I know there is a ton of excitement around this team right now. However, I don't think ownership is going about the right ways to capitalize on it. I hear the organization might raise ticket prices. Raising ticket prices, to try to squeeze more $ out of the loyal followers of the team, is kind of a disgrace.
How can we as fans send a message to ownership that this is the wrong way to operate? If anything they should lower prices, to get the stadium filled, to give these young guys an exciting atmosphere to play in. It would be easier to retain these young bucks, if even though the team doesn't have a great win-loss record, we could provide them with a fun and rocking building to play in. The turn out for a flyers game vs. a Sixers game is abysmal. The 50/50 drawing can reach $33,000 during some flyers games, whereas its lucky to be over $3,000 during a Sixers game.
Keep the courtside seats the same price, keep concessions the same price. They should definitely lower all upper level seat prices, if they want attendance to rise. I believe that we as Philadelphians, would even understand if they only lowered the seats for a season or two, while these young kids get acclimated to playing with the best athletes in the world. And then priced seats accordingly as the team reascends to one of the better teams in the league.
Raising the prices now, is an obvious cash grab, to try to capitalize on the excitement of Nerlens Noel being able to play. It's not fair to the public, and ownership is also doing a disservice to the players of this team, and potential free agents.
Imagine you are a player on the Sixers, not only do you have an uphill battle, competing with most of the teams in the league, but you also get to have your butt handed to you, in an empty, no atmosphere stadium. How do you think that would feel? And flip that too, imagine you are a player of the opposing team, you come to Philly and it's a dead stadium, and you say to yourself, "who would want to play here?". (No wonder Thad Young wants out.)
And the opposite might happen if they lowered prices to get some butts in the seats. The atmosphere might change, and it might make it more enjoyable for our boys to run ball. I'm with Brett Brown, sometimes it's the process over results, and the process that ownership is using is not only not favorable, the results will not be favorable either. We as fans are onboard with the rebuild. We support this organization as it tries to get basketball in Philly back on top. And for them to make a blatant attempt to squeeze money out of us is unfair. Someone with some pull should be in Scott O'Neill's ear telling him this is not the way to go. They will only listen if we make noise about it. What can we do? Boycott might work in the short term, but also we may shoot ourselves in the foot, because it would give ownership the ammunition to present to the league to be able to move the team.
Does anyone agree with me?