August 26th, 2011 at 3:36 PM ^

Let me guess, you inherited them from a dead Arabian prince who you didn't know was your grandfather, but you can't make the game because you're out of the country, so you want to give the tickets to me because you heard that I am an up-standing and moral citizen, and all you need is my bank account and social security number?

You got it!

turd ferguson

August 26th, 2011 at 2:38 PM ^

It's a fair question, and I'm confused about this, too.  Is this based on resale tickets found on StubHub or something, or is it based on ticket office sales?  If it's ticket office sales, does it include that initial contribution that schools like Michigan require?

On top of that, consider that stadiums have very different capacities (i.e. supply differences), and it's very hard to know what to make of this.

Wisconsin Wolverine

August 26th, 2011 at 2:48 PM ^

This article puts the rankings in a bit of context.  OP, to be fair to those who were mildly confused (myself included), I believe we saw "rankings based on average price of a team's home games" & did not immediately recognize what broader quality this metric was meant to reflect.

And after reading the article, I'm still not sure.  Popularity is the most intuitive answer that jumps to mind, but the authors remark on the preseason AP poll's inaccuracy in predicting the #1 ranked team at the end of the season, which implies that they think this ranking could somehow be more dependable at predicting on-field success.

At the end of the day, I'm not sure I see the point.  We have expensive tickets ... ok.


August 26th, 2011 at 2:03 PM ^

... doesn't surprise me at all.  When they played UW at the beginning of last year, I swear there were more people in Seattle rooting for Nebraska then there were people in Nebraska.  The city was a sea of red.  It was really surprising, but shows the loyalty of their fan base and their willingness to shell out bucks to support the team.


August 26th, 2011 at 2:08 PM ^

Thanks for posting.  Its actually a very interesting ranking - Nebraska's ranking surprised me but Michigan's surprised me more, if only because the Big House seats more than anywhere else in the nation (more seats = more supply).