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PSLs a ripoff, but a reality

This is not a topic I like, or that I want to spend a lot of time on, but I feel like I have to devote at least one post to the PSL (personal seat license) program the Giants will implement in their new stadium.

PSLs seem like a pure ripoff to me. Basically, the team is asking you to buy a license -- a pricey license at that -- to have the right to buy a pricey ticket.

I'm sure some of you guys out there are season ticket-holders, and some of you are probably a lot more irate about this -- and more knowledgeable -- than I am.

I'll be honest. I don't have season tickets, I'm not on the waiting list and I never will have season tickets. When I was young (many years ago) season tickets and the travel involved were beyond my parents' means.

Years ago I thought about trying to get on the waiting list, but it's so long I would never have a shot at tickets in my lifetime.

So, the whole PSL debate means very little to me personally. I'm sure it means a lot more to many of you than it does to me, and I certainly don't blame you for being upset about this.

Here are some details of the plan.

  • COST RANGE: $1,000 to $20,000
  • TERM: The life of the new stadium
  • PAYMENT PLAN: Three installments, ending March 1, 2010
  • TRANSFER TERMS: Fans can re-sell to the highest bidder.
  • If you don't buy season tickets, you lose the PSL.
  • Fans can request seats with cheaper PSL than current seat.
  • PSLs will gross $371 million toward construction cost.

So, here's your chance to vent about the reality of the PSLs. Use this thread to vent. I figured I had to address it, but really have little more to say on the matter.

Your thoughts?