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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Give Fans a Reason

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This is a tricky one for me, where to put the blame for a stadium being full of the visiting team's fans for a big game.

It would be easy to knock the home team's ticket holders. But in this time of economic crisis, do you really want to fault someone for, presumably, finding a way to make a few extra dollars? Are those fans who sell their tickets expected to conduct a vetting process to make sure those seats are going to buyers who will root for the "right" team? That seems a little unrealistic.

Some pro sports teams have tried in the past, especially for postseason games, to keep tickets from going to non-local buyers. But such attempts are difficult to pull off at best, and unfair at worst.

I guess what it comes down to is, it's up to the home team to make its fans want to come to the game. The Redskins have played well this season, yes. They made the playoffs twice in four seasons in Joe Gibbs's second coaching go-around. But they haven't played consistently well enough over time, I guess, to inspire the same sort of absolute fan loyalty that seemed to exist here in the franchise's Super Bowl-winning glory days. NFC title games and Super Bowls are either fading memories or fanciful aspirations in these parts.

It's just another thing to put on Jim Zorn's to-do list.

By Mark Maske  |  November 5, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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