Gosh, and I’d alway thought NCAA athletics was the last bastion of honesty and integrity.
The story is from former Oregonian reporter Rachel Bachman, who turned her reporting on various Duck scandals into a WSJ job. Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week has a recap for those who don’t want to go behind the WSJ paywall:
A lot fewer people show up for college football games than colleges would like us to believe,the Wall Street Journal reported today. …
“The average count of tickets scanned at home games—the number of fans who actually show up—is about 71% of the attendance you see in a box score, according to data from the 2017 season,” Bachman writes.
The state’s two top programs, the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers, were among those who provided information to the WSJ.
The numbers: Oregon announced attendance of 388,000 for all of its 2017 home games but scanned only 304,450 tickets (that’s 78 percent of announced attendance).
Oregon State fared worse: the university announced attendance of 208,524 but scanned only 139,223 tickets (67 percent).