Two stories popped up this week after a long lull in Rainmen media coverage.
First, we have confirmation that the Rainmen will be back in the PBL next year but will be paying even more of their opponents travel. I understand the logic of the Rainmen paying a bit more for travel but I just think it’s instituted unfairly and unevenly – did Augusta or Wilmington pay extra for travel for their home and away games? If Battle Creek are isolated in the mid-West will they be out of the travel pool? The fairer system in my mind would be for each team to recieve a set amount of money for travel, and teams in the outskirts of the footprint subsidize the remainder of the travel costs caused by their geographic location. Oh well, at least we know Halifax are back in the league next year.
The second piece of news was in today’s Chronicle Herald. Andre Levingston is recruiting a sales manager from Toronto who has worked with Maple Leaf Entertainment and the Argos, a man named Kevin Matchett. I think this is a fantastic move, and one that is absolutely neccassary. They need dedicated and experienced sales staff, both to make sales and to train additional sales staff. Jad, Andre and Nancy can’t be doing group sales – they have other roles and other skills. The Rainmen simply have sold as many group and season ticket packages as they can sell on word of mouth, now they need more a aggressive sales strategy. My one concern is that it seems a bit odd that Matchett is mentioned by name since it’s still in negotiations.