With the Red Wings off to the Eastern Conference, the Predators are now focused on eliminating Chicago Blackhawks jerseys from their arena this season. How? By forcing Chicago fans to spend twice as much to see their team in Nashville. According to Nashville Predators President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry, speaking with Section 303, the Preds will not allow single game ticket sales for their three home dates against Central Division rival Chicago on Nov. 16, Dec. 17 and April 12, 2014. If you want tickets to those games, you’ll have to buy tickets to a second non-Blackhawks game too. This. Means. War.
Eh, no skin off my back. Paints kind of a bad picture of their fanbase that they're so concerned about Hawks fans coming out in force over a few hundred miles that they have to go out of their way to disincentive Hawks fans from picking up tickets before locals do.
Also, seems like it's just asking for Chicago fans to turn solely to the secondary market. And I'm sure that more than a few local brokers would love the idea of being able to get away with automatically upticking the seats that they're selling for the games when the Hawks are visiting as they know that a slight increase on their end will still cost less for visiting Hawks fans than buying two tickets legitimately.
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Eh, no skin off my back. Paints kind of a bad picture of their fanbase that they're so concerned about Hawks fans coming out in force over a few hundred miles that they have to go out of their way to disincentive Hawks fans from picking up tickets before locals do. Also, seems like it's just asking for Chicago fans to turn solely to the secondary market. And I'm sure that more than a few local brokers would love the idea of being able to get away with automatically upticking the seats that they're selling for the games when the Hawks are visiting as they know that a slight increase on their end will still cost less for visiting Hawks fans than buying two tickets legitimately.
What do you guys think of this? Does this mean no Hawks forum poster will ever go to a Nashville game again?
They're not just forcing Hawks fans to "spend twice as much", they're doing it to Nashville fans, too. At the risk of seeming cynical, it sounds more like a plan to sell more tickets to their own fans. I'm going to guess that, even if Hawks fans do like going to those games, head-count wise more single game tickets are sold to Preds fans for the Preds/Hawks games in Nashville than to Chicago fans. So even if not even one Hawks fan bought a ticket, they would probably make up for the loss by forcing the Preds fans to buy a ticket to another game...unless they drive their own fans away by making them buy tickets to two games...
It's pretty obvious what they're doing:
“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket [for a game in Nashville] is to have a season ticket, a half season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Henry said. “But we also realize that we’re still going to have to sell 3,000-4,000 single tickets for that game. What it’s going to do by forcing another game is we’ll almost direct it toward people that live in the general area, for the most part. And (for the pre-sale) only those in the zip codes that we unlock can buy the Blackhawk game and a second game. So we’re breaking down every barrier we can to Keep the Red Out.”
attendance-wise, Nashville's in the bottom 1/3 of the league..they're just trying to force more ticket sales to their fans.
Big woop, they were at 99.2% capacity last season.
That does not mean that every game the building was 99.2% full of people who paid full price for their tickets. % capacity is very misleading - if you go by that, Tampa was at the same and Florida was 99.7% capacity. This does not accurately reflect the "attendance picture" in any of those teams.
A person familiar with the negotiations says Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris will add the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the lease to their arena to his portfolio Thursday. Attorneys for both sides were putting the final touches on the deal Wednesday that would allow Jeff Vanderbeek to sell his majority ownership to Harris, said the person, who asked not to be identified because neither party had announced the deal. The Devils announced early Wednesday evening that they planned to hold a major news conference Thursday at 11 a.m.
interesting that Pietrangelo re the Blues is maybe gearing up for sort of Doughty-esque showdown.
I can't believe St.L. won't just pay the guy Doughty money (which i'm sure he's looking for).
That's one thing I like about our team...they don't get into aggressive negotiations with players who are important to us. Look at Leddy...I'm fine with his contract. It's a bridge contract - so he's got his two years to show us which way he's going...but it was also generous - and, i think, communicates that the Hawks view him as important and have faith in him.
with that said..it's also more than mere generosity - the hawks are too image obsessed to stomach a holdout.
in any event, maybe it's just me, but i think hardballing your best/projected to be best players is bad business - i feel the same w/ how the habs dealt w/ subban.