I've talked about Dynamic Pricing for the last couple of years on Sports Talk.
I love the concept and I'm intrigued to see how it works for the Reds. The fact is, dynamic pricing has been part of our everyday lives for years. It happens with hotel rooms, airline tickets, summer vs offseason vacation rentals, concerts, etc.
Not all 162 regular season games are equal. So why sell them like they are?
A Friday night game in August vs the Cardinals, with Aroldis Chapman on the mound is not the same as a Wednesday night game in April vs the Marlins.
I remember talking about a series of games for the Indiana Pacers last year. A Friday night vs the Oklahoma City Thunder went for $104. That same seat was just $39 for a Monday night game with the Toronto Raptors. Makes sense.
Ticket prices will go up or down based on multiple variables, from demand to weather to day of the week, opponent, pitcher, won-loss record, etc. The Reds are very protective of their season ticket holders. The basement prices will never drop below the price a season ticket holder has already paid. If you want to lock in your price, buy tickets now. The concept is great for the value driven fan looking for a deal to take the family. As for the Reds, a ticket that drops, and is sold for $12, is better than a ticket left unsold at the regular price of $15. Some teams change the ticket price in real-time. In some cases a price will go up or down during the refresh of a computer screen. Reds C.O.O Phil Castellini told me last night that they will lock prices 24 hours out. The rest of his interview is listed below. Also, this is a nice answer to the secondary market impact of outlets like StubHub. Why allow those outlets to undercut you for a couple of dollars?
Here is a link to the Reds 2013 Dynamic Pricing at the moment. Keep in mind, these prices will fluctuate.
Sun/Moon deck: $27 for Thur, April 4, 12:35 vs Angels
Sun/Moon deck: $25 for Thur, April 18, 7:10 vs Marlins
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The Cronin Extremists
Extremist: One who advocates or resorts to measures beyond the norm...a person who favors or resorts to immoderate, uncompromising, or fanatical methods or behavior......see critics of Mick Cronin.
I like asking the question why?. It's a simple, yet powerful question. It calls for an explanation. Each time I ask the Mick Cronin Extremists to explain their rationale for calling for Mick's firing, I get what amounts to a blank stare.
What makes those fans believe that A+B=F.....as in fired?
Why can't A+B=F....as in fix?
Why are fans so quick to skip the process of adjusting and improving?
"Fire _______ has become the default position for fans in Cincinnati. If it's not Mick, it's Dusty Baker or Marvin Lewis. It's a lazy response. It's one that requires no thought. It's knee-jerk. It's simple. Thankfully, athletic directors, general managers and owners don't think this way. Can you imagine the chaos if they did?
Anyone can yell, call, tweet and/or post to fire _______. Heck, they can do it from the comfort of their parents basement. But when I ask those same people why?, they scatter like cockroaches when the kitchen light goes on. It's as though the Cronin Extremists simply never wanted him in Clifton and never wanted him to succeed.
I do believe the statute of limitations has expired on the bullet point of "look what Mick inherited". Mick was hired nearly seven years ago. It does a disservice to continue dragging the program back to that past. The program has come too far.
Mick's seventh edition of the Bearcats has issues and limitations. They have lost three in a row, 4 of 5 and are just 7-9 since December 27. But they are also a team with 19 wins, four of those wins over RPI Top 50 teams. One more win makes it three consecutive 20-win seasons, for the first time since 2004-2006.
At the moment, UC projects as an NCAA tournament team. I'm not sure it's a good thing they have three regular season games remaining. But plenty of teams have wobbled into the tournament, only to then make a run.
The reality is the Bearcats don't shoot well, they don't finish well, and they don't pass it all that well. They do defend and they do usually rebound. I've debated which UC flaws are fixable all season. This team is what it is. There is only so much to reinvent at this point. I would like to see UC try to run and press more. I know, easier said than done. But the last thing I want is UC in a half-court offense. If it takes using walk-ons and hockey like substitution lines to push the tempo, then so be it.
The offense lacks movement and flow. A healthy Cashmere Wright would certainly help that. But it's probably not realistic to think Cash gets healthy this season.
It does not help when your offense is 2.5 players, Sean Kilpatrick, JaQuon Parker and half a Wright. Somehow, Mick recruited front-line players with zero offensive ability, from Cheik Mbodj to David Nayrasuk, Justin Jackson and Kelvin Gaines.
That's UC basketball now. As for UC basketball future, I believe Mick needs to fine-tune and re-focus recruiting. UC needs basketball players over long and athletic players. Give me a player with a go-to move that can create his own shot. Give me a come off a screen, square up, and pull the trigger sharp-shooter.
I used to joke that Bob Huggins needed an offensive coordinator. I've thought the same watching Mick's offense. I can appreciate defense and getting after it. But you still have to execute a basketball term, scoring the ball. It's great to be near the top of the Big East in points allowed and field goal defense. It's not great to be at the bottom of the Big East scrum in shooting and scoring.
But what I continue to struggle with is the conclusion of the Cronin Extremists that Mick should be fired. Here's that question again: why?
Maybe the extremists are Huggophiles in hiding. The Bob Huggins backers must have lost track of a West Virginia season (13-14) that has come off the tracks and a coach that appears to have mailed in recruiting, again.
Maybe those fans are clinging to the AK days. Ole Andy Kennedy just might get Ole Miss to the dance, for the first time in his seven seasons.
But back to Mick and the questions. Who fires a coach after making back to back NCAA tournament appearances? Can you imagine how UC would be viewed nationally if Whit Babcock fired a coach after leading them to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2001?
Under Mick, a winning tradition has been restored and a sense of pride has returned. A 19-9 season, yet to even be completed, does not tear down the rebuilding. UC could still make it three straight NCAA tournament appearances. Either way, why can't the demand be to simply fix issues and get better? Mick has certainly earned that chance.
The fact this topic even has be be addressed leads to a bigger issue. Why would any coach, playing in a glorified high school gym, in a conference that's been picked over like a carcass on the side of the road, at a school that has clearly pushed its chips to the football side of the table, want to continue to deal with it? What do you think?:
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Votto homers, Reds beat Brewers
Votto's callus says 'I'm ready'
Hal McCoy, Dayton Daily News
Of the home run, he said, “It’s only been abourt eight months or so, right? How long has it been?” His last home run came on June 24, before he injured his knee slilding into third base. Two surgeries after that weakened his knee and negated his power.
“June 24? Wow, that’s a long time,” he said.
Mesoraco, Olivo battle for backup-catcher role
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
"You're deciding on if we keep Mesoraco or if you keep a guy like Olivo," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Monday. "[Olivo] has a lot of experience. The one drawback is he's non-roster. You would really have to play your way on for you to take somebody else off."
Did you miss them?
Eric Davis, Special Assistant to the GM, checked in on Sports Talk (6:35).
We discussed the development of Shin-Soo Choo and Billy Hamilton in CF.
I also asked Eric, if in his prime, he could have beaten Hamilton in a foot race?
Reds C.O.O. Phil Castellini explained Dynamic Pricing (6:45).
Former Reds GM Jim Bowden checked in.
We discussed: Aroldis Chapman to the rotation, Shin-Soo Choo in CF, if Jim would buy stock in Homer Bailey?, and if the Reds are World Series good? (7:35).