Miami Marlins resort to Groupon to try to fill opening day seats
Ugggh, I feel bad for Marlins fans. And I’m a Houston Astros fan. At least the Astros have moved a lot of opening day tickets, despite an unprecedented price jack by the new ownership. I guess ESPN Sunday Night Baseball helps. But I digress.
But back to the South Florida Flounders. Recall, the Miami Marlins grand Opening Day ticket sales event yielded a long snaking line of these four people, including a guy in a camouflage hat shirt, dark socks and flops (might have mistaken this for the line for ammo).
— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) February 9, 2013
So where do they go from here? Apparently Groupon. This in a new stadium, which usually takes a fan base about a decade before not showing up when a team is lousy. This is against the Atlanta Braves, their closest NL rival and relative rival. And all deals involve merchandise (let’s just hope that they’ve cleared the racks of Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes jerseys…that won’t sit well).
So where does the team go from here? Trade for big name talent and lose money? Reduce team salary to $30M and live off the MLB dole? Relocate to Nashville or Round Rock? The last option is looking the strongest.
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