HOT BLAST: Why aren't more students going to college football games?
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Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, shown with empty seats.
Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, shown with empty seats.
No one would be foolish enough to suggest that college football's popularity is waning. Television ratings and overwhelming interest in the coming playoff system offer proof.

But there is growing evidence that schools are having trouble getting fannies in the seats -- specifically the seats reserved for students. A recent Wall Street Journal story highlights the problem at the University of Georgia and mentions several other Southeastern Conference schools, including Alabama. One of the biggest problems, the story said, was the lack of Internet connectivity at stadiums. In other words, if students can't get online on their smartphones while at the game, they stay away.

The Journal wrote, "Declining student attendance is an illness that has been spreading for years nationwide. But now it has hit the Southeastern Conference, home to college football's best teams and supposedly its most fervent fans, giving athletics officials reason to fret about future ticket sales and fundraising."

-- Phillip Tutor

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