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Posted at 9:06 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Buy Terps season tickets and $ave

By Dan Steinberg


UPDATE: I missed the fact that Maryland previously sent out the huge Edsall-themed ad, seen below, to the same mailing list. That doesn't really change his lack of prominence in this week's ad, but it's worth noting. Apologies.

When people were bandying about various names for the Terps head football coach job opening, there was a lot of chatter about who would help put bodies in seats.

I'm not sure if Randy Edsall was the guy for that particular task, and the marketing department would seem to agree. This is the top half of an ad that went out on e-mail this week for Terps season tickets. The sender's name was "Randy Edsall," but his name appears nowhere in the actual ad itself. Yes, there is a photo of him below, promising a "Behind the Scenes" signing day video, but it's maybe a third the size of the Danny O'Brien image.

And the most prominent part of this ad, I'd argue, is the numbers. Spread your expenses, lock in those savings, and $ave $ave $ave.

(P.S.: If I had to buy season tickets for one D.C.-area sporting team, the Terps football team would be high on my list of options. Traffic is usually fine, the weather is often grand, and I have a soft spot for Byrd Stadium.)


By Dan Steinberg  | February 9, 2011; 9:06 AM ET
Categories:  College Football, Terps  
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Traffic into and out of College Park can be a pain even for soccer games. But I will say for us being not a traditional football school, games have generally been pretty enjoyable at Byrd.

Also - I would contend the mens soccer or women's bball is probably more bang for your buck at UMD, certainly in the wins column.

Posted by: M__N | February 9, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Ok M-N, who's going to go to a UM soccer game? How is going to a soccer game going to help out the athletic program and solve any issues? How much are tickets anyway, like $3?

Posted by: mf12284 | February 9, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Right, because you should only buy tickets if the team is going to win.

Posted by: moo21 | February 9, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It's a pretty darn good soccer experience. Sasho is one of the best coaches around, so the team is always competitive. They play against very good competition. You can get a front row center field seat, or right behind the goalie. All for 5 bucks/game. And they fill their stadium for important games, unlike some other MD teams. If you are into soccer, it's cheaper than DC United tickets, and much more intimate of a stadium experience. Plus, if the crew is still in full force, that adds to the whole thing. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then it doesn't really matter to you.

How's the soccer program going to help the athletic department? I don't know, how about winning 2 championships this side of 2000 and getting the University a good exposure? Or maybe having a bunch of their players be successful in the pros/play for the USMNT? It's not all revenue (So long as it's self sustaining). Exposure counts.

Posted by: moo21 | February 9, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Attendance will improve this year because:

1) 2010's 9-win season

2) A rising sophomore QB who was just named 1st team freshman All American

3) A more appealing home schedule

4) Reduced ticket prices

5) A (hopefully) better economy

*Edsall will not put a single extra butt in the seats that wouldn't have been there as well with Friedgen at the helm. So when attendance rises, and you see Kevin Anderson patting himself on the back, just know that he is full of sh**.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Ok M-N, who's going to go to a UM soccer game?

Posted by: mf12284 | February 9, 2011 10:22 AM

Maryland soccer games are pretty excellent. The teams is good, crowds are high for college soccer and it's a good atmosphere. Tickets are around $10.

And no, soccer isn't making money for Maryland. But the more tickets sold means that the program needs a little less help from the general athletic funds - and that's a good thing.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 9, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see a behind the scenes video of when the 2011 recruits found out the DC who recruited them decided to leave for UConn 2 days after signing day.

Posted by: tha_prophet | February 9, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

...and by decided, I mean announced.

Posted by: tha_prophet | February 9, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

tha_profet,

I would love to have seen that as well. Just one more reason no one can trust our dishonest, lying scumbag of an Athletic Director.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see a behind the scenes video of when the 2011 recruits found out the DC who recruited them decided to leave for UConn 2 days after signing day.

Posted by: tha_prophet | February 9, 2011 12:07 PM

Hopefully they'll end up playing for a better DC next season.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 9, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

With most of the fan base angry at firing Ralph, and those that accepted that distasteful episode angry that its only justification, hiring Mike Leach, was disdained by the powers that be, I don't see better attendance next year. Randy's going to have to win - a lot - against better competition than Towson, Temple and U VA to increase interest in the program. Good luck at that with a new defensive system in place.

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 9, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Maryland attendance will be better next year because of the age old adage, "you get the attendance last year's team deserved"

In 2009 they won 2 games - 2010 attendance was relatively poor. Last year they won 9. Only the die-hard have a serious opinion on the Fridge/Leach/Anderson/Edsall scenario - the casual Terp fan will buy tickets if they feel like the team and games are good. And the team will be good - as will the schedule.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 9, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Are Towson and Temple thrown in for free?

Wanna play in Florida in December? Play somebody in September.

Posted by: jaho | February 9, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Are Towson and Temple thrown in for free?

Wanna play in Florida in December? Play somebody in September.

Posted by: jaho | February 9, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Same old nonsense we hear all the time when it comes to MD's schedule. You are given 4 slots to fill for your out of conference schedule. Temple, by most accounts, got robbed last year by not getting a bowl bid. Notre Dame and West Virginia. both on our 2011 schedule, are solid bowl teams. Last year we played 3 bowl teams in those 4 slots. If you can show me one BCS conference team in the nation that played 4 bowl teams in their 4 non conference games, then you might have a point. But you can't, because EVERY SINGLE BCS TEAM IN THE NATION plays at least 1-2 cupcakes out of conference every single year. Maryland is no different. We play Towson this year, big deal. Auburn, the 2010 national champs, plays FL-Atlantic, Utah State, and Samford. We've played JMU, again big deal. So does Vtech.

I just don't understand why people who clearly don't follow college football closely feel the need to make these ridiculous comments about Md's schedule. If don't know what you're talking about, why comment?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Definitely agree with Barno here. Towson is a state school and we should play them when possible - keeps the revenue in system. Temple is a fine third choice home non-con opponent.

My only tiny gripe is that Notre Dame at FedEx is not included in the season ticket package - you only get first dibs at them (and they'll probably cost nearly as much as the other 7 games combined!). Unfortunately that will be more of a road/neutral game than home - since the place will be full of ND fluffers.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 9, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Kev29, I agree about Notre Dame but we got Navy included in last year's season tix so can't complain too much. That is going to be a great game.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"(P.S.: If I had to buy season tickets for one D.C.-area sporting team, the Terps football team would be high on my list of options. Traffic is usually fine, the weather is often grand, and I have a soft spot for Byrd Stadium.)"

Steinz, for all the needless complaining people do about traffic at Fed Ex, it never takes me as long to get out of Ral-John as it does getting out of UMD's campus, much less College Park, after a football game. Sometimes takes upwards of a half hour just to get out of the parking lot itself after a big game. But you never hear anyone complaining about it on the message boards...probably because Dan Snyder does not own the Terps. (yet).

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Give it time. It's February -- not many people are making plans yet for Saturday afternoons next September thru November.

Edsall doesn't create the instant buzz that Leach might have, but over the long term we'll be fine.

Posted by: SmittyATL | February 11, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

ATTENDANCE WILL BE WAY UP BECAUSE THE NFL will be on strike

Posted by: Joevellano | February 12, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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