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.
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.