OSU ticket lottery lures fewer alumni...

OSU ticket lottery lures fewer alumni | BuckeyeXtra

There are 44 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 7, 2010, titled OSU ticket lottery lures fewer alumni | BuckeyeXtra. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Fewer alumni were clamoring for Ohio State football tickets this year, probably because of a Thursday night game.

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I stopped

Grove City, OH

#1 Jul 7, 2010
I stopped trying to get tickets because they became too expensive. I also stopped becoming a member of the alumni association because dues became too expensive and the only real benefit was getting football tickets. I stay at home and watch the games on TV now.
Josh

Mount Vernon, OH

#2 Jul 7, 2010
The Alumni Association can count on not having my money for tickets next season.
Too bad they already took my money for a lifetime membership with promises of a ticket allotment system that was fair and based on a lifetime of support. I want my money back.
Who in the association decided on the change? They did not ask the members if WE wanted the system changed. If it was Archie, then I hate to say it, but he needs to go.
Dade

Bowling Green, OH

#3 Jul 7, 2010
Not mentioned is the fact that these people have already PAID to join the Alumni Ass., some of them under the pretense that they'd be eligible to buy season tickets after a certain number of years of buying the one crappy game. Maybe some alums are tired of being lied to and ripped off.
Teresa Davidson

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 7, 2010
I have not purchased tickets to a football game since OSU changed its policy. I am OK with a totally even lottery, but have always liked the option to buy the tickets rather than paying $150 for a game I might not be able to attend.
realist

Loveland, OH

#5 Jul 7, 2010
Josh wrote:
The Alumni Association can count on not having my money for tickets next season.
Too bad they already took my money for a lifetime membership with promises of a ticket allotment system that was fair and based on a lifetime of support. I want my money back.
Who in the association decided on the change? They did not ask the members if WE wanted the system changed. If it was Archie, then I hate to say it, but he needs to go.
It is sad, but it is another example of where seniority has been scrapped. Then everyone wonders why employees have no loyalty or respect for their place of employment and bolt for another job without any notice. The only thing left for employers to do is call you in and tell you that you just lost your job so that they can hire their cousin. Our parents and grandparents knew this and that is why they joined unions. Noone cares about each other and employers know this. Where is the outcry from everyone? Oh, that's ok-I got a good game. Too selfish to know that next year the policy will get them and they will get shafted at work. This policy change is prevalent in our society and is the result of the greedy me=me's that have grown up. As long as OSU graduates more alumni than those who quit, they won't care. Organize groups of associations and have a mass exodus from them and they will find that it is hard to find people to pay 74 bucks for a crap game.
buckeyehorseman

Ney, OH

#6 Jul 7, 2010
Became a lifetime member after I graduated in 1973 so I could always be assured of tickets, according to the policy. Got the Marshall game this year. Haven't gotten a Big Ten game for 6 years.
Tea Party Tim

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 7, 2010
It also didn't help that the alumni association sent out the only reminder for the lottery two weeks before you could actually enter online. I know several people who simply forgot after that single notice.
lock

Alexandria, VA

#8 Jul 7, 2010
Quit crying over spilled milk! I've been a member of the Alum Assoc since 1993 and have gotten tickets every year, sometimes to good games (Michigan 2002, USC 2009) and sometimes bad games (OU 2010). I don't plan on coming back for the OU game, so I'll sell them to someone who wants to go. There are probably a ton of OU grads who want to see their team play in the 'Shoe.

“Born here, raised here”

Since: Oct 09

Columbus, Ohio

#9 Jul 7, 2010
I stopped buying the alumni tickets a LONG time ago. Paying over $150 for two crappy tickets (location-wise, always in the nosebleed section, invariably behind a big pillar) to one crappy game (never a BIG10 game, not even once) kind of got old.

Now if I want to go to a game, I head down to the stadium and buy tickets from a scalper. I know exactly what section in which I'll be sitting when I buy the tickets, and I know it's a game I want to see.

Honestly, I can't figure out why *anyone* would use the Alumni Association's lottery. It's lame.
TimH

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 7, 2010
Central Ohioan wrote:
I stopped buying the alumni tickets a LONG time ago. Paying over $150 for two crappy tickets (location-wise, always in the nosebleed section, invariably behind a big pillar) to one crappy game (never a BIG10 game, not even once) kind of got old.
Now if I want to go to a game, I head down to the stadium and buy tickets from a scalper. I know exactly what section in which I'll be sitting when I buy the tickets, and I know it's a game I want to see.
Honestly, I can't figure out why *anyone* would use the Alumni Association's lottery. It's lame.
Scalpers are part of the problem. How do they get their tickets? Mostly they are sold by alumni and staff who get in the lottery and resell their tickets at a profit. Perhaps if OSU eliminated the reselling of tickets, more would be available for people who really wanted them. Couldn't the university go to a paperless ticketing system like some concert venues are using?
mark

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 7, 2010
I still can't get the allure of OSU football. It's not that I'm a fan of another team but paying an exorbitant fee to be packed in like sardines in uncomfortable seats a mile away from the action usually in unbearable heat or sometimes cold to watch them destroy 80% of the teams that they play every year (Marshall, Ohio, Indiana...please!) does not sound like my idea of fun.
Completely Random

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 7, 2010
OSU needs to quit kidding itself about Alumni tickets. Its not the Thursday night game. It's the fact you don't know what game your going to get, then the $148 on top of it. Who want's to pay $148 and sit in 90 degree weather watching the Bucks destroy Youngstown State? OSU football is all about money. They don't care about the Alumni. Even the students can't get tickets to all the game. But if you have a few hundred thousand laying around I'm sure you can pick up a nice season ticket package.
Whatever

Galloway, OH

#13 Jul 7, 2010
I stopped joining the alumni association many years ago for two reasons:

1) My wife and I are both alumni yet we were still only entitled to two tickets per household. Yet households where only one spouse was an alumni were also entitled to two tickets.

2) There was a year where I paid my money and got NO ticket at all. Tickets were scarce that year and instead of saying "no" to the countless business, media, and other non-alumni ticket holders they decided that alumni would be left out in the cold.

I don't waste my money on it any more.
MInotBlue

Plymouth, MI

#14 Jul 7, 2010
I don't have issue with the lottery knowing that there are more worthy alums than seats in the stadium. I also believe the current students and staff should get the bulk of tickets, since it is "their team".(We all had ours.) What I object to is the waste of tickets on the media, scouts, recruit entourages, etc. Recruit prospects should be on the field with the team, if they are serious about letters of intent. The rest of the commercialization should watch on TV like the rest of us. Those sky-boxes should be sold on a per game basis only, starting at $1 million each. What no takers? A weekly auction would take care of that.

Too often the University sells out the students and alumni for media contracts. That's why we get Marshall games on a Thursday. The media dictates the schedule because they don't respect OSU football or opponents. We should get first choice, ALWAYS. Move the other school's games so we can play on Saturday. Things should change when the semester year starts and the added games of Nebraska begin. Everyone should expect to see 5 division Big Ten games and 3 cross division Big Ten games per season. I hope the out-of-conference opponents are BCS schools. Now, how is the Athletic Dept going to distribute the Big Ten Championship game tickets?

Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 7, 2010
Maybe people are moving out of state to find jobs and can't attend as many games anymore?
Donatornot

Westerville, OH

#16 Jul 7, 2010
I did earn my Ph.D. from OSU, and Love the Bucks. But I will never give the university another cent.
Reasons:
1)Football Coach Salary 3.00 Million.
2)Gordon Gee Salary $300,000.
3)Alumni disrespected and treated like dirt.
4)OSU caters to students from overseas.(Big tuition$s)
5)Having a problem with grown adults having a beer at a tailgate party. While you promote alcohol at every corner on campus.
6)Crowded stadium, dirty restrooms, and long lines for everything.
7)Ten dollars for parking, when I am already spending upwards of $200 for two.
Random

Columbus, OH

#17 Jul 7, 2010
Donatornot wrote:
I did earn my Ph.D. from OSU, and Love the Bucks. But I will never give the university another cent.
Reasons:
1)Football Coach Salary 3.00 Million.
2)Gordon Gee Salary $300,000.
3)Alumni disrespected and treated like dirt.
4)OSU caters to students from overseas.(Big tuition$s)
5)Having a problem with grown adults having a beer at a tailgate party. While you promote alcohol at every corner on campus.
6)Crowded stadium, dirty restrooms, and long lines for everything.
7)Ten dollars for parking, when I am already spending upwards of $200 for two.
Yours and most of the other comments so far seem to show that OSU might finally be approaching the tipping point of "what the market will bear." From a purely business standpoint it makes sense for the Athletic Department to press the envelope and see just how much money they can squeeze from the football ticket base, the main funding source for the entire department.

Right now demand still outweighs supply as far as tickets. However, if we reach the point where enough people decide to stay away that there are empty seats in the stadium (provided a downturn in the program itself that results in more losses doesn't happen first), that's when we will see changes aimed at making people happy...and not before.
Greg

Houston, TX

#18 Jul 7, 2010
Donatornot wrote:
I did earn my Ph.D. from OSU, and Love the Bucks. But I will never give the university another cent.
Reasons:
1)Football Coach Salary 3.00 Million.
2)Gordon Gee Salary $300,000.
3)Alumni disrespected and treated like dirt.
4)OSU caters to students from overseas.(Big tuition$s)
5)Having a problem with grown adults having a beer at a tailgate party. While you promote alcohol at every corner on campus.
6)Crowded stadium, dirty restrooms, and long lines for everything.
7)Ten dollars for parking, when I am already spending upwards of $200 for two.
I agree with all except the part of the coach's salary. Market forces dictate the salary whether we like it or not...and...I've never had the position but can't imagine the pressure and everything else that is involved (e.g. recruiting, dealing with the media, etc.). Tressel is worth every penny. But I agree with all your other points.
Texas Buckeye

Round Rock, TX

#19 Jul 7, 2010
Stop crying - alumni of most other universities don't get any opportunity to buy tickets to football games unless they get in line with the general public. Texas is a prime example. I'm an alum of OSU and Texas - Texas doesn't have anything for alumni. To buy tickets, you have to give hundreds of dollars to the university for a CHANCE at buying tickets and there is no guarantee.
Carol Ann Lease

Columbus, OH

#20 Jul 7, 2010
Whatever wrote:

1) My wife and I are both alumni yet we were still only entitled to two tickets per household. Yet households where only one spouse was an alumni were also entitled to two tickets.

I just want to let you know that this is no longer true. When the Alumni Association stopped favoring longtime ticket buyers, it also began allowing spouses who are both OSU graduates to apply individually for tickets.

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