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(Yahoo)   Three of the four NFL playoff games this weekend that are not yet sellouts. It is so bad the Green Bay Packers might be blacked out locally. Shelling out a few hundred and sitting in frigid temperatures just isn't appealing anymore   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 202
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2014-01-02 09:14:42 AM  

IlGreven: One can forgive Packers fans, because they didn't know they were even going to be in the playoffs until the last week.

Bengals and Colts fans, who had their divisions locked up for weeks? No. Farking. Excuse.


I don't think Colts fans give the team much chance, and Cincy fans are cheap.
 
2014-01-02 09:14:45 AM  

under a mountain: I'm surprised about Green Bay, considering this is a fan base dumb enough to buy worthless shares just so they can call themselves "share holders".


That's funny.
My "worthless share" was gifted to me a few years ago by a Bears fan.

/Thanks Lenny
//Go Pack
 
2014-01-02 09:15:03 AM  

Muta: It is more fun to watch at home.  You get a better view of the action at home, the food and beer are cheaper and there's is no standing in 2 inches of urine when you've got to take a piss.


I enjoy watching games at home, but I much prefer being at Saints games than just watching them. The game atmosphere at the dome can't be beat, and I don't have to listen to awful FOX announcers.
 
2014-01-02 09:16:27 AM  

thecpt: antidisestablishmentarianism: eagles95: As a Packer fan no longer living in Green Bay I can say that there would be 0% chance I would go to this game if I still lived there.

A) Below zero temps at game time while sitting on a metal bleacher
B) Snow the day before so metal bleacher is snow covered
C) Every fat ass in the stadium wearing 50 layers of clothes to stay warm so you barely have your 4 inches of seat space
D) Overpriced EVERYTHING
E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again


Seriously NFL, why would I go when i have normal priced beer, brats, 50+in HD tv with heat in my house if I live in GB? Want a fan experience? Invite friends over and chant Go Pack Go. Better than hypothermia

I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?

0/10

Go home. You know, like your shiatty team


5/10 I don't think that was even close to trolling and it still got a bite.
 
2014-01-02 09:22:26 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The only one that's sold-out is the Eagles game (so far).

I'm impressed with the way they handled it this year -- my tickets for my season ticket seats for Saturday are only $20 over regular season face value AND for the first time the team is charging season ticket holders on an "as we make it" basis instead of "just give us $1,000 and if we don't make the playoffs or we flame out in the first game then billionaire owner Jeff Lurie would be HAPPY to hold onto all the money as a credit towards next season."


Wait a second.  That's not what my buddy who owns our season tickets is telling me.  You were only charged for the first game?

How much are the tickets if (in the extremely unlikely event) that the Eagles host the NFC championship game?
 
2014-01-02 09:23:31 AM  

grinding_journalist: It amazes me that you can still possibly defend them as a non-profit, when the entire league (and Goodell's tenure) has been about increasing revenue. Sure, fine, technically the parent organization of the teams is a "non-profit", but when the ENTIRE PURPOSE of that organization is to increase revenue for its' owners and teams, how could you possibly see their status as anything but a scam?


The profits go to the teams.  They are the ones who pay the income taxes.

The NFL is just the front for the teams which are all, technically, individual businesses.
 
2014-01-02 09:24:48 AM  
The Giants made the playoffs during the Jim Fassel years one year after it looked like they wouldn't. It was the "putting all my chips on the table" season. Anyway, things were not looking good earlier in the season, so a ton of season tickerholders didn't even bother applying for playoff tickets, which wound up going on sale to the general public.

I wound up scoring tickets for the Giants/Eagles game that was easily the best time I've ever had a sporting event. Awesome experience.

Before the game, they're playing the usual "pump up the crowd" stuff on the jumobtron. Our seats were right next to a second of Eagles fans. Basically the only Eagles fans there were all in one section, upper deck in the corner. They're showing these pump-up videos and the last one is a clip from Rocky. Rocky is running through the streets, they're playing the music. The Eagles fans are loving. They're all, "Look at this! These dumbass Giants don't even know that Rocky is a Philadelphia thing! This is great! Go Rocky! E-A-G-L-" *SMASH* A giant foot comes down and smashes Rocky as he gets to the top of the steps. The crowd EXPLODED. I mean, people went nuts like we just scored. High fives all around. The Eagles section had the wind knocked out of them. It was hilarious.

Next thing you know, Ron Dixon returns opening kick 97-yards for a touchdown with the already pumped-up crowd taking it to a whole other level. Insane stuff. To this day, I'll insist that that return happened 75% because of that video.

/also the game where Jason Sehorn did this.
 
2014-01-02 09:27:31 AM  

Warlordtrooper: INeedAName: tommyl66: UNC_Samurai: One wonders if the NFL is fully aware of just how much they've priced themselves out of most people's budgets.

Nope, the NFL is more concerned with what doohickeys they can add to the "in-stadium experience" to justify the cost of the tickets. Hey, how about we put fantasy stats and WiFi in the stadium? Or personal wireless device connectors at every seat? How about more music and sound effects between every play?

/I miss Foxboro Stadium

Honestly, they should make it an absolute luxury experience, but then drop the price to a ridiculously low level. Going to the stadium needs to be a better football experience than playing at home, or stadiums will eventually be worthless.

The crackdown on binge drinking also helps ruin the experience


You can still binge drink and go to games. Unless you can't handle your alcohol, and at that point I'm glad they get kicked out.

It's the little things that add up to me. Used to be able to pull into the lot an hour before it "opened" and get a spot on the edge at the treeline. Even hold a few spots for people coming in when the lot actually opens. You could spread out and nature's bathroom is right there, nice. Now everything is paved and marked, and you have to stay in your space and no, you and three of your buddies can't park next to each other so you can have a decent tailgate. The walk into the stadium used to be decent, a short wait in line but they had it figured out. Now you need to budget an extra 45 minutes to get through because a brand new stadium only has four entrances to it. Time to run to the bathroom? See you next quarter, unless you're a woman in which case you have 4 empty bathrooms that are all yours. Home team is in a tough spot and could use some help from the crowd! But where is everybody in the middle section? Oh, those are luxury suites so they're all inside watching the game on TV...
 
2014-01-02 09:29:52 AM  

JerseyTim: This is great! Go Rocky! E-A-G-L-" *SMASH* A giant foot comes down and smashes Rocky as he gets to the top of the steps. The crowd EXPLODED. I mean, people went nuts like we just scored. High fives all around. The Eagles section had the wind knocked out of them. It was hilarious.


Wow.  I had always figured Giants fans were simple-minded.  Thanks for the evidence.


FWIW, I recall they were playing the Rocky theme for some reason in the stadium during the timeout before  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjbBvJHsIko
 
2014-01-02 09:34:32 AM  
I live in walking distance of a mlb stadium and an NFL stadium. I go to 5 tO ten baseball games a year. I go to a NFL game about every. Years when I get invited by someone. I can get baseball tickets for around 10. I think some are only 7. Even after a few beers its easy for a couple to get a fun game for 60 or so. the best tickets are around 60 each I think.

The football ones start in the 70s and go into the 200 plus range. Tack on that same 40 or so for a few drinks and its a 200 to 500 event. I actually like football better, they just priced me out. ITs not that much funner for me to be there to justify that much money. I think I am kind of in the majority of this. I know a few folks who have cancelled season tickets this season, its just getting rediculously expensive for an entertainment option. You can take an actual decent vacation for what a lot of the season tickets cost.
 
2014-01-02 09:34:56 AM  
I find it hard to believe that the Packers game won't be sold out.  Even in lean years every game has been sold out.
 
2014-01-02 09:36:32 AM  
MugzyBrown:
FWIW, I recall they were playing the Rocky theme for some reason in the stadium during the timeout before  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjbBvJHsIko

It always amuses me when other teams play anything from Rocky when they're playing the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
2014-01-02 09:38:24 AM  
JerseyTim: \

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4z_-uo1ncE

Watching Couglin throw down his clipboard was the funniest thing about that video.
 
2014-01-02 09:39:48 AM  

BunkyBrewman: It always amuses me when other teams play anything from Rocky when they're playing the Philadelphia Eagles.


Rocky (the fights shown in the movies) had a losing record.

Rocky:  loss
Rocky II:  loss
Rocky III: loss/win
Rocky IV: win
Rocky V:  DNF
Rocky Balboa:  loss

That's a 2-4 record.
 
2014-01-02 09:41:12 AM  

mjbok: BunkyBrewman: It always amuses me when other teams play anything from Rocky when they're playing the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rocky (the fights shown in the movies) had a losing record.

Rocky:  loss
Rocky II:  loss
Rocky III: loss/win
Rocky IV: win
Rocky V:  DNF
Rocky Balboa:  loss

That's a 2-4 record.


You're posting the record of a fictional boxer?  Congrats.  You must be from ohio.
 
2014-01-02 09:41:27 AM  

mjbok: Rocky (the fights shown in the movies) had a losing record.


He won Rocky 2.
 
2014-01-02 09:44:03 AM  

antidisestablishmentarianism: eagles95: As a Packer fan no longer living in Green Bay I can say that there would be 0% chance I would go to this game if I still lived there.

A) Below zero temps at game time while sitting on a metal bleacher
B) Snow the day before so metal bleacher is snow covered
C) Every fat ass in the stadium wearing 50 layers of clothes to stay warm so you barely have your 4 inches of seat space
D) Overpriced EVERYTHING
E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again


Seriously NFL, why would I go when i have normal priced beer, brats, 50+in HD tv with heat in my house if I live in GB? Want a fan experience? Invite friends over and chant Go Pack Go. Better than hypothermia

I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?


Actually that was Boykin, Mr. Sour Grapes. And even with slim chances in the playoffs, I much prefer ending the season with a division championship and a win over a rival than having them shiat the bed like da bears

/going to the game. Free tickets
 
d3
2014-01-02 09:47:56 AM  

eagles95: Nadie_AZ: eagles95: E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again

This is the real reason I don't think people want to go.

But stranger things have happened. Your team might be getting hot at the right time.

Oh hell no....they need to get shredded so we get the rotting corpse of Dom Capers fired as DC


And now the real reason this bandwagon fan doesn't want to go to the game. He's scared. What is different about DC's defense from the SB 3 years ago to now? His scheme hasn't changed, his calling and aggressiveness haven't really changed, but the players have. He's making due with no true outside linebacker now that Matthews is hurt. His big men in the middle are either hurting or out and the safeties can't figure out how to keep themselves in position to make a play on the deep ball. DC is the same coach who got us some awesome defensive plays in the SB, he isn't the problem, the players aren't making the plays.

$120/ticket is nothing. I live in Maryland and tickets to the GB/Ravens game were going to cost $200/seat in the nose bleed section of the end zone because of scalpers and the fact the Ravens were defending SB champs. I'd gladly watch a Packers playoff game in the stadium if it didn't mean spending 3x as much on airfare as the ticket cost. How are you going to feel if they win on Sunday and had the chance to be there but skipped? I'm going to wish I'd found a deal on plane tickets myself. Every time I meet someone who was at the "Ice Bowl" gets a special gleam in their eye when they tell about it. You won't ever get that from watching on TV.
 
2014-01-02 09:50:22 AM  
Sounds like a lot of delicate men here don't want to actually go to the game and prefer to watch it on TV in their slippers and jammies.

There is a lot to be said for seeing a game live.

For starters it is like golf - a chance to get out of the house for the day with a set recreational agenda. Tailgating, watching the game, a few beers after.

Secondly although you may not get to see every replay broken down by the TV talking heads, typically you can see a lot more at a game than on TV - you usually have a view of the entire field and can look where you want rather than where the director thinks is important.

Finally the atmosphere at a live game is second to none. The crowd noise, the obnoxious high fiving of those in the seats around you as the team does something impressive...all good stuff.

I guess it depends on your perspective. If you are not a fan of either team then I understand not wanting to take time other than watching the game. The best way to do that in my experience is to start the DVR at kickoff and jump in about 1.25 hours in to the game. Fast forward all the commercials and the game is much more watchable and doesn't carve out an entire afternoon / evening.

But if you want to, you know, cheer for your team. Really much more fun to be there. Even if you have to wear a ski mask and stuff heated insoles into your shoes.
 
2014-01-02 09:53:08 AM  

antidisestablishmentarianism: I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?


I like the cut of your jib.
 
2014-01-02 09:54:15 AM  

Big 900: antidisestablishmentarianism: eagles95: As a Packer fan no longer living in Green Bay I can say that there would be 0% chance I would go to this game if I still lived there.

A) Below zero temps at game time while sitting on a metal bleacher
B) Snow the day before so metal bleacher is snow covered
C) Every fat ass in the stadium wearing 50 layers of clothes to stay warm so you barely have your 4 inches of seat space
D) Overpriced EVERYTHING
E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again


Seriously NFL, why would I go when i have normal priced beer, brats, 50+in HD tv with heat in my house if I live in GB? Want a fan experience? Invite friends over and chant Go Pack Go. Better than hypothermia

I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?

Actually that was Boykin, Mr. Sour Grapes. And even with slim chances in the playoffs, I much prefer ending the season with a division championship and a win over a rival than having them shiat the bed like da bears

/going to the game. Free tickets


At least you didn't shiat the bed and the walls and the ceiling like the lions.

/Lions fan
//So glad Schwartz is gone
 
2014-01-02 10:02:31 AM  
Boykin, Cobb, whatever.
 
2014-01-02 10:03:26 AM  

MmmmBacon: This is pretty much what St. Louis goes through every week in the regular season, fans that won't attend the games in person. Good thing the Rams will be coming back to LA, after the 2014 season.


So we should keep selling the place out after 10 straight losing seasons (including stuff like 1-15 and 2-14.)
 
2014-01-02 10:03:36 AM  

JerseyTim: The Giants made the playoffs during the Jim Fassel years one year after it looked like they wouldn't. It was the "putting all my chips on the table" season. Anyway, things were not looking good earlier in the season, so a ton of season tickerholders didn't even bother applying for playoff tickets, which wound up going on sale to the general public.

I wound up scoring tickets for the Giants/Eagles game that was easily the best time I've ever had a sporting event. Awesome experience.

Before the game, they're playing the usual "pump up the crowd" stuff on the jumobtron. Our seats were right next to a second of Eagles fans. Basically the only Eagles fans there were all in one section, upper deck in the corner. They're showing these pump-up videos and the last one is a clip from Rocky. Rocky is running through the streets, they're playing the music. The Eagles fans are loving. They're all, "Look at this! These dumbass Giants don't even know that Rocky is a Philadelphia thing! This is great! Go Rocky! E-A-G-L-" *SMASH* A giant foot comes down and smashes Rocky as he gets to the top of the steps. The crowd EXPLODED. I mean, people went nuts like we just scored. High fives all around. The Eagles section had the wind knocked out of them. It was hilarious.

Next thing you know, Ron Dixon returns opening kick 97-yards for a touchdown with the already pumped-up crowd taking it to a whole other level. Insane stuff. To this day, I'll insist that that return happened 75% because of that video.

/also the game where Jason Sehorn did this.


I watched that game with my grandmother. After that play, I told her that he was married (or engaged, whatever) to the woman from Law & Order (Grandma got me hooked on Law & Order in the early 90s). She didn't seem to care one way or the other. He goes over to the sidelines and takes off his helmet. Grandma said, "You didn't tell me he was white!"
 
2014-01-02 10:03:45 AM  

UNC_Samurai: One wonders if the NFL is fully aware of just how much they've priced themselves out of most people's budgets.

I've been to two NFL games in my life, one in Charlotte and one in Cincy.  Both times it was because a friend was generous enough to give us tickets.  If I lived much closer than four hours away from the nearest NFL stadium, it might be different...but I sure as hell wouldn't spend ~$75 per ticket, ~$30 per person in concessions, and (in the case of Charlotte) ~$10 to park anywhere in sight of the stadium.  And that's for the  regularseason; I'm sure the ticket prices for the playoffs are way above and beyond that.  Mrs. Samurai and I were aghast when we saw the face value of the tickets to the Cincy-Cleveland game (still had an amazing time, thanks MJ!), and there's just us; if we had a kid or two, it just wouldn't be feasible.  And we're certainly not alone.

/I gotta give Cincinnati/Newport a shout-out, though; aside from the in-stadium costs, that area is wonderful, plenty of food and shopping, and you can park for $3 at the aquarium and ride the ferry across the river.


You got off cheap, most stadiums are more expensive.

But then I remember somewhere that Carolina is like 3rd cheapest tickets.
 
2014-01-02 10:03:56 AM  

AntonChigger: Big 900: antidisestablishmentarianism: eagles95: As a Packer fan no longer living in Green Bay I can say that there would be 0% chance I would go to this game if I still lived there.

A) Below zero temps at game time while sitting on a metal bleacher
B) Snow the day before so metal bleacher is snow covered
C) Every fat ass in the stadium wearing 50 layers of clothes to stay warm so you barely have your 4 inches of seat space
D) Overpriced EVERYTHING
E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again


Seriously NFL, why would I go when i have normal priced beer, brats, 50+in HD tv with heat in my house if I live in GB? Want a fan experience? Invite friends over and chant Go Pack Go. Better than hypothermia

I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?

Actually that was Boykin, Mr. Sour Grapes. And even with slim chances in the playoffs, I much prefer ending the season with a division championship and a win over a rival than having them shiat the bed like da bears

/going to the game. Free tickets

At least you didn't shiat the bed and the walls and the ceiling like the lions.

/Lions fan
//So glad Schwartz is gone


Yeah, it mostly makes up for getting smoked on Thanksgiving. That was definitely ugly.
 
2014-01-02 10:04:52 AM  
My Vikings playoff tickets are cheap. Nonexistence costs nothing.
 
2014-01-02 10:06:18 AM  

sammyk: Decisions decisions, do I spend $200+ per ticket for nose bleed seats where I can barely see the jumbotron or do I watch the game on my 60" plasma with the surround sound that can make the house sound like the stadium? Do I wait in a long line to piss or walk down the hall? Overpriced half warm beer with a limited selection or my sweet holiday ale home brew that will be ready just in time? $8 hotdogs or filet mignon on the grill? Boy this is a hard choice.


You don't have any of those things. Except the hall
 
2014-01-02 10:06:27 AM  

INeedAName: tommyl66: UNC_Samurai: One wonders if the NFL is fully aware of just how much they've priced themselves out of most people's budgets.

Nope, the NFL is more concerned with what doohickeys they can add to the "in-stadium experience" to justify the cost of the tickets. Hey, how about we put fantasy stats and WiFi in the stadium? Or personal wireless device connectors at every seat? How about more music and sound effects between every play?

/I miss Foxboro Stadium

Honestly, they should make it an absolute luxury experience, but then drop the price to a ridiculously low level. Going to the stadium needs to be a better football experience than playing at home, or stadiums will eventually be worthless.


What killed the NFL's stadium experience was HDTV and the networks scrambling to make everything HD.  Why pay for lousy seats, overpriced food and some leatherlunged asshole drunk out of his gourd when you can sit on your couch in front of a 40-60" HDTV with all the food and drink you want to consume and the only leatherlunged assholes in attendance are your friends.
 
2014-01-02 10:09:56 AM  

starlost: a blackout won't be as bad as years ago. now with streaming from overseas unless no one in the fan group knows how to do it or has a decent speed internet connection they will be able to make do. i'm disappointed here in the usa the sports channels plan to carry few world cup soccer matches. my dad and i are retired and we are going to stream every time they are on. we'd have bought a soccer package in a instant.


Well when the games barely receive an MLB level rating in the states and the world cup people won't lower their demand for premium pricing you can't blame the stations. Blame world cup organizers who won't lower their prices to get into the most lucrative market, sure there are fewer in the states but we buy crap like crazy.

Personally I would just rather have rugby matches shown since there's more action in those.
 
2014-01-02 10:10:18 AM  

Big 900: AntonChigger: Big 900: antidisestablishmentarianism: eagles95: As a Packer fan no longer living in Green Bay I can say that there would be 0% chance I would go to this game if I still lived there.

A) Below zero temps at game time while sitting on a metal bleacher
B) Snow the day before so metal bleacher is snow covered
C) Every fat ass in the stadium wearing 50 layers of clothes to stay warm so you barely have your 4 inches of seat space
D) Overpriced EVERYTHING
E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again


Seriously NFL, why would I go when i have normal priced beer, brats, 50+in HD tv with heat in my house if I live in GB? Want a fan experience? Invite friends over and chant Go Pack Go. Better than hypothermia

I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?

Actually that was Boykin, Mr. Sour Grapes. And even with slim chances in the playoffs, I much prefer ending the season with a division championship and a win over a rival than having them shiat the bed like da bears

/going to the game. Free tickets

At least you didn't shiat the bed and the walls and the ceiling like the lions.

/Lions fan
//So glad Schwartz is gone

Yeah, it mostly makes up for getting smoked on Thanksgiving. That was definitely ugly.


Whadya talking about?  That was a great game :)
 
2014-01-02 10:11:34 AM  
The NFL will not allow playoff games to get blacked out. They'll buy as many tickets as they have to themselves.

But yeah, games have just been priced out of people's budgets, and all the stadium policies and the shiat you have to put up with. Blackout threat or no blackout threat, playoffs or no playoffs, eventually people simply do not have the money anymore to show up.
 
2014-01-02 10:13:23 AM  

mjbok: I find it hard to believe that the Packers game won't be sold out.  Even in lean years every game has been sold out.


I think it is a combination of the cost, timing and temperature.

The cost is an obvious one, but the timing isn't good. A month ago, when the people put their playoff ticket request in, they had to pay for their deposit up front as well. If the Packers hadn't made the playoffs, instead of getting the money back, they just get credited to next season's ticket cost. A month ago people thought the Packers had a snowballs chance in hell of making it, so not many people put in a request.

The temperature Sunday, in Green Bay is a high of 0 and a low of -18. That is without the wind chill.
 
2014-01-02 10:14:33 AM  
Hi guys.

For those of you not attending this game in person and for whatever reason unable watch it on TV, rejoice, for I have pre-created the matchup in XOR NFL Challenge, a simulation known to predict the future with 127% accuracy.  To enhance your viewing experience I also added Bruckner's 4th symphony as the soundtrack.

Er, one caveat, though - I only changed the 49ers roster, not the Packers.  Sorry, it took like an hour and a half to even do that much.
 
2014-01-02 10:17:27 AM  

jayhawk88: UNC_Samurai: One wonders if the NFL is fully aware of just how much they've priced themselves out of most people's budgets.

See I don't necessarily think it's the price....tickets are expensive but they've been expensive for 25 years. It's just that fans now prefer the comforts of home/their den, to all the hastle involved in going to a game. You go to an NFL game, it's an all day thing. You watch at home, it's ~3 hours and you've still got the rest of the day to watch another game or play with the kids or whatever.


Its been more recent the uptick of the prices, its like the NBA, who used to have affordable tickets but now unless you pay $50+ you will be sitting in the bleachers near the rafters. Wanna sit near the court? $75-175 at the cheap places, fark that shiat.
 
2014-01-02 10:21:41 AM  
I'm not sure how it works fort the packers, but for the giants and jets, there are a huge unsold number of tickets for every game. The reason it doesn't result in blackouts is because they have a huge number of the seats classified as luxury seats, which don't count against you for "sellout" purposes.

Before the new stadium, the wait list for season tickets for either team was on the order of decades. People would fight over the rights in court when someone died. Now they run commercials touting how great seats are still available.
 
2014-01-02 10:21:54 AM  

Lawnchair: tommyl66: Nope, the NFL is more concerned with what doohickeys they can add to the "in-stadium experience" to justify the cost of the tickets. Hey, how about we put fantasy stats and WiFi in the stadium? Or personal wireless device connectors at every seat? How about more music and sound effects between every play?

My local MLS stadium is all whizz-banged out with all that tech-stuff. The cheaper seats are still in the $30-$35 range and parking is free.


There's a reason for that, nobody wants to go for a higher price or if they can't afford the game and parking.
 
2014-01-02 10:22:52 AM  

BunkyBrewman: You're posting the record of a fictional boxer? Congrats. You must be from ohio.


Philadelphia looks at Rocky as a hero...and as you pointed out, he is fictional.  Congrats on that.

MugzyBrown: He won Rocky 2.


Ugh, don't know how I screwed that one up.
 
2014-01-02 10:23:30 AM  

machoprogrammer: mjbok: I find it hard to believe that the Packers game won't be sold out.  Even in lean years every game has been sold out.

I think it is a combination of the cost, timing and temperature.

The cost is an obvious one, but the timing isn't good. A month ago, when the people put their playoff ticket request in, they had to pay for their deposit up front as well. If the Packers hadn't made the playoffs, instead of getting the money back, they just get credited to next season's ticket cost. A month ago people thought the Packers had a snowballs chance in hell of making it, so not many people put in a request.

The temperature Sunday, in Green Bay is a high of 0 and a low of -18. That is without the wind chill.


At game time, Weather Underground says it ought to be 1 degree and a wind chill of around -16.

But let's put it this way. Monday in Milwaukee, the wind chill is supposed to get into -40, -45. I checked the wind chill at about 1:30 AM last night in Alert, Nunavut. It was -43. That's what's on our mind right now up here. Literally, without hyperbole, Arctic conditions.
 
2014-01-02 10:26:51 AM  
The NFL is also pushing retractable roofs/domes where they can get away with it. They sell it part and parcel with the SB hosting carrot. Last Colts playoff game I went to was 2009 AFC CG. I think those tickets were just north of $100 in the nose bleeds, so they weren't *too* bad except I was pretty poor at the time. However between the hotel, tickets, refreshments, and some other stuff, I think my buddies and I stayed south of $200 apiece, so it wasn't all that bad. Weather was nice enough we could tailgate in the parking lot too. I've been to sporting events in pretty cold weather and I've sat in a deer stand for 8 hours in 15 degree weather doing nothing, so cold weather isn't too much of a killer for me. However I'd be pretty hard pressed to want to go to the GB game this weekend, even if I got free tickets (also not a Packers fan so there's that).

I've gone to a bunch of Bulls games and Pacers games, when back in Indy, the last few years and it's a lot more affordable. I realize the relative scarcity of NFL games drives the prices up, but like many others here have said, the NFL is really pricing a lot of fans, especially middle class ones, out of tickets. It's easier now to just wait for them to hit the secondary market and grab ones where you want. You can upgrade or downgrade based on opponent.

Also NFL owners, get rid of the preseason "tax" and quit forcing people to put up 2 games worth of money in MID DECEMBER to guarantee playoff tickets. I know some teams don't do that but many do. A few of my buddies didn't buy playoff tickets because they didn't want to spend a thousand dollars in the middle of xmas season, knowing that they wouldn't get an immediate refund if the Colts didn't get a 2nd home game. That money would have been applied to next year's season tickets.
 
2014-01-02 10:34:11 AM  

italie: Going to be like fifty-below in Green Bay this weekend. Can't say I'd want a $300 ticket to sit in that.


Exactly.
 
2014-01-02 10:34:27 AM  
Sissies! The lot of youse. Poor sissies at that.

Vince Lombardi would be rolling over in his grave.
 
2014-01-02 10:38:15 AM  
They're giving away a couple of playoff tickets to the Green Bay game where I work.  Checked the forecast.  NO THANK YOU!
 
2014-01-02 10:38:53 AM  

machoprogrammer: antidisestablishmentarianism: eagles95: As a Packer fan no longer living in Green Bay I can say that there would be 0% chance I would go to this game if I still lived there.

A) Below zero temps at game time while sitting on a metal bleacher
B) Snow the day before so metal bleacher is snow covered
C) Every fat ass in the stadium wearing 50 layers of clothes to stay warm so you barely have your 4 inches of seat space
D) Overpriced EVERYTHING
E) Our defense getting shredded by 49ers again


Seriously NFL, why would I go when i have normal priced beer, brats, 50+in HD tv with heat in my house if I live in GB? Want a fan experience? Invite friends over and chant Go Pack Go. Better than hypothermia

I"m not a Packer fan at all but my wife and kid are and we live in Appleton. Even as a Bears fan I have considered taking advantage of the cheap tickets for Sunday's game and taking them to the game and I will sit there in my Bears gear and smile as I watch the 49ers destroy the Packers at home. Betcha wish Cobb hadn't picked up that ball off the ground now don't ya?

It was Boykin, not Cobb.

And do you know what you call a division champion team that loses in the first round of the playoffs? Division Champions.


They should put an asterisk by the Eagles and Green Bay's Division Champions record like this -- *of truly crappy division.  Are you really proud that Green Bay beat out Minnesota, Detroit, and Chicago?
 
2014-01-02 10:39:14 AM  

chachi88: Sissies! The lot of youse. Poor sissies at that.

Vince Lombardi would be rolling over in his grave.


You mean Mr. "Run It And Let's Get The Hell Out Of Here"?
 
2014-01-02 10:39:27 AM  

mjbok: BunkyBrewman: You're posting the record of a fictional boxer? Congrats. You must be from ohio.

Philadelphia looks at Rocky as a hero...and as you pointed out, he is fictional.  Congrats on that.

MugzyBrown: He won Rocky 2.

Ugh, don't know how I screwed that one up.


No. We think Rocky is a good tourist draw for people from Ohio.
 
2014-01-02 10:39:58 AM  

fonebone77: They should put an asterisk by the Eagles and Green Bay's Division Champions record like this -- *of truly crappy division.  Are you really proud that Green Bay beat out Minnesota, Detroit, and Chicago?


Considering the NFL has about 5 good teams, all of the divisions are pretty crappy.
 
2014-01-02 10:40:37 AM  
My girlfriend's dad has tickets in row 2 for the Packers game that he's trying to sell.

/no, he won't give them to us
 
2014-01-02 10:51:45 AM  

VvonderJesus: My girlfriend's dad has tickets in row 2 for the Packers game that he's trying to sell.

/no, he won't give them to us


Because he's under the impression they're valuable.

I never knew season ticket holders had to pay for playoff tickets in advance like that, never cared enough to get season tickets. I bet the owners love it since that means they have all that cash sitting in the bank earning them interest for 7-8 months.
 
2014-01-02 10:52:01 AM  
I live in Green Bay and will be at the game on Sunday. Despite the cold, the atmosphere at a playoff game is pretty hard to beat.

/Was at 2007 NFC title game at Lambeau too w/-20 windchill.
//Colder than a sorceress's teat etc. etc.
///Bleed green and gold.
 
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