Is there any use for season tickets any more?
Why does anyone buy season tickets any more?
The story – the NBA and Ticketmaster are combining forces on a secondary ticket market website where teams and people can unload excess inventory – led to a discussion, and some thought, about the whole ticket issued as it pertains to pro sports around these parts these days.
And I wondered: Are season tickets even worth it now?
Can’t be, can they be?
It’s not like you can’t get a seat to a game if you want it, and you can sit pretty much anywhere you want and pay whatever price you like. It’s not like the good old days when the HOTH sold out 40 of 41 nights a year in the Vince Era; it’s not like the good old days when the TOD drew 54,000 a night to concrete bubble downtown; even the Pucks have seats available if you want them.
So what’s the value in season tickets?
I guess I could see eight guys going in on four seats, maybe; I suppose business still like to have them to parcel out to clients and employees as some perk but past that?
I know some teams – the Raptors being one of them – offer some kind of perks to people who fork over big bucks, insider stuff like the odd meet-and-greet with players and management but is that enough?
Do teams need to do more over longer periods than just the season to entice people into committing large amounts of money on little more than faith that that the team will be good?
Do they have to offer even more perks that normal people can’t get and what would those perks be? In this day and age of uber-expensive tickets and the fact you can always get a seat to pretty much any game you want, I don’t see a reason now to commit lots of money off the top.
As for the Ticketmaster plan, what it does, I guess, is give teams more control and provides one-stop shopping for people who want to either get what’s left or pick up seats that ticket-holders don’t want to use.
But that’s also what places like Stubhub do, with the one difference being the market dictates the price in that case, not the team.
I can remember reading about a Stubhub ticket for some Nets game last year where the price dropped to less than $1 and some games went for $5. In a secondary-ticket market, that’d be what I’d want as a buyer, a chance to pay true market rate rather than some arbitrary amount set by a team or a league or a person who’s looking to cut his losses.
Now, since I don’t buy a lot of tickets, I’m wondering what the public perception is? People? What have you got?
Not sure I’ll see this or anything like it from Section 524B on Friday night but, man, this is pretty good, no?
Bruce, Little Steven, a legendary anthem.
Okay, Hazelville and surrounding area locals, pay attention.
If you’re wandering by Long Branch and have a hankering for a burger, you cannot do better than Woody’s.
Excellent find by Super Wife and Super Son, it’s a little dive on a corner and now supplants Five Guys near the top of the go-to burger list.
Try the cheddar-stuffed one, you won’t regret it and the tasty micro-brewed pilsner was a nice find, wish I’d remembered the name.
Yeah, let’s get started.
Not much basketball to talk about, really, but there must be other stuff on your mind, right?
Click. Write. Send. Say hello. It’s always nice to hear from old friends.
So I get home and get to the couch – man, I missed that couch – and flip on the TOD game because, well, because that’s habit and, frankly, I’m kind of interested to see how Ricky Romero does because I quite like him as a pitcher and he’s always been a stand-up guy when I’ve had the chance to talk to him.
Well, he gets hammered – his own doing with eight walks in six innings – and it’s kind of tough to watch.
I don’t know what’s gone wrong with him – doesn’t seem that anyone does – but I do know this: He’s handling himself with class and dignity and I am sure he’ll come out of this mess a better pitcher and probably a better guy.
I’m always interested in seeing how athletes react to adversity, whether they look for things to blame – sometimes with veiled references to outside forces, sometimes blatantly – or whether they take responsibility.
Read Griff’s piece here, Romero is a stand-up guy, fully willing to heap the blame on himself, fully wiling to stand an answer questions when there are athletes who would run and hide.
It’s also no secret that he’s lost it for this season, can’t figure out what’s wrong exactly and lurches from start to start a little bit mystified and wondering what’s going to come out of his arm every time he takes the mound.
But he walks out there every four or five days with his head high to give it what he’s got and if he doesn’t have it, he accepts it, tries to explain it and gets ready to do it all again.
Will his ‘A’ stuff come back? Undoubtedly.
But I think fans have learned more about him in failure as they did when things were going well. And that’s got to be the only good thing to come out of this lost season.
Hey, looks like I might have to go cover the Bills on Saturday night, someone catch me up on the football, would you?