In lieu of salary cutbacks or furloughs, the Oakland Raiders’ organization is requiring coaches to sell new season tickets that total at least 10% of their salaries during the length of the NFL lockout.
Raiders chief executive Amy Trask believes, “A very strong argument can be made that this is something that staff members of every team should be doing all the time."
Oakland assistant coach Chuck Bresnahan told USA Today, "Everybody's trying to get creative in their own way. I know I've got something to talk about at every establishment I set foot in — every restaurant, every store, every winery."
Here in the towers at FootballScoop Headquarters, the story makes us wonder if certain college athletic departments should require their assistant coaches to meet a quota for season ticket sales.
Of course, we are thinking mostly about the mid-major programs and a few of the BCS programs that would undoubtedly greatly benefit from an extra 4,500 season ticket sales.
Each program has nine assistant coaches, so that would leave each assistant coach responsible for 500 ticket sales.
Here’s a great point by SI.com writer Peter King, who wrote today in his Monday Morning QB column, “I love the Raiders asking their employees (including coaches) to sell tickets in an attempt to make sure their salaries aren't cut. Jarrett Bell wrote about this in USA Today last week, and I wanted to shake my head and say, "Typical Raiders.'' But I couldn't. It's actually pretty smart. And don't you think coaches would be great ticket sellers out in the community, particularly when they can regale some Chamber of Commerce audience with stories from the gridiron. Nice job, Amy Trask.”
It should be noted that college coaches do help season-ticket sales by their various speaking engagements. Since head coaches can no longer recruit away from campus during the spring, their time has been consumed by fundraising and speaking engagements. There is not, however, a college that currently mandates a quota of ticket sales from a head coach or any assistant, at least not that we are aware.
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