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BCS Championship Tickets Selling For Record High Prices, 60% Higher Than '11
Published January 6, 2012
ON THE FLIP SIDE: In Birmingham, Jon Solomon noted some sites have had “ridiculously large numbers of empty seats, and that's becoming the norm for the industry, not the exception.” Bowls once “were designed strictly for local communities,” but now they are “TV programming to get us through the holidays.” Solomon: “That doesn't mean bowls shouldn't exist. I enjoy bowls, the good ones I think will be interesting and competitive. But the current bowl system is holding back the sport's future” (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 1/5). ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said, "Attendance at these bowl games is at a 30-year low. People are rejecting them and I wonder how much stock they're putting into the results” (“PTI,” ESPN, 1/5).
CHANGES COMING TO BCS? SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said fans are going to see some changes to the BCS in the future, adding, "I don't think those changes will be tweaks." Slive said, "We’re going to begin to focus in on all these issues over the next six to nine months. ... We need to take a look at the entire structure and see what kinds of changes need to be made. But I do really think there will be changes.” he noted the “plus one” format “has to come back to the table." Slive: "I'm confident that we will have a robust conversation about the 'plus one' and I certainly will want to make sure that that issue is fully vetted. I think that the climate has changed to some degree and so I'm looking forward to that discussion" (“The Tony Barnhart Show,” CBS Sports Network, 1/5).