Getting Corporate Fannies In The Seats

Never too early. In fact, now may be the ideal time to bring it up since the football season is just two months away.

There could well be more empty seats than normal this fall, or until University of Louisville football returns to its winning ways. But that doesn’t excuse the basis for frequent complaints from University of Louisville fans about great corporate seats sitting empty at football games.

Companies make big donations, then pay thousands more dollars for their prime season tickets. But too many tickets never get punched at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Why not put the names of companies, their logos or brand names on the seats?

When they shell out the money, the companies say they are buying them for employees. So why do they go to waste? The reasons are as varied as the companies. The observer suspects, however, the real problem is that nobody bothers to distribute them. Either that or the tickets are entrusted to a University of Kentucky fan who can’t be bothered to pass on University of Louisville tickets.

The observer has a suggestion for Tom Jurich. Why not put the names of companies, their logos or brand names on their seats? That way the companies would get more of the public recognition they all want so much.

Even more importantly, fans would finally see which companies are following through on their commitments as “good corporate citizens involved in the community” –  or those that are merely paying lip service. Fans would recognize the companies for their support, or, in the case of the empty seats, ask them why the tickets aren’t used.

Companies pay big money for the tickets, and most don’t tolerate waste. A little exposure might motivate the people responsible for distributing the tickets, getting them off their butts, putting the tickets where they belong, in the hands of employees.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

6 thoughts on “Getting Corporate Fannies In The Seats

  • June 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm
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    Charlie, these people are already paying for the seats. Why did you want to torture then with forcing them to make valuable employees watch Kragthorpe football? We have constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishments around here…
    tounge firmly in cheek,
    Jason

    • June 27, 2009 at 11:09 am
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      Jason, LOL. Problem is they weren’t passing out tickets during the Petrino years either.

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:56 am
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    Based on the article in today’s CJ there won’t be too many Kentucky high school coaches wanting those seats. Not after Kantdoright stood them up at the Kentucky Football Coaches Association Thursday. That should really help with recruiting around the state. This guy is on a real roll. All downhill.

  • June 27, 2009 at 9:36 am
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    Here’s more. The Sporting News countdown of the top 100 football teams today listed the Sunbelt’s Troy as five spots better than UofL. I can’t wait until tomorrow to see who is six ahead of us.

  • June 27, 2009 at 11:10 am
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    Troy usually has pretty good football teams. They beat a major power a few years ago, forget which one.

    • June 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm
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      Yeah. A few years ago. And we are also ranked behind Rice. I assure you, there are more “You gotta be kidding me” moments ahead in TSN rankings.

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