Michael Gutierrez of Houston was the lucky winner of the auction for the game day experience when the Bearkats men’s basketball team played Texas Tech Wednesday night.
Gutierrez beat out five other bidders, paying $400 for the winning bid. The auction ran from Monday, November 5th until Friday, November 9th at 5 p.m. As the winning bidder, Gutierrez received two seats behind the Sam Houston State bench during the game, an autographed basketball from the team and free food and drinks at the game.
The auction for the Texas Tech game was the first, kicking off a new feature from the new Sam Houston Athletics website (GoBearkats.com) and new sponsor JumpTV Sports. The website was redone about a month ago. According to the athletic department, this is only the beginning of future auctions for Bearkat sporting events. Assistant Director for Athletic Development Bobby Jordan said future auctions could include autographed sports paraphernalia such as baseball helmets and bats, footballs, basketballs, and jerseys. He also said that there may be a “Game Day Experience” auction for the SFA basketball game and baseball games in the spring.
Next fall, Jordan said there is speculation of auctioning off a Bearkat football “Game Day Experience”. This could be immensely popular for fans because they may be bidding on a chance to travel with the team to away games, and sit on the sidelines for home and away games.
“It was really a no-brainer,” Jordan of the decision to auction off different experiences and memorabilia. “It offers a unique experience to our fans.”
According to Jordan, the main object of the auctions is to reward the fans.
The initial response to the auction was well received. But with only five bids for a game where a coaching legend (Bobby Knight) is coming to town, there could have been more of a response to the auction.
Yet Jordan said it is possible that the auctions will become bigger and better and a high profile game is certainly the way to kick off the new auction feature.