The Rising Cost of Being a Dawg

ATHENS - Dawg fans can pencil in higher costs of being a fan from this point forward.

Uncertain economic times make you double check before you make that next purchase. Can I make the trip across the South to watch Georgia play LSU in Baton Rouge? Do I have enough money left over from trips to Washington, DC, New

Orleans, LA and Omaha, NE to be able to afford the cost of watching Georgia play in the Valley of the Sun?

I wonder what many Georgia fans thought of the $10,000 buy-in needed to be a new season ticket holder for the 2008 season. Even more interesting is what the guy who gave $9,999 is thinking; all that money and nothing.

No matter which way you cut it the cost of being Joe Fan is going up. Sure, TV, for the most part, is still free – so is radio. But most of the folks reading this publication go to games.

The economic burden for Joe Fan from Moultrie is evident. He has seen the cost of his gas more than triple since the turn of the century. A road trip? That's getting near impossible for Joe Fan to accomplish considering the cost of fuel as well as the tickets and lodging involved in the trip.

There's nothing Damon Evans and Georgia can do to lower the price of gas and lodging. They could lower the cost of tickets or donations, but that's a supply-and-demand market that needs to sort itself out anyway. Besides, if they did that they would be chopping much-needed revenue from the bottom line, which would slam funding for facilities, salaries and the rest of what it takes to run a successful company, I mean athletic association.

The fact is that Georgia (the nation of fans that seems split by those who can afford to go to games and many of the die-hards that can't purchase season tickets if they had to) is changing. We are getting to the point where the average Georgia fan is much more likely to drive a BMW than a GMC. I'm not saying that's a bad thing – I'm saying that's the way its going.

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