Clam,ClamRussel wrote:There is no contradiction there. The owners push the ticket prices as high they can incrementally year after year. How many teams reduce prices when they shed contracts & spend only the minimum? They get away with what they can. Time to switch from bath salts to smelling salts buddy.Betamax wrote:Well, I find it rather interesting, that in your vain attempt to deconstruct my one, and I mean one sentence quip that I spent less than 1/2 minute posting, you completely ignored the fact that in the first two sentences in cyber bro Clam's retort: "The owners charge whatever the market will bare. Ticket prices always go up." completely contradict each other and you, not so strangely enough (see wot I wrote there?) turn a blind eye to said comment.
There IS a contradiction in your juxtaposed sentences. When the "market" will not pay the price of a ticket and sell out an arena and the team is left with a lot of unoccupied seats, the owner is left with a choice of having an empty seat or REDUCING ticket prices in hopes that they would at least extract some utility from that seat.
I will give you a recent real world example involving the Canucks:
Leaked Canucks email offers half-price tickets
CTV British Columbia
Published Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:45PM PDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:15PM PDT
duh, the reason why they offered this discount ... is pretty obvious. So the notion that "ticket prices always go up" only applies if the decision makers that set prices for ticket believes that raising ticket prices would provide the optimal revenue generation. But if they miscalculate and the tickets aren't selling out, they sometimes chose an option like the aforementioned example i.e. offer a discount or "sale" on tickets .... as they determined it's better to extract some revenue rather than no revenue from an empty seat.An email to Canucks staff and corporate partners offering half-price Stanley Cup playoff tickets has been leaked, and CTV News has the details.
The ticket deal is only accessible using a designated web link and password that were sent to Canucks employees along with a message encouraging them to spread the love.
“Distribute the code as well if you know of any die-hard Canucks fans,” the email reads.
The discount applies to lower-bowl seats for the first two home games against the San Jose Sharks, decreasing some of the regularly $300 tickets to as low as $130.
As I pointed out this strategy is not completely without issues as the fans that paid full price are probably not too happy to see someone sitting close to them in similar seats paying a Hell of a lot less for their ticket. So as you can see, the Canucks' tried to promote their discount in a somewhat discreet manner before it got "leaked."
In regards to your previous statement:
ClamRussel wrote:The owners charge whatever the market will bare. Ticket prices always go up. These are race horses for the fat cats, some living out childhood fantasies by meddling w/ hockey decisions. In Vancouver or Toronto we pay through our asses for the experience while in Florida it's 2 for 1 w/ included hotdogs & pop. The NHL has never been more profitable, regardless of salaries, and you'll never see savings...only increases for some & deals at others, those sad-sack markets that are unfortunate to be able to charge up the ying-yang at every opportunity.