Photo: Screenshot of the GoFundMe page
By Michael Lipinsky, Sports Talk Philly Editor
Philadelphia Flyers fans are pissed and they’re letting the organization know. There are numerous amounts of Facebook groups, hashtag campaigns and “Fire Fletcher” t-shirts. Hell, the Flyers even got talked about on local sports radio, which NEVER arrived. Another group of fans are looking to go the extra mile and impose their disdain on the doorstep of the property.
A GoFundMe was created with the intention of purchasing two billboards to be placed on/around I-95 near the sports complex. The group’s objective, “to demand a substantial change in the ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers”. You can see a mockup of the image above.
Here is a more in-depth explanation:
As fans of the franchise painfully know, the Flyers have been in decline since their last Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2010. Evidence of the annual fan frustration can be found in forums, message boards, streams social media and local sports media.
The most recent season and the ensuing offseason have been the final straw for many fans who, for one reason or another, can no longer tolerate the entrenchment of the team they have long held so dear.
Our goal then is simple: we want to place a billboard (maybe two) expressing our collective dissatisfaction with the ownership of the team and the direction the franchise is headed. To be ABSOLUTELY clear, we don’t believe there is one person to blame; it goes far beyond players, coaches and front office workers.
I would say that’s a reasonably fair assessment of the current state of affairs. But, the message gets lost with the last sentence. Let’s break it down.
You can’t demand new ownership, as the GoFundMe headline suggests, call for regime change on a billboard, but at the same time not assign blame. Someone is responsible for this mess and he understood when calling the property. So go ahead and call the property. Assign the blame to the suits sitting in their swanky offices at 1701 JFK Boulevard in Center City.
No one is above being called out for this mess. Well, except for Gritty, he’s good.
Shit, find a way to put one of these things in the lobby of the Comcast Center. Make owners and everyone who walks in the door look at it every day.
Now, as for the other part of the equation. There’s something about the billboard mockup that’s right, boycott the “brand”.
Believe me, it will be tough, but fans can let their anger out by leaving the wallet at home. Don’t buy tickets, don’t buy gear, don’t watch the games on TV, don’t listen to them on the radio, you get the idea. Putting a dent in the organization’s revenue engines will certainly throw flags in Comcast’s business analytics department.
At press time, the GoFundMe has raised just under $650 of the $5,000 goal. The GoFundMe creator has pledged to donate money to a cancer charity in Oskar Lindblom’s name if he is unable to secure a billboard.
Editor’s Note: The creator of GoFundMe provides some form of social network as a point of contact. However, he does not have an open DM. I will work to contact him directly for an official statement on his business.