Thursday, January 11, 2007

Here come the changes to the Gamecock Club...

In order to keep up the "Jones's" in the SEC changes are being made. Love it or hate it...seems it will happen. The Gamecock Club we use to know is no longer the has been revamped with some twists and turns. This issue should 'stir the pot' when a glossy, 12-page magazine detailing significant changes in the booster club comes in the mail in the next week or two.

The mailing does not mention the possibility of re-seating at Williams-Brice Stadium, although an athletics department official said the switch to the new points system could set the groundwork for such a move. The point system will allow Gamecock Club officials to determine who gets parking passes and tickets to away football games and bowl games. The existing priority system, which ranks members within their particular giving level, will continue to be used for season-ticket assignments.

According to the mailing, USC ranks ahead of four SEC schools — Mississippi, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt — in athletics fundraising.

Highlights from new policies and procedures for USC’s Gamecock Club members.

• Moving to a new points system that will rank the club’s 14,444 members based on consecutive years and total amount of giving, donations to an individual sport or the athletics department’s ongoing capital campaign, and — beginning in 2008 — tickets purchased for football, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball.
• Adding several high-end giving levels to offer increased choices to boosters who donate more than $3,000 a year.
• Giving the Gamecock Club the ability to increase membership levels and premiums every three years.
• Requiring members with club seats to pay an additional premium, regardless of annual giving levels.
• Charging all members for football parking, starting this season.

Love to hear some comments on this subject....Do you agree changes need to be made?


Moose said...

I am not sure if the changes are what we need, granted it will increase money for the program (who mis-managed the money in the first place).

Anonymous said...

show me the money...that is what they are saying...if you want to play with the big boys in the SEC you got to pay like them. Raise your glasses because here is to more giving to usc!

Anonymous said...

30,000 dollars gets you into a new level...the diamond level...could you imagine giving 30K to SC each year?