Boom Goes the Astros' Dynamic Pricing Model: Get Ready to Shell Out the Big Bucks

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It's almost as if Jim Crane is running the Astros like Rachel Phelps in Major League
Dynamic pricing also means that the price of tickets should fluctuate -- it's based on market demand, after all. But the Astros have set a concrete price for these tickets on Opening Day -- and for the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Angels. There's no fluctuation. The price is set. So while the Astros might like to call it dynamic pricing, it's not. It's price gouging.

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.

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spamhater45
spamhater45

Along about September, when the last place Astros are playing the last place team in the other division, or the last place team in the real (National) League, they will have one of those promotions where you can get in by bringing an empty quart Gatorade bottle, or six empty Coke or Pepsi cans.  Then I will maybe come watch a game, since I can park my old car on the street for free.

reafam3
reafam3

Pay double to watch third rate shit? I wouldn't piss on this team if they were on fire.

Motherscratcher
Motherscratcher

Take thirty minutes and price out teams across the league. The Astros prices are extremely competetive. Especially if you have season tickets. Try taking a look at the team in Arlington first in that Godawful roofless building. Tickets are nearly double what they are here and our ballpark is miles ahead of theirs. In a couple of years our baseball team will be, too.

Stevan Ilan Trujillo
Stevan Ilan Trujillo

why would you pay so much to see a losing team, when you can go 3 blocks east and watch the Houston Dynamo WIN...just sayin.

JaxSolo
JaxSolo

Yeah, but what isn't around here? A plain bbq sandwich and a glass of tea costs $11. Gum is $2. And gas... well. We decide where and how to spend our money, however much or little we have. I prefer to buy an overpriced Astos ticket than an overpriced drink or trendy overpriced dinner. We spend money on what brings us joy. Bottom line. Get over it or just don't go. I love baseball and I love the Astros, win or lose. It's about the game and it's entertainment. Hell, have you been to the movies lately???  Maybe it's just me.

Pete Johnson
Pete Johnson

austin is looking for a baseball team.go astros.......

Jimmy Davis
Jimmy Davis

Yes, opening day is now a no show. It's called price gauging, not value pricing, don't 4get 40$ to park instead of 15$ .. Throw us in the American lge, charge us 100$ 4 opening day, absolutely Classless, Disrespectful to fans .. Crane Sucks !!!

Keith Blackketter
Keith Blackketter

have kept me away the past 5 yrs..that and the crappy ass record

Kevin Sayre
Kevin Sayre

I read this earlier today...Completely ridiculous. They say some games are worth more? In that case; if you're paying what it's worth; then the tickets ought to range from $2.00- $4.00!!!!! GO Sugar Land Skeeters!!!!-now that's Baseball!!!

Jerise Harris-Henson
Jerise Harris-Henson

We go at least three times a season. It's fun. Yeah they suck but baseball is only fun when you can watch it live.

David Rozycki
David Rozycki

I only went when someone gave me free tickets.

Jere Douglas
Jere Douglas

Yes it will! Disabled Vet here and very limited income.

Rebecca Ellen
Rebecca Ellen

This pisses me off. I was once a season ticket holder (in the old days -- field box seats were $8.00 LOL). I gave up on baseball about the time of the second strike. I've been to one game at Minute Maid and although I had sticker shock at the cost of a sea, I did go to the game. I haven't been back but I was actually looking forward to returning this season -- I was apparently mistaken in the thinking Jim Crane might have made some positive changes. What a freaking joke this guy is! $130 f'n' dollars for a field box seat. He is nuts. Clearly living on another planet. Baseball, I may have forgiven you, but I will never, ever attend another game. That's biggest load of bull crap I have ever heard. And at this time in our lives when everyone is fighting for every nickel they can and this guy.. this f'n' guy wants us to pay $130 for a seat? I am outraged.

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