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A few still jumping through hoops to learn tix status

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 9:39 PM
The delays with the process of applying for tickets to the first- and second-round NCAA tournament games at the Wachovia Center next spring have been well-documented. First, problems with the NCAA's Web site delayed the application deadline a month, to mid-May. Then the expected date that applicants... Read more

A title that keeps on giving to retailers

Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 8:40 PM
Slowly, now a week out since the title was clinched, the rush on Phillies merchandise has started to abate. But no one expects to see the “red sea” part until after Christmas at the earliest and, perhaps, not until the 2009 season gets under way. No one provides numbers, either quantity... Read more

Phils apparel takes a back seat to Obama

Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 4:16 PM
Who knew that last week’s furious preparations at Forman Mills for the rush of customers wanting Phillies merchandise would turn out to be a fire drill for similar madness this week? Chris Streahle, director of advertising and marketing for Forman Mills, said the wave had already crested by... Read more

Last of Army-Navy tix go on sale tomorrow

Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 1:52 PM
The Philadelphia Sports Congress just announced that 1,500 standing-room tickets for the Army-Navy Game are going on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The ticket price is $45. This 109th edition of the game and the 81st to be played in Philly is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6. Gametime is scheduled for noon... Read more

Cash registers across region glowing red

Thursday, October 30, 2008, 6:09 PM
Like a manager who has been to the postseason before, Chris Achilefu felt comfortable that he knew just what to expect at his Forman Mills store on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philly. After all, he had been through this before when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl. Sort the World Series merchandise... Read more

Regional stores poised to open right after win

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 4:53 PM
If the Phils win tonight, the frenzied euphoria won’t be limited to the ballpark and surrounding neighborhoods. Expect it to be just as crazy at a number of retail outlets in the region as boxes are busted open and the World Series champion merchandise hits the shelves... Read more

Going around the horn on tix, trains, parking

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:08 PM
Game 5, well -- the rest of it anyway -- is a go for tonight. The first pitch is expected to be made at 8:37. The Phillies say that gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans will need their tickets from Monday to get back into Citizens Bank Park. If you have a ticket that you think might be unscannable –... Read more

Ticket selling resumes as game waits for break in weather

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 11:48 PM
How many times can a World Series ticket change hands? In the case of Game 5 of this World Series, the answer is several. Local ticket brokers and sites on the secondary market were reporting some business today from people trying to sell their tickets to a game that could last as few... Read more

While the game waits, ticket reselling resumes

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 6:54 PM
How many times can a World Series ticket change hands? In the case of Game 5 of this World Series, the answer is several. Local ticket brokers and sites on the secondary market were reporting some business today from people trying to sell their tickets to a game that could last as little as two-and-a-half... Read more

Sixers to start tomorrow at 6

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 3:26 PM
One of the repercussions of the Phillies playing in the World Series is a change in the starting time for the Sixers' first game. Scheduled for tomorrow night at the Wachovia Center against the Raptors, the game now will begin at 6. Originally, that idea was kicked around in case a Game 6 was being... 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.

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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