3 colleges hire IMG to stimulate ticket sales

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A week ago, we noticed the Oakland Raiders’ organization is requiring their assistant coaches to sell season-tickets during the lock-out. Now, three college programs have decided to hire an outside source to help increase ticket sales.

In recent years, most college athletic departments have witnessed a decline in season-ticket sales and overall attendance, in part due to the struggling economy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, three college athletic departments (Duke, San Jose State, and Tennessee) have hired an outside source, IMG College Ticket Solutions, to help stimulate ticket sales.

The report says, “IMG will bring in a general manager and build a staff of eight to 12 sales people by mid-June (to Tennessee), all of whom will be focused full-time on selling tickets and providing customer care to ticket holders.”

The 2011 home schedule for the Vols includes Montana, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, MTSU, and Vanderbilt.

This move is certainly a sign of the times considering the Volunteers have 1) stability with Derek Dooley 2) a respectable team 3) an outstanding facility 4) no probation or program-killing headline 5) a schedule that includes LSU, UGA, South Carolina, and Cincinnati.

Dooley even said today, "I’m not in the panic mode of this place is turning upside down."

Furthermore, Tennessee reported their average home attendance last season was 99,781, second most in the SEC behind Alabama.

Duke reported an average home attendance of 28,750, while San Jose State averaged 14,474.