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Smooth move Jim

Post by George1963 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:07 am

I guess Irsay thinks the way to get people to buy a lousy product is to threaten them.

Colts will black out games if all tickets not sold


The Indianapolis Colts will black out home games on local television
if they are not sold out despite the NFL having relaxed its rule and
allowing such telecasts if 85 percent of seats are sold.“We’re
a small-market team, and we need people in the stadium,” Chief
Operating Officer Pete Ward said. “While we value all of our fans, our
first priority is to protect the investment of paying customer."

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Re: Smooth move Jim

Post by George1963 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:10 pm

George1963 wrote:I guess Irsay thinks the way to get people to buy a lousy product is to threaten them.

Colts will black out games if all tickets not sold




I guess Jimmy knows more than I gave him credit for. They apparently sold 2000 season tickets in one day.
God help us
.


The Colts Apparently Sold A Lot Of Season Tickets Today




The blow up yesterday over the Colts thumbing their nose at the fanbase
had a rather interesting side effect. Sure, lots of people were angry,
including myself. I even had people tweet me that they were no longer
fans of the team.


Extreme, I agree, but really bad news can bring forth extreme emotions.

Before we go calling these emotional types "fair-weather," the
reality is the economy is crap. Regular fans in Indianapolis don't have
the cash to spend on season tickets or, in many cases, regular gameday
tickets. Even if they did, the experience at the stadium just isn't worth the dough.


While the Joe Sixpack fans were angry at the blackouts decision, it
seems the season ticket crowd reacted to the news completely
differently.

So, basically, when Larry Hall pulled a stupid and told FOX 59 about
the Colts blackout decision, the news motivated people with the money to
buy season tickets to actually buy season tickets, effectively reinforcing the notion that blackouts work in scaring fans into forking over greenbacks.


Not sure how I feel about this.

On one hand, it's good news that, based on these numbers, the season
will likely be sold out. This means no blackouts. Games will be shown at
home to fans who cannot afford $8 slices of pizza and $15 Dixie cups of
watered down beer.


On the other hand, this news essentially reinforces what I and Bob Kravitz have been saying for months: Many Indianapolis fans are very flaky and fair-weather. Yes, I'm sure reading that has you just as pleasant as a peach, but it is, unfortunately, true.
After a successful draft that gave us a dynamic young quarterback,
talented offensive weapons, and a true nose tackle, these fans didn't
buy.


After hiring some quality coaches, signing a few veteran free agents,
and instituting a more open, friendly interaction between the front
office and media, these fans still didn't buy.


However, when Irsay threatened them with local blackouts, they went all OH SH*T! GET ON THE PHONE WITH LARRY HALL! WE NEED TICKETS NOW!
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