Posted July 29, 2013

Brewers owner offers $3.6 million in vouchers to fans after Ryan Braun suspension

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Milwaukee Brewers' fans are being offered vouchers for food, merchandise and tickets. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Brewers’ fans are being offered vouchers for food, merchandise and tickets. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is offering fans a reason to come to the ballpark after their superstar Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball last week.

The team announced that each fan that shows up during any of the 12 home games the Brewers have in August will receive a $10 voucher that can be used on food, beverages, tickets or merchandise. On average, 31,000 fans have shown up to Brewers games despite a 43-61 record this season. If that average holds and each fan redeems the voucher, it would cost the team more than $3.6 million.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Braun for 65 games last week for multiple unspecified “violations” of the league’s drug program and labor contract. He became the first player punished as a result of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

With Braun being suspended without pay for the rest of the season, the Brewers saved roughly $3 million but according to chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger, the investment to the fans is to attempt to “mitigate a trying summer.”

Schlesinger said the main focus of the campaign is to be transparent with the fans.

Brewers’ chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger commented on the incentive:

“We were finalizing something like this to give back to our loyal fans just as news of Ryan’s suspension hit,” said the team’s chief operating officer, Rick Schlesinger. “Mark decided he wanted to make a dramatic impact that would cost more money.”


10 comments
Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

This is more about the Brewers DISMAL season than it is about Ryan Braun. Thanx anyway.....Mr. L.A.

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

That's pretty cool of the owner. In theory you could see 11 games nearly free if you just kept going and used the voucher to buy a ticket in the cheap seats. 

At least it takes the fan's mind off what to do when the Liar comes trotting out back on the field next year.

kevin68
kevin68

I think it was a very classy thing to do even though I'm a Reds fan.

mugzbo
mugzbo

I know squat about the Brewers but it's good to hear that the upper management is doing something for their fans. You always have squads' whose ownership likes not only to jack up the prices at the stadium for food, drinks and tickets, you have those terrible teams continue to suck so badly the fan base has no other choice but to stop supporting them. Most of the time, this happens in Florida and is certainly not only limited to baseball. Then again, why the hell does Florida have so many mediocre sports teams anyway?!?!

kyyled5
kyyled5

Giants fan here who gets gouged the few times he goes to AT&T every year -

Get this promo in SF!

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

Spoken as a Cubs fan who loves to hate the Brewers: class move.

Mark121
Mark121

Thanks Mark and fellow owners,the day you bought the team from the previous minor league mentality group was the day I became a brewers fan again,this gesture proves we finally have major league ownership with the class and vision so lacking from the befuddled fools before.Weve made our commitment to the franchise by showing up and we must continue to through the tough times ahead.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

@mugzbo Miami Heat just won back-to-back titles, and before in 2006.  Marlins won the WS in 2005, but do have a history of cashing in after a good team.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@mugzbo because is all about transplants and beach bunnies, most of the fans root for their home teams and not the Florida teams. And the Rays have been doing big things for the last five years and no one goes, not even to the playoffs. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@kyyled5 yeah, I mean, it's not like the Giants have won their fans anything these past few years