Thursday, May 31, 2007

Early starts unfair for Ducks

There were all kinds of empty seats at the start of the game, largely because it was a 5 p.m. start on a work day.
If this was happening in Vancouver, or Calgary, Edmonton or any of the other western markets where hockey is king, there would be an uproar.

But since it's Anaheim, Orange County, and a place that 'doesn't really care about hockey,' let's cater the start times of their games to that old, elusive eastern television audience. You know, the one that forced the American network to dump an afternoon overtime game to Versus because of a horsey prerace show.

Fans are paying unbelievable money to watch these games, and making them miss a good portion of the first period while they sit in traffic for Games 2, 5 and 7 is completely unacceptable.

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At 12:54 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Yeah, I left work at 2 pm yesterday to ensure I could not only get there on time, but also have a few drinks beforehand also.

Actually, I'm impressed how well the arena filled up fairly early. I've seen plenty worse with the 7 pm start times.

This isn't new, though. These are the same start times as in 2003. We exist only to serve the sleeping patterns of east coast viewers.

 
At 1:03 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Leave work early. It's the Stanley Cup Finals. Like Earl mentioned, even the 7pm starts can get terrible crowds at the start.

 
At 3:07 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger Daniel said...

You would be surprised at how accepting a boss can be if you tell them why you are leaving work early, especially to go to a finals game. I would quit if I couldn't get out early...

 
At 3:27 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

The NHL wants people to watch these games. What makes more sense?

1. Start the game at 10pm EST, guaranteeing that noone on the East Coast, where the biggest hockey markets are, watches.

2. Start the game at 5pm PST, horribly inconveniencing people watching their team playing in the Cup finals.

Sorry, but if the Leafs were in the Cup finals I'd sell my house for tickets and take all day off work anyways. If you can't ditch work a couple hours early to see your team play for all the marbles you're a lame fan.

 
At 3:53 PM, May 31, 2007, Anonymous Sean said...

It seems like Saturday / Monday / Sunday games in Anaheim would've avoided this unless there was a game 7.

 
At 6:39 PM, May 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't ditch work a couple hours early to see your team play for all the marbles you're a lame fan.

Or you have a job with a boss who will fire your butt if you miss any more time.

 
At 7:06 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger d-lee said...

If you have the type of job where you get fired for missing a few hours of work, you can probably get another job just like it, or better. When the finals are over. It's just a job.

Last year, even with the 8:00 local time starts, I took half days off every game of the SCF. There's not even such a thing as a "half day" where I work, but I did it anyway. It was the freakin Stanley Cup, and I had tickets! "Let them fire me", I said. They didn't.

 
At 7:19 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't know about others, but I certainly can't simply leave my work early.

 
At 7:54 PM, May 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fix the series so that the Wings win.
Problem solved.

 
At 8:34 PM, May 31, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

Welcome to the Wings and CBJ's regular season. As the two Eastern time zone teams exiled to the West, their fans get to deal with the 10 or 10:30 PM starts on ALL the West Coast trips. In a way, I feel cheated that they make the adjustment now, for the playoffs. Let the Eastern Conference guys feel our pain.

 
At 8:37 PM, May 31, 2007, Blogger Black Dog said...

Lucky for you Chemmy you'll never have to worry about it.

;)

 
At 1:32 AM, June 01, 2007, Blogger Tyler said...

I don't know about others, but I certainly can't simply leave my work early.

By the time you can afford tickets to the finals, you'll be able to.

 
At 2:09 AM, June 01, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

By the time you can afford tickets to the finals, you'll be able to.

Tickets weren't that bad by me (probably part of the benefits to being a Ducks fan with limited regular season demand). At least for season-ticket-holders (I'm not an STH, but I do buy from one at face value).

G1 I was in the lower bowl 14 rows directly behind Giguere and each ticket was $140.

G2 I was in the Row B seats next to the penalty box for a cost of $173.50.

For reference, Row B in the regular season cost $74.

Yeah, it's out of some people's price range, but it's not horrific. At least in Anaheim :)

 
At 4:49 AM, June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight Chemmy...

...your suggestion is that any Anaheim locals who are fans, or may become fans, get screwed over for the sake of people in New York and Toronto who aren't watching the finals anyways.

And then as the reward for this capitulation, they discover that thanks to this irrational start time request, nobody can enjoy the game anyways because every year its bumped down another cable tier.

(Question: I know a WC game is different, but when did Utah-San Antonio play last weeks games?)

 
At 8:00 AM, June 01, 2007, Blogger Professor Cat said...

Hell, I WISH they had the late times. I'm teaching summer school in the evening and don't get home until 11pm most nights. I would be great to find out I only missed part of the first period.

And yes, there are hockey fans in the NYC area who are watching the finals. Shocking though it may seem. ;)

 
At 9:10 AM, June 01, 2007, Blogger Road Apples said...

Professor: get a Tivo!

:-)

-rob

 
At 3:49 PM, June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are more people watching the Cup finals in the Eastern time zone. While in a perfect world it'd be nice to not piss off anyone, it's better to do it to the minority.

What do you suggest, 10 pm Eastern starts? Then people would be writing about how unfair it is that us on the East coast have to stay up past midnight to watch games during a work week, and it'd only be worse if there was overtime.

 
At 6:04 PM, June 01, 2007, Blogger Christy Hammond said...

G1 I was in the lower bowl 14 rows directly behind Giguere and each ticket was $140.

G2 I was in the Row B seats next to the penalty box for a cost of $173.50.

For reference, Row B in the regular season cost $74.


Those are great prices! I had bought tickets (at face value) from the Wings for Game #5 of the SCF [they had gone on sale at the start of the third round]. I paid $135 + a service charge for the second to last row in the upper bowl in one of the center sections. It was the cheapest ticket you could get.

In the second round of the playoffs, I paid $153 + service charge for a second row seat in the lower bowl.

Even with that season ticket holder discount (which Detroit does not give to its holders by the way), that's a huge difference in prices compared to Detroit.

 
At 6:08 PM, June 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

G1 I was in the lower bowl 14 rows directly behind Giguere and each ticket was $140.

That's a $180+ ticket in Toronto during the regular season.

 
At 6:20 PM, June 01, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Like I said, there are fringe benefits to being a Ducks fan.

In certain aspects at least, franchise popularity is overrated.

 

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