I am, and always have been, a TiCat fan, whether they are winning or losing, or making obviously stupid mistakes, or not so obvious ones, or making myterious moves/decisions that I just don't understand.
Someone mentioned that the phrase "blaclout" scares people, and I agree. I can't explain why that is really, but I find that to be true.
Do I think these blackouts will work? Probably not. It will p*** off a lot of people and those people will opt not to attend those games because of that.
I try to support my team financially as best I can, but I am on a very limited budget, so my support does not usually come in the manner of being able to purchase tix, I just can not afford them - it's that simple. I will save up for as long as I can to be able to get to a game or two a season, even asking for tix as presents to try and get there more often. Does my financial situation make me any less of a fan? Absolutely not!
Needless to say, raising the prices of tix as well as tossing in a couple of blackouts, is to me one of those somewhat mysterious things I don't quite get (though I can try and explain it to myself, and from a business stand point I can rationalize it, so please don't tell me how much of a good/useful/effective move this is). If you want to blackout games to try and get peoples butts into the now higher priced seats, you might want to wait until you have shown them that there is a product on the field worth the gamble - especially when they are not telling exactly which games they mean, just which months they will be played in.
If I could afford seasons tix, I'd have them, every year, no matter the standings. If I could afford any of the ticket packs they offer, I'd get that instead. If I could afford to go to a handfull of games a season, I'd be there dressed in black and gold ready to lose my voice. However, not everyone can do this. I do my best to spend an entire year saving up to be able to go to the labour day classic. I don't want to not get to see my team play just because I can't afford to pay their prices and they have blacked out the game thinking we'd all flood down there to see what we're missing.
Should I give up going to the labour day game (which we all know is a whole different experience then any other game of the season) so that I can go to blacked out games? Sadly, I'd rather spend the moeny for that one game then to buy the cheapest seats to see the other 2 instead.
As always, this is ONLY my opinion, my current feelings on the subject shortly after finding out. I do not expect most people to agree with me. I expect that most poeple will respond badly to what I've said. However, my bank balence is not going to magically increase simply because Mr. Mitchell wants it to, nor is it going to make me more likely to attend those specific games, nor do I think that hyping a team that (honestly) hasn't done that well the last few years will sell tix to those games - no matter how much Casey Printers talks about himself. Maybe we are the only ones who don't have blackouts, but what other team has had a team as consistantly bad as ours?
Perhaps I need to let this sink in just a little bit more and remove myself from the financially struggling fan mindset and into the business end mindset (since that is what I majored in and al). Please don't take my emootions on this subject as any type of reflection of my emotions for this team. How I feel about the product on the field and the product off the field, as well as how I feel about the players on the field and the coaching staff and the people behind the scenes, are not always on the same level.
Thank you for your time, for giving a place to speak my mind, react to situations, and not only learn from you but voice my opinions and hear yours - some of which have been known to show me the light and even change my mind (or at least enlighten it).