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05-15-2013, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by TrevorK View Post
That's an incorrect assumption. Do gas prices going up cause you to consume less gas or do you just buy the same as you always do? Supply and demand is much more complicated.
The ticket tax comes from the seat holders and does not necessarily affect Katzs bottom line one bit.
There's a difference between gas and hockey tickets. People need gas to get to work to earn a living. People don't need hockey tickets to live. And I would argue that yes, some people do drive less as a result...

It doesn't affect Katz's bottom line directly - but if they agreed to remove the ticket tax and replace it with higher lease payments, would we be in any different of a situation? The ticket price would be the same at the end of the day.

So why wouldn't Katz do that? My feeling is that it is NHL driven. Higher ticket prices affect what players earn as it is a fixed percentage of league revenues. So by directing it as a ticket tax instead of Oilers revenue, they help keep league revenues down, and therefore keep players salaries down.

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