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LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG: Wanna See The Cubs in The Playoffs? Grab Your Wallet!

THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!

Buddy at Rest - Fourth of July, 2007"Go, Cubs, Go!  Go, Cubs, Go!  Hey CHICAGO, What Do You Say, the Cubs are Gonna Win Today!" 

Just practicing the Cubs Victory Theme Song, written by the late Chicago Folk Musician Steve Goodman for WGN Radio back in '83 - way before I was even a pup.

We need to get in shape for the Major League Baseball playoffs here in Chicago, you know!

But if you want to see the games in person, you dogs - it might be tough.  And costly!

That's because the Cubs are making fewer tickets available to the public than last year's playoff series, when they made an early exit after quickly losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round.  This year, virtually all available extra public seats to the Cubs Postseason will be available in the secondary ticket marketplace - with the greatest number of available tickets being found at StubHub.com.

San Francisco-based Stub Hub has proprietary technology to purchase extra tickets from Season Ticket Holders wanting to sell them, and offering the extras to those wishing to buy.  After shunning secondary market ticket sellers for many years, considering it "scalping," all Major League Teams, including the Chicago Cubs, now embrace the practice, and generate considerable profit from it. 

In August of last year, MLB inked a five-year deal with Stub Hub to make them the official secondary marketplace for tickets to every major league team, and every big-league game - regular season and post season.

The secondary ticket market seller generates 25% in fees from every transaction - 15% from the seller of the ticket, 10% from the buyer.  Of course, Major League Baseball and each team gets a piece of the action as well.  Mark McGuire, Cubs Executive Vice President, wouldn't specify how much the Cubs take is, but added, "It's lucrative.  I think it's going to be a good relationship for us."

Joellen Ferrer of Stub Hub says there are more than 2,000 tickets for each possible game in the first round of the Cubs playoffs - the National League Divisional Series.  For last year's short post-season run, the team itself made available 900, 600, and 300 tickets respectively (games two and three were never played, as the Diamondbacks swept the Cubs 3-0 in this Best of Five Series (only one game was ultimately played here in Chicago, at Wrigley Field).

First-round tickets, says Ferrer, are listed for an average of $490 this year on Stub Hub, up from an average of $338 last year.  The average is the highest in the majors.  She feels prices typically drop the closer to game time, as unsold tickets remain on the site.

Feeling lucky?  Want a Chicago Cubs National League Championship or World Series ticket?

Pony up, you dogs - as much as $15,000 a piece - maybe even more - for a ticket to a Cubs World Series game (man, it's hard for me to even form the growl for those three words, "Cubs World Series.")

Earlier this week, the Cubs estimated 22,000 Season Ticket Holders received their post-season 2008 tickets.  These represent slightly more than half of Wrigley's estimated 42,200 total seats plus standing room.  Thousands more tickets are earmarked (or, as we say, "dog-eared") for Major League Baseball,  players and their families, advertisers, employees, assorted hangers-on, and various public officials.

They say the Mayor of Chicago, as well as each Chicago Alderman, will be offered two premium tickets to every Cubs home post-season game.  Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, and John Kusack will undoubtedly get their tickets as well.  (We dogs are unsure about Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama - a South Sider, and an admitted Chicago White Sox Fan!)

But, alas - no tickets at all are being reserved for Little White Dogs.  And, absolutely - none for Billy Goats!

Well, I guess my Pup Reporter, Gracie, and I will have to watch the Cubs Post Season from a nearby bar - despite the fact that beer may be cut off during the later innings of any potential clinching games, under orders from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

Hey - can we borrow your ID?  Don't worry, we're not going to drink - just to hang out with my fellow Canine Cub Fans!)

Fasten Your Seat Belts, you dogs!

See Mark Caro and Josh Noel's article in today's Chicago Tribune for more info, as well as some insight on how the Chicago White Sox will handle their post-season tickets, should they clinch a playoff berth.

YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,

BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

(and GRACIE MOSS - Chicago's Newest Cubs Fan!)

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:11 PM by Dean's Team
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