jjoyce wrote:Clearly, the present system is better. But I'm amazed that there's not more outrage from ticket buyers about this stuff. They have to pay full freight to see Edgewood, a team that might not win a pick-up game at the SERF. The real laugher is that the beat writers, TV sports guys and even the coaches try to draw conclusions from these games.
As a ticket buyer, I really don't feel any outrage at all about the exhibition games, especially since, as you say, the present system is better. Actually, I appreciate Bo (or whomever has final say on scheduling) throwing a bone to the smaller, local schools. It must have been pretty fun and exciting for the Edgewood team to play at the Kohl Center. Last night, there was a family from Cross Plains in front of us cheering on their family member who played for Eau Claire. I think it will be a loss if/when we lose these local connections, and I would direct you to the BTN eliminating the delayed broadcast of the games on WPT as a timely case in point.
About the money end of it, I feel that I am paying full freight to see the Badgers play all season long, not just to see Edgewood, etc. It is very interesting to me to see the season begin to take shape, starting with which new guys will eventually emerge as regular players. Also, the money end of it works itself later on down the line. Last night, I had one extra seat to fill, so I joked with one of the scalpers with a fistfull of tickets outside the parking ramp "Do you wanna trade?" He half smiled, said, "Well, maybe, where are your seats?" I showed him, he replied, "Those are good seats, you don't want to trade those." I said, "Yeah, I like 'em"; after he realized they are my seats for the season, he offered me $150/ticket for the Marquette game, and gave me his phone number. Don't worry, I buy the tickets so I can use them, not to sell them, but I can't help but wonder what price he would get for the tickets, if he can offer me so much this far in advance.
I know it is your job to be a sports critic, JJ, but regarding the exhibition games, I think you are being too critical.