I let him know during the game that I hope he was paying attention to the gameday atmosphere at BAMA (I was there also).
Their choice of music and playing it at every down time really kept everyone in the game. I did not like however, how they played the music all the way up until our QB was getting ready to get the ball. I thought that was unnecessary.
And to pick on a few issues (since we can’t pick on their coach or their team), their video boards are not impressive. Yes, there are 4 but they are too small and they only show replays of themselves and when they want to. Their score board is a ribbon and very HARD to figure out what you are looking at. You spend several minutes to find the score and forget finding any other info that you might want to see. And their "Ala’ “Bama” chant is stupid!
I wasn’t at this game but I have been there before.
Overall, I think JL has done a good job. As far as game day experience (football, basketball too), I think he gets a D grade. It’s not rocket science. If you want more fans to come to the game, you have to give them an experience different than at home. At home, I get a bunch of commercials and during all of them I get up and go do other things (beer, bathroom, cook, whatever). The game day experience is the field, the in person, the cheerleaders, the band. Let them do what they do and get the heck out of the way. Stop with all of the commercials. Sell them at a premium during pre-game activities. Lower supply - higher demand. Simple math.
I can’t disagree with any of the complaints anyone has made about game day atmosphere, but to play devil’s advocate here, I have to point out just how much more money Bama brings in than we do. It’s not just 100k v. 72k (when we’re full), but I’d bet their average ticket price is much higher. I can’t hazard a guess at how much per game that translates to, but I’d bet it’s more than $2M. Plus, they don’t have an annual game at WMS. (I’m not trying to rekindle the GSD here, just pointing out the money issue.) 7 home games with maybe a $16M revenue difference–well, they can afford fewer commercials.
While I agree the atmosphere was good, they have a real issue with the acoustics or speaker placements or something. Was in the Arkansas section in the corner and I couldn’t understand a single thing over the PA the whole game. Also agree they should be made to turn the music off sooner when the opposing team has the ball. Still had it playing while we were breaking the huddle and trying to communicate.
I didn’t look closely, but I don’t see where you got that figure, Wiz. Bama’s total revenues were a lot higher than ours. I see that their ticket sales revenue was only about $3M higher than ours. That surprised me, although there might be some accounting differences there. (Donations, etc might be treated differently, etc.) I’m not an accountant so I don’t know if that’s true or what the differences might be.
Regardless, my larger point, which unfortunately got too specific with ticket sales, is that Alabama has much higher revenues. They can likely afford to pass on stadium ads easier than we can.
Okay. I just went back. I see that you simply subtracted expenses from revenue to get the $19M. Bama has a lot more of both. I don’t know if the revenues are directly due to their bowl success because I have no idea how those funds are distributed. I’m curious where they spend money we don’t spend–other than paying Saban a gazillion dollars.