As I detailed last week, Sixers tickets are in high demand and season tickets are indeed all but sold out with the exception of seats available in Club Box and VIP sections. What does sold out mean in Sixers parlance? Who knows– the organization has a habit of creating sections, like they did when they created a VIP section and then invoiced their current ticket holders for the radically more expensive seats without so much as a warning, and we have no way of knowing how many they are holding back for partial plans or single-game tickets, which they can literally charge anything they want for without us knowing they are behind the prices.
I sporadically get emails from season ticket holders – and I undoubtedly will get more after this post – detailing somewhat shady or aggressive sales techniques. In April, one STH emailed me to detail what he termed a “bait and switch” when the organization failed to honor his “lock-in” price on full season tickets for next season, on which he placed a deposit in January, after he was promised to be able to select comparable seats to his previous partial plan at a select-a-seat event in April. When he showed up for it, there were no seats available in his price level. A day later, he got a call offering him tickets one tier up, but not at the “lock-in” price levels from January, nor the select-a-seat price levels from the day before, but a brand spankin’ new level created just for rubes like him!
Today, I got an email from another season ticket holder who is concerned about the rapidly increasing prices this offseason.
Indeed Sixers season ticket prices have gone up multiple times this offseason, and since the trade.
I decided to pull together screenshots sent by both of these emailers, one from reader (@terry_2426), and what is publicly listed on the Sixers website now to get a snapshot of the recent price increases. It is difficult to get earlier pricing, so we have to rely on what’s available in the screenshots that we dug up. I prefer to listen to Miley Cyrus’ The Climb while detailing Sixers season ticket price increases: Continue Reading
Kyle and Russ discuss Sixers ticket price increases, Nolan Patrick, and the Brayden Schenn trade.
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So much for the Nico power play.
It has been reported that the Devils, those bastards, are leaning towards taking Nico Hischier with the number one overall pick tonight. I think most Flyers fans, myself included, have come around on wanting Nico, the faster, more skilled, scoring center, to fall to the Flyers over Nolan Patrick, the bigger, more developed (more boring) two-way center with a string of recent injury concerns.
For the better part of a year Patrick was thought to be the number one pick in what most believe to be a two-player draft. But Nico came on strong last season and seems to have overtaken Patrick on many draft boards, partly due to Nico’s ascendance and seemingly superior skill, but also because of Patrick’s injuries. He had a shoulder injury in 2013-2014, an “upper-body injury” originally reported to be a “lower-body injury” in 2014-2015, a sports hernia at the end of 2015-2016 which carried over into last season and led to him missing a large chunk of time and then the last game of the year and playoffs.
A little birdie tells me that the Flyers are “extremely concerned” about Patrick’s injury history and really want Nico to fall to them at number two. No one knows what the Devils are going to do, but recent reports have them taking Nico. That possibility might have led to the loosely-sourced report that the Flyers could trade back and send the number two pick to Vegas in exchange for what could perhaps be a slew of draft picks Vegas obtains through expansion draft agreements to avoid certain unprotected players. There also seems to be some late conjecture that the Devils could trade back and take a defenseman, or just take one outright, leaving the Flyers to choose between Nolan or Nico (I think they’d take Nico).
Anyway, if the Devils stay put and take Nico, the Flyers should take Patrick, and they probably will, even if they do have concerns about his injuries. Anything else would be overthinking it. DON’T DO THAT, RON.
In case you’re wondering, the little birdie is the same person who told me the Flyers were hiring Dave Hakstol two days before anyone in Philly had ever even heard his name.