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Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 10:36 am

By Brian Stubits

Pardon me while I rant. ...

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is the latest player to sign an exclusive autograph signing deal with BC Sports.

He joins a list of other players signed to similar deals with BC Sports that includes Michael Vick, Reggie Jackson and Bernie Parent. As a result, next month Bryzgalov will have an appearance in a New Jersey mall where he will "sign memorabilia for a fee of up to $59."

"BC Sports continues to bring together top athletes and their fans,” said Pat Waters, president of BC Sports. “This public signing exclusive with Ilya Bryzgalov for the 2011/12 season is the latest in our ongoing efforts to bring our customers unparalleled athlete experiences."

I hate it.

This idea that continues to grow is awful. I understand that it is capitalism at its finest, getting a dollar for everything you can, but frankly, it sucks.

A chance to bring customers unparalleled athlete experiences? What a load. What is unparalleled is when a fan has a chance encounter with a player, maybe in an airplane, perhaps at a hotel. An unparalleled experience is a little kid having something signed by an athlete at the stadium/arena. You know, the priceless moments so many kids cherish and remember forever?

This idea that you have to pay money to get a player to just give an autograph is elitist and reclusive. What about those people who don't have an extra $59 to throw out? They are now deprived of a chance to get an autograph from Bryzgalov?

I understand that for a lot of players to take a few hours to go have a signing session will require the athlete getting something in return. But what I don't understand is passing the buck on to the consumer. If a store owner wants to increase traffic to his/her business, he/she should pay for the athlete's time. After all, they benefit almost as much by the influx of people coming to their story.

Not to mention it does little to help the image of pro athlete's as selfish. I don't say that to demean the athletes, in this case Bryzgalov, but it's a perception that exists and things like this won't help.

I don't direct my anger for this at the players. Even though most all of them have a ton of money already, I won't begrudge people for taking a buck or 59 that is offered to them. Instead my vitriol is for the people who came up with the idea and the folks who run this business. Monopolizing a little scribble that so often is nothing more than a great memory for the fans? Because of this exclusive agreement, will Bryzgalov have to tell a little kid that sees him at the grocery store, "sorry, I can't sign that?"

I hate it.

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Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:31 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

That's bs. Dude is making millions, and now gets paid a pant load to sit at a table in a shopping mall and sign his name. I hope nobody shows up, or dumps some coke on him or something. But after tonight's performance he should be the one paying people to show up for his autograph.

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:57 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

I was there. Beileve me that is what was said. He could not sign anything. Because he had a deal

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:38 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

sorry rubberstop, I don't think what you're saying is right...either in the U.S. or Canada. Anyone is allowed to geive away what they want. As long as TT didn't charge that little girl anything for that autograph he is OK We're not in North Korea

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:00 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

I agree with this rant.. Earlier this year we went to Bruins training camp. After practice some of the players would stop and give autographs. My 7 year old daughter was in heaven getting to meet these guys in person. Tim Thomas stopped on his way out to apologize. He had signed the same kind of deal and could not give her an autograph. I would rather him not stopped. I would have prefered he speed on by as some did, than to stop and tell us that. I agree I have no problem with him making money, but a seven year old doesn't understand that.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:59 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

If he doesn't start stopping the puck, his autographs will be useless.  Starting to wonder if once he got paid he stopped caring like some athletes do.  Bob has looked pretty damn good this year, might need to play him more. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:38 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

Go get paid Bryz, lol.    I'm glad the Stubits blamed the business instead of Bryzgalov.   If he hadn't literally been in the hockey desert for all those years, I may have had a problem with it.     When he starts shaking kids and hospitals down like Blago, I'll judge him, right now he gets a free pass from me.   

I've ran an autograph business where I was paying people to take autographed Bettman paraphernalia.   I made a small fortune as people paid generous sums out of pity and for me to keep the stuff. 

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:13 am

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

Not a very good PR move on this guys part. However, I would have to question the brain power of anyone ( INCLUDING parents of  little Flyers fans ) who would pay $ 60 for something as impersonal and worthless as this. Though, I guess  Barnum was right when he said something about a sucker born every minute.Tongue out 

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:29 am

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

I have only received one autograph in my life and it was as a kid. It was in 1988 where I stood in line as an 11 year old to get my picture taken with Ron Hextall and have him autograph it. We paid for that, but since it was at the Flyers' Wives Carnival, the proceeds went to charity, so I have no problem with that. He wasn't making $9 million dollars a year in salary and then partnering with a company to gouge the public for cash to put even more money in his pocket.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:03 am

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

Bryzgalov? really?! He's done nothing to warrant his memorabilia being worth diddly in the future. I could see Sidney Crosby or a star that has won something, but this is a joke. 

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:44 pm

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov signs autograph deal

Maybe he should worry about stopping the freaking puck - another terrible performance.

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