SPIN: TV is hurting Tennessee

The Tennessean attempts to explain why demand for Tennessee Volunteer tickets is down. It provides the usual options, “Certainly, the recession has taken a toll on discretionary spending. Likewise, it’s hard to get hot and bothered about a program that is just 36-27 over the past five seasons and hasn’t been to a BCS bowl since 1999.” However, the commentary doesn’t stop there. It just might be television’s fault.

“Could it be that high-def broadcasts equal a slow death to season-ticket sales?”

Right. It is all television’s fault.

We know that television exposure kills demand for football. Just look at the NFL with teams like Dallas or Washington. Just look at college football’s Alabama and Florida. Did you see all the empty seats at the spring game? That must be ESPN’s fault.

Wait. Never mind.

If the Volunteers want to examine why their program is facing a problem, it might be a good idea to examine Mike Hamilton. When Alabama had its troubles, leadership, or actually poor leadership was often the culprit.