UTEP had it all wrong, but at least, as Athletic Director Bob Stull said, "Listened to what fans are telling us" and addressed "those issues."
Some ticket prices are going down, as are RV tailgate fees and rules. And it won't cost $20 a game to park in the new garage, anymore It'll be less. Good moves, UTEP.
Now the next fan-friendly move is for UTEP, and all of Conference-USA, to get out of that awful TV deal with CSTV. We're not getting any games on basic cable, and that's a shame. Yes, CSTV gives each C-USA school a lot of money for exclusive rights. But not a lot of people get to see the games. It's so important that youngsters see all the road games so they can pester Dad into taking them to the home games. That's how fans are born, cultured and eventually hit up for money.
But the home issues — tickets, fees — are being rectified, and that's a needed start.
Here's what put UTEP in its fan-unfriendly situation. It thought it could ride the prominence of Football Coach Mike Price, who's prominent, all right. Raise ticket prices (nothing lower than $20). Get as much as possible from the RVers. Just sock it to El Pasoans while saying costs here are still lower than at other places.
True. And it's that UTEP needs more income so it can pay Price if he meets incentives on his contract.
But it all led to bad blood. And it's never a good move to have more and more fans disliking the way they are treated.
Good move, UTEP. You probably got a lot of fans back.