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Phantoms go to $5 kids tickets

Monday, December 22, 2008, 9:35 AM
The Phantoms announced today that they have reduced ticket prices for children 14 and under to $5 for every game for the rest of the season. “In light of today’s economy, it’s harder than ever for families to find the resources for a fun night out together,” Phantoms vice president... Read more

Phils, fan hold dialogue over Game 5 dispute

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 4:00 PM
It appears the cloud that spoiled the clinching game of the World Series for a hundred or 200 Phillies fans has started to lift. Brent Blanchard and a couple of associates purchased an ad that ran in the Daily News and Inquirer last week asking to hear from other fans whose tickets for the second... Read more

Army-Navy wraps up good year for Philly

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 7:41 PM
Another year, another successful Army-Navy Game in Philly; well, except for the Cadets, who have lost seven straight in the series. It also means that it’s time for both academies and the Philadelphia Sports Congress to start looking ahead. Proposals to serve as host for the game from 2010 through... Read more

Flyers set payment dates for playoffs, next season

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 6:10 PM
Flyers season ticketholders began receiving mail the past few days about payment for the 2009 playoffs and for the 2009-10 season. The letter said: "The emergence of Jeff Carter as an elite NHL scorer, the return of All Star Simon Gagne, Mike Richards' captaincy and Marty Biron's hot November... Read more

Malone, Free greet locker room visitors

Monday, December 15, 2008, 5:51 PM
The Sixers say they sold around 2,000 tickets today for the swan song at the Wachovia Spectrum, set for Friday, March 13, vs. the Bulls. Those who arrived at the Spectrum box office this morning were given a tour of what used to be the team's dressing room by former Sixers Moses Malone and World B... Read more

Transit notes on the Linc, Palestra and Franklin Field

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 5:06 PM
Here are two notes involving getting to and from games in Philly, one more immediate and the other with effects that will be more far-reaching. First of all, you know that the Eagles will play their final Monday night game of the 2008 season tomorrow night, with the Browns providing the opposition... Read more

Big retail doins at the ballpark this weekend

Friday, December 12, 2008, 5:21 PM
This will be the fourth year that the Phillies are holding their holiday/winter sale at the Majestic store at Citizens Bank Park . But it will be anything but business as usual in the wake of their title. First and foremost, the World Series trophy will be present, just one of the many... Read more

Sons of Ben delivering for Chester nonprofit

Friday, December 12, 2008, 11:59 AM
The Sons of Ben and MLS Philadelphia 2010 will be following through tomorrow on their drive to "help kick hunger." They will be arriving at 11 a.m. tomorrow and delivering $2501 and 600 pounds of food to The Bernardine Center, 2625 W. Ninth St., in Chester. The group will include Chester... Read more

Dissatisfaction with Phils stirs fan to place ad

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 10:03 PM
The ad in Sunday’s Inquirer jumped right out from the bottom of the page. ATTN PHILLIES TICKER HOLDERS WHO WERE REFUSED ENTRY TO WORLD SERIES GAME 5 We want to hear from you!! It goes on to explain that the person who placed the ad was trying to find others who had bought tickets for... Read more

Sixers Spectrum game tix go on sale Monday

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 4:48 PM
The Sixers will take their turn in the farewell tour of the Spectrum with a Monday, March 15 game against the Bulls. To add some hype, the team has enhanced the experience for anyone who comes to the Spectrum this coming Monday, Dec. 15, when the tickets go on sale. Those tickets will go on sale online... Read more
About this blog
Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

Athletic contests were, for a long time, simply fun and games. Nowadays they’re just a small part of a sports entertainment industry that puts billions of dollars into play and a number of issues into motion. Moneyball indeed. You might be closer to the action than ever before, but that privilege comes at a price - and often it’s beyond what you can afford.

With that as the backdrop we’ll use this blog to dig out stories and swap advice about how the fan experience is changing and what it’s costing you now and in the future. Some of it will educate, some will let you vent. And in a sports panel format, it should allow for a consensus of opinion that can carry some weight.

Reach Paul at vignap@phillynews.com.

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