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Need a shower stall door? Call the Yankees

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 3:01 PM
Sometime later this year you’ll be hearing about how to go about buying a piece of the Spectrum. Meanwhile, the land grab has started in New York, where the Yankees and Steiner Sports already have put some stuff on sale. My favorite? The five glass 31-by-60-inch shower stall door from the clubhouse... Read more

Tix still around for ‘last game at Spectrum’

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 4:19 PM
You can still find tickets for the much-ballyhooed “last game at the Spectrum” set for Saturday afternoon. It will be the Flyers’ final appearance there against an NHL opponent; they will return on Oct. 7 for a 7:30 p.m. exhibition vs. the Phantoms. First, the Flyers held back some... Read more

Next up for Philly MLS: name the team

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 10:39 AM
Several representatives from Philadelphia’s MLS franchise, including CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz, stopped by yesterday to say hello and talk about their timetable leading up to their first season in 2010. This is the team with no logo and no name but with a boisterous fan club... Read more

VP Night for the Phantoms

Monday, September 22, 2008, 4:34 PM
It’s not that Phantoms PR directors Mike Thornton and Brian Smith have that much time on their hands. But you need a few tickets on the clock to come up with the giveaways they’ve done recently, such as a refrigerator and kitchen sink autographed by team members. So a similar lull one... Read more

Welcome to Philly Fan Fare

Monday, September 22, 2008, 4:16 PM
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... Read more

NewYorkers saying good buy to two ballparks

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 4:45 PM
Consider that it was only four years ago, in February 2004, that the Phillies raised $700,000 for some of its charities by auctioning off items from Veterans Stadium. Cracked bats went for $30 to $50, the bat rack for $5500, all the way up to a banner featuring Richie Ashburn's retired No. 1 that fetched... 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.

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