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Some OSU news you might’ve missed …

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After a week filled with breaking news and big headlines, there was a bit of news out of Stillwater that might’ve gone under your radar.

Oklahoma State is lowering prices for some of its football tickets.

The cost-reduction plan was announced amid swirling rumors about Dana Holgorsen’s future and the Cowboys’ next offensive coordinator. With news that big it’s easy to see why this news might’ve gotten a wee bit overlooked, but the fact remains that the cost of 20 percent of the seats inside Boone Pickens Stadium will decrease next season.

Athletic director Mike Holder said that the move was made in response to fans asking for more pricing options.

People asked, and OSU responded.

Good for them, I say.

Holder and Co. have been criticized in past years for raising ticket prices, but frankly, the cost of a Cowboy football ticket was so low compared to other Big 12 teams, OSU had to do something to raise revenue and try to get on par with the rest of the conference. Holder took the unpopular step of raising prices even when the Cowboys weren’t necessarily all that good.

Now, with a team that has a chance to win 11 games for the first time in program history, it would’ve been easy for Holder to justify a bump in ticket prices.

Instead, about 12,000 seats will be cheaper next year than they are this year.

It’s like an early Christmas present for OSU fans. Some that had been priced out of season tickets in recent years will have a chance to get back in the game and go back to the games. Others that had kept their tickets but had felt their budgets stretched will get a little relief.

So often things are done in sports nowadays that don’t seem all that fan friendly to some folks. Late-night start times. Non-Saturday games. Sky-high prices for parking and concessions and just about anything else you want to buy on game day. But amid a bad economy when everyone’s looking for a way to make as much money as possible, OSU has decided to cut some of its prices and do something nice for its fans.

The news might’ve been a bit overlooked last week, but really, it deserves better.

It deserves to be celebrated.

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›

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