We just had to write to thank the Baltimore Blast for the free game they gave to the fans who bought tickets for the Kansas City Comets game the night of the snow. We attended the game, and it was an exemplary game. The Blast and owner Ed Hale maintain their status as a very classy organization. Wake up, Baltimore, and see what you're missing.
Daniel and Jayce Paugh Baltimore
The Blast's Ed Hale and the Orioles' Eli Jacobs are two cheap owners, but the Skipjacks' Tom Ebright should not be called cheap. He is the only one I trust in this town. He is the one who kept hockey in Baltimore. He took money out of his own pocket to pay for a team picture. Team photos are being given away March 17. Ebright also is going to put road playoff games on TV. He's going to take money out of his pocket. He does not fit in with the other two.
Kenneth P. Pelusosk Baltimore
Higher prices, lower attendance
I was amazed by today's article on the sagging attendance at this year's Blast games. Coach Kenny Cooper said attendance is down because of current social trends. Wrong. Blast general manager John Borozzi says he cannot think of a reason attendance is so poor this year. Think real hard, guys. Maybe this year's $2 across-the-board ticket price hike is the reason.
Bob Morrow Stevenson
Still the minors
The Major Soccer League made a few changes in the off-season in an attempt to improve the attendance figures to match levels in the earlier years of the league. Let's examine what these "wizards" of the league accomplished.
The name of the league changed by dropping the "I". The size of the goal was increased. The thinking here was bigger goals mean more scoring. More scoring, in turn, leads to more exciting games. More exciting games result in more money at the box office. Is scoring up? Yes. Are the games more exciting? That's debatable. Are attendance figures improving? No way! And with this information at their fingertips, the wizards are considering expansion. Expansion is not the answer to an league with attendance problems.
Where's the fallacy in the league's approach? It's not the game that needs to be changed. It's the package. First, examine the ticket prices. Can a family of four really afford to see a game? Before answering, don't forget to add the cost of parking and refreshments. Second, what other major-league sport allows the playing of music when the ball is in play? People pay to see a sporting event, not listen to a concert. Finally, what other major-league sport allows the game announcer to be a cheerleader?
I sympathize with Billy Ronson and Kenny Cooper about playing before small crowds. These men should feel comforted in knowing that what has caused declining attendance figures around the league has nothing to do with the game. Until changes are made in the package associated with indoor soccer, the "M" in MSL will stand for "minor" in the minds of many people. Few people will pay major-league prices to sit in a minor-league atmosphere.
Brett Smith Parkville
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