Call me crazy, but this kinda makes me feel bad for the chumps who sign up. If Barcaloco has a deal with Penya-LA, that’s all find and dandy and I’m down with that, but for a small yearly fee you get to get exclusive information from them?
As a result of the new partnership [between Barcaloco and Penya-Los Angeles], we have launched the Barcaloco Fan Club, which for a small yearly fee member’s will receive exclusive opportunities with FC Barcelona. Just a few of these opportunities include discount tickets when FC Barcelona plays matches in the US, the chance to travel with Penya-LA to watch FC Barcelona play at the Camp Nou, a tour of the Barcelona Youth training academy and even the chance to be introduced as part of the Barcaloco Fan Club on the pitch before a match at the Camp Nou!
Um. That yearly fee is exactly what becoming a member is all about, plus, if Penya-LA is anything like Penya-NYC, then they give out all of this stuff for free anyway (tickets to Rome for the final, for instance, you just have to buy the tickets themselves at whatever the face value was and then get your ass to Rome; the point is that the they had those tickets given to them by FCB in order to extend the opportunity to members of the Penya, which is free), meaning that Penya-LA and Barcaloco appear to be attempting to make money off of something that’s given to them by the club for free as part of being part of the Penya system.
These are great opportunities, no doubt, and it’s cool that FCB would be willing to give their foreign fans the chance to take these tours and attend matches as a group, but that sounds awfully fishy to me, to be honest. I have no problem with Barcaloco, by the way (and completely respect what they’ve got going on), but this just appears to be a calculated effort to earn make money off of what are essentially free bonuses to Penya-LA. I like the detail that they’re going to try to get a bar to watch the games at, just like Penya-NYC has Nevada Smiths, but other than that, it sounds underhanded. Am I wrong in reading it this way?
Does anyone here have a connection to Penya-LA that can explain it to me further, in case I did make a mistake in judging this promotion? And for those of you who are wondering, I have no problem with anyone making money off of services that they provide in conjunction with FCB, just that if these are free tickets/promotions being given to Penya-LA, I don’t see it as okay to act as if they’re exclusive deals that you can then sell because you have a monopoly on information. That’s all.