City Desk

Dan Snyder Dusts Off the ’200,000 Name Waiting List’!

The Redskins made a bit of news this week by announcing they won't raise ticket prices for next season.

Anytime "Dan Snyder" and "won't raise prices" can be used on the same page, it's news.

But in making the announcement, Skins management again boasted about the size of the fan base.

Mitch Gershman, the team’s chief operating officer, was quoted thusly in the press release: “We have fantastic fan support as evidenced by the more than 200,000 people on our waiting list for season tickets."

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch.

After the debacle of the "Monday Night Football" tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which a national television audience saw a stadium that looked at least half-full of fans rooting for the visiting team and waving Terrible Towels, and the debacle of the Skins' final home game of the season against Philly, where fans went to Snyder's own message board to complain about not even being able to give away tickets, you still have the stones to throw out that "200,000 people on our waiting list" claim?

Not even readers of your team's own blog want to read that.

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch.

The press release also said "The team’s season tickets have been sold out since 1966."

That's a hilariously false claim, given that anybody who calls the ticket office even today will begin to get hounded by salespeople trying to unload the massive number of high-dollar, and so-called "premium seats" at FedExField that are now unsold.

The emptiness of the club level is the cause of so much yellow showing up on your TV screen during broadcasts of a Redskins home game.

But, apparently, there some folks who still believe there's a waiting list for Redskins tickets.

As one 2007 premium ticket buyer by the name of "Slug," who said he's still obligated for several more years of club seat payments, commented on the Redskins blog after admitting he fell for the waiting-list sales pitch: "Paint me a sucker."

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