Football tix e-mail to UM faculty/staff

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on April 21st, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Athletic Department e-mail from this afternoon re: UM faculty/staff about football tickets:

U-M Faculty/Staff,

A limited number of season tickets are available for the 2014 Michigan Football Season to U-M Faculty/Staff. As a U-M Faculty/Staff member, season tickets are offered at a 10% discount ($409/seat vs. the regular price of $455/seat). Each Faculty/Staff member is allowed a maximum of two (2) season tickets at this reduced rate, with any additional tickets being regular price. If you already hold Faculty/Staff season tickets, any new season tickets under this offer will be regular price.

Additionally, the required donation typically associated with the opportunity to purchase Michigan Football season tickets is $500, but for a limited time, U-M Faculty/Staff can take advantage of a special offer of an entry donation of only $100. Keep in mind, the Preferred Seat Donation (PSD) associated with season tickets will be applicable for the renewal of these additional tickets for the 2015 season.

For only $818 (plus a $15 service charge), U-M Faculty/Staff can be the proud owners of two (2) season tickets for the 2014 Michigan Football Season with the opportunity to renew season tickets as long as you like.


You may also opt to have your season ticket cost deducted from your paycheck in three installments (July, August, September - entry donation not eligible for payroll deduction).

Only U-M Faculty/Staff have been offered this combined ticket price discount and donation discount.

I don't remember receiving such an e-mail in recent years so I'm guessing the AD is really sweating about season ticket sales for 2014. 

Comments

gwkrlghl

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:37 AM ^

but I suppose I'm still just a bit offended that I feel the AD is out to maximize their cashflow. Obviously this is a running argument that sounds like "think of the children!" but college sports used to feel different to me. The players were student-athletes and college sports just had a much purer feel to it than the pro-sports world of moneymoneymoney. College sports (esp. football) just seems to be creeping closer and closer to a pro sports in how they treat everything and I don't like it

slamalamadingdong

April 21st, 2014 at 8:11 PM ^

What DB is doing is getting everyone to pay as much as they are willing to pay. He sets the bar high initially, collects what he can, then lowers the price through special offers to capture everyone with a lower price point. Simply setting the price to match the supply demand curve misses out on a lot of money. DB's goal is to collect everything under the curve, and he's doing a damn good job at it. At least the money is going back to U of M.

umbig11

April 21st, 2014 at 6:18 PM ^

If anything, ticket prices would go down before the removal of PSD's. The loophole is that PSD's are not shared with the B1G. That is all Michigan profit and to pay whatever bills we have for facilities etc. Whereas, gate receipts from ticket sales are shared with the other conference members. Now, we all know that ticket prices nor PSD's will never truly go down. Therefore, we will likely see a leveling off of the ticket/PSD prices for several years before we see a decrease in pricing.

DarkWolverine

April 21st, 2014 at 6:11 PM ^

Using this downturn in demand to position for future years and support our 900+ students playing sports. 4 in the bowl and brother got 4 in the Club. If you don't pay craft beer higher prices you are only going to have Bud Light available. Michigan sports are a commitment not a transaction for a product. Go Blue since 1969!

PurpleStuff

April 21st, 2014 at 6:16 PM ^

You are gaining no position.  The people who bought basketball tickets for the decade prior to John Beilein's arrival had to pay up or move back to the cheap seats.  You will too if Dave Brandon thinks he can squeeze an extra buck out of someone else.

I don't know why you would see this as a point of pride.  Loyalty should work both ways, otherwise you are just a guy with his wallet open.  But I guess someone in the athletic department is grateful.

Doc Brown

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:03 AM ^

Oh for me it is definitely about the money. I am sick and tired of paying for the privledge of buying season tickets and then seeing similar tickets on stub hub discounted sometimes over 50%. If I want to support other michigan sports then I will donate accordingly to the general fund. I couldn't care less about premium features, such as free ticket transfers or first shot at the Michigan allotment for bowl tickets (which can be bought on stubhub for a massive discount). Basically I am tired, as someone said earlier, being treated like a john and not as a loyal season ticket holder especially whent the product sucks. 

PurpleStuff

April 21st, 2014 at 6:51 PM ^

Describing it as "a commitment not a transaction" is a lot different than saying "paying a few extra bucks is not a big deal." 

You're free to do whatever you want with your money and hopefully you have a great time at the games this coming season.  Just realize that Dave Brandon and Co. only appreciate you so long as the checks keep coming (and getting bigger).  That is why some people are upset with how things are being run.  They made (or thought they made) a commitment that was not reciprocated once the AD felt it was financially advantageous to try and screw them out of more money.

Black Socks

April 21st, 2014 at 6:22 PM ^

Just so we're clear - when we have fewer than 100k at a game - it's not because the fans care less - it's because Michigan stopped caring about the fans.  I don't want to hear anyone harping on the fans, they didn't change.

For you econ guys - what do you think the proper pricing should be this year?  I'd say$45-50 per game.

Rumsey

April 21st, 2014 at 6:34 PM ^

For what it's worth the "one time extension" was just sent out to non-superfan former student ticket holders.  The email was sposered by Xfinity....

steve sharik

April 21st, 2014 at 7:36 PM ^

From the latest student email campaign:

"As you are aware, the deadline to purchase student season tickets has passed (Tuesday, April 15), however, due to the introduction of the new student football reserved seating policy and the opportunity to form groups, we have extended the deadline to purchase season tickets in order to allow additional time for you to purchase season tickets or create or join a group.  Extended Deadline: Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m."

Bolded part should read, "lack of interest."

Perkis-Size Me

April 21st, 2014 at 9:22 PM ^

It's not the only factor, but start winning some damn football games and get people interested again. People want to watch an exciting, and most importantly, a winning product.

BlueGoM

April 22nd, 2014 at 6:41 AM ^

"required donation "

First of all, there is no such thing.  If it is required, it's a fee.  Donation suggests an option.

Secondly, I just looked at the schedules for the next few years.  Maryland and Rutgers.  Every damn year.  Yawn and yawn.

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081809aab.html

So frustrating to not see traditional opponents - I won't get to see a traditional opponent , Iowa, at Michigan Stadium, until 2019.
Oh hi! Iowa! I remember you! You used to be in the Big Ten, right?