The Cubs Club--New! Improved! And Profitable as Hell!!!

"Cubs Club is the online fan club for die-hard Cubs fans. Members
receive many exclusive benefits such as a subscription to 2009 MLB.com
Gameday Audio, ticket opportunities, special merchandise offers and
much more. New for 2009: Be sure to check out this year's two new levels of membership."

--Cubs.com

 

You don't have to check out the two new levels of Cubs Club membership; Ed Sherman, posting on his blog for Crain's Chicago Business, has checked them out for you:


For a fee of $249, the Cubs Club Marquee level gives the member a
chance to purchase up to 12 tickets in a special Marquee level pre-sale.


For $129, the Cubs Club Ivy Membership levels allow fans to purchase up to four seats in a special Ivy pre-sale. 


Do
you think there might be a few fans who will sign up for the first
crack at tickets for the White Sox and St. Louis games? It sure beats
freezing your tail off or paying premium prices for a ticket broker.

Of course, it just might be that some of those new Marquee and Ivy members of the Cubs Club will be amateur ticket speculators and professional ticket brokers, right? Well, no matter, says Matthew Wszolek, the Cubs' Director of Sales and Promotions.

"We're aware that possibility exists, but we truly feel this is
something that Cubs fans desire, and it's an opportunity we want to
provide," Mr. Wszolek said.

According to Wszolek, the Cubs are going to cap the number of Marquee and Ivy members of the Cubs Club at somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000--which should be good for additional revenue to the Cubs of somewhere between $520,000 and $1.25 million.

I presume the team's supply of Cubs Club membership cards and stickers, which have been and remain part of the Standard Cubs Club membership ($19.95), is virtually limitless.

 

Comments

a scalper tariff. neat.

...or a sam's club/cosco for scalpers...whatever...

I like the phrase 'gives a chance'. Does that mean you'll certainly get those tickets or that you will be in some lottery for 400 tickets with 4000 other members?

Club collects additional fees to give fans the chance to buy tickets at face value. Profit for the club, but just as important, drives up prices in the secondary market without having to raise face value at all.

If there were as much ingenuity applied to running the team on the field, the 100-year drought would have ended a long time ago. The Cubbies have come a long way since their promotional creativity consisted of Ladies Day and not much else.

mmmmmm Ladies day

I believe they got this idea from the Red Sox and their membership for Red Sox nation.

With old small ballparks you need to be creative.

The Cubs have come a long way. When I was growing up, Wrigley (P.K. -- not William) GAVE season passes to the grandstands to each and every high school area baseball player.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 2 hours 52 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 5 hours 38 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 6 hours 27 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 11 hours 17 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 31 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 35 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 53 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 21 hours 6 min ago view