Flyers Pay For All-Star Votes!
I recently mentioned how creative fans have used the power of the internet to garner All Star Game votes for their favorite players.
However, the buzz created by the recent fan web page votemikerichards.com has roused the marketing staff of the Philadelphia Flyers. It appears that the Flyers are offering up game tickets and autographed merchandise to fans who vote for Flyers players to go to the All-Star Game.
In my opinion, this is the political equivalent of paying for votes!
If a fan feels that a player deserves to be in the All-Star Game, the fans should vote accordingly. Fans should not be influenced by the lure of autographed merchandise, tickets and/or other prizes.
It is one thing for creative fans to try to hustle votes, but an entirely different thing for an organization to attempt to essentially buy votes for its players.
What do you think?
The Flyers have contacted NHL Digest and have offered this explanation. Please take the time to read it and contact them with any questions:
The NHL is offering fans prizes for voting on the national level and we wanted more of our local fans to have a chance to win. Every fan has an equal chance to win and the names are drawn randomly from the registered users of the fan balloting site. Every user has an equal chance of winning, no matter who they select on the All-Star ballot. We are supporting the league initiative and doing our best to earn support in our market.
If you have further questions about the contest, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.