Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Emailer: What Reds ownership does not get

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I received this email from a listener a while back. We will discuss tonight on Sports Talk.

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I have been a Reds fan since I was a kid back in the 1960's. (I still have my Jim Maloney autographed bat from one of the bat days)

I lived through the Big Red Machine glory days. I remained a fan, not even abandoning the team during the 61-101 season.

I would attend 10-20 games a year and watch all televised away games back before Sports Channels. Of course, I listened to Al and Joe, and then Marty and Joe on the radio faithfully.

Now, after more than fifty years The Cincinnati Reds have lost me as a fan. I don't watch them, I don't listen to them. I don't even know who most of the players on the team are now.

Here's what the Reds management doesn't get ... I am in my mid sixties, and I AM the Reds fan base. When they lose my generation they have very little left. Just look at the stands ... Mostly empty. I remember going to games and buying SRO tickets. Over 50,000 at a game was not a rare thing back in the 70's.

Now, aside from opening day they can only draw a crowd with free bobbleheads and fireworks.

Today's young crowd is a tough sell. Winning is everything to them, and a team that doesn't win a championship will not sell seats to the younger generation. 

Now, they won't sell seats to me. I would think that a club that is so dependent upon the gate would understand that. Like in all businesses one has to spend money to make money. My wife and I joke that Bob Castellini is using the plot from the movie "Major League" as a business model. 

This hole that he has dug may be something the franchise cannot climb out of for a long time, if ever.

It's very sad for the oldest franchise to now be a laughing stock.

Steve in Indiana

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