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Imminent Ticket Price Hike should force Bears to FIRE LOVIE

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

I was shocked when the Bears were one of only a handful of NFL teams not to raise ticket prices in 2009.  Back in February at the time of the announcement, the economic crisis was at its peak with talk of bailouts and foreclosures left and right. 

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2009 Chicago Bears Ticket Price Map (from chicagobears.com)

Little did the Bears know that just two short months later they would acquire Jay Cutler and probably could have doubled ticket prices and people would have paid, blinded by Cutlermania.

Well, reality has settled in and another unfulfilled season is coming to a close.  Lovie Smith is on the hot seat with people from every corner of Bears Nation calling for his head.

Here's an angle that I haven't seen discussed yet from the Fire Lovie world and I think it makes sense to bring it up.  The Bears have to FIRE LOVIE simply from a Public Relations point of view.

With an uncapped year coming next season and a possible work stoppage in 2011, it is all but certain that the Bears will raise ticket prices prior to the 2010 season. 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I don't have any confirmed knowledge or facts to support a price hike, but my experience as a Bears fan tells me the Halas Hall brass will not go two or possibly three years without jacking up ticket prices.  

So how can the Bears possibly bring Smith, Angelo and the rest of the core coaching staff back on one hand and then raise ticket prices on the other hand?  You thought there were torches and pitchforks before?  Firing Ron Turner and some other assistant coaches will not be enough to soften that blow.

On the other hand, if the Bears clean house and bring in a new coaching staff, fans will be a little more understanding of the price hike.

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