Anddd another thread dissolved into a goal song debate, again. You know, it always seems to be the same people too..and it's not the pro-YS'ers I'm talking about here.
All of this is irrelevant though. Someone made a good point on Page 6 that all the new owners had to do was make the team financially stable and not meddle/micromanage in the everyday goings on of the arena and fans. What is and isn't a tradition is irrelevant.
In the grand scheme of things, this year having the worst attendance in years, getting rid of Earl's Dance Party and the YS chant should be at the bottom of the priority list, and yet, every game that goes by, these little things are being changed and meddled with, when there's absolutely no need.
Bingo. Especially the second half of the post.
I don't agree at all that the new owners are trying to attract casual fans. High ticket prices, dousing the atmosphere, and cruddy social media marketing is called doing well with casual fans?? they're doing a terrible job. I also don't agree that JVB was terrible with marketing. Granted, devils marketing is always a joke, but under JVB it grew leaps and bounds. Attendance was tremendous last season and the atmosphere got much better. Lets see if Harris' approach of pissing off hardcore fans and STH while simultaneously taking a piss poor approach to casual fans results in good attendance. I doubt it will.
Agreed with this post, and I'll go so far as to say it's an awful approach they attempting to take, and it's going to backfire, big time. JVB might not have had deep pockets, but he was at least getting butts in the seats.
As far as I'm concerned, by attempting to "increase the value to season ticket holders" they're pretty much dumping on everyone else. And that isn't enticing me to become a season ticket holder, it's enticing me to spend less on this team than I was before. Piss poor marketing, imo. And getting these stupid emails weekly from Chris Parise about 'ticket deals' isn't changing my mind one bit.
And, for the record, I don't know where guys like Colin get this sense of obligation to spend money on the team. It's admirable, I guess, but the bottom line is that we (and I'm talking all fans here, STH and the casuals) are the CONSUMERS. I agree that it's ridiculous that some need to feel extremely pandered to, but I don't feel some compulsive need to spend money on a sh!t product (game-day experience, in this case). We're constantly reminded that hockey is a business every offseason, and in no other business would someone pay stupid money for a product they're not interested in.
Preds fans do it too. "Sucks" after each opposing player name during intros was their's before it was ours. I'm pretty sure.
Credibility = out the window.
Edited by Devilsfan118, 27 November 2013 - 10:34 AM.