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Orl Sentinel: AFL Owner Guarantees Winning, Or Fans Pay Less

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This is a great idea, from a pro sports owner that many compare to a Mark Cuban type.


Brett Bouchy just became my favorite owner in all of professional sports.

His Arena League Orlando Predators were lousy last year and recorded only their second losing season in franchise history. And the fans weren't happy about it. So you know what he decided to do?

Guarantee winning.

Bouchy calls his idea the "Predators Performance Guarantee" and claims his is the first team in professional sports history to give discounts based on poor play.


http://www.orlandosentinel.com/spor...-back-guarantee-0127-20130126,0,416020.column
 

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LOL. That's a great story.

I like what this guy is doing. He really is an interesting businessman. Late last season, he came right out and said that he believed the Colts were purposely tanking the season for Luck. He knows many NFL owners, and claims some do tank for draft picks once eliminated from playoff competition.

And the wild thing about his comments? He didn't say them out of spite or competition. In fact, he said he would do the exact same thing as an owner. He even speculated how he would do it--concluding that he would offer the HC and coach large cash bonuses to lose.

He's definitely a refreshing character.
 

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There are a lot of interesting things from that article:

"We see teams in baseball dump salaries, but they don't give the fans a refund when they dump those salaries and the season goes in the tank," says Bouchy, whose team was 4-14 last year and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 19 years. "It's a dirty little secret that teams [in the NBA and NFL] try to lose games to improve draft position, but season-ticket holders still get their 4-percent price increase the next year.

Big-time pro and college teams will soon have to realize their business model just doesn't work anymore. You can't keep increasing ticket prices even when your team stinks. The economy's different now. Fans used to support their teams, win or lose. No more. Just look at the University of Florida football team, which sold out every game for more than two decades. Even the Gators have trouble selling tickets now. The Gators went 11-1 last regular season and were in the running for a national title, but still had bunches of empty seats at almost all their home games.
 

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In fact, he said he would do the exact same thing as an owner. He even speculated how he would do it--concluding that he would offer the HC and coach large cash bonuses to lose.
Owners like that need to ALSO dish out huge amounts of cash to the fans, to compensate them for their wasted time, energy, and money, for showing up, paying big bucks for, and cheering on a team, that they believe was actually attempting to win a game.
 

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Owners like that need to ALSO dish out huge amounts of cash to the fans, to compensate them for their wasted time, energy, and money, for showing up, paying big bucks for, and cheering on a team, that they believe was actually attempting to win a game.
I agree 100%. Hence, the article.

This seems like it would be a great idea in places like Buffalo, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.
 

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