With the new ownership hiring the new management staff, I've also gotten used to a few other things that I don't like. I don't think the team needed to add little piano keys to the jersey. I don't think they needed to hold the most important contract press conference outside the building with free popcorn and fans around to avoid tough questions. I don't think they needed to dye the ice yellowish for the sheer sake of publicity. But as I said, I've gotten used to that. I acknowledge that the guys running the business side of the team love circuses and such.
Today, Jeremy from Section303.com dropped some knowledge on the new plan that Sean Henry and the gang are going to be using to make it harder for Chicago Blackhawks fans to accumulate their barbarian horde in Nashville. (Great article, btw.) The plan involves making ticket holders purchase a ticket to another game.
With that, I have a few things for the Preds' front office:
- By doing this, you are admitting you have an inferior product.
No matter how bad of a team Georgia Tech has, do you think they make fans jump through hoops to get tickets for Tech vs. UGA? How about Auburn vs. Alabama? Vanderbilt hosting Tennessee? Any NBA team when they play the Heat? NO. The Predators are acknowledging that their on ice product isn't comparable. Sure, it isn't, but you never admit that. Have some damn pride.
- You've now sent a message to the rest of the league that your fans are wimps.
Again, they are, but you never admit that. You should never sell out your fans like this. "Our fans don't like having 5-6 thousand unwanted guests." THEN IMPROVE YOUR TEAM TO WHERE YOUR FANS WILL WAIT THROUGH A HAIL STORM IN A LINE FOR SEASON TICKETS. You have a desire problem, not a financial problem.
- You've now sent a message to Blackhawk fans that they make a difference.
Great. Just fucking great. Individually, they're cool people. As a whole, they're Atilla the Hun's army portrayed by pudgy metrosexual Polish/Irish actors, reeking of Marlboro. You have now empowered them. Wonderful.
- This idea won't work a damn bit.
All this will do is piss off Blackhawk fans to now where they WANT to come to Nashville even more , rape and pillage, and do what they do. This is basic psychology; tell people that "We don't want you here" for no ethical reason, and they'll show up anyways. In this case, they'll show up with more of a chip on their shoulder. Wonderful. And how will they get there? Number five.
- Stubhub, TicketExchange, RazorGator, TiqIQ, etc will have plenty of seats
Because now the only way Blackhawk fans, who are used to playing prime money for these seats, are going to get their nicotine stained fingers on these is tickets is through secondary markets. This will entice brokers as well as fans to buy them up, and sell them for more than they would have before this silly plan was announced. Congrats fellas, you just made some fans and brokers more money.
I often mutter to myself "If I didn't love my city and like the players, I would hate this team." I don't like how the brand of the Predators feels cheap and childish anymore. They're a professional team in one of the four major leagues, not a AAA baseball club in the woods. This club needs a serious dose of Rex Kwon Do's "image discipline," and have some self respect. Badly. If you treat yourself and your fans like they are second rate, that's all they will ever be.