Letter to the editor: Take better care of fans
To the editor:
My husband and I are KU alumni and KU sports fans. Our first date was a KU/K-State basketball game. We have watched KU basketball on TV for decades. No more! We’ve been priced out of the audience.
For several years, the Big 12 has signed a contract for televising games that means most games are not available unless the viewer purchases ESPN or ESPN+. This year, 29 of the 32 games for the season are on ESPN or ESPN+. ESPN+ is $4.99/month. ESPN is only available to cable subscribers.
Go to the games in person? A single ticket to a home game is $171-$226 and parking is $30. A single game would cost my husband and me $381. And this is only for home games.
Go to a local sports bar, you say? The sports bars require you to purchase food/beverages to have a seat. I don’t blame them; they aren’t in the business of broadcasting sports.
One of the major arguments the university presents for spending so much on sports and sports venues is that it generates alumni loyalty and support. We get regular solicitations from KU for donations. We have donated (substantially) in the past, but no more. If KU does so little for fan loyalty, why should we support the university?
Joyce A. Claterbos,