I don't think the concern is about people who hardly ever go to finals.
I think the concern is that people who ARE going to finals now might be tempted not to in the future.
This may be akin to what happened with TV ratings when people started getting DVR's and shows became available online. Once upon a time, there was a thing called 'appointment television'. People would go out of their way to watch their favorite shows live. Now, scripted TV shows have more people viewing them on a time-shifted basis and "3rd screens" like computers than they do watching them live. Once people got into the habit of the shows being available to watch in other ways, people started making a habit of watching them that way. As a result, the networks have a harder time earning money from ad revenue because it's based on how many people watch the commercials. When you time-shift and watch online, you rarely see the commercials.
DCI's fear may be that making it available streaming may convince people that are currently attending Finals live to stay home. The losses in revenue aren't just about ticket sales, but program books, souvenir sales, concessions. It also doesn't send much of a message about the vitality of the activity to have empty seats at your championships.
In addition, one of the reasons Indianapolis and future championship cities will give you good deals is that those cities want tourism. Once you start making finals a "virtual" event, more and more people who otherwise might attend may be enticed to stay home.
I think that may be a legitimate concern.
I doubnt it would slow people from going. There's a certain appeal to seeing it live. Let's face it, DCI sin't maxing out the crowd now. I mean hey...i'm a Phillies fan. I can get every game on free tv, as can everyone within say 180 miles, and they sold out 257 straight home games. They'd still be selling out if they didn't suck. So explain that? They sold 45,000+ 257 games in a row...and every one of those games was on tv.
Now sure, the average Phils fan isn't flying in or needing hotels. But they are spending a small fortune in food, parking and gas to get there.
So, with DCI not getting people to go now when it is their only option, and being told repeatedly those people aren't likely to go but would PAY to see it....duh, it's a no brainer.
let's yet again spell out the reasons people aren't going:
10 years in the same place
if only 500 people pay $30.00 per to order finals, thats $15k more (before expenses) DCI didn't have before. Given they show regionals that have smaller crowds than finals gets...what's the big #### deal? I'm probably never going to Stanford, Minnesota, San Antonio or Atlanta, all regionals shown on line this year, that I watched some if not all of...not to mention the other live feeds. If they are producing that for those of us that paid $65-100 and some occassional $24.95 buyers, what the hell is the #### difference about finals?
i can guarantee you if Allentown could work to show that live, people would still flock to JBC to see the corps live.
Hell DCA has a smaller audience base than DCI, and they even have the fan network running for prelims. Guess what...it made DCA money!
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