Denny's Daily Zinger: Are You Spiking Your Customers in the Eye?
Philadelphia is a sports-crazy city.
My wife Peggy and I used to go to a Phillies baseball game two or three times a year.
Comcast/NBC has the Phillies' TV rights. Now all Phillies games are blacked out to Dish Network and DirecTV (which we have) subscribers.
I occasionally listen to Phillies games on the radio while doing crosswords.
The Phillies are hurting bad.
From 2008 to 2012, the Phillies were hot. All games at the new Citizens Bank Park were sold out.
Now the Phillies are a combination of wildly overpaid, injury-prone aging men and inexperienced, error-prone kids. Their Win-Loss record stinks.
Attendance is off 30 percent—16,277 empty seats on average. Average ticket price of $50 means $813,850 lost per game, or $65 million lost revenue a year over 80 home games.
Plus lost parking and concession business.
I no longer know what the players look like and have no emotional connection to the team. What's more, I won't spend $125 x 2 knowing the team will go hitless and lose.
This must be true for many DirecTV and Dish customers.
The Great American Pastime
Across the Delaware River is Campbell (as in soup) Field—a charming little venue where the Camden Riversharks entertain. There tickets average $10. Fans are close to the action. Food and parking are cheap. Intimate and fun.
The deal with Comcast equates the Phillies to the mythical Oozlum bird that flies in ever decreasing circles until it disappears up its own cloaca.
Comcast and the Phillies are nuts.
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