<EM>Do any major colleges presently have higher priced men's basketball tickets than Kansas University? Why doesn't KU consider dropping some of the minor sports instead of raising ticket prices?</EM>
Earlier this month, KU announced it would hike its men's basketball reserved seat price from $25 to $30 to make up for a projected budget shortfall. Duke University has a top ticket of $35 and the University of California at Los Angeles charges as much as $32. DePaul charges $30 for its best seats. Notably, Kansas State University will charge $30 for next season's Kansas game, but only $14.50 for its other home contests.
In answer to the second question, dropping minor sports would endanger Kansas University's status as an NCAA Division One school. Division One member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender.