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Michigan AD defends raising student ticket prices

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10:25 AM ET 04.27 | Michigan created a few waves earlier this week when it announced a pair of major changes to its student football ticket plan. Not only will the program be eliminating reserve seating and introducing a general admission policy for student tickets, but the cost of those seats will go up 23 percent next season. On Friday in Livonia, shortly after announcing the athletic department would net roughly $136 million in revenue over its past fiscal year, athletic director Dave Brandon defended the student ticket hike. It's not money-gouging, Brandon says. It's actually something that will end up benefiting the university. "We raised the ticket prices, but we wanted to make sure the ticket price increase was not at all perceived to be an opportunity for us to make more money off of the students," Brandon said. "The incremental revenue that comes from the student ticket price increase, we're going to contribute (that) to the rec sports program up on campus -- which has nothing to do with Michigan athletics, but it's a way that we can take those revenues and support something that will benefit all the students. "And no one can make a claim, even though they want to try, no one can make a claim that we're doing anything here that's financially motivated. (Because) we're not."

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April 27, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Does anyone really believe that a 23% increase is not financially motivated?

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April 27, 2013  11:07 AM ET

But you have to admit that Brandon lies with aplomb if not with credibility.

April 27, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Does anyone really believe that a 23% increase is not financially motivated?

If they do, I've got some beach front property for sale here in West Texas.

April 27, 2013  11:41 AM ET

Momma and Daddy can afford it.

April 27, 2013  12:03 PM ET

The AD's reasoning reminds me of the line from Cool Hand Luke after they tell him it is for his own good-" Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, Cap'n."

April 27, 2013  12:04 PM ET
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The AD's reasoning reminds me of the line from Cool Hand Luke after they tell him it is for his own good-" Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, Cap'n."

+1

April 27, 2013  12:44 PM ET

I think the two changes should be looked at as parts of the same plan. There have been complaints raised by alumni and other season ticket holders concerning students arriving late (after half-time) and intoxicated. The general admission policy will reward students who want to see the game more than tail-gate. The price increase will weed out those who just go for the party.

April 27, 2013  01:54 PM ET

...so now the students have to pay more to watch the woeverines lose to the Buckeyes...priceless!

April 27, 2013  02:11 PM ET

If you have a winning team, you can expect this.

April 27, 2013  02:37 PM ET
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I think the two changes should be looked at as parts of the same plan. There have been complaints raised by alumni and other season ticket holders concerning students arriving late (after half-time) and intoxicated. The general admission policy will reward students who want to see the game more than tail-gate. The price increase will weed out those who just go for the party.

If your looking for students at Michigan that would rather watch the game than Tailgate... you ain't gonna find any. Well... maybe a few.

The University should be ashamed for raising any ticket prices... how much did they make last year?

April 27, 2013  03:08 PM ET

They're just trying to keep up with the SEC.

April 27, 2013  04:54 PM ET
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They're just trying to keep up with the SEC.

Speaking of keeping up with sec, LSU leading rb keeping it real...

Rising sophomore tailback Jeremy Hill, 20, was arrested and charged with simple battery, the Times-Picayune reported, after an incident at Reggie's, an off-campus Baton Rouge bar. Hill was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison and released at 11 a.m. after posting a $500 bond.

According to a Baton Rouge City Police probable cause document obtained by the Baton Rouge Advocate, Hill allegedly "struck the male victim so many times the man lost consciousness." The Advocate reported the same affadavit claimed there was video of the incident.

An LSU athletic department official told the media coach Les Miles was unavailable for comment while in New York for the NFL Network's draft coverage, and would not speak on the incident until he had a chance to speak to Hill personally.

Hill is currently serving a two-year supervised probation sentence after pleading guilty in January 2012 to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Hill and a second student were arrested in 2010 on charges of oral sexual battery following an incident with a 14-year-old girl at Redepemptorist High School, forcing him to delay his enrollment at LSU from 2011 to 2012.

April 27, 2013  06:09 PM ET

That's unfortunate. Should have just sucker punched the guy.

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April 28, 2013  01:38 AM ET

If they want to prove it's not financially motivated, they could keep prices the same, and use part of the 123 million in PROFIT the athletic department made to just fund the entire project.

I mean, I honestly don't care if ticket prices go up at Michigan or not, but this is a pretty pathetic attempt to justify a massive, 23% increase at a time when the university is minting money from athletics.

But I guess it's only fair. They're screwing the athletes, so they ought to screw the students too.

April 28, 2013  01:39 AM ET
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If your looking for students at Michigan that would rather watch the game than Tailgate... you ain't gonna find any. Well... maybe a few.The University should be ashamed for raising any ticket prices... how much did they make last year?

According to the article, they netted 123 million. That means, after all expenses were paid, they still had 123 million dollars left over.

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