Originally Posted by Heath
From a fan standpoint, tossing my dollars to a low-A club for a 17 game pack every year watching a sub .500 team is getting as bad as making a one-hour trip 3-5 times a year to see a sub .500 major league team.
There will be a lot of waiting list people becoming very happy next year. And I'll predict that the sell-out streak is over in 2010 in Dayton. There are a ton of people who are disgruntled or can't afford them anymore. $800 for what I get is not worth my time, so I gave them back.
If the Reds wanted to make Dayton a crown jewel, they'd suck it up and place them in a pain-in-the-arse AA Eastern League. I understand the minor league way of purchasing franchises, but a AA team might pique more interest.
And if the Reds leave the Dragons, the Dragons are done. Toast.
It's really not as hard to get tickets as they make it out to be. I went on the waiting list in 2007, and I was offered season tickets in '08 and '09. I don't think the waiting list is as tough to crack as Mandalay wants you to believe. I haven't accepted the 17 game pack yet due to kids and/or budget restraints. But I will accept it someday, as long as it's a Reds affiliate. Like you said, if the Reds aren't the Dragons' affiliate, the attendance will fall back in line with other low A clubs, like Ft. Wayne, etc.