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MLB Baseball Clubs Should Make Single Game Tickets Available Before Christmas

The home site of the 2015 MLB ALL - Star Game, The Great American Ball Park..Baseball owners, and the MLB alike, should really think about having tickets made available for purchase prior to the Christmas season every year. Both of the NBA and NHL have free rein on this concept, with their season's barely being midway yet in each calendar year at the end of December. The supply and demand for NFL tickets only reaches 8 games, and is never in question whether most stadiums will have good turnouts. You would think that kids especially, with love to receive game tickets as gifts on Christmas morning Instead, all that is available are gift certificates at this point in the year.

The home site of the 2016 MLB ALL – Star Game, Petco Park..Baseball owners, and the MLB alike, should really think about having tickets made available for purchase prior to the Christmas season every year. Both of the NBA and NHL have free reign on this concept, with their season’s barely being midway yet in each calendar year at the end of December. The supply and demand for NFL tickets only reaches 8 games, and is never in question whether most stadiums will have good turnouts. You would think that kids especially, with love to receive game tickets as gifts on Christmas morning Instead, all that is available are gift certificates at this point in the year.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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First off, the MLB has done a great job in posting their following year schedules earlier each consecutive year over the last half-dozen or so.

I give these guys full marks for that.  It also looks like they are improving their coverage of each team, to include more splits in each of the 30 squad’s itineraries.

I still wish they would follow the NHL (god did I just say that), in providing better splits for their 2430 Games Master Schedule, to include 7 day splits (you can go to ESPN.com for those), monthly splits and finally one year-long page on a post.

In 2014, I did all of the schedules I just mentioned, and even added an Interleague Master Schedule.  In 2016, I have already put out the American League vs National League schedule here.

It has been quite the undertaking, but I am doing all facets of it again – going forward in 2016 after just putting out the Interleague Master Schedule in 2015 because I was on the road the whole year.

MLB Report will continue to have great coverage on Interleague during the 2015 year. We will do this until a big website takes over with the concept from us.

MLB Reports will continue to have great coverage on Interleague during the 2016 year. We will do this until a big website takes over with the concept from us.  We would also love it for a MLB sports website to give a monthly and yearly schedule on one page like the NHL does,

While I have the Interleague Master Grid’s up for next campaign. I simply don’t have the manpower to facilitate all of the changes to the schedule ongoing each time one arises during the season. mlb.com has 4000 employees alright, and we have a couple of people over here.  I will still do the monthly, yearly and weekly posts, but we are a better tool to use before the season actually starts.

I will still do the preseason 2430 game schedule, and will post accordingly, but you may want to wait until all of the team post’s the majority of their game times for the baseball parks.  This will be done near the end of January.  There are a pile of TBD’s listed right now.

While I was thinking about that concept, it still dawned on me that baseball is very unfortunate to miss the Christmas season every year in terms of single game season purchases.

With all of the trillions spent on Saint Nick’s birthday at the end of December,  the MLB fan doesn’t have the chance to hold single tickets in their hot little hands.

Yes, people can give gift certificates as presents, but how hollow does that feel.

A lot of the teams start making tickets available in January and February, when the least amount of disposable income is available to the average person.

There simply has to be a better method for MLB to institute a system early enough for the holiday season.

Kudos to the teams that have begun putting together holiday packages for tickets so their rabid fans can have something under the tree or their stockings. Last year I saw the Mariners, Red Sox, Brewers and Phillies center their focus for sales around Dec.25.

The worst teams I saw for putting together ticket drives were the Baltimore Orioles (never released single tickets for sale until the middle of March) and the Washington Nationals have the worst ticket game plans out there.

The good news about the O’s and Nats is them showing up to the party late causes a great influx of cheap tickets onto Stubhub.  I watched 29 games at Nats Park and 25 at Camden for about $10 each per contest.  I would tell people to stay away from any ticket plans, and to buy their tickets on the secondary markets when their desired game is near. 

I know in the last decade of my travels to MLB Parks. I am ready to plan out entire vacations once the schedule is released in September.

The same can be said for people knowing how many weeks of time they receive from their jobs on an annual basis.  

Certainly the technology carried out for all sorts of tickets could provide a logical answer for this question.

Paypal is quickly becoming a great tool to purchase tickets as a method of payment for the MLB.

Paypal is quickly becoming a great tool to purchase tickets as a method of payment for the MLB.  Canadians can even have a PayPal account, with US funds, that will stop the hemorrhaging of fees that you are charged for buying tickets internationally.

Again, as an added negative bonus of traveling from Canada to the USA when I trek through the baseball venues, I am hostage to a currency exchange rate every time I plunk my credit card, or use PayPal to conduct a transaction for a baseball tickets.

Now that will only take up a small percentage of the 50 Million people attending the MLB Games right now, but nonetheless, it is another obstacle in which it makes it tougher to attend games.

I know the regional and network TV deals have a lot to do with the wait on printing tickets, but to even have a physical ticket, (that might be changed at a later time), is still something that would translate out well on Christmas morning.

I know if I owned an entity such as MLB, I would never want to miss out on the biggest economic boom of every calendar year.  

It has been said, and I may be wrong. but 50% of the average disposal income towards gift giving happens between American Thanksgiving and New Years.  

If that is true, than someone at head offices in New York should be working this angle out in a boardroom, with representatives of all 30 clubs.  

Toronto is the only team in the MLB not in the USA. With that comes foreign currency. For the years of 1990 - 2007, the Canadian Dollar was hovering around the 70 cents mark for the duration. The last economic crash in the USA - had the dollar at par for the better part of the last 7 years, including once reaching $1.10 for every George Washington bill in America. The average for the exchange rate has been in the mid 90 cents range. The loonie has been in a nosedive since 2014 kicked in - and now it is around 90 cents for every US Dollar. If it goes down much more, it will be just another challenge East Division.

Toronto is the only team in the MLB not in the USA. With that comes foreign currency. For the years of 1990 – 2005, the Canadian Dollar was hovering around the 70 cents mark for the duration. The last economic crash in the USA – had the dollar at par for the better part of the last 7 years, including once reaching $1.10 for every George Washington bill in America. The average for the exchange rate had been in the mid 90 cents range until late 2014. The loonie has been in a nosedive since 2015 kicked in – and now it is around 77 cents for every US Dollar. If it goes down much more, it will be just another challenge Canadian Ballpark goers will face traveling abroad the USA.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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