Reid Ryan Wants a More Fan-Friendly Astros, So Here Are Our Suggestions
In his introductory press conference on Friday, new Astros team president Reid Ryan made it clear that things are going to change. He wants the team to be more fan-friendly, and he said he's going to work on making it clear that the team is now putting fans first.
Reid Ryan and his new boss, Jim Crane, meeting the press on Friday.
So here are a few suggestions that Mr. Ryan might want to take under consideration.
5. No More Dynamic Pricing
The Astros put dynamic pricing into effect for all games, all seats this season. The primary problem is that it's not really dynamic pricing -- where the market drives the price of the ticket -- but is instead more like premium pricing -- where the team charges a higher price for tickets for games against certain teams. So when the Astros said in advance that tickets would be priced higher for games against the Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox and Angels and they set the price that tickets would be priced at, the market wasn't driving the costs, the team was driving the costs.
This is a bad baseball team. If people actually want to come out to watch the Astros play baseball, then the team should be doing everything possible to make that happen instead of trying to drive fans off by charging higher prices for certain games. Does the team make money doing that? Yes. But is making money in the short term worth driving away fans?
4. Get a Deal with CSN Houston Already
Do you really want to be fan-friendly? Then get the Astros back on television. Yeah, yeah, if you have Comcast then you can watch the Astros games. But there's no reason baseball fans should have to put up with awful customer service and an awful cable product to watch a bad baseball team. Sure, Jim Crane whining to David Barron on Friday night made getting a deal possibly even harder -- admitting to the press that the network's in financial trouble and is drawing down on its credit is probably not the best way to get all of the other providers to cave in to the network's demands.
But the truth of the matter is that any deal has to be better than no deal, right? Besides, the Astros have been the only stumbling block to a deal. The Rockets and Comcast have agreed to numerous deals with the other providers only to have the Astros veto the deals. But get the team on TV, start making some money for the network, let the fans watch without having to illegally access the games or subscribe to Comcast.