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David Nakamura
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David Nakamura

Washington Post staff writer

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It's the major event of the winter, a huge television extravaganza to be watched by tens of millions of people around the world. Super Bowl XLIII? Heck no. Cue up Hank Williams Jr., or maybe will.i.am: Are you ready for some... presidential inauguration?

So which is the hotter ticket -- one of the 250,000 to Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 on the Mall, or one of the 72,500 to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay?

Since this is a sports blog, let's review the statistics.

Number of people who watched Obama's first debate against McCain: 52.4 million.
Number who watched the Giants beat the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII: 97.5 million.

Average ticket price for inauguration: Free, distributed by Congressional offices.
Average price for Super Bowl XLII ticket: $4,322, according to USA Today.

On first blush, the Super Bowl takes the cake. But, already, scalpers are advertising inauguration tickets online for thousands of dollars--even though the tickets have not been distributed yet. Things are so bad, Sen. Dianne Feinstein convinced eBay to stop posting inauguration ticket ads and she has introduced a measure to make the re-sale of tickets a federal crime. And a personal anecdote makes me lean toward Obama tickets being more sought after.

On Nov. 3, the Redskins were playing the Steelers before 90,000 fans at FedEx Field in Landover. On the same night, Obama was delivering his final campaign speech at the Prince William County fairgrounds in Virginia, before a crowd estimated at 90,000. A lifelong 'Skins fan, I went to the Obama rally (as a reporter), secretly keeping my Walkman tuned to the game. All around me, people in the Obama crowd were wearing Redskins jackets and hats.

My conclusion: The reason there were so many Steelers fans in the crowd at FedEx was because so many Redskins fans went to see Obama instead.

Upon further review, score this one for the Team Obama.

By David Nakamura  |  November 20, 2008; 1:39 PM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , NFL , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I agree with you Mr. Obama is a hot ticket item. Once in a life time, this time will never come again.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 20, 2008 6:02 PM

We are following both events all over the world. Jaja, but I guess this year Obama will take the lead.

Posted by: Claudia | November 26, 2008 6:58 PM

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