LEADOFF: UGA bucks trend as college football assemblage declines

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early demeanour inside Atlanta sports. 

Major-college football attendance declined in 2017 for a fourth uninterrupted season, according to NCAA sum expelled this week. 

Across a nation, normal assemblage for Football Bowl Subdivision games forsaken to 42,203, down 1,409 fans per diversion – or 3.2 percent – from a deteriorate before. 

Average assemblage per diversion has depressed in 7 of a past 9 seasons, dropping a sum of 10.1 percent from a record high of 46,971 in a 2008 season, according to a annual NCAA reports

The NCAA’s sum for a 2017 deteriorate uncover a Georgia Bulldogs ranking ninth among a 129 FBS teams in home assemblage with 92,746 per game, same as a year before. That figure reflects sellouts of all games during 92,746-capacity Sanford Stadium. (UGA and many colleges announce assemblage as tickets sole or distributed, and no-shows are not deducted from a NCAA figures.) 

Georgia Tech drew an normal of 46,885 per home game, down 618 per diversion from a 2016 season, and Georgia State averaged 15,833, adult 730, according to a NCAA figures. 

The SEC had a top assemblage of any conference, averaging 75,074 per game, though that was down 2,433 per diversion – 3.1 percent — from a year before. 

College entertainment officials have fretted about assemblage hurdles in new years, citing a series of factors: unsuitable kickoff times that are tailored to TV networks rather than fans in a stands; a comfort and preference of examination games on big-screen high-definition TVs during home; disappearing tyro assemblage that leads to disappearing young-alumni attendance; and unappealing non-conference matchups. 

Nationally, a dump of 1,409 per FBS diversion in a 2017 deteriorate was major-college football’s largest decrease given 1983 and a second largest decrease in any deteriorate given a NCAA began tracking assemblage in 1948, according to CBSSports.com

Attendance for games opposite all divisions, including FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III, totaled 47.62 million in a 2017 season, down 1.69 million from a 2016 season, according to a NCAA.

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