Two years back, the Blackhawks put their convention passes up for sale in March, if I recall correctly. Last year, the passes went on sale around February. For the 2010 convention, they started hawking (ha!) convention passes back in December 2009. Why so soon? What’s the rush?
“Well, they gotta pay Marian Hossa somehow, right?” suggested my girlfriend Shellie.
Good point. $12 million a season doesn’t raise itself.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the previous two Blackhawks Conventions. But three things about it irritate me:
1. The convention pass prices have gone up, from $50 to $55 to $60. But it’s more or less the same show, with more or less the same number of players signing autographs and pretty much the same number of panel discussions. But in 2008, you could probably get an autograph from a Hall of Fame player like Stan Mikita if you waited in line long enough. In 2009, you could only get such a player’s autograph through a lottery.
2. More people were at the show in 2009 than in 2008. Substantially more-perhaps twice as many. So, we pay more money to wait in line twice as long. You know you’re in trouble when the line for Ben Eager is practically out the door.
3. The passes go on sale sooner each year. Why do I have to pay for something in December if it won’t even happen until the end of July? Sure, I could have held off for a few months, but I decided to buy into the hype instead.
Actually, what prompted me to pay for the passes in December, instead of waiting a bit, was that if I bought them at the Blackhawks Store, then I would not have to pay Tickemaster “convenience fees.” But they only allot so many to the Store, with the rest being sold online via Ticketmaster.I’d rather buy something in December than in April and have to fork over an extra $8 or so per ticket in bullshit “fees.”
So far, the following active and retired players are scheduled to appear:
- Tony Esposito
- Bobby Hull
- Patrick Kane
- Duncan Keith
- Stan Mikita
- Ed Olczyk
- Joel Quenneville
- Denis Savard
- Jonathan Toews
More information about the convention can be found here.