Friday, February 06, 2009

For The Fans

The Tribune has a big story today about how the Chicago Bears are the only team not asking for a ticket price increase this year. In the article, team president Ted Phillips lays on the "we're doing this for you" schtick pretty heavily:

"Could we have raised prices and probably gotten pretty good response? We probably could have," Phillips told the Tribune. "But this is the right thing to do, given the economy. We feel good about doing it."

That's very kind of the Bears to not take a price increase when they "probably could have" gotten one. It's so nice that they are taking pity on their fans who haven't seen a playoff game in over two years. It's even nicer when you compare the Bears to the Sox, Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks who all raised prices.

I'm sure this has nothing to do with the timing of the Bears ticket renewals going out right now while the economy is at its worst while those other teams got their price increases in months ago. The Bears really have the fans best interests at heart and are passing up a chance at revenue maximization.


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