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Volume 24 No. 159

Colleges

More donor seating "will be added closer to the floor" next season at Allen Fieldhouse for Univ. of Kansas men's basketball games, in an area that previously was reserved for students, according to Matt Tait of the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD. Beginning with the ‘14-15 season, the section will be “made available to Williams Education Fund donors instead.” KU Associate AD/Public Affairs Jim Marchiony on Thursday said that the “reconfiguration would not trim the number of seats available to students.” But Tait notes it will “allow KU to make more money off those choice seats, a move the athletic department deemed necessary in response to the KU student government campaigning to lower the student athletic fee from $25 per student per semester to $6.” That fee, which now will be the “lowest athletic fee of any university in Kansas, was charged to every student enrolled at KU.” Marchiony said that the new rate would “cost the athletic department nearly $350,000 annually” (LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD, 6/6). In K.C., Rustin Dodd writes the new donor section “could be a boon for other Kansas fans.” In the current setup, donor seats at Allen Fieldhouse are "based on a lifetime of giving." Marchiony said the seats in Section U will be reserved for donors that are in "the upper categories of giving this year" (K.C. STAR, 6/6).

N.C. State AD Debbie Yow on Thursday indicated that the school's "This Is Our State" marketing campaign will be "replaced with a new slogan before the football season," according to Joe Giglio of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. The school began using the slogan in '12, and Yow in an e-mail wrote, "Occasionally, we adopt a new primary theme to keep things fresh for our teams and fans. ... These usually have a shelf life of several years." Giglio notes NCSU was "winless against four in-state opponents in football" last season. After NCSU's loss to ECU, some ECU fans put up a billboard near Raleigh "with the final score and the words: 'ARRRR State.'" The school also lost to North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina Central in men's basketball last year. Yow said that the "Our State" slogan was "never meant to be a territorial declaration or claim of dominance in any single sport," but instead a "reflection of the number of alumni in the state of North Carolina and their $7.3 billion annual impact on the state economy" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/6).

The Univ. of Miami, “long derided in and outside its South Florida footprint for having low attendance numbers” at football games, is “telling its fans to ‘go to fewer games’ in ads running this spring in local newspapers,” according to Matt Porter of the PALM BEACH POST. UM is “pitching a two-game ticket package that bundles” their game against Florida State with a “less-interesting but respectably attended game” against North Carolina. The idea "is to guarantee good sales for the Nov. 1 UNC game by attaching it to the Nov. 15 FSU game." The ad shows bold type at the top reading, "Go To Fewer Games." It then reads in part, “Most would try to push a full season package on you, even if that requires more money or more time than you possess. ... But we understand that a full season of tickets is not for everyone, and that’s OK. So we created the new Two-Game Mini-Plan to give fans an opportunity to experience the two best college football events in South Florida.” The ad also reads, “Better seats are available at better prices through the Two-Game Mini-Plan than on StubHub and other broker sites for the FSU game alone. Florida State tickets will not be available to the general public on a single-game basis” (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 6/6).