At Least They Actually Came Right Out And Said It…
I took the Packers to task not long ago for saying with a straight face that they needed to raise ticket prices by $10 or $11 to remain competitive. I said I’d have more respect for them if they’d just come out and say “We know you’ll pay it, so we’d be stupid not to1.”
Now the new Cubs’ ownership has just admitted that, yeah, the semi-free ride of games on WGN is slowing down for financial reasons.
“Certainly the superstation — the fact that we were in 70 million homes outside of Chicago — was in large part responsible for the national love affair between this great franchise and its fans,” president Crane Kenney told fans at the Cubs Convention. “So we’re very respectful of that. But the fact is, we as a club make twice as much with the games being played on cable as opposed to over-the-air television.”
Having previously called for a team to just fess up, I can’t very well call Crane Kenney an idiot for fessing up. That said, he is an idiot on general principle2, this episode notwithstanding.
As for me, I’m kinda proud that that crap organization has gotten none of my money since July of 2008, and that will continue.
1 – Due, in large part, to meatheads like this guy.
2 – If you saw his speech at the unveiling of the Ernie Banks statue, you’ll agree.