As if the game wasn't a bitter enough pill to swallow, many of us came home to horribly-timed envelope requesting our mandatory Preferred Seat "Donation" to maintain season tickets for next year. Having sold my extra Nebraska ticket for $20 ($65 for season ticket holders, $95 face, "dynamic" price $110), I started thinking...
1. What exactly happens if I don't pay my PSD? Do I lose the right to any tickets at all? Or do I just get worse tickets? Or placed at the back of the "line?" This led to the next thought...
2. What if a significant number of fans refuse to pay their PSD for next year?
Before two weeks ago, I think the expected response would be that the games will always sell out, so they would just boot you and find someone else willing to pay. But let's examine the situation...
1. Plenty of people are pissed by the PSD increase last year.
2. By all accounts, everyone on the "list" last year was able to get season tickets.
3. The coaching/team is dreadful.
4. The 2014 home schedule is stinky. (Which raises the question, which two games are going to be the two $95 premium games? Penn State and Indiana? Maryland?)
5. Given #3 and #4, it's almost guaranteed that you will pay less for a full season of tickets in the secondary market then you will if you shell out your PSD and season ticket cost.
6. Given #5, those season ticket holders that buy extra seats to sell for a profit are likely to let those extra seats go.
Given this "perfect storm," it seems likely that demand for tickets will be at an all time low, and if there was ever a time to have a PSD revolt, it is now. Can the athletic department afford to penalize everyone who refuses to pay the PSD?
[EDIT: I suppose if there's a bright side, it's that this may be the year to improve your seat tremendously]
[EDIT II: It's a sad state of our fandom and blog when a post intended to spur discussion has degenerated into a pissing match amongst fellow Michigan fans (and respected members of the board) about who the "real" fans are... ]