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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Faculty, athletics department evaluating how faculty receive football season tickets

Prime seats for KU sporting events are a hot item, and university faculty and staff want tickets just like everybody else.

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A committee at Kansas University is studying ways to institute a faculty football ticket policy that could allocate seats in a similar fashion to the faculty basketball seats.

The move would represent the first time a formal policy was in place for faculty football ticket allocations, and would help make the seat selection process more transparent, faculty and athletics officials said.

Jim Marchiony, athletics department spokesman, said the athletics department would like the faculty to determine its own method of choosing which faculty and staff members get access to better seats, he said.

“That should be their decision,” he said.

One solution could be something similar to the model used for men’s basketball, where faculty members select from seats in a designated faculty section based on seniority.

The current football system allows faculty members to apply for season tickets, and to receive them at a 20 percent discount.

That situation would not change, nor would the level of availability of tickets to faculty members, Marchiony said.

Marchiony said that although the recent achievements of the Jayhawk football team have not caused the situation to become strained, a formal policy would help in case the demand exceeded the supply.

“What we’re trying to do is to stay one step ahead of that curve,” he said.

The demand for tickets among faculty members has increased in recent years, he said.

Nancy Kinnersley, faculty senate president, said about 600 faculty members have football season tickets.

A policy could help promote understanding in cases like John Nalbandian’s. The professor of public administration’s football season tickets were moved from the 30-yard line to the 15-yard line in 2008, and he said it was difficult to determine how the process worked.

In his case, he said the move may have happened because he let a Williams Fund membership lapse, but he didn’t know how he ended up where he did.

“I had just assumed that the football tickets were allocated like the basketball tickets,” he said.

He said he’s not objecting to the process but would like a greater level of transparency.

“I do raise the question of whether the process of allocating tickets to faculty who are non-Williams Fund members is made clear,” he said.

Comments

kuhawksr1 11 years, 4 months ago

Order for distribution should be (after President Perkins hands out his discretionary allottment, of course):1) A limited number of faculty tickets for those that contribute to Williams Fund and they should be allocated based on total points in the Fund not tenure at the U.2) All other Williams Fund contributors based on current state rule set3) A limited number of faculty tickets for those that do NOT contribute to the Fund. You can base these on tenure at the U.4) All othersI'll bet you the faculty does NOT come up with a plan like that!

jayhawkox 11 years, 4 months ago

Of course the faculty does not come up with a plan like that, because their plan will focus on how tickets are allocated to faculty and staff without regard to other ticket holders, which is the reason that they are working with athletics on this. It doesn't even seem, from this article at least, that they're working on changing the number of tickets available to faculty, they're just ironing out the rules to make them clear to all members of the faculty and staff. The faculty and staff are the ones helping these young men to get an education and make sure they have the help to stay eligible for NCAA play and I think that's a pretty strong contribution to make. I think it's completely fair to make sure that all of the rules are made clear to all faculty members, because for a lot of these athletes it is comforting to see that the people who are working with them in the classroom also care enough to come support them in their extracurricular activities as well.

Fred Vance 11 years, 4 months ago

I hope the loyal long-term contributors and purchasers of football tickets when KU football was way down don't get bumped too badly by the faculty. The faculty could have been contributing and buying tickets like everyone else if they wanted football tickets.

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