I understand the message here, and I have to agree with it in many respects. This forum is replete with posts outlining how difficult it has been to get tickets to the games. It has been ridiculous. I won't rehash it all here, but I'd love to see a synopsis of it all. Here's my story.
I came back home to help do some cleanup after Katrina in early October. I knew I would have to return to get some more work done. I timed the return for March for several reasons, the only one that is relevant here being to coincide with the Hornets games so that I and others in my family could attend. I had difficulty getting the tickets. I made the calls, shot the emails, and I even called OKC in the process (early on). The OKC guy said, "don't worry, buddy, the Hornets will take care of you." It never happened. Then I finally got a cell # of a rep. I left a message. In the meantime, another member here was able to score me the tickets I needed for the 2 games I am attending. $210 is what I owe on those tickets. That's $210 and sales that could have been missed, plus I laid out $350 to fly home. I mean, JFC, maybe the Hornets don't care about any of that, but show some freaking respect already.
While I am confident the Hornets will have to return home to NOLA in 2007-08, I do not delude myself into thinking that they would rather be in NOLA right now than OKC. This creates mixed feelings for the hard-core fan attending the games. I can only imagine the frustration of the casual fan in this regard, who probably assumes that the team absolutely does not want to be here.
There have been so many problems with the ticket fiasco and marketing of the team in NOLA, I literally don't know where to start. All I can tell you is that I had a hard time getting everything together to make sure I could be there for the last two games in the city this month.
Stern needs to step in, and he needs to stop the foolishness that the Hornets are playing. Do you hear my Michael? Do you hear me Paul? Do you hear me George?