Update: Jordan, Hardaway sell additional football games

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerAugust 26, 2013 

Jordan and Hardaway announced this week the selling of more of their home football games.

Jordan sold its final game of the season to Manchester, while Hardaway sold its game to Bainbridge.

The Red Jackets received a one-time payment of $3,000 for their game, which moved from 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Kinnett Stadium to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Memorial Stadium in Manchester, athletic director Gerald Turner announced in an email Sunday.

Hardaway coach Jeff Battles said the Hawks sold their home rights for $5,000, moving the game from Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18. The move was finalized at the Region 1-AAAAA meeting Tuesday.

The sale of the two games brings to 13 the number of games sold by Muscogee County School District schools for a total of $117,000.

Teams often sell their home games for varying reasons, including, but not limited to, the need to raise revenue for their programs or change the date, time and location to one that is more suitable for both teams.

In both cases, it was the latter.

Manchester coach Tanner Glisson said his team didn’t originally want to buy another game, but upon finding out the contest would be played on the final Saturday afternoon of the regular season decided it was in the team’s best interest to change the date.

“It’s the 10th game of the year and we were scheduled for 2:30 on a Saturday,” he said. “We’re hoping to be in the playoffs, and for us to play that final game on Saturday and then get ready for the playoffs, we just thought it was in our best interest to go with the buyout.”

Now, instead of one fewer day of preparation and recuperation, the Blue Devils will have an extra day.

“We didn’t want to spend that money,” Glisson said. “As soon as we saw that Saturday, though, we knew that was the right thing to do.”

Glisson said the buyout was agreed upon between the two teams at the region’s meetings earlier this month.

In Hardaway’s case, Battles said Bainbridge was against the Saturday contest for unspecified reasons. The Hawks weren’t looking to sell, he added, but weren’t opposed to a regularly structured Friday-night game, which allows them to maintain their normal weekly schedule.

Jordan’s sale was its fourth for the season. The other three — Bowdon, Heard County and Bremen — were sold for $5,500, $5,000 and $4,000, respectively. Hardaway also sold a non-region contest to Lowndes for $12,000.

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SELLING GAMES

Seller Buyer Amount of money

*2012-13 seasons

**Spencer Manchester $3,500

Spencer Heard County $5,000

***Shaw Carrollton $8,000

Kendrick Americus-Sumter $15,055.20

Kendrick Bremen $4,000

Jordan Bowdon $5,500

Jordan Heard County $5,000

Jordan Bremen $4,000

Jordan Manchester $3,000

Hardaway Lowndes $24,000

Hardaway Bainbridge $5,000

Carver Colquitt County $20,000

Columbus Carrollton $15,000

****Russell County Central TBA

* Teams received half last year and half this year except where noted.

** Manchester will keep all gate receipts for the 2013 game

*** Shaw received all $8,000 last year. It also received 26 complimentary tickets.

**** The teams split the gate receipts last season and are set to do the same this year

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