<table><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" align="left" hspace="4">I really dislike Jerry Maguire.
It’s 40 minutes too long. It disguises itself as a sports movie when it’s actually a love story. And it’s forever cursed Western society with, “You had me at ‘hello.’”
So imagine my dismay now that I find myself taking a page straight out of Jerry’s handbook.
In the film’s opening minutes, Maguire has a vision. Tired of the cut-throat and shallow world of sports representation, in which he’s a top gun, Jerry drafts a 20-page mission statement aimed at cleaning up the system’s inequalities.
Like Maguire, I, sitting at my computer late one night, had a utopian vision for all Canucks fans.
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In case you missed the news, the band Radiohead recently made their new album, “In Rainbows,” available for download through the group’s official website. The cost? Zero dollars. And zero cents. If fans want to donate when they download the album, they’re more than welcome to. If they’d prefer to hold on to their money, that’s fine too.
And that’s when it hit me, when I learned what I should aspire to do in my new role as a Canucks blogger: I should get the organization to implement a similar pay-if-you-want-to philosophy for all regular season and playoff games.
Think about it. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
The Canucks organization would generate an unprecedented amount of good PR by invoking such a policy. The streak of consecutive home sell-outs would continue into the next millennium. And unsightly scalpers would no longer congregate around GM Place since they would be rendered moot.
The Canucks players would be under far less stress out on the ice, since fans who’ve paid zero dollars for their tickets are far less likely to boo the team than those who’ve paid an arm and a leg.
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And those same fans would be able to attend as many games as they wished, provided they were willing to wait out the inevitably long lineups.
I ask you, who loses in that setup? Sure, maybe the organization won’t make as much money as it does now, since ticket revenue will undoubtedly fall to $4.21 a game. Total.
But it’s just money, right? This utopia I’ve envisioned as your Canucks blogger is worth far more than mere colored paper.
I just wish I could remember what happens to Jerry Maguire at his workplace once he hands his mission statement in…