“…come see the Stanley Cup.*”

*but it will cost you.

Tonight at Angel Stadium of Anaheim the Stanley Cup made an on field appearance, but I didn’t get to see that, nor did I see the first pitch, or for that matter the first two innings. I was in a line since 5:30pm to take a picture with the Stanley Cup.

Ah, but there were no signs or fine print anywhere telling fans who or what may take your photograph with the cup and how much the photo will costs. Add to the fact that I waited two hours in line for a picture, just to be told I had to buy it when I had my own camera made me as mad as hell. I’m not blaming this on the Anaheim Ducks or the NHL, as I’m sure this wasn’t their idea of a fan experience with Hockey’s Holy Grail, but the work of the Angels Baseball Club LLC.

Nice going Arte. You change the name of the Angels by adding Los Angeles (when there not even close to LA) and you nickel and dime the fans to death. It must be the fact that another team wins a title with Anaheim in front of the team name that bugs you.

Also reading the draconian photo release (far from a standard photo release), which I had no opportunity to read prior to the picture, you basically sign away any intellectual property rights to your likeness to the Angels Baseball Club LLC, FanFoto, and Major League Baseball. Looking at the photos on the FanFoto site, they are locked down from the right click “save as” method and the originals have “Proof” stamped across the front. Ugh, maybe this is one for the Electronic Frontier Foundation to take a look at?

Legal notice should have been posted or notice of a professional photographer would be available to take your photo, even the pregame announcement said the cup would be available and no one had prior knowledge of how the cup would be presented or what time it would be on display until game time.

With the Cup taking a tour of the Southland and the Anaheim Ducks taking it on a tour of Orange County hotspots to thank their fans, I’m sure I’ll run into it again, just not at the costs of $9.99.

4 Comments so far

  1. Robb Fahrion (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    At least you got to actual take a picture with the cup. I waited in line from the first through the sixth! Two hours and then they come and tell us that the Cup is gone without any warning. I guess if Arte wants me to root for an LA team than maybe I should choose the Dodgers.


  2. OCReader (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    *Removed by Moderator*

    Comment was not factually relevant to the post and is similar to a chain e-mail that has been floating around the web.


  3. David from San Diego (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    OCReader, please do some research before reposting that email (of which, has nothing to do with the point of this post):

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/traffic/california.asp

    Getting this back on topic for a moment…I was lucky enough to see (and touch and kiss) the Cup at Camp Pendleton this past Monday. No lines. Very easy. It was completely unannounced, though.


  4. Mike Randall (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

    Very Cool David! I was glad to see the Ducks taking the cup to Camp Pendleton and to points around Orange County.



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