Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chewing the Fat

Had not intended to start with this today, but it's now front page material....

Diet advice for Pablo — whether he wants it or not

At least we can still talk football 24/7/365:

"My lasting memories of Super Bowl 50 and San Francisco as an alleged host city are of broken-down shuttle buses and a rental car that got broken into in plain sight. San Francisco was like the really hot girl or guy who doesn’t even try because they just assume everybody is already infatuated with them. It’s a wonderful city, but it was a dreadful “Super Bowl site” — if you can call a place that didn’t host the game or either of the teams a Super Bowl site."

He didn't have a good time with the boys?

And now it's salary cap time (never any cap on profits, though) and a new ballgame; however, you may not be able to field a team this year.

You got a ticket for the home opener?

"Red Sox taking ticket resales in-house" by Curt Woodward Globe Staff  February 16, 2016

The Red Sox are launching their own online service for reselling Fenway Park tickets next month, replacing previous deals with StubHub Inc. and Ace Ticket Worldwide Inc. as the team tries to cater to its all-important base of season ticket holders.

I thought scalping was illegal, and my one visit a year (if that) means nothing??

The new service, called Red Sox Replay, was created with Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP, the league’s digital services arm, and its subsidiary. Buyers and sellers can transfer tickets digitally on the Web or through a free mobile app, eliminating the need to print out or hand over paper copies before a game.

Taking control of online ticket resales will give the team a larger slice of revenues from the secondary market and more direct control over customer service, experts and team officials said.

I hate to mention it, but given their record of delivering the paper.... sigh.

Season ticket holders will pay lower fees, and buyers will have the team’s guarantee that the tickets are genuine. Ticket sellers will not be obligated to use the Red Sox service.

The Red Sox’ digital ticket marketplace was previously handled by StubHub, which has a long-running deal to provide the service for Major League Baseball. But individual teams can opt out of that league-wide arrangement — the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels, for example, use Ticketmaster for their official resale sites.

By launching their own resale site, the Red Sox are also ending part of a nearly 10-year-old marketing deal with Boston-based Ace Ticket, which buys and sells tickets. Ace advertising will be removed at Fenway in favor of promotion for Red Sox Replay, team president Sam Kennedy said.

Ace will continue to have a marketing deal with NESN and WEEI, the team’s official TV and radio networks.

The new Red Sox marketplace will charge standard ticket-holders 10 percent to sell their tickets. 

I suppose that is less than the barkers outside the park as you walk in.

Season ticket holders are charged 5 percent, but those fees can also be applied to the following year’s purchase of season tickets, making those sales effectively free. Buyers will be charged 15 percent plus a $5 “processing fee.” 

I would keep typing but my mother taught me not to type with my mouth full of ca$h.

Prices will be set by the ticket sellers themselves. On the Replay website, the Red Sox recommend “looking at other listings to get a sense for where the market price is for your particular tickets.” Unsold tickets can also be donated to the Red Sox Foundation, with a corresponding tax write-off for their value, the team said....

I've $een enough.


I know I missed the wedding and reception during the seventh-inning stretch; however, I did see a photo of the bride

Time for breakfast.... (looks like BK today).

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