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THE QUESTION

Is the NFL Recession Proof?

With the economy getting blitzed, will America's most successful sports league continue to grow?

Posted by Emil Steiner on September 16, 2008 5:35 PM
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Corry: People will not stop watching sports. So the only serious threat to the NFL comes from other sports with overlapping seasons. Is the NHL or ...

Anonymous: It is already happening for the Redskins and the club level look how many empty seats there are this year. The redskins are giving all kinds...

Brent, NY: To the last commenter whatever your name is, The Redskins are the worst team in the NFC east that's why there are so many empty seats. Play ...

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Anonymous :

no such thing as recession-proof

gene robinson :

who cares

Gene Robinson get in the back of the bus where you belong :

I do.

Barnacle Bob :

Bring back the XFL!

With enough HGH/Insulin injections I myself could probably even make a team in that "league."

And make sure "He Hate Me" gets top-billing.

Cash$ :

The NFL can't go down. These are the times people need it the most, when the pressure's on and we have no money. The depression era was a golden time for movies and sport. Football will be king.
Poor folk need their distractions and we need to keep them distracted.

burritoman :

I hope the NFL goes into a 'recession' so that I can afford to take my boys to a game once in a while. Although my family earns a good income, living in the NYC area is expensive and shelling out $100 (per mediocre ticket) for a four person family is simply too much money. Including parking, food and beverages it will be a $500 afternoon before you know it... Getting a bit of corporate money out of the ticket buying habit will allow more people to attend these events. What's kind of crazy is that a lot of people with corporate tickets don't even end up showing up. I was given corporate tickets to the US Open Men's semi-finals this year and at least a third of the most expensive seats were not occupied. Every single seat in the higher tiers was sold out... go figure.

Joe McCloud :

Since the injury to Tom Brady the Pats are probably reeling and only time will tell www.aidandowling.com ends whether their success is

Joe McCloud :

Only time will tell whether the injury to Tom Brady proves a problem for the Pats - when a big TV draw goes off-screen, they has to be a viewership/financial repercussion.

realist :

Let it die. More beach volleyball!

xsvwolfgang :

Who cares? It's been a freak show since they got away from single platoon football anyway. A 6'6" 350 lb player who can run as fast as a real human? c'mon!! On 2nd thought,let it stay. I can play 18 starting at 2 pm twilight on Sundays....got the course to myself!!

Rich :

Boo-Hoo...sob, sob...

donmac :

Taxpayers have been subsidizing pro sports for decades. Corporations buy blocks of seating for clients to use and then write them off their taxes as a business expense.

THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!


Why should the average hard working American be paying atheletes to live like Saudi sheiks? Those tickets are rarely used ot transact a business deal.

Most of the time some family member or personal freind gets to go to the game on Uncle Sams tab which the rest of us bottom feeders pay for!

snuff :

Thought it was only hookers and blow that couldnt be hurt by recession you know NFL off day.

Mark :

The NFL is doing well for now, but the prospects for long term growth are pretty dim considering that in a globalized world no one really cares about American football outside our borders.

BiffGriff :

Don't cry for me, Argentina. Even in death, I am near to you...

Pgh :

baseball will see a recession before the NFL but wait until after the next union talks and they loose salary cap. I predict all sports will be in a recession at some point.

Verbal :

As long as people can keep gambling on it sports will stay strong. It may get corrupted that is more corrupted, with point shaving, but long as there be easy money there'll sports will be our opiate.

Anonymous :

dont believe the hype, there is no recession, or global warming

Corry :

People will not stop watching sports. So the only serious threat to the NFL comes from other sports with overlapping seasons. Is the NHL or the NBA going to take down the NFL? Certainly not.

Anonymous :

It is already happening for the Redskins and the club level look how many empty seats there are this year. The redskins are giving all kinds of incentives to sign up for premium seats. I say get rid of the entertainment expense exemption and the prices will come down overnight. You are also paying the NFL tax if you have cable or satellite TV. ESPN charges like $2.50 per month per subscriber to cable/satellite providers. 99% of time you have to take ESPN and other shows that you want because congress is limp wristed and won't stand up for citizens and pass ala-cart programming. They cow tow to the NFL,ESPN and cable/satellite providers. Bohica when the next NFL contract is approved.

Brent, NY :

To the last commenter whatever your name is, The Redskins are the worst team in the NFC east that's why there are so many empty seats. Play well and you can charge whatever you want. Football is the best deal in sports.

 
 
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