United Airlines flies Chicago Cubs even though American Airlines is team's big sponsor

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A Cubs spokesman confirmed that the team does use United for charter flights to away games, including the two NCLS games the team will play against the New York Mets on Saturday and Sunday in New York City.

An American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) spokeswoman declined comment today on why AA didn't pick up the Cubs charter flight operations along with its big sponsorship agreement earlier this year.

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2015/10/16/united-airlines-flies-chicago-cubs-even-though.html?ana=yahoo
 
Hatu said:
A Cubs spokesman confirmed that the team does use United for charter flights to away games, including the two NCLS games the team will play against the New York Mets on Saturday and Sunday in New York City.

An American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) spokeswoman declined comment today on why AA didn't pick up the Cubs charter flight operations along with its big sponsorship agreement earlier this year.

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2015/10/16/united-airlines-flies-chicago-cubs-even-though.html?ana=yahoo
This is somewhat normal. 
 
IIRC WN is the "official" airline of the falcons but they fly Delta. 
Not every sponsorship contract has charters worked into them. 
 
Amazing how the Cubs could beat the two best teams in baseball so handily (Pirates in the single-game wild card and then the 100 game-winning Cardinals in the NLDS) and then fold like a cheap suit in four straight games to the Mets.  If this meltdown had happened to any other team, it would be newsworthy.  But nothing out of the ordinary for the Cubs.
 
About the charters - the dimwit reporter who wondered why the Cubs don't fly AA to/from its away games - because there's no marketing benefit from being the low-bidder to transport the team overnight from city to city, but there is (theoretically) some advertising/marketing benefit from being the highest bidder to be labeled the "Official Team" of the Chicago Cubs.  
 
Amazing how the Cubs could beat the two best teams in baseball so handily (Pirates in the single-game wild card and then the 100 game-winning Cardinals in the NLDS) and then fold like a cheap suit in four straight games to the Mets.  If this meltdown had happened to any other team, it would be newsworthy.  But nothing out of the ordinary for the Cubs.
 
About the charters - the dimwit reporter who wondered why the Cubs don't fly AA to/from its away games - because there's no marketing benefit from being the low-bidder to transport the team overnight from city to city, but there is (theoretically) some advertising/marketing benefit from being the highest bidder to be labeled the "Official Team" of the Chicago Cubs.
That the Cubs are losing is not newsworthy because they are facing Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. What is newsworthy is how great the Mets staff is. As John Smoltz said: Mets pitching staff way better than legendary 1990s Braves rotation.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/smoltz-mets-pitchers-better-1990s-era-braves-article-1.2295024

Good pitching always stops good hitting.

Another point:
In their first seven postseason games, the Mets have thrown 413 pitches at 95 mph or faster, according to pitch-tracking data maintained by the website Baseball Savant. Thats around 41% of their total pitches, far more than any other team.

Since 2008, when such data became available, no team has thrown more than 29% of their pitches at such blistering speed in a single postseason.

And it so happens that their first two opponentsthe Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cubshave been especially ill-suited to deal with the Mets heat.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mets-opponents-have-95-mph-problemsand-this-pitch-is-one-1445295908

The Cubs losing is not newsworthy because they ran into a better team. What is newsworthy is the Mets rotation.
 
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Hatu said:
That the Cubs are losing is not newsworthy because they are facing Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. What is newsworthy is how great the Mets staff is. As John Smoltz said: Mets pitching staff way better than legendary 1990s Braves rotation.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/smoltz-mets-pitchers-better-1990s-era-braves-article-1.2295024

Good pitching always stops good hitting.

Another point:
In their first seven postseason games, the Mets have thrown 413 pitches at 95 mph or faster, according to pitch-tracking data maintained by the website Baseball Savant. Thats around 41% of their total pitches, far more than any other team.

Since 2008, when such data became available, no team has thrown more than 29% of their pitches at such blistering speed in a single postseason.

And it so happens that their first two opponentsthe Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cubshave been especially ill-suited to deal with the Mets heat.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mets-opponents-have-95-mph-problemsand-this-pitch-is-one-1445295908

The Cubs losing is not newsworthy because they ran into a better team. What is newsworthy is the Mets rotation.
meh I wouldn't go that far. Doggy was one of the best (clean)pitches we will ever see. No sure anyone on the Mets will be able to hold that title. 
 
I take the Braves 3 with (healthy)Steve Avery Over the Mets 4 any day of the week. IMO Smoltzy was just being nice. 
 
FWAAA said:
Amazing how the Cubs could beat the two best teams in baseball so handily (Pirates in the single-game wild card and then the 100 game-winning Cardinals in the NLDS) and then fold like a cheap suit in four straight games to the Mets.  If this meltdown had happened to any other team, it would be newsworthy.  But nothing out of the ordinary for the Cubs.
 
About the charters - the dimwit reporter who wondered why the Cubs don't fly AA to/from its away games - because there's no marketing benefit from being the low-bidder to transport the team overnight from city to city, but there is (theoretically) some advertising/marketing benefit from being the highest bidder to be labeled the "Official Team" of the Chicago Cubs.  
mets probably have the best team in baseball. 
for sure have the best rotation in baseball. 
 
Oh and charter flying (at least at Delta) is quite profitable. Even the low-bidder should have pretty good margins on the contract. 
 
Hatu said:
Good pitching always stops good hitting.
 
While you may be correct, this was the best bat flip, ever!
 
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Go J's
 

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