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Mets Mess Up Again, This Time with Ticket Prices

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The New York Mets announced today that they lowered ticket prices for 2011 by an average of 14% percent. It's pretty comical actually because if you buy season tickets they are offering you what they call "Amazing Mets Perks." Here are the perks you get if you buy a season plan.

OPTION A:
PAY IN FULL
BY DECEMBER 15

  • Pay in full to renew your season tickets by December 15, 2010 and automatically receive each of the following "Amazin' Mets Perks" (AMP):
  • Attend one MVP Event with Ownership, GM, Manager or Players (one person per seat in your account)
  • Take Batting Practice on the Field at Citi Field (one person per account; designated non-game days)
  • Bring Your Glove and Watch Batting Practice on the Field from the Left Center Field Warning Track at Citi Field (one person per seat in your account)
  • Be Automatically Eligible for One of the 30-Day Amazin' Mets Perks Daily Awards. AMP recipients will be chosen each day from November 21 through December 20, 2010. The sooner you renew, the sooner you are eligible for daily awards (beginning on the day your payment is received)

OPTION B:
PAYMENT PLAN
DECEMBER 15, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 15

  • Select the online payment plan option (40% by December 15, 30% by January 15 and 30% by February 15) and automatically receive each of the following "Amazin' Mets Perks" (AMP):
  • Bring Your Glove and Watch Batting Practice on the Field from the Left Center Field Warning Track at Citi Field (one person per seat in your account)
  • Framed Personalized Scoreboard Greeting Photo (one per account)

Perhaps if they don't sell some tickets soon they'll let you play! Hey it couldn't hurt right?

The headline on the press release reads:

METS REDUCE TICKET PRICES FOR 2011

Full Range of Adjustments Includes Average Price Decrease of 14% from 2010
Season Ticket Holders to Receive 10% Discount Off of Lower 2011 Prices,
Increased Exclusive Benefits and Services, Unique Experiences

What the headline should have read was:

METS TO USE VASELINE WHILE BOINKING ON FANS IN 2011

The Mets drew 2.6 million fans to $850 million Citi Field last season, down 600,000 from 2009. The team finished with a 79-83 record, 18 games behind the National League East-winning Philadelphia Phillies and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year and the ninth in the last ten. This announcement follows a fourth-place division finish and falling attendance in their second season at Citi Field where they just fired the guy who picks the players and the guy who puts them on the field.

In summary, ticket prices for 62% of next season's games at Citi Field will be reduced. More than half the 41,800 seats will see double-digit price reductions, some by more than 30 percent. Why are 100% of the seats reduced in all of the games? That would be abstaining from "the act"', they are simply trying to make you feel "comfortable' during the ordeal.

Of course they want you to know that Mets' season-ticket holders will receive an additional 10 percent discount off the lowered 2011 prices. The team also wants you to know that it will 45% more tickets than last season available that cost $15 or less and that single-game admissions start at $12.

What they probably don't want you to know is that some seats at Citi Field will see price increases that average about 15%! Yes that's right, the headline reads "Mets cut prices" however that doesn't apply if you are in a seat that had a 15% increase. No Vaseline here folks, if you are in one of those seats you take it high and dry.

The Mets hired Sandy Alderson last week as their general manager to run things. Good luck Sandy.

Oh, by the way, Sandy; the "Amazing Mets Perks" say that I can attend an event with you. I would like to come to your meeting with Oliver Perez and his agent Scott Boras when you talk to them about his role, if any, on the team. I have some things I would like to say......

Send me an email and let me know when and where. See you then.

Here's the press release for those who are interested in the torture. - Keith A. Baker

Keith is a sports agent in Stamford, Connecticut. His goal is to offer a unique insight to the world of sports. Comments in his columns are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect the views and opinions of his firm or his clients.

 

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