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Old 10-10-2008, 06:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC sh*tty ticket prices..

I found this a very good article, the UFC, in my eyes need to get a grip - people are being priced out of everything.

http://www.fightlinker.com/?p=3276

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Everyone is talking about the 17 million dollar gate for Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquaio like that’s something MMA should aspire to. Am I the only one who thinks that’s a ******* terrible idea?

In fact, there’s a trend that I’ve noticed from Dana White and the UFC which I think could very well end up backfiring sooner rather than later: the obsession with breaking gate records. Sure, you can argue that you’re only as big as your gate and your PPV numbers, but how about the other argument that you see in several other sports: Tickets are too ******* expensive, leagues are too ******* greedy, and everyone is sick of paying out the nose for shitty seats in the bleachers.

Michael Rome pulled out the floor plan for the UFC’s Couture vs Lesnar event in Las Vegas. Check this shit out:



Do you see how balls the 300 buck tickets are? WHAT THE ****. The sooner Dana White stops caring about beating Barbara Streisand in gate revenue and more on keeping his fans happy, the better. Because the shoe is going to drop sooner or later, especially considering the US economy’s prolapsed anus from years of Wall Street ass *******.

We already see attendance numbers plummet whenever the UFC returns to a region, and why is that? It has nothing to do with interest and everything to do with simple economics. People just can’t freaking afford to go. And when you price your events outside the league of your average fans, you create a situation where you will lose those fans.

Just look at the state boxing is in. Sure, they can pull one monster gate every so often. That doesn’t chage the fact that the sport is on the decline because of the greed and avarice of key people involved. Don’t tell me we’re supposed to beware of how boxing shot itself in the foot and not recognize overpriced tickets as part of the problem.
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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wow $1k for floor seats? That's more than 50yd line Super Bowl tickets (face value)
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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He's all about earning every single penny that he can, nothing is enough for him.

If that's the case, then if you can sell out an arena completely... you're not charging enough. As long as you can keep filling the place while you raise the prices, then hey... mo money, right?
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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he should at least make green seats 150
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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For two tickets to UFC 89 in Birmingham it only costed me about £82.50 each(Not dolars) and thats for the lower tier and its in the Wheel Chair ramp part so technicaly we should be only a few feet off the ground floor. Theyre pretty damn good seats if you ask me but yeah i dont really know or care. Your paying a high price because of the demand for the event and a huge part of why that boxing event "Sold Out" is because about half of the building was bought out by corporate managers and partners of the promoters not neccessarily fans who were willing to pay the price.
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Who watches live sports these days anyway?
TV coverage is so good that you'd see more of the action from your lounge chair than from $1000 seats. Plus you get cheaper beer and better food when you want it.
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Who watches live sports these days anyway?
TV coverage is so good that you'd see more of the action from your lounge chair than from $1000 seats. Plus you get cheaper beer and better food when you want it.
Can't argue with that - even better if you get the boys round, have a bit of banter and fun!!

I went to the O2 in London and paid 45 - so that was sweet, but doubt I'd go again
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Agreed. I've been to an event, paid about 100 bucks for seats way up top and thought to myself how much more fun I would be having if I was at my friend's place, watching it on a big screen tv and drinking from a $15 case of beers.

I would only go to a live event if it was a blockbuster card. Otherwise, I'd stay at home or watch it at a bar.

The production value at these events are pretty weak. UFC makes a lot of money and should at least pay the fighters a decent purse or give the fans their money's worth.
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I enjoyed the One I went to in Cincinnati. Mostly because we made an overnight trip out of it and had fun up there. We paid like $160 for our tickets and they were decent. I wouldn't be able to do that all the time. I would rather watch it in Hi-def on my 73" TV rather than pay for it live at the venue. If it were cheaper I would love to go more.

I would rather go to like 5 smaller shows and see a ton more fights, closer to the ring than pay a couple hundred to go to the UFC event.

I still would like to make about one UFC event a year if I can though.
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While it's a lot cheaper and easier to just watch it on TV- I will always prefer to go to sporting events live. Nothing can replace this excitement of the crowd and watching an event live in the stadium or arena IMO.

Sadly I have not gotten to go to a UFC event the only one I really tried to go to was UFC 69 in Houston because it's only a few hours away but the tickets were already sold out and the ticket agencies were selling them way too expensively.

As much as corporations gobble up ticket- ticket brokers suck worse as they send out multiple buyers to buy tickets for face value online or in ticket lines and then turn around and normally, at least, double the price to buyers. I used to train the president of a Ticket brokerage and some of the tactics he told me about actually pissed me off completely because it totally screws over the average fan.
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