Ticket manipulation was in the headlines recently in Nashville, where WTVF rockstar Phil Williams exposed the Titans were moving unsold tickets via a scalper. Not only did they keep their sellout streak alive, but the team used the false demand to justify more expensive tickets for everyone else.
In the Rays' case, Romano suggested things may not be nearly as sinister - the big number of tickets released on game day may be a result of the Rays' attempts to sell more multi-game flex packs up until the last minute. But withholding tickets until game day creates another frustration for fans who really want to sit in specific seats behind the dugouts:
I guess, since the Rays aren't exactly a tough ticket these days, their ticket strategy isn't terribly consequential to most fans. But I've also written recently how the team has struggled to preserve the perceived value of its tickets.
Fans want to feel like they are getting a good deal when they spend disposable income, and they want to feel like they are getting a product that is in demand. But if there's no demand for Rays tickets and the tickets can be had for as low as $7, the team will feel real repercussions from its numerous discount options.
A better question - are the Rays doing more harm than good by charging a $3 walk-up fee?!?
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Romano, who has written numerous times about his many stadium frustrations with Tampa Bay leaders, finishes his column but openly questioning the Rays: