Thirteen FBS teams played in front of more than a million people last season, CNBC reports, and UGA was among them. (The others big-timers on the SEC-dominated list were Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina.)
Obviously, a whole lotta folks like watching the Georgia Bulldogs play football. That’s why Thursday’s digital meltdown in Athens has drawn more attention than your average Internet outage.
While nobody can say they don’t do a bang-up job of managing a multi-million dollar sports enterprise at Butts-Mehre since UGA is one of the most profitable college athletic programs around, someone apparently was asleep at the switch when it came to a little matter of renewing the domain registration for the official website, Georgiadogs.com.
Oops. Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up.
And it just happened to be on what was supposed to be deadline day for Hartman Fund donors to renew their season tickets and order other game tickets for this coming season.
Embarrassing, yeah, but by Auburn standards this offseason pretty much a minor hiccup. The official explanation is that what was supposed to be “an automatic renewal process” handled by UGA’s media rights holder, IMG, somehow didn’t turn out to be automatic. Hopefully UGA won’t have to pay off some cyber squatter to get the domain back.
In the meantime, because of the problems with the website (which as I write this still can’t be accessed), the deadline for Hartman Fund donors (aka Georgia Bulldog Club members) to order 2011 football season tickets has been extended through 5 p.m. Friday. If you wish to place your order online, you can log on to your online account via The Georgia Bulldog Club website, thegeorgiabulldogclub.com (click on “My account” to get to the ticket ordering page). You also can mail your season ticket application with a postmark dated April 1. Or if you’re in the Athens area you can visit either the UGA Athletic Association Ticket Office or the Georgia Bulldog Club offices. The UGA Ticket Office has been temporarily relocated to the Stegeman Coliseum Box Office ticket windows located off Sanford Drive. Parking is available in the South Campus and Carlton Street Decks. The Georgia Bulldog Club offices are located on the fourth floor of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, where parking is always very limited.
Those glorious fall days in Athens are worth the trouble, though.
PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN
A number of folks have asked what’s up this spring with Ken Malcome, the redshirt freshman who’s part of the pre-Isaiah Crowell competition at tailback. Dawgs247 has an update on the back, who’s been battling through a lingering groin injury he got late last season while toiling on the scout team.
It’s been frustrating for Malcome because the injury has slowed down his progress. But I like his attitude. “I’ve just got to fight through it,” he said. “I’m trying to show toughness. It’s hard for me to do a lot of stuff out there, but I try. I may mess up. They might get on me. But hey, it’s the next play. I can redeem myself the next play.”
Keep at it, Ken!
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