How Much Would You Pay To Get Bertuzzi?

Ok, this idea isn’t mine but yesterday I was listening ”Les Amateurs De Sports” on the radio and they came up with something surprisingly interesting… Let’s say that your favorite team make up a fund that you or your business can donate the amount of money you want.

This fund would also be well-managed and would only serve to add (or retain in some cases) a big player to your favorite team.

Example: Todd Bertuzzi is available on the UFA market, my team (Montreal Canadiens) received a total of ??M$ from the fans to sign a big player, so they use it to sign Big Bert and only have to pay the remaining part of the salary to sign him.

Example #2: The Montreal Expos can’t keep their superstar Vladimir Guerrero because he will get too much money being a UFA. BUT, let’s say the fans gave a certain amount of $$$ that would let the Expos keep him with the team for the years to come and thus bringing the fans to the games.

Sure, some will say that it’s crazy and that teams & players make enough money already, that we already pay too much to go to the games, but passionate fans WOULD be willing to spend some money of their own to keep or get a big player.

Don’t believe me? In 45 minutes, the show host calculated all the $$$ people who called were willing to give and it ended up being around 1000$… in 45 minutes!

Sure this is not scientific but would be worth discussing though.

So, let’s say that bringing a big player would bring more wins, or a playoff participation, or 1 more round in the playoffs, so logically, it would bring more fans to the games and give more money to the team to sign more good players… What if fans in Pittsburgh could’ve contributed to keep (for example) Alexei Kovalev to the team?

How much would you pay to see your favorite team get the player you want?

I’d personally give my 20$ every year.