After doing a few thousand shows and events. The idea of paying to purchase a ticket to go see a show is just not something I get excited about. I am happy to take someone to see something they really desire to see and watch. I am most happy when I know tickets are given to someone that probably could not afford the show and will probably enjoy and remember the show like I remember mu uncles taking me to sports events as a young kid.
My uncle's are huge baseball fans. A childhood treat was going with them to a stadium to watch a baseball game. I am guess because of his Pennsylvania roots my uncle loved his Philadelphia Phillie's. I think my brother actually enjoyed baseball more than I did, but if you were from New York, you really only had two choices to root for. The Met's, or the Yankees.
Yesterday a friend sent me images of vintage old “classic” cars from a show they attended in England. These were simply rare, old, and ever so beautiful autos that somehow seem forgotten in today’s world where cars look and act more and more alike than being unique and different.
I thought about “classic” sports long before the marketing, television, naming rights and the ability to sell basically anything for a price to some buyers willing to not question the cost of “is this worth it?” Instead they spend more and get less. I am sure every marketer will pull out a spreadsheet where they consider “impression” as something valuable even though the consumer can’t remember anything.
It is like the Internet. Why do I come drop thoughts here in a long form? Because I enjoy just rambling about whatever. This is fun to me. The world is off retransmitting tweets and face book likes and dislikes. No one really saying much, but everyone in that world trying to put some image out for the world to see of amplify.
Maybe I lament the death of the newspaper where you were given substance and depth to a story. Maybe my tweets are simply these pages that have no limit on the amount of verbiage used.
Future stadiums will be interesting to go to, yet, as sport wants to take out the human element of the game with instant replays and the ability to stop play to go back and look at a “do-over.” It reminds me of golfing with someone who always took mulligans. They should have put an 8 on the scorecard for the hole and they put a 5 down without even blinking.
When this mentality is allowed to run rampant, the sport will have to make up for what it looses in entertainment value.
Eventually there will be a crash, once people see that the emperor has no clothing. That's part of the reason you make brand new logo merchandised apparel each year. to keep the consumer thinking they "need" the new "stuff."