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UW-Madison Football Fans Go Thirsty After Blocking Youth From Selling Concessions In Stands

September 1, 2013

bad-decision

Color me not shocked when it comes to Barry Alvarez.

Late last week I wrote a blog post about the UW-Madison football program’s decision to stop allowing youth from selling pop and peanuts.

I can not but help think that with all the’ wise men and women’ who make up the UW sports administration that there was not some way to make sure that young and eager faces were not able to continue selling pop and peanuts.  Shame on the UW for making a cold-hearted call!

Somewhere along the line college sports started to be big business, and let me add to the growing list of others who know it does not make for a good look.

This morning I get up and discover that University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez sent an email to Badger football season ticket holders Saturday night, apologizing for issues with concessions during the home opener.

What might have gone wrong, you ask?

Fans became upset with fewer people working as vendors for concessions on Saturday, making for a lack of drinks to buy while sitting in the stands. Fans were also put off by long lines at concessions stands.  One fan summed it up for many about the state of affairs for the money grubbing football program by saying “There’s nobody up in the stands. There’s no vendors up there.”

After decades of having different youth organizations serving drinks in the stands, a private company has been contracted to do it, and first thing out of the gate made a royal mess of things.

Bring back the kids!!

And maybe it is time to also  think about the future role of Barry.

One Comment
  1. Solly permalink
    September 5, 2013 2:13 PM

    The UW Athletic Department is all about arrogance, not athletics (can you schedule a few more powderpuff games Barry?) not about fair play (we’ll suspend our star player who drove drunk for the home Akron game, not the nationally televised WV game before, because you know, it hurts more to stay out of a powerpuff game at home than a nationally televised away game against a top 10 opponent) and definitely not about the fans. As Willie Stark said, “Now, shut up! Shut up, all of you! Now listen to me, you hicks. Yeah, you’re hicks too, and they fooled you a thousand times like they fooled me.” We had season tickets in the 80s, great seats, crappy football teams. But we went for the whole experience, game, band, student antics. UNTIL the Athletic Dept. in it’s wisdom decided to refinish the stadium benches, and took the protective coating off the fiberglass in the whole stadium, but only refinished half of it before the warm September games. I felt that decision for days afterwards. Barry’s just continuing that tradition, the rubes will pay no matter what. Can’t wait until Barry comes out with a plan to rejigger the seating assignments in Camp Randall and the Kohl Center. “Had those seats and made donations for 40 years Grandma? Pony up with more money, or bring plenty of Kleenex for the nosebleed section!” For the next edition of the dictionary, under arrogance, they should put Barry’s picture. The result of no vendors in the seats was predictable. Which turnip truck did these people fall off of?

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