Thursday, 25 March 2010

And the winner is......

A freeze in season ticket prices!  Wow!  After five years when the average season ticket price has risen 51% (or 37% above the rate of inflation)!  I think we can safely conclude from this “news” that a) the Glazers are terrified of the green and gold movement and a possible boycott of season tickets and b) that they are so desperate to get their hands on United’s cash that despite their fear they can’t countenance any more “generous” price move (such as the cuts in season ticket prices for next season seen at the Bucs).

On to more important things, like analysing Joel Glazer’s qualifications (sic) for running our club.  A big thank you to Ian Patterson, Jacopo Belbo and “DW” for between them providing some very high quality evidence about Joel’s time at The American University in the late 1980s.  Sadly I’m going to have award each of them a t-shirt for their efforts (I'll be in touch gentlemen), but this blog is all about being fair and honest.

This is the course that Messrs Patterson and Belbo both discovered from the 1988-89 American University Course Catalog (there are actually several Interdisciplinary majors in the Course Catalog, but “DW” found evidence Joel graduated from The School of Public Affairs so it is pretty certain that “CLEG” is the one):

For those of you (like me until I looked it up) not well versed in US “grade-point averages”, an admission requirement of 2.00 is a “C” grade (the American University has now raised this requirement to 2.50 for students wanting to do the course today).  “CLEG” is as Jacopo Belbo rightly said, “…a little of this, a little of that, ease by major.”  As you can see it includes such rigorous academic subjects as “Public Speaking” (not something he has had much call upon since the family bought United) and “Civil Rights and Liberties” (I doubt “Can you seize a banner from peaceful protesters inside a football ground?” was covered).  I'd use the very American phrase "Mickey Mouse" to describe the degree myself.

So we can now safely strike off “genius” from the list of possible reasons to want this man to chair our club, having already dismissed “successful business man” (see First Allied Corporation), “track record running a sporting organisation” (see these comments from Buc’s fans post Joel’s latest interview), “philanthropist” (see ticket prices, management fees, consultancy fee, personal loans and dividends) and “United fan” (ha bloody ha).  Of course he’s only “a phone call away” if David Gill needs a decision on something so that’s OK.



Diem said...

If Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all increase prices then I'll take your point, otherwise I'd just accuse them of following the prevailing trend - as they have done over the past five years

Anonymous said...

Chelsea and Arsenal have both frozen their ticket prices in 4 out of the last 5 years I think, while at United we've suffered 4 huge rises plus the smaller rise of last year. So the Glazers have hardly been following the prevailing trend of ticket prices during their occupation. As for Liverpool (and really we should be comparing our prices with our northern foes rather than the London luvvies) their highest ticket price (for ST holders) is still £36, compared to our £49.

Chris Merriman said...

Not just a "United fan" but hes also a "fan" of a football club sorry soccer team in Rochester NY, Rhino's i think their called. Didnt he go on and on about being there week in week out when they were rubbish and itv done an interview with some lad from the club and he's never seen him at a game so if his lies are anything to go by chances are Joel made that degree up on Microsoft Publisher!

Diem said...

Been trying to dig around for ticket prices for comparison, was only able to find one old price point (on an Arsenal message board, from September 2003:

Based on the prices there, looks like Liverpool prices are up 35-53% (vs 2009/10 season), and Chelsea 40-50% (08/09).

Arsenal themselves have indeed frozen their prices, however the top-rated tickets cost around £1,000 (I've seen £1,300 quoted, but am not sure if that's right).

Anonymous said...

Arsenals ST cost includes 8 (or is it 7?) cup games (FA Cup & CL). Plus they heavily discount League Cup tickets. United under the Glazers now charge full whack for all cup games, even to watch the stiffs in the League Cup against lower league opposition. Similarly Chelsea heavily discount tickets for League Cup, FA Cup, and CL group games. They've even heavily discounted some CL ko games. WE actually increase prices as we progress through the CL. You need to look at the whole package to accurately compare prices. Taking into account cup games (which supporters are now obliged to buy whether they can make the game or not) United are now as expensive as Chelsea and Arsenal, except for maybe a very small number of ultra-premium seats at Emirates.

Da Fino said...

LOL @ Chris's comment. I remember that cringeworthy interview on MUTV well. These Glazers are such politicians.

Well done to the people who uncovered Joel's less-than-outstanding academic background. Very interesting stuff.

Anders, keep up the fantastic work.

Anonymous said...

Major is usually economics.