Ok, first off I am being compensated for this post. I apologize for the commercial intrusion to the 20 or do die hard RSS feeds that still follow this blog; in exchange I have opened up the archives of 500-some in-depth hard-hitting sports articles on this site for FREE, yes that’s right, they’re now all FREE!! What a deal.
But anyway…I’m all for the concept of a ticket liquidator (or to call a spade a spade, a scalper hub) when the powers that be won’t let you buy single tickets to spring training. What’s that? If I’m not sure yet if I’m going to be hauling my ass down to Florida and just want to lock down ONE game I know I want, I can’t — not for any price? What’s that? We get a one day window in December and then have to wait over another month so things have been picked clean? What a threat – I’d better panic, and buy large numbers of tickets I’m not sure I want! Umm….no. This is the internet/capitalist age, children. If you don’t want to take my money in a way that makes sense, someone else will be very happy to do it for you.
And how! The first game is “regular”, which the team’s site says would be $19 a piece (if you could buy them). Online, they range from $34-$58. A premium game such as March 7 against the Red Sox (despite it being a split squad day — how gross to charge another $7 for that kind of ‘premium’ quality) would be $26: online they start at $49 and go up to $92! It’s like the early days of the Dome, when scalpers sneered at you instead of crying and begging and showing you pictures of their children.
I’m just so tired of being jerked around by the latest Rogers marketing scheme to yank a little more money out of fans. Over the last few years it has been one damn squeeze after another – absurd “convenience” fees for buying your own ticket online; insulting “premium” games that flat-out admit they are not putting a product on the field that is worth paying full price for; random jerk moves like deciding that opening day is not part of the season for the sake of the Toronto Star SEASONS PASS; raising only the cheap seats in the middle of an economic disaster when your team is rebuilding, etc, etc, etc. Just raise the damn ticket prices instead of all this sleight-of-hand to hide the fact that’s what you’re doing and I would feel more like a valued fan and less like the target of an extended con.
Combined with the concession gouging, it’s sad that it has come to the point that despite being the best kind of fan there is (loyal/stupid), I have so much negative goodwill built up when it comes to Rogers pricing that being extorted by some fat sleazy parasite seems fun and new.