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Monday · January 12 2004

The Wrigleyville rooftop owners are willing to give $15-20 per ticket sold back to Cubs' ownership, and in return the Cubs have promised not to expand the bleachers into the rooftop viewing angle. Why do I care? I don't.

Rooftop owners run a fatcat business catering to people who don't watch the game. It's no longer a few guys BBQing on their buddy's roof and catching a few innings while skipping an afternoon at work. Everything is a business and the rooftop prices are outrageous (yeah, that's $150 per person). I'd like to see this money go toward lowering Wrigley's ticket prices, but I'm not a fool. The downside of the Cubs' success is that everything turns into a gouge job.

I wait in line every February for the dozen or so games I buy. I cringe thinking about the ticket lines this year. Sometimes, Sox fans have a point.

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January 13 2004

GOOOOO Capitalism!

January 13 2004

Poo to capitalism. Ever since power and entertainment existed in human societies those with power (or in our society, money) have used it to their benefit. In the case of entertainment, its to get better access to it. Even the Romans had special seats for their elite.

And since when is it news that sports are a business anyways? :)

January 13 2004

I was making the point that the rooftop owners are all business. I think it's pretty obvious that the professional teams are all business and have been for the last 40 years or so.

The rooftops aren't some mom and pop shop charging people 5 bucks to grill some weiners on the rooftop and watch a few innings all for the love of the game. The rooftop guys aren't residents. They don't care about anything other than how much money that property is making them. They're guilty of as much greed as the Tribune company (Cubs' owners).

I don't feel bad for either side. People make this story sound like the Cubs are pouncing on the little guy. Relatively speaking, they're little, but rooftop owners have several million dollars more than I do, so they're big in my book.

As for rooftop seats being for the elite, I don't agree. The elite would be the skybox suites. I don't know who pays $175 to barely be able to see a game from a rooftop and eat grilled chicken breasts. But the market bears that price, so they're out there.

January 14 2004

I've been to several rooftops to watch games. I'll tell you who they are:
A. the corporations that don't have a suite, but want a fun way to entertain their fans for an afternoon. GE Capital is one example as they rent out a day every year for their clients/associates/vendors. As a vendor, we attended, paid nothing, saw 4-5 innings, ate/drank, and of course: networked. I can tell you some of the guys saw all 9 innings, and some saw zero.

B. The people that live in the buildings. Usually, their access is restricted (i.e. not allowed to go on the rooftop during a baseball game unless invited or rented). The landlords will let the tenants rent out the rooftop, and I'm guessing some get a price break--but who knows. Anyways, I was the guest of a tenant and we paid $80 for the game, the food, and the drinks. Definitely got my money's worth that day. Sure the view isn't the best, but it's probably equivalent to upper deck, left field at Coors in Denver.

Other groups who pay fit into the above categories (smaller companies, networking events, groups of friends that want something fun for a birthday/bachelor party/just for fun).

I think it's a great idea, I think you're overgeneralizing by saying that it's for people who don't want to watch the game. It's just another option and a fun thing 'to do'. I think there's a multitude of reasons for why people do it. I do agree that the landlords don't really care about the game, they could play cricket as far as they're concerned. But since there is a market for it, and people are paying, so be it. Gooooo capitalism.

January 14 2004

Me? Overgeneralize? Never.

There's two types of people in the world: those who split the world into two types of people and those who don't. ;)

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