An interesting story — the city evicting the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame — developed while I was on vacation. Saving the Hall has a simple solution: ticket surcharges.
It’s not an original idea. In fact, a surcharge bill was introduced in the House in 2007.
That bill, however, would have surcharged one men’s and one women’s varsity event at universities ($2 surcharge), junior colleges ($1) and high schools (50 cents). Understandably, that didn’t pass. Too convoluted.
My solution is much more simple. Add 50 cents to every ticket sold in football and basketball at Kansas and Kansas State. At Wichita State, baseball would replace football.
By my calculations — which are very rough but also quite conservative — there are more than 1 million tickets sold per year to those events. The surcharge would raise $500,000 for the hall, which has an annual budget between $450,000 and $600,000. Even a surcharge of 25 cents would raise about half of the hall’s annual budget. If the hall can’t make up the difference through fund-raising, then close it.
So what’s wrong with this plan? Anyone care to argue?