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Old 09-27-2012, 05:58 PM
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Folks:

I was interviewed for the segment today by Michael Puente. He told me the segment on the Sox and their attendance issues will run as part of the local 'All Things Considered' segment twice between the hours of about 4:30 and 6:30 Chicago time Friday.

He said the finished piece will run five to six minutes.

He also said that when it was completed he'd send me a link which I'll include in this thread if you are interested or can't listen to the original broadcast.

I have no idea how much or how little they'll use from me, but it was nice to be contacted. Puente said he's been a Sox fan for years by the way so we'll see what angle he takes on this.

Here is the station info:

Michael Puente| Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Media
Listen online at http://www.wbez.org/

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:29 PM
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Sounds cool. I'll have to listen, although I suspect you mean NPR
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:33 PM
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Yo're right, my bad. Perhaps a mod can fix the title.

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Old 09-27-2012, 07:03 PM
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Will be listening.

Maybe during the off season, and with mods permission, we could have a civil, measured discussion of the attendance issue. I don't want to start it here, but I have to say a lot of my opinions I had at the beginning of the year have changed.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:47 PM
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Will be listening.

Maybe during the off season, and with mods permission, we could have a civil, measured discussion of the attendance issue. I don't want to start it here, but I have to say a lot of my opinions I had at the beginning of the year have changed.

I thought the posters on this board had a great discussion about attendance issues, ticket prices, marketing the team, etc. earlier this year and I'm glad the mods let it slide. I had my own opinions, but it's great to see how everyone else feels about all that stuff.

I definitely think another one this off-season won't hurt. I just hope the people viewing this site from 35th St. would pay attention.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:23 PM
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I'll be working, but hope it's good.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:27 PM
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Yo're right, my bad. Perhaps a mod can fix the title.

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Ha ha, just giving you ****. Looking forward to putting a voice with a name now!
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:07 AM
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:42 AM
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The attendance issue is always tied to why more people go to Cubs games than Sox games. I don't understand how attendance at Comiskey is a rip on Sox fans. Sox fans are the ones at the park. If anything this issue should be a rip on Cub fans or most of the city. Why is it that 60%-70% of the city chooses to follow the team that sucks every year instead of the one that's more often in contention? This isn't the Sox fans' fault. They're already doing their part. They can't help it that the majority of the people in the city are idiots.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:23 PM
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Folks:

I was interviewed for the segment today by Michael Puente. He told me the segment on the Sox and their attendance issues will run as part of the local 'All Things Considered' segment twice between the hours of about 4:30 and 6:30 Chicago time Friday.

He said the finished piece will run five to six minutes.

He also said that when it was completed he'd send me a link which I'll include in this thread if you are interested or can't listen to the original broadcast.

I have no idea how much or how little they'll use from me, but it was nice to be contacted. Puente said he's been a Sox fan for years by the way so we'll see what angle he takes on this.

Here is the station info:

Michael Puente| Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Media
Listen online at http://www.wbez.org/

Lip
When I read the thread title and saw it said "story on Sox runs", I thought it was going to be a story on how this team lives and (now) dies with the long ball.

I probably won't be able to listen to the original broadcast so I look forward to the link.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:30 AM
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This and That:

Because I have no idea how much of my interview is going to make it into the final piece I thought I should give an account in general terms of what I said.

Interview lasted about 15 minutes.

Michael first asked for my background which I gave him.

His first question to me was the reasons I thought Sox attendance had dropped.

Basically I said it was a combination of things... the "dynamic pricing concept" which based on the comments at WSI many fans don't understand, dislike and in some cases feel they are being taken advantage of given the cost of tickets at other legit ticket broker sites.

I talked about because attendance has dropped, it has got to be hurting 'walk up' sales which are a large part historically of the Sox fan base. I said even with the team in first, the cost of the tickets overall and the economic situation in this country is making it very hard for fans to come up with the money to go particularly on the spur of the moment. I mentioned the Tribune story on September 1st quoting a CSN official as saying Sox games on TV are up 10% from last year, that fans are still intensely interested but simply can't go to the game in person.

I talked about the average ticket cost for a Sox game, 4th highest in baseball almost up there with the Yankees and Red Sox then linked that to the Sox performance since winning the World Series. I said Sox fans care about winning and will pay high prices if the team does so but if they are not they won't. I reminded him the Sox drew almost three million after winning the World Series.

Michael asked me 'but the team has been in 1st place most of the year' I answered go back to my comments about walk up sales and TV ratings. I also said that because the club was picked to finish so badly this year there was little off season buzz and fans remained skeptical about their chances which has proved to be correct based on crunch time.

Michael asked me if Ozzie's leaving and the notion that the team is boring without him,had anything to do with attendance.

I said most Sox fans wanted Ozzie gone because he quit on the team, mentioned Tom Paciorek's comments about the feeling in the club house this year compared to last season. Regarding the boring aspect because Ozzie wasn't around mouthing off every day I said it's about winning, everything else to a lot of Sox fans is secondary.

He then asked if I had the 'solution.'

I answered that my comments are based just on what I read, what I see fans posting at WSI and in some cases what I hear but I have no inside idea of what the Sox plan is, just that Brooks is a sharp guy and he must have some logical reasons for doing it the way he is. That said if it was me and I said I'm not a businessman but if sales are bad this off season I'd announce that next year certain section of the park, including some decent seats are going to be sold for 15-20 dollars, all games, all dates, all opponents...no exceptions. I said I'd rather have an extra 15 thousand a game at 15 bucks, plus parking, plus concessions plus souvenirs then five thousand a game at full price. But I also said if the team is bad next year the Sox could almost give tickets away and it will be a tough sell because the bottom line when all is said and done is winning.

It was a pleasant conversation.

He said he'd send me the link to the story which I'll post so fans can listen.

I also told him after he did that I'd send him the link to this thread so he and his station can read comments about the piece or about the problem in general.

So if you want to weigh in on the Sox attendance situation, this is your chance.

Lip

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:46 AM
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Michael asked me if Ozzie's leaving and the notion that the team is boring without him,had anything to do with attendance.
This sounds like a question from somebody who knows nothing about the team or fans. Their only exposure is the national media's perception of this team.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:16 PM
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This sounds like a question from somebody who knows nothing about the team or fans. Their only exposure is the national media's perception of this team.

Lip: Great job. Sounds like even from a distance, you have a great handle on what is happening at the Cell.
Now according to MLB, white Sox attendance is only down 500 fans per game on average.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:20 PM
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Again the story is supposed to run twice between 4:30 and 6:30 Chicago time on 91.5 FM.

If Michael does not have a link to me tonight I'll call him and see if he can get it to me as soon as possible.

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:36 PM
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I am sure a lot of people here read SouthSideSox but today Jim sort of got at why the attendance may be so low, especially for "games that count." He used the interesting phrase of "fan murdering" and cited a bunch of recent numbers for the Sox and then asked why would anyone expect people to come to the park just "pay to cover their eyes."

Here is a link: http://www.southsidesox.com/2012/9/2...e-sox-tailspin
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