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Once Again: No Chance For Playoffs
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:46

In case you are one of the few people that still hopes to see the local semi-professional Panthers and Dolphins deliver good results, don't hold your breath. While the inadequate quarterbacking, low scoring offense and inconsistent goalies make winning a naive fan's dream, the root cause of the failures is the teams' owners and the management.

Not biting the hand that feeds them (informaton, that is), your local Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald columnists generate a lot of wasted newsprint spinning up the drama of supposed close calls and disappointing performances. What they don't mention is the obvious fact: The teams' owners are not in the business of competing for and winning points and trophies. They are in the business of making money, and they chose to do it by delivering a mediocre product to part the fools fans with their money.

In a recent email to his customers, the local ticket broker Ira The HockeyMan was blunt:


"The total ticket package I offered was similar to last years package... but they wanted more money for less. Greed for a lack of better word is not good.

As you are aware of the current economic conditions, I just could not see putting myself at risk for a team that has not made the playoffs in 11 seasons. In addition, the season schedule is far from great with 2 back to back games during the regular season, and a double header (yes 2 games on the same day) for pre-season. Plus, it will take some time for the new players and coaching staff to jell."
Many of you got the message. As the result,
"...the Panthers ticket sales are substantially down from prior years. The poor showing of the team, and the weak economy is not a good stimulus to sell tickets...

Unfortunately the management believes spending money on seat colors is more important than upgrading the scoreboard and televisions to high definition. ...

With the current single game ticket pricing, I am sure we will be seeing a lot of red seats, and no people in them."

And if you still think that as a true fan you must support the teams (when their owners don't), recall the recent rededication of a Joe Robbie's statue. Would a fan-respecting owner of a legendary team let a big part of the team's history be completely forgotten? Perhaps you should not reach for your wallet until "the new regime under owner Stephen Ross" is done with his "attempt to reconnect with Dolphins history" as is the Panthers' "regime" with theirs.


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