Samson: The issue with Ohio State's plan to have 20,000 fans attend football games this fall
On Wednesday, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith announced that the school is coming up with a concept in which fans can attend home football games. Smith said that about one-fifth of the stadium would be filled in this model.
During Thursday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," David Samson weighed in on Ohio State's proposal and believes that if they're not able to sell tickets at an elevated price, that they may have to cut sports in order to continue to make money.
"So you're going to go to fans and season ticket holders, you're one of the chosen few. We want you in the stands. We are offering you tickets to come back to Ohio State football games. You're going to be one of the 20,000 in our 100,000-seat stadium. But you're going to have to pay five extra ticket prices. These tickets used to be $50, but they're going to be $250. Are you in? All of the sudden, you're seeing the math problem."
Ohio State is obviously going to need to make sure that they're social distancing, which eliminates 80 percent of the stadium's capacity under this model.
Samson also adds that schools are going to have to go to sports that make the least amount of revenue and cut them. It's going to be interesting to see if schools continue to end up cutting sports like East Carolina, who recently cut both men's and women's tennis and swimming.