KCRA reported over the weekend that the economic downturn has hurt River Cats ticket sales. “It’s considerably decreased” says Chad Collins, Director of Ticket Sales. “I hope this isn’t an indication of what the rest of the season is going to be,” says Group Events Executive Marie Maita.
Think again. Those quotes are in the story, but they’re actually just courtesy of local residents waiting in line to buy tickets, “reporting” on their memory of what the line was like last year. Seriously. We have frequently ranted about this here on this log of the web (I say “we” but it really looks like RonTopofIt has done the lion’s share. I guess I am counting our countless IM conversations on the subject). Not only is the constant economic bad news getting on everyone’s nerves, but also it’s not hard to imagine that too much amateur news gathering like this could actually make the economy worse. It’s one thing to spin the unemployment rate or the foreclosure numbers. But this is one of those Real or The Onion? moments. Really, your main source for this story is a couple of dudes in line kinda sorta remembering there being more people last year?
KCRA at least implies, though, that it understands the real story here is that ticket prices at Raley Field are unchanged from last year and that it is still the best deal in town.