Before starting on the Web Buzz, I made the mistake of surfing around to see if there were any updates which I could snag for the Newswire. What should I encounter but this lovely Tony Grossi article stating that Browns tix are going up $2 a pop per game next year.
Grossi, who I like a lot more now that we've learned that he helped to slap Modell away from the HOF, reports that Browns tix are going up across the board. The increase applied to all season tickets, including those in the Dawg Pound. If you're like me and (for now) own four season tix, the overall impact is about $80.
Given that I toil away on a web site that's about to raise our monthly fee by a buck
(unless you lock in the lower rate by purchasing NOW. Yes, that's right. If you BUY NOW you can lock in the lower rate. Yes! Think of it! If you BUY NOW you can save a dollar a month over those other folks who BUY LATER! Whoohooo! As long as I've got people who say I've sold out, I might as well go for it..)
I guess I can't whine too much, since I could always get rid of my tix and go see the other Cleveland pro football tea... oh wait... I'm out of luck. Nevermind.
Exercising my rights as an American and an NFL fan, here's what I plan to do about it:
1. Complain about the price increase
2. Whine about the price increase
3. Moan about the price increase
4. Pay the price increase
5. Drink about four beers to forget about steps 1-4.
I will, however, reserve the right to drink those beers prior to going to the stadium, since the price increase translates to approximatly 1.33 beers at stadium prices (or a 12-pack at Tops) and may impact my beer consumption abilities. Or not.
Anyhow, the Browns are going to raise the prices on single-season tickets as well, although they haven't said how much. This isn't unusual, as it happens nearly randomly on gameday anyways due to a process known as "scalping".
Now, a conspiracy theorist would note that the news broke on a Saturday. Saturdays are typically the day in which the smallest number of individuals watch/read the news or surf the web. Traffic on BTNG and Bernie's is less than half of what it is on a normal weekday, for instance. Like I said, a conspiracy theorist would note this and assign skullduggery-oriented reasons for the story emerging today. But that would be conspiracy mongering and I would personally despise such a thing. It would be inexcusable.
Still, if the team improves as we expect it will in 2002, expect another price increase for next year. No one should be surprised by this, as NFL teams in football towns can basically raise prices up to the threshold of pain. And, of course, they will.