USC Morning Buzz: Coliseum Poll Responses Oppose PSLs

COLI.RENOEighty percent of the respondents in yesterday’s poll said they could not afford to pay another fee for their Coliseum seats, such as a personal-seat license. The real question is how many will say that in the official USC survey. Probably a similar number. At which point USC will need to figure out if it should lower its $4,000 fee for most seats or simply try to play hardball with the fans. Some of it might just come down to how the Trojans are playing.

I’m sure many in the athletic dept. wish this renovation occurred during the Pete Carroll era, when some could pretend they had something to do with selling sponsorships, when it really was the amazing success of the football program.

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  • Feed the Trolls

    You mean the unscientific and statistically invalid results of your Troll Poll?

  • NobisaMan

    I thought us trOXans all owned two mansions and two yachts??

    a couple grand and we’re all busted??

    like the CCR song says about us rich people: “when the taxman comes to the door, the house looks like a RUMMAGE sale, LORD!!”

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Snore. What a waste of time…..but I’m flattered you are obsessed with me.

      • TrojanFan3.0

        Me too!

  • WEB_Dupree

    It’s not just about what the fans could afford to pay, but also what they are WILLING to pay. A lot of the fans probably can pay this (supposedly) “one time only” extortionate fee, but do we want to? I buy my tickets with a group, and I’m not the one who actually handles the transaction, so I didn’t get the email about the PSLs. When I heard about them on this blog, I thought to myself, “Our seats are so terrible, they couldn’t possibly be in a PSL section!” And yet, when Wolfie posted the map, there they were, at $4,000 each, even though we sit high enough to just about reach up and touch the helicopters. The idea that I would pay $4k apiece to keep those seats is absolutely insane, and I just can’t believe that all the people who were sitting around me last year would pay it, either. Most of our neighbors grew increasingly angry over the first several games, and then they started selling their tickets. It felt like we were sitting in the visitor section. I’m supposed to pay $4k apiece for that experience?

    • NobisaMan

      oh brother, listen to the Fortunate Son bittch.

      “and when we ask ’em how should we give,
      they only answer More! More! More!”

      • WEB_Dupree

        The REAL Nobs would never quote CCR!

        • TrojanFan3.0

          Get your cranium checked out!

          Buttt darts!

          • WEB_Dupree

            This blog is turning into the prom/slaughter scene from the end of “Carrie” — Bucket has been taunted too many times, and now he is just lashing out wildly, bringing the whole place down around him, ruining a lovely evening for friend and foe alike.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            The difference being the fact that Bucket clearly was the one who started the taunting.

          • WEB_Dupree

            I suppose so, but I don’t really blame him for being annoyed at people copying his handle. Nonetheless, what does that have to do with you, Helen, or even TrojanFan? All this handle-jacking is just not very… zany. The zaniness of this blog’s comment threads is what has always kept me here.

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Correct, I wouldn’t

  • This must be backwards day, this post seems to be legit with no agenda

  • trojan92

    I responded negatively to the survey when I received it. I’m already paying for an “athletic support group fee” of $10k/year just for the rights to pay another $3k+ to buy tickets for my existing 8 seats. If those plans go through, my seats will be converted to “club seats” and my seats will be downgraded, even if I pay the $4k/seat. If I want to keep my seats, then the amount will be a minimum of $10k/seat as well as the existing $13k I already pay. This doesn’t even include the other option the athletic department is contemplating, charging $100/game for premium parking! No thank-you USC, even during the Pete Carroll years I wouldn’t pay that much for 6 inconveniently scheduled games!!!

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      You are correct. It’s a joke. They can have my “Club Seats” back. I’ve been in Committee/Scholarship Club for over 20 years and pay, pay, pay. ONLY benefit is ticket priority. NOTHING else. RIP OFF. I’ve had enough as well. Lawyer John should start a class action suit on the Galen Center rip off on the PSL’s.

    • SUCC de trop

      I’m amazed that SUCC treats/bleeds its most loyal fans like T92 describes. What’s more amazing is that these loyal fans continue support the University while being exploited as a free ATM machine.

  • Fred Sampson

    USC needs to see what type of product Steve Sarkision puts on the field before they start making any demands .

  • Violet

    Time to pony up, boys!

    Where did all that unconditional love go?

    It’s going to our beloved U!! I responded favorably to the survey. Just makes it more convenient to give.

    • TrojanFan3.0

      Baby, you brought Sexy Back!!

  • oneillwatch

    This isn’t about “ability to pay” – it’s about value. Ticket prices have continued to climb while the University votes to enter into television contracts that have us buying tickets to Thursday night games we can’t get to unless we leave work in the middle of the afternoon on the busiest commuting day of the week – to a venue where a good chunk of the parking capacity is not available. Not to mention Saturday games with 7:30 kickoffs and trying to extort large contributions in sections that magically become “donor sections” during the Carroll years (between the end zone lines, really?). So where does SC’s cut of all that extra revenue go, Pat? Could maybe just a little bit of it be used to paint the Coliseum? Why not raise Coke prices from $6 to $10 instead? Oops, already in the plan, sorry. And why does SC get as much of the TV revenue in these deals as UCLA and Washington State? Pretty lame negotiating if you ask me.

    I’m not sure I would ever pay a seat license without a lifetime lock-in to game prices (as if that would ever happen) and better-than end-zone seats, and even then, at some point, it’s just football and SC has ensured that every game is on TV anyway.

    I love my SC football: I’ve been a season ticket holder for over 30 years and put up with the School’s “take it or leave it” attitude in reward for my loyalty. At some point, I’ve got other things to do with my time and money and this is Los Angeles, not Happy Valley, Lincoln or South Bend.

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Very well said. BTW, the donor sections were BEFORE Pete. But you are totally correct with SC’s attitude. Take it or leave it. I, too, have had seats for over 30 years. This little tidbit now has me thinking “What else is there to do on SC Football game days/nights?” One thing is for SURE, I will not pay $4k per seat for a PSL. BTW II, Pat’s salary is $2 Million a year. Hmmmmm

      • betomas

        Nobs, you’re such a cheap skate. And you’ve tried to call others cheap skates??? Pathetic.