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Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

Posted on: July 30, 2010 6:20 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 6:39 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Typically, if you do your job really, really well, you get a promotion. Or you get a raise. Or at the very least, you get to keep your job.

But that didn't happen in Miami as the Heat fired its season ticket sales staff after the team sold out of season tickets. Ouch.

In a statement, the team confirmed the terminations Friday afternoon, saying that with an "exhausted'' inventory of season-tickets "we no longer require a season ticket sales team to sell tickets.''

Stephen Weber, vice president of sales, delivered the news to about 30 ticket sales people Friday morning, according to the story from the Miami Herald. Currently, the team's waiting list has more than 6,000 names on it. It's pretty evident that at this point, the Heat can sell tickets without even trying.

"They let us go because there was really nothing left to do anymore,'' a fired staffer told the Herald.

The statement also said: "While the decision to release part of our sales force was a difficult one, we greatly appreciate their contributions to the company. We have also hired a placement service to assist those individuals find new employment. Should any season tickets become available, they will be handled through our season ticket deposit program. We thank those employees for their time with the company and wish them success in their future endeavors.''

Obviously this seems like a major low blow. But as the staffer said, what were they really going to do? I wonder what places like Green Bay do with waiting lists that long. Still, firing a group of 30 after a job well done, has a funny taste to it. Or actually, is just downright mean.

Evidently, the Heat aren't worried about retaining the new season ticket holders. I guess LeBron, Wade and Bosh are supposed to take care of that.

Comments

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:29 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

Maybe they can hire that Bald guy from the 6 flags commercial ... he'll fit right in with Big "Z" and Juwan (Remember me from the Fab Four) Howard from way way back when. 



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:27 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

this, my friends, is HILARIOUS!  Something you should all CATCH! 
~Nice one, Wisco!  Your friend from IL. 



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:21 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

They are supposed to charge YOU more money!




Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:16 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

I guess since these three took a pay cut everyone else should follow suit. 



Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

Quit talking "skill sets" ... have to hear that BS at work ... this is just a "GAME" people.  



Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

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Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:14 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

No crap they got fired.  I have a 5 year old relative who could sell out the Heat season tickets with 3 words, "Lebron, Wade, and Bosh."  What do you need 30 people for to sell tickets to a team with 3 of the NBAs top 10 players (and 2 of the top 3)



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:56 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

Well said Dline.  I am a Cav's fan and I think the Heat have actually made some very smart business decisions.  My issue is with LeBron, not the Heat.  People, get real.  Welcome to the 21st century.  Those people were no longer needed and by the way, those season tickets were sold by the Heat Front Office because of the moves they made...not because of the superior selling skills
of the Heat Season Ticket Sales Dept.  Get a freakin' grip.




Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:24 pm
 

Just another way Lebron kills all that is good.

Directly he has made the NBA the worst of the four major sports and now to add fuel to the fire, people lose their jobs. Does anyone really care about the NBA anymore? Once MJ left that was the end. The NBA is brutal and so are all the fans!



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:21 pm
 

Heat sell out season tickets, fire sales staff

That's the way things go Now in this country the rich get richer and the hard working man gets Fu^^kedhope all those NBA A holes all get locked out....OH i forgot the schmucks out there will always go back


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