Ducks make bigly claim for NCAA Track & Field attendance

Ken Goe has the report in the Oregonian here:

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8 Responses to Ducks make bigly claim for NCAA Track & Field attendance

  1. Anas clypeata says:

    This is the oldest story in sports business, and in many other business that involve ticket sales which don’t match actual attendance.

    The typical practice is to cite the number of tickets sold (or even the number delivered into anyone’s hands, whether the tickets were sold or not) as the official attendance, which is often quite a bit higher than the “turnstile count”.

    Do a web search for “attendance figures at sports events are inflated” and you’ll be treated to a wide variety of pearl-clutching exposés. The best part is that every author, including Ken Goe above, always sounds surprised and acts as if he (it’s always a he) has discovered a new continent, even though a quick news search shows that this practice has been going on for decades.

  2. Just a wild guess says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the official total included volunteers, family members, emergency personnel, and possibly even, coaches, trainers and athletes standing on the sidelines.

  3. justsayuotoducks says:

    Am I bad person if I simply don’t care about this at all?

    Instead, I’d love to know whatever happened with the elections we just had (at UO, a month or two ago?). Have any results been announced?

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  5. Inquiring Minds says:

    There may be a simple answer here — the difference between a snapshot in time (butts in seats for an event) versus total ticket sales. People come and go, especially at Track where they have favored events, etc. So the general admission seats especially can be used twice.

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