Friday, August 31, 2007

Wizards Magically Produce Angry Fans

So it seems that David Beckham will not be "bending it" in Kansas City. One has to wonder if the Wizards now regret charging over 100% more than regular price for a ticket to the match. You have to imagine that at least 1 or 2 of the 25,000 people who have already purchased tickets might be just a bit upset.

So far the Wizards' response has been to go into denial.

Wizards president Robb Heineman remained steadfast in all possibilities until he’s heard officially that Beckham won’t be able to play, but said, “Regardless, it’s going to be a great game with the Wizards and Galaxy and going to be a great night at Arrowhead Stadium.”

The Wizard website is still up touting the game as the "Midwest Sporting Event of the Year." An hour ago they still had Beckham's picture up. They just now finally replaced him with Landon Donovan.

I do feel sorry for this the Wizards PR guy. His quote from the Star article:

“Obviously, it’s a disappointment for David Beckham, the Galaxy and the Wizards,” said Wizards director of communications Rob Thomson. “We still have a lot of live music and contests … we’re still going to blow up this game into a big event.”

I'm sure that the thousands of people who have never even payed regular price for a Wizards game will feel just fine about paying more than twice as much if there is music and contests.

It's depressing how the Wizards handled this because it should have just been an opportunity to get more fans out than ever before and show them what a good time MLS games are. Instead, they decided to turn it into their profit generator for the year, and now they may set soccer back even further in this town.

Here's to hoping they figure out a way to resolve the issue. I'd like to see soccer succeed in spite of the Wizards' previous efforts.

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