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Jumping the Gun?
Sharks very early with playoff invoices
2/15/12 - By Paul Krill -

Apparently, it's never too early to send out playoff invoices. This past Friday, with two months to go before the playoffs would even start, I got my playoff ticket invoice in the mail. This does seem a bit early, especially since the Sharks are certainly not guaranteed to even make the playoffs. (If they play many more games like Sunday's 3-0 loss in Saint Louis, which featured back-to-back-to-back penalties and back-to-back 5-on-3 disadvantages in the first period, the playoffs would be very much in jeopardy.)

According to my assessment, the playoffs would not start until about April 10; my playoff invoice is due March 2. Is it me or this a bit presumptuous to send out playoff invoices this far in advance? Now we know the team does need time to process the payments and print up and mail out the tickets. But it does give the impression that this could be a way for the team to collect interest on our money while we wait to find out if the Sharks secure one of the top eight spots in the conference.

At least the tickets are reasonably priced. First-round tickets for my upper level seats are $48, up from the $35 regular season price. The tickets jump to $114 for the Stanley Cup Finals. Of course, we Sharks fans have never had to be billed for the fourth round, since the team has never played in one.

Will this season be any different? Right now, I'd say it’s questionable whether the Sharks can even get to the third round, like they did the past two seasons. We never know, of course. The Sharks could get red-hot in April and this could be the year they go all the way. In the NFL, the 9-7 New York Giants got hot in December while the 15-1 Green Bay Packers got cold. Guess which one is now the Super Bowl champion?

The Sharks know the demand for playoff tickets is always high. Undoubtedly, most season ticketholders will send in the invoice by March 2 while waiting to find out if the Sharks make the post-season. If the Sharks hockey players are as well-prepared as the Sharks accounting department, then we should be in for a good playoff run.

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