Maple Leafs Free Game, It Is What It Is

The Leafs have announced a free exhibition game at the ACC this fall. I am sure the press is going to dump all over them for this, cause that is what they do. However, I think you have to take this for what it is. A nice gesture.

The one constant compalaint about MLSE is that they have priced the games beyond what the average fan can afford. This is true, the average fan can’t attend the games. So, before bashing the hell out of them and suggesting other ways they could have given back to the fans…appreciate this for what it is.

Of course they will get bashed in that Coke if probably picking up the tab for most of the lost revenue….

here is the full release

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July 16, 2008 11:43 am

Basically, the people that get free tickets to this game will have bought a lot of Coke products (as you rightly noted, the Leafs’ money will be recouped by charging Coke an arm and a leg for this opportunity) and given their contact information to Coca-Cola.

If the Leafs wanted to make an actual major fan related announcement they would have done something about the vast amount of tickets that are in the hands of scalpers that work to prevent real fans from seeing a real game.

July 16, 2008 11:47 am

An excellent item to add to the do list. It would be interesting to know what other teams have done to try to curtail the brokers.

From my own personal experience, the leaf ticket face prices are so expensive that the brokers can’t really charge that much of a premium.

July 16, 2008 2:49 pm

Generally that’s true but try for one of the big games (Saturday nights against a Canadian team, rare visits [Detroit, Vancouver]) and you’ll see upper deck tickets being touted at platinum prices.

July 16, 2008 3:06 pm

I have placed 3 calls to pro team executives to see what they do in their respective markets (none are in Toronto, none are hockey). Will report back soon.

July 16, 2008 3:25 pm


Unfortunately, if you call the Cubs you’ll find out that they actually have their own ticket brokering service :S

July 16, 2008 3:53 pm

I think a lot of clubs have deals with the likes of TM for handling resale of tickets

July 16, 2008 4:28 pm

I know that for season ticket holders TFC uses TicketBastard for the re-sale of tickets but only other STHs can access the service. I believe the Leafs have something similar.

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