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 Post subject: Re: Move the Bucs to Boston?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:53 am 
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Ralphie wrote:

The Steelers, the Penquins, and the Pitt Panthers basketball team have sold every single ticket for years.


The Pirates won't sell every ticket in the park, but then can get 80%-90% capacity, which is no reason for complaint.


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 Post subject: Re: Move the Bucs to Boston?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:24 pm 
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The idea of moving one of the lesser NL franchises to Boston may make for a fun talk-radio discussion. But the likelihood of it happening is zero.

For starters, there's no evident demand in this market for National League baseball. Sellouts at Fenway Park are the rule, rather than the exception. People are willing to drive all the way from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, pay perhaps the highest ticket prices in MLB, and even sit through raw, wet night games in April with the wind blowing in over the Green Monster from the Charles River. But that's because the Red Sox have had only five sub-.500 seasons in the past quarter-century. Meanwhile, they've made the playoffs 10 times and been to three World Series, winning twice. Red Sox Nation knows that the owners are deep-pocketed and will spend whatever it takes to compete with the Yankees.

That will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.

But prior to this string of successes, fans could walk up to the ticket window an hour before game time and get excellent seats behind home plate or first or third base because the team wasn't especially competitive or well-supported. I took my son to Fenway under those circumstances numerous times.

Secondly, where would a second team play? Red Sox owners have a cash cow here and would fight to keep another team from diluting the market. Even if somehow compelled to share Fenway, the rent they'd demand would be confiscatory. Plus, available land to build a new stadium in or on the outskirts of the city basically doesn't exist. Even if it did, the politics that would need to be overcome are almost insurmountable. A few years ago, there was a proposal to build a stadium for the Patriots on the waterfront in South Boston. It got nowhere. The Patriots ended up putting it next to the old one down in Foxboro -- an hour's drive from the city.

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