UGA announced last week, on the heels of the Georgia football team’s run to the National Championship Game, that it was raising season ticket prices, which would raise about $6 million in additional revenue and would go to increased salaries for Kirby Smart and his staff. In explaining the move, the school provided a handout to show it would go from third-lowest ticket price in the SEC to fourth highest. That information, however, did not include donations to the Hartman Fund, which are required to buy season tickets at UGA, or what other programs require as donations for season tickets.
Rebecca Phillips, a statistician and Georgia season ticket-holder, reacted by researching the cost of donations at other programs. She wrote to UGA athletic director Greg McGarity, providing her research that shows UGA is actually is at the high end when it comes to the true minimum cost of a season ticket.
DawgNation is printing Phillips’ email, along with a response from McGarity and a bit of our own reporting and analysis: