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Lunch on free dogs at City Hall on Wednesday

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 7:35 PM
Everyone loves a freebie. So there should be plenty of smiles around City Hall at noon tomorrow when the Flyers give out free hot dogs as a way of promoting "Dollar Dog Night." Member of the Flyers staff and members of the Delta Dental Ice Team will be dressed in hot dog, ketchup and mustard... Read more

What's good for the guys is good for Sixers

Monday, December 8, 2008, 11:04 PM
It didn’t take long for the Sixers to realize last year that their “Guys Night Out” promotion had developed some traction. “It was crazy,” said Eric Blankenship, VP for marketing, earlier today. “I remember the first ‘Guys Night Out’ we had 50... Read more

Lots of inventory for Flyers-Islanders game

Monday, December 8, 2008, 4:59 PM
One number that caught my eye today was the number of tickets available for the Flyers game against the Islanders tomorrow night at the Wachovia Center. Approximately 2,000 tickets remain for the 7 o'clock game, a number you would never have seen a few years ago and one that's ever higher than usual... Read more

Fan panels likes what it's hearing from Flyers

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 9:35 PM
Gene Serba has been a Flyers season-ticketholder since 1978. “Remember the year that they were losing all those games?” he asked. Then he laughed. “Me and a guy in front of me, we were figuring out what we spent. Just doing an estimate. My first tickets were $6.50, and obviously now... Read more

Dollar Dogs not exclusive to the Phillies

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 6:16 PM
With the economy taking a bigger bite out of everyone’s wallet, you gotta figure the Dollar Dog promotion will increase in popularity. The Phillies ran seven of those during the 2008 campaign, all of which were hugely popular. And the Flyers are following suit, running a similar promotion... Read more

MLS team breaking ground, taking names

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 7:50 PM
Officially putting a spade into the dirt at the site of the $115 million pro soccer stadium on Monday in Chester begins a new phase for a team that is scheduled to begin play in Major League Soccer in 2010. Thomas Veit of MLSPhilly2010 said yesterday that fans should know before the end of the month... Read more

A Giant step forward for fans?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 8:33 PM
Not that you'll see this happen in Philly anytime soon. But out in San Francisco, where the Giants finished fourth in the National League West and 18 games under .500, fans next season will find the price of their ticket will vary significantly depending on demand. For instance, tickets for an April... Read more

Army-Navy tix remain on sale

Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 8:07 PM
Some standing-room tickets still remain for the Army-Navy Game on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The tickets, which are $45 each, can be bought at Philadelphia-area Ticketmaster outlets, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 215-336-2000. There is a limit... Read more

MLS team to begin building momentum

Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:07 PM
What has been for a while a flight under the radar is about to end. Philly's Major League Soccer team has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for 2:30 p.m. Monday at the site of the 18,500-seat soccer-specific stadium in Chester. One thing about already having a fan club, in this case the Sons of... Read more

Thinking warm thoughts, Phils tickets

Thursday, November 27, 2008, 8:57 PM
It's cold, Thanksgiving night and the Eagles are on the tube. So what better time to post a few of the Phillies ticket dates to circle on your calendar? Season-ticket packages have been on sale for the past several weeks. Six Game Packs will go on sale Dec. 10, sales for groups of 25 or more will... 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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