SG, UK Athletics to change basketball lottery



The UK men’s basketball lottery system is changing, and Student Government is giving students the opportunity to give their input.

SG is teaming up with UK Athletics, the Dean of Students Office and others to discuss the process of obtaining and distributing student tickets.

To get student input, SG has put together an online survey that addresses the current lottery system, according to an e-mail SG sent through listserve Wednesday morning.

SG President Ryan Smith said UK Athletics came to SG to help put together a lottery system that would be acceptable to the majority of students. This resulted in SG proposing several different scenarios for the lottery.

Before the final basketball lottery for the 2009-10 season, UK Athletics announced changes to the student lottery because of the high demand for tickets and building capacity issues.

The changes made doors open from 8 to 8:30 p.m., but once Memorial Coliseum reached its capacity of 8,000, no one else was allowed to enter the building, according to a UK Athletics news release.

Smith said a lot of people had voiced concern about how the lottery occurred, and the survey would help come up with an approach more people could agree on.

Some of the issues addressed in the online survey include whether or not the lottery should switch to an online system and whether students would pay an extra $1 for an online system. Using seniority as a way to determine who gets tickets and whether to use TallyCats points as a way to determine who gets tickets are also topics of concern.

“We are trying to get as much student input as we possibly can, so that we can create this lottery that is as advantageous as possible,” Smith said.

The survey is available at and will be available until Thursday at midnight.