Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bad White Sox Season Is Bad For Illinois

You guys probably know that the Good Guys on the South Side play in a State-owned ballpark, but it turns out there are incentives in place.

Turns out that the Sox have to sell a certain number of tickets for the State to take a piece of the action.
The 2014 season also will mark another season that the White Sox avoid having to pay ticket fees to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the taxpayer-funded U.S. Cellular Field.

In addition to the team's annual rent payment of $1.5 million, the Sox must pay a fee of between $3 and $7 for every ticket sold above the 1.9 million mark.

It hasn't done so in years. Even when the Sox topped 2 million in paid attendance in 2011, it fell short of the ticket fee bar because the total included about 130,000 "comp" tickets — those given away to sponsors or sold for less than $3.
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