“Hi, this is Islanders owner Jon Ledecky, is Bob home?”
Have you received a call from a multi-millionaire hockey owner recently?
Josh Kosman of the New York Post is reporting that Islanders minority owner Jon Ledecky is “personally calling prospective season-ticket holders to help close the sale.”
“That’s a leading indicator they have issues selling tickets,” a sports industry source told the Post.
This contradicts reports as far back as March in Newsday that tickets sales at Barclays were selling well in part due to the team’s success last season.
The report later cites an Islanders spokesman stating that the team is ahead of it’s initial goal of selling 7,500 – 8,000 season tickets.
We will all soon find out which report is true. My gut tells me the Islanders may be facing the same challenge other teams in the area have faced, meaning that while the die-hard fans are buying reasonable priced season tickets, they are having trouble selling high end premium seating usually designated for the wealthiest fans and corporations.
While it would be nice, I can’t see Ledecky calling a fan to close two seats in Section 221, Row 15, but dialing a number for sell tickets behind the glass? Center Ice club level? Maybe.