Boom Goes the Astros' Dynamic Pricing Model: Get Ready to Shell Out the Big Bucks
|It's almost as if Jim Crane is running the Astros like Rachel Phelps in Major League|
The Astros aren't the only team to use dynamic pricing. It's the up-and-coming thing in sports, and the Astros have been using dynamic pricing for several years, though it's been limited to only certain sections of the ballpark. But if the Astros are going to do this, they should do it properly, and don't do it on Opening Day. Not when you're the worst team in baseball, and not when you're trying to win over a fan base that has become increasingly turned off by management and ownership decisions.
There's the owner crying about his team losing money. There's the fact that the team's TV network still can't be viewed by a majority of Houstonians, and that due to MLB TV rules, people in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico who purchase the Extra Innings cable package or who buy MLB.TV can't watch the Astros.
There's the Astros vetoing a deal that CSN Houston and the Rockets had reached to put Rockets games on Direct TV. There's the departure of the popular Jim Deshaies. The Astros being moved down the dial to 790, a station with a much weaker radio signal than 740. There's the unceremonious axing of Dave Raymond and Brett Dolan. There's that stupid-ass erector-set-quality sign in left field that blocks the view of downtown Houston. Oh yeah, and the team is bad.
The Astros should want fans to attend games. More fans mean more dollars spent on concessions and team merchandise. Attending games is a good way for fans to get to know the youngsters on the squad. And with most of their fans unable to watch the games on television, it seems as if the Astros could possibly be looking at decent attendance. Except for one thing: The Astros are setting the prices for certain games so that nobody can afford to attend.
If I didn't know better, I would think Jim Crane was actually Rachel Phelps in disguise and there was a secret deal in place to move the Astros to Miami. Only we now know that baseball and Miami don't mix. I also don't think Crane is as smart as Rachel Phelps, and frankly, I don't see a Pedro Cerrano, Jake Taylor, Roger Dorn, Ricky Vaughn or Willie Mays Hayes anywhere on the current Astros roster.