Pogue: How about a promotion

Pogue: How about a promotion

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Pogue: How about a promotion

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Congratulations to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the annual doormat of the NFL, for coming up with the ultimate promotion to get fans to come to home games.

Free beer. Well, almost anyway.

The team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2007, and has started this one 0-3 with no hope in sight, did have a three-hour promotion Thursday that attracted some attention. For those buying a $45 ticket to a home game, two free beers would be waiting on you.

Knowing the price of beer at professional sporting events these days, those two pours are probably worth half the price of the ticket.

With that in mind, we offer these promotional ideas for some college and pro teams to help sell tickets.

* Tennessee football – Have former coaches Phillip Fulmer and Johnny Majors go three rounds in a caged grudge match at midfield during halftime with the loser having to leave town.

* Titans – Buy a ticket and get a shot of whiskey poured by owner Bud Adams from his personal stash. Flipping off opposing teams is optional.

* Predators – Let former Predator Ryan Suter, who jilted the team and signed with the Wild, defend slap shots on goal from fans without using a stick or wearing equipment.

* Alabama football – Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban will pose alongside his statue just outside Bryant-Denny Stadium and fans can try to guess which the real person is and which one is bronze.

* Dallas Cowboys – Fans who buy tickets get 25 percent off their next plastic surgery in honor of owner Jerry Jones.

* MTSU football – Announce that former Blue Raiders coach Boots Donnelly, his family and former players will be honored at halftime for his impending enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame.

* Milwaukee Brewers – Courtesy of disgraced star Ryan Braun, fans will get vouchers for performance-enhancing drugs – there are legal things like that, you know – that can only be redeemed under the supervision of a doctor.

* MTSU baseball – Blue Raiders fans can finally meet in person and share stories with Raider II, the groundhog that heretofore has only come to MTSU baseball coaches in their dreams.

* LSU football – Fans in attendance at Tigers Stadium can enter a contest to spend the night in the rubber room at coach Les Miles’ house.

* Vanderbilt football – The school will guarantee that fans in attendance will receive a 5 percent boost in their IQ. Time was, you left the game a whole dumber – or maybe it was just dumbfounded – than when you arrived.

* WKU football – Fans get a free ride on the back of a motorcycle with coach Bobby Petrino, although you must sign a waiver releasing the school of damages.

* Texas A&M – Those in attendance will get an item personally signed by quarterback Johnny Manziel. Apparently, there are plenty of those floating around. And, of course, he gets no compensation for all the thousands of autographs.

Greg Pogue, former executive sports editor at The DNJ, is host of the morning sports talk show on 97.5 FM Murfreesboro/102.5 FM Nashville The Game ESPN Radio. E-mail him at GregPogue@1025thegame.com.

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