Any good sales person will tell you you need to push a product while it's hot.
That's why, with the Washington Wizards in the NBA playoffs for the 1st time in 6 years, it wasn't surprising that the Verizon Center was offering private, personalized visits to encourage wealthy fans to buy complete playoff and full season ticket packages.
But what was surprising is that I got one of the invites. As a retired journalist and educator who now blogs about DC, I don't fit the profile of a DC-area elite. But hey - what's the old saying - you don't look a gift to spend an hour touring the Verizon Center in the mouth.
So with my wife Judy (who makes all the financial decisions for our family and I was still hoping that maybe I could see the playoff games for the $21 I had in my wallet) we headed by Metro (what did you expect - a chauffeur-driven limousine?) to the Center, which serves as the home for the Wizards, the ice hockey Capitals, the WNBA Mystics, and the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team.
We were met by our young, enthusiastic sales rep. I was upfront with him. I told him unless he had a $21-dollar package for the playoffs I wouldn't be buying. I was fairly certain of his response since I had spent much more for a sandwich dinner at the venue at a recent Sting/ Paul Simon concert. I prepared to head back out the door.
Instead, he offered a huge table of free refreshment (where was he at that Sting/Simon concert?) and proceeded to give us an engaging tour of the facility he knew extremely well. I told him I would be blogging about the visit and he had only one request - I couldn't use his name since he couldn't be quoted in an official capacity for the organization. So for the sake of this blog, I will call our guide RGS (for really good salesperson).
|On the tour, we got freebies ...|
|... we saw under the floor area ...|
|... and the posh club rooms|
|The Prices sit court side|
RGS asked us if we had any final questions. We said we didn't and shook hands. Our tour was over.
But then a strange thing happened. As underdogs, the Wizards won both their away playoff games in Chicago against the Bulls. That means they will be returning tonight to the Verizon Center with a 2-0 lead in the best of 7 series. It also means that since my visit to the Center the Wizards are undefeated.
|Seats for me: A slam dunk?|
Now I realize you are a business man. I am not asking for a free handout. I would be willing to pay $17.76 cents for the package. I would have paid you $21, but I bought an Arizona diet green tea drink.
I think you should seriously consider my offer. Imagine how much money you would make with an undefeated team. For a $17.76 outlay, that would be quite a bargain. In fact, that would make you one of the world's great financial wizards. I will wait your reply. By the way, I am also available for the Caps and the Mystics if you want to try for an undefeated trifecta.