In the blog Marcus just posted he says FAU plans to charge for fans to listen to internet streaming of its radio broadcasts this season.
Just guessing, but that's probably not going to go over well.
I really hope that this idea was not approved by Pat Chun. Hopefully, he'll correct it. It's a misguided attempt to earn revenue. In order to make money on radio broadcasts, you need a willing audience! If there was any chance of this generating significant funds, I'd be for it, but it just doesn't...and worse, it comes across as petty and un-fan friendly at a time when you need all the fans you can get. So Pat, if you are reading this, wait a year or two before trying this. Build a fan base first...do that and I promise, the money will come.
As for ticket sales for the first game. I know the opponent is terrible and it's a Friday, but I really hope FAU will do all they can get to a good crowd out there. Give out as many tickets as it takes. Go to churches, youth leagues, police and fire stations, FAU staff...heck, go to the mall and hand out tickets to whoever will take them! Just get a good crowd! I know teams don't like to give out a lot of tickets and risk pissing off season ticket holders. Well, I'm a season ticket holder. I won't be mad...go ahead and give out all the tickets you can!
Maybe another thing Chun should do is hire owls2012.
Couldn't agree more with 2012 on all points. Fill the stadium at any cost for the opening game and hold off on charging for the internet feeds, we are not there...yet.
I'll bet that Pat Chun puts the kibash on this lame-brain idea ASAP and he probably didnt have any idea.
How can you give tickets away when the you stay in your office, tell Boca Jets they can't play on you field, let's face our marketing dose not exsit. I guess that is way there was a shake up in the ticketing office the new bees look promising but have a long ways to go. As a season ticket holder I agree somethng should be done,if it takes opening the gates so be it.However to smooth the ruffled feathers of some or all Season Ticket Holders issued them a " ALL SEASON SPORTS PASS " which could be use to see FAU sports other than Football,Basketball -- doing so The ticket holders get something and even a chance to see other FAU Teams complete who knows maybe someone will enjoy our other sports teams. It's just a idea the AD can use instead of charging for listening on Internet plus it just may build a fan base. Any other ideas for our marketing team ????.
sounds like one of dexter's boner...uh i mean briliant ideas... This will turn off so many people it wont be funny... but im not surprised. way to go again, athletics.
Bad -- very bad -- idea. As an out-of-state ticket-holder (who has bought season tickets every year though I cannot attend very many games), I can think of only one way to recoup any money I might -- might -- pay for streaming internet: Drop my season tickets next year (I already paid this year, so I'm stuck.) I'll try first to find games on other teams' sites, and on news media sites, etc. Those who came up with this pay idea need a reality check. Ohio State, Nebraska and other major established programs can get away with this. But building programs, such as FAU, are merely being foolish -- and trying very hard to run off what limited fan base the Owls have built over the years. FAU should be grateful to those of us who actually WANT to listen to the games. But no. So why am I not surprised? The good news (for me) is that I can watch or listen to the two other teams I follow (and have season tickets for) free of charge. Go Air Force. Go Colorado. As for the Owls, sadly, I'll have to decide whether to bother after this year. Sentiment is worth only so much.
I am a big FAU fan and I personally don't mind paying the fee. Our program needs more money.
But this lame-brain idea means we slow the growth (if there is any) of picking up new fans as many potential fans make their first connection through radio broadcasts and since ESPN760s signal is non-existent at night near Boca, internet is the best option.
I suspect FAU will make a few hundred dollars on this per month at the expense of growing our fan base and making the few loyal fans FAU have now neing nickel and dimed more in the future.
I think because of poor marketing our fan base is the smallest it has ever been - and it's going to take a long time to grow it back to where it was in 2007-08.
I believe our new AD will get that fixed and our fan interest up in a very short time! Go Owls!
Why doesn't FAU get radio stations to give away free tickets games. Maybe even give away a suite. I always hear radio stations give away tickets on their morning shows. That would be great advertising too. At least try it once on a variety of stations.
FAU has scrapped the plan to charge for on-line broadcasts of games,
Nice job to everyone that let their voice be heard.
Excellent news. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come under Pat Chun's leadership: Common Sense! It's been lacking around here for years. Great job FAU!
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