Interesting read on SEC's possible reactions to lagging attendance. For all the hype about the level of football and loyalty of the fans, SEC power brokers are also concerned about losing fans to their TV sets.
Side note: Georgia and Alabama are cited as an example of lagging student attendance. This is not a unique problem.
Student attendance: Student attendance overall has dropped or, if the students do come, they show up late and leave early. Georgia has cut back its student allotment for tickets from 18,000 to 16,000 per game. It has taken those 2,000 tickets and sold them to young alumni who can obtain them without a contribution. "We haven't averaged 16,000 in student attendance in a long time," said Greg McGarity, the athletics director at Georgia. "This was a chance to help our young alumni get started as season ticket holders with a relatively small financial commitment."
A study by the Crimson White, the student newspaper at Alabama, said only 69.4 percent of student tickets were used during the 2012 season. And we're talking about a football program that has won three of the last four BCS national championships.
"I'm very concerned about it," Alabama AD Bill Battle told me when we visited in his office this spring.