An Open Letter to Ed Snider of the Sixers

I read today that Ed Snider is upset that fans aren’t going Sixers games and doesn’t know why. From the Philadelphia Weekly:

“Our kids play hard every single game, every single minute,” Snider said. “You can see them getting better right before your eyes. I would hope they deserve more recognition and support from our fans. I think those fans who come to the games are enjoying immensely what they are seeing.”

Snider said he had a better feeling about the Sixers at the start of the season than reporters who almost universally picked them to finish last in the Eastern Conference…. “I feel the prognosticators wrote us off before the season began,” Snider said. “And that’s why people have taken a show-me attitude.”

With this I wrote the following to the team:

I saw an article today that indicated that Ed Snider doesn’t understand why people aren’t showing up. Being exciting is not enough. We see this team struggle to get to the 8th playoff spot and we know that the best you can hope for is a playoff win or two, but we will not be competitive with the best teams. That would require seriously upgrading this team which up until now was hampered by the mishandling of the salary cap.

So without a compelling reason to attend a game it is just plain entertainment. If I want to sit in the lower level, it will cost at least $104 for two tickets. Add in the cost of parking, food, drink and easily you’ve spent $175-200. For that price tag I could go to best restaurant in the city. If my tastes are less refined, dinner and a movie for a quarter of the cost.

That is the decision your fans make when your team is not good, or lacks star power. There are bottom line reprecussions for having a bad or even mediocre team and that is what you’re experiencing.

 

(I know my regular readers don’t care too much about sports, but I do so sometimes I need to vent).

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    Spencer,

    The Sixers keep sending me ticket offers in my email.
    So, I responded to the email by telling them to stop sending me the offers.

    I told the hapless sender/recipient that he/she was cluttering my inbox with garbage.

    There is no way I would attend one of their games.
    And, when I say “no way”….I mean “no fucking way”.

  • A. Jones

    I completely understand how you feel Spencer, and I’m not that big a sports fan, either.

    I’m glad you wrote and told them in the plainest possible language why you and others aren’t going to the games. You’re right; these events are expensive, and if the team doesn’t pay attention to the fans or it’s fortunes (on the court, not in the coffers), why should we go? Management snubs fans and the best interests of its’ team for years and then wonders why people don’t show up? Then they threaten the community with economic disaster by suggesting what will happen if the team decides to leave.