I'll stand by what I wrote entering hockey season.
I understand the movement, and I realize in years from now there will not be any folks who want or need paper tickets.
But the rush to get there is alienating some fans, and that's a shame.
These teams and leagues have enough money to make sure certain folks, usually older folks or folks without the money for the latest technology, do not feel marginalized or left behind when they go to games.
And I don't for one second buy the selling point about it being greener.
If you are handing out plastic cups and paper napkins and paper programs, do not tell me you are saving the world with paper tickets.
They are doing it because it's cheaper. Period.
It's really easy for me to use mobile tickets. I prefer it in some instances. But I am sympathetic toward those who feel overwhelmed by it.
You should not have to have a smart phone to go to a game. Period.
You should not have to jump through special hoops if you don't have a smart phone. Period.
There will be a time when no one protests. When that time comes, so be it. But it's not now, and it should not be forced down peoples' throats. End rant.
Link to the old column:
stltoday.comIf this is the season the Blues finally win the Stanley Cup, will a fan without an iPhone be there to see it?