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Fans Are Addicts

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Its not a question of whether NFL owners take their fans for granted: rather it is NFL owners know that professional football is a drug and fans can never get enough.

They know that in most cases, demand overshadows supply and therefore the NFL fan will always be there to line the pockets and increase the bottom line of the NFL owners.

By David Hill  |  September 4, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Fans , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Exactly, most football fans could care less if they are being cheated. If you look at surveys, most football and baseball fans could care less about steroid use (cheating)!

Posted by: beenthere3 | September 5, 2009 9:12 AM

My father purchased our original season tickets for the second season that the Redskins spent in Washington. Two weeks from tommorrow, I will start my personal 52nd year of attending Redskins games. So you could point to me as potentially an addict.

Whatever the reason, I have to say that the current Redskins organization has treated me well. My ticket location - pretty good to start with, in truth - has been upgraded twice, as have my parking pass (in this case, even though I started out at FedEx as a cash-lot customer).

But I am near the tipping point. I am having a harder and harder time re-selling (strictly at my actual cost) the tickets my family doesn't personally use. My lower-deck tickets at $110 including tax are close to the maximum that I feel I can afford to pay; if the next ticket increase doesn't knock me off, the following one almost certainly will.

I have the following observation about the NFL: the money is from the TV fans. The NFL views the stadium fans as extras in the show, and in the larger markets especially it is pretty rapidly transitioning, and deliberately so, toward filling the stadiums with corporate / business ticket holders. Sad but true.

I don't think the NFL understands that in time, the inability of the average TV fan to EVER attend a live game will dramatically erode interest in the sport. In other words, their current incredible greed will indeed eventually doom them.

A final word about the so-called waiting list: a total joke. (1) If you'll take nosebleed seats they are there for the taking, in every off-season. (2) Plenty of "club" seats too. But if you expect to ever reach the lower level from the waiting list alone, your odds are extremely low. I know this form my many discussions with other attendees and ticket-holders. Now, can somebody explain ANY logic by which Snyder will prefer to sell available lower-level seats to scalpers, rather than to fans?

Posted by: WODRR | September 5, 2009 10:31 AM

Do you really think owners are going to learn from the past? The Boston Bruins played in front of a sold out Boston Garden at the same time the Celtics were winning world championship after world championship. You could get a ticket to the Celts the night of the game in most cases, the Bruins, mired in many slumps, were always sold out.

So what happened when they moved to a new arena? The waiting list for tickets was brought out but a lot of the people at the top of the list were dead. Continue down the line and there's no more list, but also not enough people to sell out the building. It took them over a decade to recover from this collapse in fans. They had another sub-par team, outrageous prices and people who were fed up.

Now, they have a better product, but it took a while to build back up.

Look at the Blackhawks. You couldn't get a ticket to the old stadium, but couldn't see them on TV in their own market either. Fans revolted and it's taken a lot from the ownership to get people back.

Attention all sports owners, this is something you need to know. There IS NOT an infinite number of fans. There is a limit, stop trying to get every dollar out of the fan you can because there's going to come a time that even the most ardent fanatic will have to decide between paying for the house this year or buying season tickets (personally, I'll take a year of living in a house than a seat at 10 football games).

Posted by: dj1123 | September 5, 2009 1:15 PM

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