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NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: May 31, 2011 11:23 am
Posted by Will Brinson

There's one thing we're sure of: NFL fans are less happy right now than they were a year ago.

Or maybe the fans are unhappy -- but they aren't going away. Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that the "NFL [is] ahead of last year's pace for season ticket sales despite the lockout."

Kaplan also reports that the league is considering "changes to blackout policy."

Let's address the ticket sales issue first. Because, frankly, that seems absolutely impossible, given that there is no promise of football in 2011.

Of course, it's always easier to sell tickets when you a) start selling them sooner and b) provide an earlier cutoff for season-ticket holders to renew; I believe the NFL used both practices this offseason.

This news is surprising given that Roger Goodell recently took to the podium and pointed out that business across the NFL is down, and that the league is absolutely seeing the impact of the lockout on season-ticket sales.

This is the likely logic for the phrase "on pace." It's good news for some clubs if their sales are exceeding the sales from this point last year. And even if it's good news for the league as a whole,  some teams must be suffering a negative impact.

What will really matter is where these numbers are in August, when the season is about to -- or, should I say supposed to -- start.

Because if there's no football, there's no amount of sold tickets that will justify the problem facing the NFL.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:15 pm

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:10 am
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:39 pm

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

the players should lay out their positions to the public and let them decide...they don't want to play 18 games, they agree to rookie salary caps, they want more money spent on research into safety issues,  they only want 2 exhibition games, they want more help for retirees with health issues, they want x% of revenues, etc., etc.,...and forget about trying to change the basic structure of football.  right now the public can't stand either side.

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:09 pm

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

everyone pay attention ....this lockout goes beyond the nfl .... the way this plays out between the nfl owners and players can have a direct impact on jobs in this country that rely on unions to negotiate contracts .... if judges side with the owners then they could side with yours and my employers which could make life a lot tougher on us little guys .... 

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:45 pm

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?


Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:20 pm

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

Maybe this is an indication from the fans they want football in 2011. Get to work Owners and Players so you don't disappoint a loyal fan base. I don't care how you do it or what you agree upon just as long as there is a full season in '11.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:28 am

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

Now why don't I believe this story?   The NFL has lost its luster.  Fill it up with half criminals and half crying babies who would insult you if you asked them for an autograph and you simply have a sport people don't want to spend their day watching.  You take that and the fact that so many teams suck and have sucked forever and you wonder why the fans they do have even show up.   Then you take that and toss in a law suit, a lockout, players claiming all the fans making $10 per hour are somehow on their side and pulling for them to get millions more than they already have - yes, the same players who claim fans don't know what they are talking about, the same players that call fans stupid, the same ones that say it's their house and it's all about them.  And they must be right, it's not a team sport.  Fans show up to see only one star.  Who cares if you only win 1 game a year.  Well I for one am not tuning in next year. 

I think fans and people who are not fans are tired of the crime and lack of punishment in the National Felon League.  Why else would the league step in and help the Vikings get a new stadium?  Don't the fans and people want them their?  What happened in SF?  Can't they get any support to build a stadium?  So that tax payers’ dollars can build it and have in bring in 800 jobs - that's money nicely spent.  Then charge the fan that supported the stadium deal with parking fees of $100 to park near the field, $75 a few hundred yards from the field, and $50 way out in the middle of nowhere (see Cowboys stadium).  Then charge a ridiculous amount of money for a ticket AND the rip-off PSL.  Follow all this up with a team that can barely win 5 games and gets blown out of most games and all the above and yeah - fans are just lining up to buy those tickets because they are so happy.  They can't wait to cheer on Mike Vick.  They can wait to cheer on Pacman for being such a great guy.  Yep - fans can't wait to buy $200 tickets/parking to see the players that call them stupid, think the sport is about them, and get rewarded for their crimes.  What's not to like about the National Felon League?

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:51 am

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

i wouldn't go to a redskins game for free.  frankly, i wouldn't go to any nfl game for free. money grubbing wh0res - the playes the owners... all of them. 

just completely lost interest. won a few fantasy football trophies and became disinterested.

now let's add more games! yippie. ruin all records and integrity of the game. meanwhile the old players who made a fraction of these new thugs, morons and random few good guys sit drooling on themselves with medical bills piling up.

but hey, as long as the couch QB's can pound beers and cheer for Mike Vick to score that bootleg TD at the 1 he doesn't care.

admire your hero's while they rape you.  

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:45 am

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

There could be a lot of reasons for continued ticket sales but the most likely reason is that the average fan does not care when this thing ends, they are confident that it will end, and they waited a long time for the right to buy their tickets and they are not giving it up for this blip on the radar. In addition there are hundreds of thousands of people on waiting lists that know this might be their only chance in years for their names to come up on the list for season tickets. Tough to blame them.

Next about a boycot of anything, they never work, ever. Why, because not enough people care, and not enough people care for long enough. In addition most companies are so diversified that they can withstand any short term backlash. The football watching community is not big enough to affect any large company, but if somehow you could interest everyone in your cause, it would not take years or even a season. If you somehow got enough people to boycot all coke products for instance, and everything they own for even a few weeks, it would damage them terribly and cause things to happen, and a month could cripple them. They depend on product flow and once the backup happens there is no way to stop the bleeding. But they support the owners so right now there is no reason for them to do anything.

On a personal level you may feel better by boycotting the advertised products, and I encourage you to do it. I do it all the time with foreign companies and it makes me feel better to buy American, but I am not so naive as to think that those american companies are not buying or investing over seas. It does make me feel better, but few have the resolve to make a difference. So coke is in no danger and neither is the NFL.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:38 am

NFL somehow ahead of 2010's ticket sales pace?

Don't folks realize if you just stop buying the overpriced tickets, the price will drop. Supply and demand my friend! lol

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