The idea for other options that I presented are merely that, an idea that I came up with quickly and with no research. Certainly something unique (as the draft is) could've been provided for as a choice. I also understand the costs argument, but c'mon. This is not the Union Bar League Devils. This is a multimillion dollar business. If there are 10000 STHs and 8000 took draft tickets, even if 20% chose a different option, thats still a healthy amount of tickets freed up. I have no idea the # of STHs. It's also not something that would be year to year. Lets not forget the large amount of corporate STHers that are total casual fans. I don't think the cost argument is very strong. It wouldnt be recurring and something that comes up every year. And there are ways to make a meet a greet event unique. Not one exactly like some of the ones that STHs are already privy to. The Devils took the easy route (and cheapest) in respect to the draft's ticketing. The point is that there are undoutedly ideas that a marketing team could've come up with that would be an attractive option for STHers opening up more tickets for everyone. I get your point, but it's impossible to get into the minds of all the STHs and know exactly what they would've wanted provided there was a choice. There was no choice. The Devils also made a mistake providing STHers with the opportunity to take more tickets and quite a few of them have, I dont blame them. But they shouldve given the STHer a choice. Take free draft tickets with the guarantee of 1 for every seat in your contract or choose from X, Y, or Z. If you want to go to the draft, you're guaranteed a ticket. If you're not all that interested, here's something to replace that benefit. It's a one-time extra since the draft is not going to be here again anytime soon.
No way could they appease everyone espc with this events unavoidable limitations in seating, but there were ways they could've give the STHs a benefit pleasing them and at least attempt to free up as many tickets as possible so that more could attend. The Devils chose the easiest way to handle this.
Anyway, I apologize to those that may be tired of seeing this opinion. The horse is now dead and it is what it is and nothing can be changed. I hope everyone enjoys the draft and those that want to go, get to.
Don't apologize because you have a reasonable point of view. Comments # 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 20 continue to pound into my mind that this website is 85% children and 15% knowledgeable realistic fans. When did i say season ticket holders shouldn't be allowed to the draft? Thank you for putting words in my mouth though.
Ask the STHs if they actually want their tickets to the draft, i'm sure a good amount of STHs don't care about going to the draft, especially on a weekend in the summer. Send every STH an email for a presale to the draft with a promo code to redeem their seats for free, and then, whats not taken, sell. All the STHs that want to go can go, and then fans have a fair chance at going. Also standing room only would be more than adequate. In 2 minutes i've come up with a more sensible way for everyone to be happy. If they did that and i didnt get tix, okay, it happens, but at least its better than filling out some contest entry.
The marketing department for this organization did a bad job with this event plain and simple. They got rewarded with having the event here, and then put zero thought into how to host it. And telling me as a consolation to come to the same half ass fan fest they have before every game is a embarrassing.