Sixers Remind Us They Still Exist by Screwing Fans With “Variable Pricing”

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The Philadelphia 76ers are the bastard child of Ed Snider.  His neglect for the team has led them straight to the bottom of the NBA standings and attendance rankings.  The average number of fans at any given Sixers home game last year was just a shade over 14,000, the fifth worst in the entire league.  With the Phillies in three straight League Championship Series, the Flyers reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Eagles being perennial playoff contenders, it is easy to forget about the Sixers.  What was once a proud and dominant franchise in the late 70's and early 80's has turned in to a joke.

Now Snider, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that the best way to bring people back to the stadium is to rape them at the gates when a marquee opponent is in town.  This is detailed in a report by the Philadelphia Business Journal. For example-  when the Miami Heat comes to town for this season's home opener, tickets prices will change from the normal range of $15-$119 all the way up to as high as $238! 

This is a total insult to the few Sixers fans who are still willing to shell out money to see their team play.  Since the Sixers refuse to put together a team that is able to compete at a level that makes them relevant, they had to come up with an alternate plan to make money.  To accomplish this task they have chosen a few well constructed franchises, the Heat and Lakers, and pimped them out at the Wells Fargo Center for nearly double the cost of a normal regular season game. The message from Snider seems obvious:  If you want to see the Sixers play, it will cost you one price, but if you want to see real basketball you're going to have to pay up, fools  (Snider then lets out an evil cackle and the jumps in to his Coffin for some sleep).

Shawn Bradley, Ed Stefanski, the Princeton offense, Sammy Dalembert, resigning AI for thee games: these were all bad Sixers memories that everyone has to deal with.  This time, however, they have taken the cake.  It's bad enough to raise ticket prices in these tough economic times, but to turn a profit off of another team's success, well, that is just despicable.

Of course, you CAN get tickets for well below those prices at Crossing Broad Tickets.

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26 Responses

  1. Who cares? The sixers are only there to keep the place warm when the Flyers are on a road trip or there isnt a decent concert playing.

  2. Is it though? If this raises money to bring in better players, why not? This is capitalism. Oh well.

  3. You know it’s bad when parking is as much, if not more than, the ticket to the game … The main reason I would go to a Sixers game in the first place is to bring my kid — now I just may as well bring him to am overpriced Globetrotter’s game instead of watching the home team get smoked!

  4. Maybe so, but you have to admit, Ed Stefanski was definitely good for something. Tell me that you’ve heard of a better last name since he left. Try to tell me.

  5. @Nick – but with the crazy stringent salary cap, the extra money can’t really go to improving the team. They are already close to capped out, right? Maybe all that money the Eagles are usually under the cap can be donated to the Sixers.

  6. This is obscene. To charge more money for a ticket price based on the success of the visiting team, is just downright pathetic. Don’t give me the “we’ll get better players if we make more money” angle either. We can’t get anyone. All of our money is tied up in Iguodala and Brands combined contracts that are damn near 200 million dollars. WHERE ARE YOU PAT CROCE!!! This franchise has been dying since you left it, come breathe some life into our Sixers’!!

  7. Alex- I am actually not a huge pro basketball fan. I will admit that I am a bandwagon fan with 76ers but I follow the phils eagle n flyers in that order. I like nova for b ball but just never got into the sixers

  8. Lots of franchises do this, maybe not to this level though. Nationals tickets are more expensive for what they call “Premium Games”. This is really just whenever another NL East team that ISN’T 30 games out of first place comes to town.

  9. @ gmc it’s all good at least you admit it. I’m just saying I hate when people say that about the sixers but you know as soon as they are good they will be die-hard fans.Jimmy Rollins is right about what he said about us. Despite our constant self patting on the back for being the most loyal fans in the country we really are only loyal to the actual players if we win. Remember Jayson Werth’s “attitude” problem. Made up.

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