although understandable as most posting on this site were probably in college or younger during this time, those of us in the working world are aware of how difficult this time period was. Don't get me wrong as I am not defending Brandon on some of the handling of the student attendance problem however he is very capable and disparaging companies and people that survived this time period based on stock performance is simply ignorant.
Somewhat valid point, but dominos stock price was floundering before 2008. You conveniently forget that the guy who took over for Brandon felt the best way to save the company was a multimillion dollar ad campaign where he personally went on TV and admitted dominos was know for making a shitty product.
This discussion about Pizza franchises may be more interesting than the 2014 M football team. Nice job gents.
go to UM but I know a lot of universities have renamed their semesters Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Many of those universities take 3-4 weeks (sometimes more) off from mid-December to mid- to late-January. In addition, a lot of universities are further south where Spring comes early.
I think January 3 until the 3d week of April is more accurately described as Winter in Ann Arbor.
Yes, I work on a big multi-university survey (and if you're a UM undergraduate and you're reading this--please go take it. It's called UMAY) and I have to get them to reword and recode some things each year, because every other university in the consortium considers this to be "Spring" semester.
And, somewhat relevant to the thread: my father in law said this is the last year he's keeping his season tickets. I think they've had them for over 40 years.
I'm not a student, but have had season tickets for roughly 10yrs. I let the 15th come and go and decided not to renue. Several factors were involved (schedule, other obligations, etc) and I recieved essentially the same letter. "....we know you're busy and probably haven't had a chance to log-in and purchase, etc, etc, so we're giving you 10 more days in order to purchase...."
I honestly can't blame them and I would guess the number of fans either choosing basketball tickets or just not renewing has probably climbed significantly. I"m sure a simple email will probably garner a decent amount who truely did miss the deadline to purchase. However, the product on the field plays a roles too and well....
Well hopefully this shitty schedule will impact revenue to the point of putting a home and home on the table.
Dave Brandon dropped the ball big time by allowing the B1G to schedule MSU and ohio home and away in the same years.
The ball got dropped when they added Maryland and Rutgers, watering down a conference schedule already weak on marquee opponents. I hope those cable fees are worth this.
Dave Brandon should have made sure this never happened. He should have seen (like most did) the effect this was going to have a ticket sales in even years and raised hell with the Big Ten office. Even a marquee home and home was never going to rectify the scheduling problem of putting OSU and MSU home during odd years especially with how watered down the Big Ten schedule becomes with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers.
How could anyone not realize what a disaster msu and osu both away the same year would be fan wise and competitively and not do anything? It called for a veto with delaney.
I don't know if MSU had much bargaining position. I think MSU loses more with the loss of the annual Michigan-MSU game.
And quite honestly, I don't see how the scheduling change helped them. They now have Michigan and OSU home during even years (only Indiana has a similar setup in the division). MSU's odd year schedules are just awful--4 Big Ten home games with only PSU at home. At least Michigan's terrible even year schedules have 5 Big Ten home games in the future making the likelihood of drawing Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa on the home schedule higher.
You nailed it
The entire MSU sports existence revolves round playing U of M. What was Hollis' bargaining chip: "Oh yeah if you don't do what I want we are going to only play the only reason our athletics exists once every 3 years!"
And oh yeah they'd lose the matchup vs OSU every year as well. So lose games versus the top 2 "brands" in the conference, including your ONLY rival... that's a bargaining chip?
Isn't Minny coming to Ann Arbor two years in a row?
I don't blame much of this year's schedule on Brandon—note I don't do that in the post. I do blame him for scheduling App. St. instead of even a half-decent opponent that wouldn't conjure up horrible memories for everyone in attendance, but that's just a small part of the issue. I'm not sure how much responsibility falls on him for allowing the Big Ten to schedule back-to-back road games at MSU, but it certainly doesn't help his cause.
However, the bigger issue here is that Dave Brandon, not the Big Ten, sets the price point. After last season—and given this year's schedule, the recent team performance, and the general admissions fiasco—raising the per-game price of student tickets was inevitably going to lead to this.
...that's got to be a misprint, right? $295 is absurd for a student tickets. They were about $5/game when I was a student and, frankly, they should be free to any student who wants them. It's not as if the stadium isn't large enough for the entire student body with plenty of room left over to scalp the alumni & fans.
I paid 230 for the student season tickets when I was at Michigan. I'm willing to bet that you were the students in the 80s when it cost 5 bucks a pop.
inexplicable to me. The upside is all but invisible, but the media glare (read: deathwatch) will be hot.
App state game seemed like a entertaining idea at redemption and many teams schedule cupcake games, for instance Alabama plays Florida Atlantic and western Carolina this year. Urban Meyer was famous for scheduling easy non conference opponents when he was at Florida. Do you think starting this season playing teams like Alabama would be better considering all the question marks with this team? The current lack of attendance reflects changing priorities and interests of today's students. Gee let's see: pay $42 so I can walk 2 miles to the game, sit in uncomfortable seats for 4 hours, stand in line to use restrooms, no booze, pay 6 bucks for a hot dog...OR you can stay in your apt and watch the game in comfort for free. Huh I don't get it, why aren't students going to the games?!
Dave Brandon has to ban HD in all student living quarters. That oughtta do it.
you know we could lose the Appalachian State game? Hence, it is unlike the SEC walkovers you reference.
Indiana sells combo fottball and basketball tickets, because if you want Basketball then you also buy football. Last year the combo was $200. (IU student BB tickets are NOT for all games - but a mix of confernece and non-conference). I haghly doubt the B1G has anything to do with that policy ...
Truth is this year's schedule sucks ... but had Michigan been to 3 straight BCS games, even this shitty schedule wouldn't cause any season ticket or attendance concerns. The product on the field is the MAIN issue, and EVERYONE in the AD knows it. Last year's collapse has turned into this season's issues with tickets ... and schedule. Playing MSU twice as an away was just fucking stupid - and I do blame Brandon entirely for this.
We all heard how Alabama still has student ticket issues and that is NOT as a result of the product on the field - its just student mentality. Some students will NEVER miss a game - some have no clue why they even go. So the answer is simple - reduce the size of the student section to fill the need. When the real demand increases then increase the size of the section.
While that doesn't guarantee anything on the field, (see results in 2012 and 2013), it means something in the world of athletic directors and commissioners. Brandon should have used the programs clout to keep msu on the home schedule this yr. And he should realize his student ticket program is broken. Students should get a $30 refund on their season ticket package every time they check into a game 15 mins before kickoff. The section will be full at kickoff, students will be happy, and they'll turn into big fans (donors) for life.
and the schedule this year fall right onto DB's shoulders. I am left to wonder what the hell is happening in that office when you sprinkle in the occasional sky writing incident. I'm also still a little bitter over the Jerryworld payday/band stuff.
With a new president, it would be interesting if DB was let go, and Hoke and his staff remained. Just spitballing --
These are clearly problems that did not seem to exist in the past (I'm going back to Bo's days). Historically, Michigan gets screwed (e.g. 1973, etc.), but now it seems we're screwing ourselves.
I should have added "against a team that has a chance to be ranked when we play them." Considering we just traveled to UConn, I thought I implied that.
I think an email with more exclamation points would have helped.
I am one of the students that that has bypassed the opportunity to purchase student tickets. If you had told the junior year version of me that I'd ever even consider such an action, junior year me would have punched you and then himself in the face and gone to work building a time machine so he could punch current me in the face even harder.
I've noticed the mounting emails that have developed more and more of a begging tone with each one. I can't believe UofM has been reduced to this. It's very sad. But you just cannot continue to jack up prices for a product of decreasing quality-- in terms of the schedule, gameday experience, and most unfortunately, the on-field performance.
It certainly seems like this year a student could forgo season tickets, buy each and every game on the secondary market and pay way less than $300. As you say PSU may be more than face (then again if things are going poorly, that game is going to be cheap too). But tickets for the other games will be what $5? Free for some? I bet you could get student tickets for the 6 non-PSU games for a total of $100 or less and spend less than the $200 remaining on PSU.
My guess- secondary market for the whole season student ticket is around $200 total.
This would be a great season to just say, "what the hell, let's do something that will endear our students to us" and drop the price to like $5 for student tickets or something. Call it fan appreciation year or something.
Whenever I had a friend coming in, I never had a problem getting spare ticket for maybe $25-50 depending on the game. With ticket prices up, and the schedule attractiveness down. I'd bet you can go to each game for $30ish or better.
And I had Row 93 my freshman year. Seats aren't bad up there
As someone who will be graduating in two weeks, am I allowed to be a grouchy alum sitting in a different section complaining about those damn kids who won't show up on time?
I was this person (well, not different section) while I was in school, so you're fine.
That said, I do not blame students for not buying season tickets here.
best of luck in your future endeavours. . . you'll be complaining about a whole lot more than that. . .
So who do I blame for this embarrassing news? Brandon was at fault before, but this new policy is at least somewhat sensible. He should really abandon this obsession with getting there before kickoff- but it makes sense that student who care enough to arrive early should be rewarded with better seats rather than entitled drunks who don't appreciate being close.
So that leaves the schedule... Which is terrible but who do I blame for that?
I'm curious how season ticket renewals for the general public went. They were also due Tuesday.
If they are pressuring students for tickets, things can't be going good with regular ticket holders. If things were going swimmingly outside of the student popluation, they'd probably be fine with a bunch of non-renewals. Just take those tickets and sell them to non-students.
But considering they are pressuring students to buy, I would guess that things are going worse for the non-student crowd. So they are now desperate for someone -- anyone -- to buy tickets.
that after having season tickets for 23 years as an alum (and four as a student) I decided not to renew this year. I can also tell you that the general public season ticket holders have received the same letters and e-mails as the students with the same tone. First the deadline for paying my "preferred seat donation" came and went. I thought that was it, but no, it was not. I received three extensions to pay this fee, one of them was a second hard copy letter. To top that off, just last week I received one final e-mail stating that I still had time to renew my season tickets if I so desired.
Am very curious to see how this plays out.
Same here. They are really good at mass marketing but they SUCK at responding to individual customer complaints. I sent two personal emails threatening to cancel and a blistering season ticket survey and got zilch in return.
Based on their response (or rather lack thereof) I can only conclude they figure customers like me are easily and quickly replaceable.
It's upsetting that they treated you like that. All it takes is one person to reach out and listen to you. It's called customer service. Many of us do it every day. It makes me sad because I love Michigan football, and it wasn't always this way. The athletic department should take a long hard look at how Canham built this thing. It can go downhill fast. Treat us as alumni and fans; not just consumers. We have an emotional attachement to this school, but the AD is close to torching it.
"Treat us like alumni and fans, not just consumers."
Someone should make a t shirt and send it to him.
I'm a current grad student, and exactly as you said, I'm not spending $295 to see Penn State at night, Not That Miami, and App State. I'll definitely watch the games on TV but that kind of home schedule is not worth $300 at all.
screw watching on tv, you should have no problem scalping tix for every game for far less than $295 total. penn state is the only game you may have to pay over face for. the non-con games should be available for under $20, and the crappy conference games should be available for $20-$30.
will that happen next?