Articles matching tag: Sports Fans
- Column: Marlins Suing Season Ticket HolderMay 12, 2016
Angry sports fans may have found a lawsuit they can rally around. The Miami Marlins are suing a season ticket holder for failing to pay for tickets he didn’t receive. The fan’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss the suit and claims “the team reneged on everything” it promised. Until the revenue from media rights fees skyrocketed, season tickets were the lifeblood of sports teams. And Mickey Axelband was a sports team’s dream. He had been a Marlins season ticket holder since the team’s first game in 1993. In 2011 he agreed to purchase two season tickets for 2012 and 2013. Axelband paid a total of $24,300 for the first year but after the team allegedly reneged on its promise to provide him certain benefits – e.g., seats in a special lounge - he stopped attending games and refused to pay for the second year of his contract. The Marlins elected to sue.
- Column: MLB Trying to Attract New GenerationMarch 24, 2016
Baseball has an age problem. According to data collected by Sports Media Watch, half the television viewers during the 2013 World Series were 55 or older. Those numbers are consistent with the age of viewers of all nationally televised games on FOX, ESPN, TBS and the MLB Network during the entire 2013 season, giving baseball the oldest television viewing audience of any of the four Major League team sports. And the 2013 season wasn’t unique. For the five year period leading up to 2013, the median viewing age increased by one year annually, which suggests to some observers that baseball is a dying sport. To counter that trend, MLB has made it a priority to reach out to younger generations in a number of ways. The goal is to introduce baseball to kids as early as possible, and for good reason. According to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, research shows that “The biggest and strongest indicator of fan affinity as an adult is if you played [the game] as a kid."
- Column: Syracuse University Has Kissed the Kiss Cam GoodbyeSeptember 30, 2015
Syracuse University has kissed its Kiss Cam goodbye - at least temporarily - after one fan wrote a letter to the editor claiming that it sends the wrong message at a time when colleges are campaigning against sexual violence on campus. During a football game against Wake Forest, Steve Port said he witnessed two instances where women were forcibly kissed by men despite clearly saying no. According to Port, the men were engaging in “horrifying behavior” that made him “sick to my stomach.” Furthermore, he says the University is encouraging and condoning sexual assault and “a sense of male entitlement, at best, and an actual instance of assault, at worst.” In response, Syracuse suspended use of the Kiss Cam for the following week’s game against Central Michigan University. University spokesperson Sue Edson said, “We are taking time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter.”
- Column: Another Victory for TV ChoiceJune 15, 2015
Slowly but surely, fans are forcing sports teams and leagues to add to the limited viewing options they have historically offered us. In what can only be described as a huge victory for freedom of choice, the NHL and its broadcasters recently settled their portion of a class action lawsuit that has been lingering in the U.S. District Court for several years. MLB, also a defendant in the suit, is now left to singularly defend against allegations that they use blackouts to limit out-of-market games in order to protect local teams’ revenue.
- Column: MLB Fan Safety an Issue AgainJune 14, 2015
When the lead news story includes a photo of a female fan bleeding profusely from a gash on her head, it’s never good for business. That’s why MLB sprang into crisis mode immediately after a fan was struck by a shard from a broken bat during a game at Fenway Park on June 5, issuing a statement which said “Fan safety is our foremost goal.” But is it? Tonya Carpenter was sitting in the second row along the Red Sox’ third baseline with her son when a portion of Oakland A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie’s splintered maple bat went flying into the stands. Although Carpenter’s injuries were serious, she is currently on the mend. But who knows if the next victim will be as fortunate?
- Column: Out of Control FansMarch 10, 2014
Fanatic – “A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm” The Free Dictionary The term “fan” is presumed to be a derivative of the word “fanatic,” a word that is not always used in a complimentary fashion. That’s the case with several recent examples of college basketball fans gone wild. Perhaps the incident that received the most exposure is the one involving Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Texas Tech fan, Jeff Orr. After Smart committed a foul during the last minute of the Cowboys’ loss to the Red Raiders in Lubbock, his momentum carried him into the stands, where Orr spewed epithets at him. Smart instinctively responded by shoving Orr before being pulled away by teammates. Smart was hit with a technical and suspended for three games by the Big 12 Conference.
- Column: Buying Shares in AthletesOctober 21, 2013
“I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.” W.C. Fields You may not spend the first half of your money like W. C. Fields did, but there’s a new way to spend the second half: Purchasing shares in athletes. Fantex Holdings, a company founded by high profile individuals from the Silicon Valley and Wall Street, has opened a trading exchange for “investors” to buy and sell shares in professional athletes. The company’s co-founder and chief executive, Buck French, has already made one fortune. The graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School sold his dot com company in 2000 for $600 million. Former Denver Broncos’ quarterback John Elway is a member of Fantex’s board.
- Column: Fans of Losing Teams Gain WeightSeptember 8, 2013
New York Jets’ fans may be in for a losing season on the field while adding inches to their waistlines. A paper recently published in Psychological Science, the flagship journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that fans of losing NFL teams tend to eat more than fans of winning teams. The paper was written by Pierre Chandon, the L’Oreal Chaired Professor of Marketing, Innovation and Creativity at INSTEAD Business School and his PhD student, Yann Cornil. It was based on a study they conducted of NFL and soccer fans and covered a total of 475 games over two seasons. To the average person, the findings of the study are wholly understandable. After all, most of us tend to eat more when we’re sad, stressed or upset. Impugning such conduct to sports fans may not be much of a stretch. It’s not difficult to envision fans of losing teams, despondent over losses, drowning their sorrow in an extra jelly donut while winning fans are too busy celebrating their team’s victory to reach for another slice of chocolate cake.