So-called “true sports fans” are fools.If a team sucks for years, fans need to stay away and watch on TV instead of paying good money to watch perennially bad teams if they ever want their teams to improve. Take, for example, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Knickerbockers....or the Los Angeles Kings.
A Facebook fan asked me, if I felt that way about “true fans”, why do I have Kings hockey season tickets? I don't have Kings tickets anymore because it is an economic decision. Just as the Kings feel players such as Alexander Frolov or Michael Cammalleri are too expensive and make economic decisions to subsequently let them go, I have made an economic decision and decided that the 35% ticket price increase the Kings imposed was not worth it for the product I was seeing.
I am still a fan and I have many, many friends at AEG (the company that owns the Kings, LA Live and Staples Center), and I watch the Kings in HD every chance I get, which is most games.The Kings have, of course, every right to make whatever financial decisions they feel prudent and, as a new business owner myself, I totally understand. But, as a consumer, I have decisions to make too, and $7.50 for a hot dog, $11 for a good beer and a 35% increase in ticket prices is just too much to pay, even if I can afford it. I believe that fans should pay up if they are getting a quality product, but one first round playoff exit in eight years does not, in my mind, justify these prices. That doesn't make me a "bandwagoner": it makes me a smart consumer.
My position now is to watch regular season games on the flat screen and then, when they put a superior product out there, reward my teams economically in the postseason. No hard feelings about it...I still love watching the Kings and thinking about my many years of fun going to the games. But it's nothing like seeing the Lakers win still another championship. I paid $900 per ticket to sit in the 2nd row and watch the Lakers win Game 7 and I was happy to pay because I got more than I paid for.
Makes sense, doesn't it?