Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton said today that Tennessee’s football season ticket sales are down by about 1,000 from this time last year.
UT is hosting a “Meet Your Seats” campaign this week in which fans can see the view from their seats in Neyland Stadium.
During an interview with the News Sentinel, Hamilton said night games, which often require an overnight stay for those traveling to the game, make it tougher to sell out Neyland Stadium. He added that the SEC television contract with ESPN makes it easier for fans to stay home and watch UT and SEC games.
As for conference realignment, he said the SEC is being proactive. At present the situation is like a “high-stakes poker game” with SEC commissioner Mike Slive having near total power to deal with other colleges, Hamilton said.
“He’s got tremendous power,” Hamilton said. “I think he’s one of the most powerful men in college athletics.”
Hamilton said he doesn’t believe the SEC needs to give any concessions to try to lure schools, such as Texas, to the SEC. Texas is expected to join the Pac-10.
He said he feels the NCAA’s punishment of Southern California needed to happen to prove the governing body will deal with violations seriously.