Friday, August 29, 2008

Price gouging

There's a very interesting article up over on The Hardball Times about how MLB teams are gouging their fans with ticket prices and fees.

The author has charts of each team and the fees they charge on tickets in both the cheap and la-ti-da sections.

Brewers fans, rejoice. We have it good. Very, very good.

God bless the Brewers, devil take the Mariners

If there's one team I've learned to respect from looking at these prices the last two years, it's the Milwaukee Brewers. They do something very rare in pro sports; they treat their fans with respect. They'd rather grow a fan base than gouge one. Not only are they the only team to not have a processing charge, but also they have the lowest convenience fee in MLB.

On the one hand, as a Cubs fan I don't like seeing them move forward because it jeopardizes my team's chances. But I can switch off that part of my brain for a second. Taking a less parochial view, they are the most root-for-able squad out there. They develop from within, do a great job evaluating talent and serve as a model to properly deal with fans. Hang your head high, Brewers fans—you root for a club to be envied.

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