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Welcome to Philly Fan Fare

it should be a spot you want to visit often to read what's happening locally and nationally on issues that affect sports consumers -- that's you and you and you - and chime in with your sentiments when so inclined. We'll kick around everything from promotions to in-game entertainment to where you go for tickets and how much you pay. Often, it's way more than most can afford.

Welcome to Philly Fan Fare

Hello. I don’t expect readers to get as emotional about what I’m writing about on this blog as those, for instance, who visit Eagletarian or High Cheese. No dirt on the Birds or the Phils here, at least no on-the-field news.

Nor will it possess the literary elegance, wit and wisdom of The Idle Rich.

Instead, it should be a spot you want to visit often to read what’s happening locally and nationally on issues that affect sports consumers -- that’s you and you and you – and chime in with your sentiments when so inclined. We’ll kick around everything from promotions to in-game entertainment to where you go for tickets and how much you pay. Often, it’s way more than most can afford.

These findings first appeared in a feature called View From the Seats, and a couple years later I expanded the coverage in a weekly column called Savvy Consumer that incorporated a readers panel. If you found anything you liked in those, you ought see some subjects in this blog worth digesting.

Paul Vigna
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.

ABOUT THIS BLOG:
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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