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Occupy Comiskey! Jerry Reinsdorf explains the new White Sox ticket prices

Nov 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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Last month, the White Sox announced they would lower ticket prices for many if not most tickets. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf explained the rationale to Dan Hayes of

“If you take the so-called good seats, the premier seats, they were the fourth cheapest in all of baseball,” Reinsdorf said at Major League Baseball’s owners meetings, which conclude Thursday. “But then when you got into the lesser-quality seats, they were among the highest in baseball. So what we did was rebalance it. We raised the prices significantly on the inside seats and we’ve cut the prices substantially on the outside seats just to get where they ought to be.”

Based on what I learned from the recent campaign, this is class warfare and is giving gifts to the takers while punishing the people who create jobs and built that and blah, blah, blah.

  1. ireportyoudecide - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    No this is called Capitalism, occupy would not like this at all. They would like the seats given to them for free.

    • shynessismyelguapo - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      I actually like Capitalism and the law.

      I think what a lot of Occupiers and I hated was the Corporate Socialism and criminal immunity that applied to Wall Street.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      You are confusing capitalism with commerce. People in occupy are not opposed to commerce (or, paying for things).

      • Marty - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        I think you’re confusing occupy with a coherent and cohesive movement that speaks in unison with the members it purports to represent.

        Certainly there are “people in occupy” oppose to paying for things. Toenail clippers and shelter are among those things.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        and now Marty has confused protest and poverty with freeloading…

        I do not pretend to speak for all occupiers, but in my group, no one advocated a return to economic self-sufficiency — nor did any of the people I met from other groups. However, as the Loria example shows, there are capitalists who also oppose paying for things and want freebies from the public, so that isn’t unique to any group. Thankfully, occupiers in your area, Marty, were protesting to make a better country for you to be smug in.

      • Marty - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        You didn’t walk past Market and Spear in SF every day for six months last year, sweetheart.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Which is not to say that we discouraged open source projects that would benefit all but not profit a few as well. We call this “giving” or “sharing,” which is not necessarily incompatible with commerce.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        I am not your sweetheart and walking by an occupy site hardly makes you an expert on what the people there are about.

      • Marty - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Observing a group every day for half a year gives me a pretty good idea.

      • zhangocracy - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        If the occupiers are not opposed to paying for things, why didn’t they pay for the cleanup of their trash and feces in Los Angeles which instead went to taxpayers?

    • sabatimus - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      I for one am utterly sick of anything that says “occupy”. Most people have lost and/or perverted what the movement means anyway.

  2. Marty - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    No, what you’ve learned is that a team is charging market value for their product.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Well….yes…but that isn’t what Jerry said. He said they were changing prices based on prices elsewhere, which really don’t matter because they are selling their tickets in Chicago and not those other places. Market prices for White Sox tickets are based on what people in Chicago will pay, not what people in SF pay to see Giants games (for example).

      If the premium seats are always full and the other seats aren’t, that would be adjusting to the market….but he didn’t say that.

      • Marty - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        Actually, adjusting ticket prices to correspond to the prevailing market value around the league is exactly what he said.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        But the prevailing market around the league is irrelevant. His market is Chicago, not the US. What something costs in Boston or NY or LA is completely irrelevant to the cost or demand in his market.

      • Marty - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        Is that why a new era hat cost the same in every city in the country? 99 cents for two tacos at every jack in the box? Best buy charging the same for a tv in every store?

        I think your’e just being argumentative. Obviously there are local influences, but no question teams look at what other similar markets are charging and adapt accordingly.

  3. willclarkgameface - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Heaven forbid baseball games having affordable prices for families of 4 that want nice sight lines in the ball park.

    What you get instead is young Jimmy falling asleep in the 4th inning because he’s so far away from home plate that he never even knew who was hitting even if it was his favorite player. Then again he didn’t really care the whole time anyway because baseball doesn’t resonate with middle class youth because it IS a slower game and well, you just can’t be near the game unless you’re into wheeling and dealing all night in your suit and Blackberry combo.

    Watch the game from home. No traffic. No assholes with Blackberry phones that didn’t even care about the game, players, or stats in the first place. No $12 beers. Comfortable seats.

    I need to live in the woods of Montana with my DirecTV baseball season pass and just get away from it all.

    • DJ MC - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Occupy Missoula.

    • clydeserra - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM


      Sooo 2000s

  4. shorttracknews - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Call it whatever you want, the Cell will still be empty next year. Now it will just show up better on TV with the premium seats more expensive.

    • sabatimus - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Well, at least if people go to Sox games they won’t have to leave the mute button on to drown out Hawk.

    • blackandbluedivision - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      That’s because the city of Chicago is closing the Red Line for 6 summer months next year. It’s going to be rough getting people to the game. Like it wasn’t already. People would rather drink and watch bad baseball on the northside than watch annual pennant races in the southside.

  5. randygnyc - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Give it a break today , Craig. Your politicking is making you look like a bald dick.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      As opposed to yourself, whose posts on here indicate that you actually ARE a bald dick?

    • blackandbluedivision - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      bald dick.

      Why bald? You’ve seen a hairy one?

  6. raidernation7589 - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    No that is capitalism you whiney liberal jackass, it’s the free market doing what it needs to do to survive, the government forcing everyone to be equal is socialism, which someone like you who makes a living off the hard work of others probably loves

    • drewsylvania - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Thank you for displaying total ignorance about both socialism and Craig’s work history.

  7. zhangocracy - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Craig Calcaterra works as a free intern at NBC Sports. That’s why he’s waiting for Obama to save him.

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