Wednesday, January 25, 2006

They're no MLSE

The Ottawa Senators have frozen season-ticket prices and maintained the 30 per cent discount on its premium lower bowl seating for subscribers in the 2006-07 season, the NHL club said Wednesday.

It will be the fifth straight year with no price hikes for its season tickets.

On the one hand, it's nice that they're not raising the prices, so bravo.

But I don't want to hear Eugene Melnyk cry about how he's not making money then. He could probably raise the ticket prices a little (if they win the Cup, a lot) and people would still come.

He choses not to because he wants to keep them affordable to most and to maintain a good image publicly. Cool.

Just don't try and get me to feel sorry for you, poor ol' NHL owner. You chose to minimize your gains so you're the fan favorite owner.

Also, can corporate Ottawa, or what's left of it now that the tech boom has died off, please get back on this bangwagon? Thanks in advance guys.

7 Comments:

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Take a look at Ottawa season ticket sale totals and you will see why they aren't raising the price.

 
At 7:45 PM, Anonymous duff said...

Maybe they'll raise the price of beer and popcorn.We don't know.They're not saying.....

 
At 9:27 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

The majority of that low season ticket total is corporate, though.

Roy Mlakar was on Bob McCowan's show the other day, after Melnyk commented over the weekend that they'd have to go to the third round to break even, and said he figured they could raise praises 5% and not take a hit as far as the

The community as far as tickets has responded tremendously post-lockout.

The Senators are putting more people in the building than ever, with a payroll that's not much more than what it was in the Bryden years, and $7 million less than last season.

A few years back, when the Canadian dollar was in the high 60's, Mlakar used to say that if they can ever get it into the high 70's, the team would start breaking even.

What's it at now? 80 something?

Yet they still cry poor. Smells funny to me.

 
At 9:52 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

I saw the article in the National Post a couple of days ago. I thought the same then I remembered the team owed $160 million before Melnyk bought the team - he would have assumed this debt (or at least part of it), correct? In this case, is it safe to assume that he is still paying this off?

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's the excess of corporate dollars pouring into the Leafs that jack the prices up there. I'm not sure it's possible to want more corporate support but to still keep things 'affordable' (depending, of course, on your definition of the term).

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous shammy said...

if this costs us keeping chara and redden, i'm pissed...

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Melnyk might now have a built in excuse to not spend to the cap limit.

 

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