Someone explain this to me:
- The capacity at Ford Field for the Final Four will be 72,000.
- MSU’s allotment is only 3,250 tickets–plus 400 for students.
- Add those two numbers together, multiply by four, and you get 14,600 tickets going to fans of the four schools playing this weekend.
- The number of tickets sold to the public through an annual lottery process is, I believe, less than 10,000 (the number of applications is capped at 20,000).
- The math here indicates that the NCAA is distributing over 45,000 tickets, then, through other channels. The popular statement is that they all go to “corporate types.” Are there really 10,000 to 20,000 people out there (assuming 2-4 tickets per person) with a financial relationship to the NCAA worthy of receiving the privilege of attending the NCAA’s most important annual sporting competition? What exactly is the NCAA getting back from these people to justify the allocation of well more than 50% of the available ticket resources?
I ask this as an economic question–not as a moral one. I understand college basketball is big business, with hundreds of millions of dollars in play. I’m just genuinely curious who all these people are.