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    Default Reusse: Steep prices keeping fans away from Gophers' big three

    per Pat:

    We can confirm that 709 days after the arrival of P.J Fleck in the Twin Cities that the amped-up Gophers football coach has gained a zealous following that does not appreciate belittlement of his quirks in either mainstream or social media.

    More surprising, there still seems to be strong backing for menís basketball coach Richard Pitino as he heads toward the meat of his sixth campaign in January with a 32-60 record in Big Ten regular seasons.

    The menís hockey followers received what they seemed to want this season, with the departure of Don Lucia and the hiring of Bob Motzko, the veteran coach who turned St. Cloud State into a potent program.

    So, weíre optimistic about football (Iím hearing the Gophs won the Axe), and we still have faith in Pitino, and we have renewed hope with Motzko, and that begs the question:

    Where is everybody?

    Much focus has been put on former athletic director Norwood Teagueís accelerated ďscholarship seatingĒ fees for driving away longtime season-ticket holders.

    Hereís what I didnít get until some recent conversations at Williams Arena: Those fees also have had a harsh effect on impulse ticket buying because of wildly inflated single-game prices.

    The athletic department doesnít want a customer in the Barn with four season tickets paying an average of $70 because of fees to find out the person in the next seat got in for a reasonable single-game price of half that.

    Meaning, the single-game tickets have been sent to the stratosphere by being prorated at a similar price to the fee-attached season tickets.

    There are nine Big Ten menís basketball home games left and five have prices between $55 to $90. The Wisconsin hockey series tickets are $50 to $70. The ticket prices were similarly outrageous for this fallís Fleck-ball, even with tens of thousands of empty seats.

    Deterrent A for Gophers ticket-buying is not competition in the sports market, too-busy lives or a negative perception of the programs. Itís the price for somebody to take his or her kid to one decent Big Ten game.

    Question: Are you all nuts in the athletic administration thinking itís a good idea to charge some of the highest single-game prices in the country?

    Go Gophers!!

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    $20 gets you in Mariucci, but Pat's right about football. I really wanted to go watch the Gophers vs. Iowa, but was unwilling to be completely fleeced to do so.

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