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LSU athletic director makes pitch for ticket price hike



LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva has told the university system's governing board that the campus needs to boost prices to keep up with rising costs for salaries, benefits, travel and scholarships.

Alleva is proposing 150 different changes to prices for tickets and parking across university sports events, including a ticket hike for the 2014 football season and for the 2015 baseball season.

The price hikes are estimated to raise about $2 million in the first year.

The LSU Board of Supervisors asked questions about the proposal, but took no action Friday. A vote on the package of changes is expected to come in December.

The athletic department didn't outline a specific budget hole it was trying to fill, instead saying generally that costs continue to rise each year.

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