Yesterday, we let you know that the Pacers are selling some 7,000 tickets to their first home game of the regular season for only $10. Now, we have found out that every ticket for the team’s one home preseason game (against the Chicago Bulls on December 16 at 7:00 pm) will be $10. And not only that, all the proceeds will be given to the United Way of Central Indiana.
Tickets go on sale Friday.
Tickets will go on sale exclusively through the United Way of Central Indiana website (UWCI.org) on Friday, Dec. 9 at 9:00 a.m. All remaining tickets will be available beginning Monday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 a.m. on Pacers.com.
I’m a cynical dude so it’s hard to tell if this is more genuine charity or public relations to improve the image of a team in a league that just canceled two months of games so billionaires could make more money. But it really doesn’t matter. People too often get caught up in that question. Like, when LeBron shamelessly went on TV for The Decision, everyone glossed over the multi-million-dollar donation the program raised for the Girls & Boys Club. It’s fine to hate LeBron, but that was real money that went to a good cause.
And so is this, if on a (presumably) smaller scale.
So take off the skepticism hat and just say kudos to team owner Herb Simon and the rest of management for making a small difference for a good cause. And perhaps helping themselves at the same time. Win/win.