Heat sales team fired after Bosh, LeBron, and Wade sell out stadium
With the arrival of Lebron James, the Miami Heat rapidly sold out all their season tickets. That turned out to be bad news for the ticket-sales staff, which was fired Friday. In a statement, the Heat confirmed the dismissals Friday afternoon, saying that with an “exhausted” inventory of season-tickets “we no longer require a season ticket sales team to sell tickets.” Stephen Weber, vice president of sales, delivered the news to about 30 ticket sales people Friday morning, according to one of the staffers who asked not to be named because he is seeking another job in sports.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On the one hand, this hardly seems fair. The Miami Heat’s sales staff gets rewarded for selling out the stadium with a pat on the back and a pink slip.
On the other hand, the fragile economy means teams must cut costs wherever possible, so extra staff – like the Heat’s sales team – is a thing of the past.
The optics of such a move isn’t good, though. The public will be disgusted.
They’ll wonder how the Heat can afford max’ contracts worth approximately $330 million for Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, but can’t afford $30 thousand without benefits for some dude trying to make ends meet.
Of course, the Heat is already public enemy number one, and pulling an Ebenezer Scrooge on their sales staff won’t help.
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