Fans support teams that support their fans
I just read the guest opinion “Are bandwagon fans for real?” [opinion, Oct. 15]. I think the question is: Is this author for real?
She says sports fans should support our teams and pack the stadiums through good times and bad, that there’s no excuse for not attending games even when they’re having losing seasons and haven’t gone to the playoffs for years. This pom-pom support isn’t reality.
Fans pay a hefty price to go to games, park, buy tickets and pay for food. We support exorbitant salaries even when players don’t earn them, we’re charged ungodly prices for food and drink — that the teams are probably charged less than wholesale prices to buy — and the prices go up every year, whether teams win or lose.
One thing about sports fans everywhere, they will support their teams as long as the teams support their fans. When the teams stop supporting their fans, we vote with our feet. When we’re charged high prices for inferior products, we’re not going to pay. We’re not going to pack the stadium to watch a team with a losing record eight of the last 10 years. You can call it bandwagon fans; I suggest it’s really ownership taking advantage of their fans.
Fred Riler, Issaquah