A few things caught my eye...
First... Is Andy Feffer the dumbest goddamn person on earth? Does he realize how terrible he sounds? Does he know what he's actually saying, or has the man who worked for the Charlotte Bobcats and worked for the weakest union in pro sports -- so weak, that they never found success til they freakin' disbanded! -- just have this poop dribble out of his mouth?
“We’re only six years old; we should look for brand identifiers [Is this like a cattle brand?] in the market that differentiate [never use a big word when a smaller one will do] us not only in the marketplace but in sports. [how do the Nats not exist in a sports marketplace? What other kind of marketplace do they exist in?] The Nationals should be developing something that’s brand-centric [SBF nods in agreeance] and distinctive from other teams in the market, and from other teams in Major League Baseball [since they can't win].
It’s less about fireworks [please don't notice they're gone... look over here! -->]it’s more about the overall fan experience [could this phrase be any more vacuous? it sounds good. Hey, I'm a fan... they're looking out for me!] and our ability to deliver [unless you work for UPS, you're not delivering anything, budddy] something new and different. [but not necessarily better... or similar...] Looking at the overall schedule of 81 games is important; it’s not just about 13 Friday nights [because we're doing all sorts of similar non-things on the other 6 nights a week too. We didn't want to single one night out and make it special. Some days are more equal than others]. What’s popular yesterday [like Feffer's MBA] and today, you shouldn’t rest on it [like Feffer's vacuous MBAspeak]. You have to always look to do something different [or nothing at all]. And that doesn’t mean we have it figured out [nor will we /fails_upward].
Reread that last paragraph. What is it actually saying? What message is he communicating?
"But Feffer said eliminating the fireworks from the post-game celebrations and also the regular Friday night fireworks shows was really about trying to be distinctive; he also said financial considerations did not influence the decision."
1) It's as likely that they had fire permit problems as anything... remember when they sprayed the Fire Chief with debris, and he shut them down? Supposedly, the fire chief is the reason the red tent is gone this year. Crackdown perhaps?
2) If 1 isn't the case... do we really believe that money had zero factor? I don't think the Friday attendance was up markedly above what you'd expect. (Check my work, please!). And it's likely that the extra boost from 'works wasn't worth the cost. But to say that it was ZERO factor? If it was making them money in extra tickets -- no matter how unoriginal -- do you think they'd have stopped it?