Originally written February 16, 2012 on The Royal Half:
Game #57 LA KINGS
65 pts, 7th in Western Conference
63 pts, 8th in Western Conference  Kings Lead Season Series  (3-1) 7:30pm, Staples Center
Five For Howling
Yotesgurl The Los Angeles Kings are fighting hard for a bottom 4 playoff spot, are last in the league in scoring, have a healthy scratch debacle with Dustin Penner and are starting two rookies on the 2nd line against a hot team from Phoenix that is 2 points behind the Kings. Why yes, Los Angeles Kings management... it's the perfect time to announce a raise in the cost of season tickets!
A club spokesman said some seats will decrease by $5.50 to $12 and others will increase by as little as 50 cents to as much as $13 per game. The "blended" increase will be 9% for those who renew by the March 24 deadline and 11% for those who renew afterward or are new buyers.
Via Spike Coffman, the Producer of The Fourth Period Radio Show on Sirius/XM Home Ice, here is the updated seating chart for the 2012-2013 season. The Kings may shoot twice, but there is no guarantee they score. If you notice, there is a tiny light blue strip around the first few rows of the 300 sections that differs from the current season seating chart. Apparently, that is the area being hit the hardest by the increase in ticket prices but overall the ticket prices for the Kings are on the lower side in the NHL. Kings fan Eddie Resendez, who sits in this new light blue section, is seeing his tickets go from $22.50 each this season to $35 next. Eddie sits in Section 309, which if you look at the map above, is just about the furthest section away you can sit from where the Kings shoot twice. For those of you scoring at home that is a $537 total increase on his seats from last season.  It feels like I'm right there! For me and my Half-Season Ticket Holder Buddy... our seats go up 3 dollars each per game if we renew our Half-Season Ticket Package by March 24th. Which to be honest... is kinda insulting. I always felt like we had really good seats but now I'm starting to feel... well... worthless. I guess I should feel a little bit better that if I don't renew before the March 24th deadline, my seats go up $9.50 for each ticket. But I feel like everyone else is getting their ticket prices increased by a franchise that has 2 playoff appearances in the last 8 seasons much more than I am. And as a Half-Season Ticket Holder I'm not even able to get all the benefits that come with this increase in pricing. That's right, if you are a Full-Season Los Angeles Kings Season Ticket Holder and you renew your seats by the early bird date of March 13th... you get a special surprise! So let me get this straight... if I renew my seats by March 13th, a good month before this team will have a playoff spot locked up, I get a medallion that will commemorate the 45 years of futility that this franchise has suffered. SIGN ME UP, *******!!! Aww... don't be sad about the new ticket prices, Dustin.
You'll still get paid. Even if you get traded to Columbus. I'm going to renew my Half-Season Tickets no matter what. Why? Because I'm an asshole who loves going to Los Angeles Kings games and cheering for this team no matter what. I've been doing it for 20+ years so why would I stop now? But for other, less rich fans, this has got to be a huge slap in the face from a franchise who isn't just struggling to score goals... but also struggling to spell correctly. In the most recent "Teammates" article on LAKings.com, Jordan Nolan and Dwight King are asked to answer the same questions. And I'm pretty sure in a move to cut costs... they also had Jordan Nolan and Dwight King edit the article. When this article posted early Wednesday morning, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan had just finished their streak dinner and were on their way to see Goodwill Hunting at the local move theatre. A few minutes later, after a fan on Twitter had noticed the spelling errors, the food of choice for Nolan and King had been corrected, but the other errors remained in place. And then... a mere 8 seconds apart: And finally, late Wednesday evening, the Teammates article received one more edit: Good Will Hunting will never get the respect it deserves. There is another mistake in this Teammates article... there is no way in hell Jordan Nolan's favorite player in the NHL is Todd Bertuzzi. I feel like they asked Jordan's dad that question by mistake. Jesse from The Hockeywood Insider fame has started a new LA Kings podcast called All The Kings Men. And it looks like I'm going to be a regular guest on the new podcast every Thursday morning. The latest one is posted and you can check it out here. It's chock full of great talk about the Los Angeles Kings featuring myself, Jesse, Matt from Life in Hockeywood and Dennis Bernstein from The Fourth Period. There hasn't been this many Jews talking hockey since Mathieu Schneider's family reunion.  Oy vey, the Kings!

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