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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
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2014-01-02 10:53:11 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.


Exactly. The last time I went to an NFL game was '98 or '99. Tickets at the top of Mt. Davis back then were about $60 or so. At least Oakland has that Bart stop at the stadium and the weather is usually pleasant. Of course, there is also Raiders fans.

Even 15ish years ago, the product was best consumed at home and that was before everyone had a flat screen with HD. Add in Sunday Ticket and Red Zone and it really has become even better for the fans to stay at home.

//buddy is a Raiders fan and we made a couple of trips from So Cal to Oakland for the Raiders-Broncos game.
//he was pissed off at the Bay Area Raiders fans on the BART that day. The Broncos won a close game and all we heard on the train was "at least the 49ers lost". For a guy raised on the LA Raiders he couldn't believe they cared more about the 49ers losing than the Raiders losing to their rivals.
 
2014-01-02 10:53:26 AM  

fonebone77: 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?


Honestly yes, better than listening to Bear fan all offseason crow about it. And to whomever mentioned it, HDTV is mostly to blame for this in Green Bay. I used to live 5 blocks from the stadium so i get the fan experience. But I'm not down with getting frostbite.

/CSB: NFL did blackout Packers home playoff game in 1982
 
2014-01-02 10:56:58 AM  

BunkyBrewman: 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?


You had the opportunity to give a credit card number to be charged when the playoffs were achieved OR you could pay everything up-front. It was your choice. Your buddy might have gone with the latter just to have things paid for and the money collected before things even started. Did you get actual physical tickets or print-at-home? I had to do print-at-home with my option. My upper-deck seats ($75 regular season face) are $95 for Saturday and would be $175 for the NFC title game.
 
2014-01-02 10:57:26 AM  

pueblonative: //anybody who can say with a straight face that the NFL is a non profit organization or a trade association deserves to be cockpunched


The NFL is an association of 32 for-profit tax paying franchises. The "NFL Headquarters" is a very small corporate office that handles things like the schedule, etc and it is a non-profit association entity.
 
2014-01-02 11:00:50 AM  

eagles95: fonebone77: 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?

Honestly yes, better than listening to Bear fan all offseason crow about it. And to whomever mentioned it, HDTV is mostly to blame for this in Green Bay. I used to live 5 blocks from the stadium so i get the fan experience. But I'm not down with getting frostbite.

/CSB: NFL did blackout Packers home playoff game in 1982


Yeah don't listen to asterisk dude. He's an idiot. The Colts backed into the playoffs at 8-4 because the Broncos crushed the Titans. The Colts were in the middle of being destroyed by the Cardinals, Bengals, and Rams iirc. The Colts went 6-0 against probably the weakest division in football. I'm glad they won the division. Now they are hosting a football game they have a pretty good chance at winning. I'll take a 50% chance or better at 2 extra games than the team sitting at home during the playoffs.
 
2014-01-02 11:02:47 AM  
The price is obviously a big part why I don't go to too many live sporting events, but so is the fact that half the people in the stadium have to decided to get completely shiat-faced. I mean, seriously, when did we all start thinking

Person A: "Hey, I got tickets to the big game!"
Person B: "Super, I'll go get a keg for the two of us!"
 
2014-01-02 11:05:04 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".

What does the NFL expect?  Attending a football game is boooorrring.  Kill about half the TV timeouts, and the tortureous replay rule time outs, and you might have an interesting live experience.


So you'd kill TV (where they make 85% of their revenue) to moderately increase the live experience?
 
2014-01-02 11:07:34 AM  

Gosling: The NFL will not allow playoff games to get blacked out. They'll buy as many tickets as they have to themselves.


Neither will the local network affiliates.  For years the local affiliates in KC would guarantee to purchase any unsold tickets needed to lift the blackout so they could get the ratings and commercial sales.
 
2014-01-02 11:08:00 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: BunkyBrewman: 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?

You had the opportunity to give a credit card number to be charged when the playoffs were achieved OR you could pay everything up-front. It was your choice. Your buddy might have gone with the latter just to have things paid for and the money collected before things even started. Did you get actual physical tickets or print-at-home? I had to do print-at-home with my option. My upper-deck seats ($75 regular season face) are $95 for Saturday and would be $175 for the NFC title game.


that would explain things. thank you for the explanation
 
2014-01-02 11:16:12 AM  
In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years
 
2014-01-02 11:23:07 AM  

eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years


They kind of had to do it, and I'm sure there's no way the Bears end up paying for all 7 years, but holy crap..can you imagine 37 year old Jay Cutler in 2020, Favre'ing his way to 18-35, 235 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT games?
 
2014-01-02 11:26:12 AM  

eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years


As much as they probably ended up overpaying, they didn't have much of an option. This is a non-exhaustive list of who else was available:

McCown - Bears backup did great, but 34 and wants to retire soon
Vick - ex-con benched for performance, injury prone, kinda old
Schaub - completely Delhommed and tanked the Texans; probably completely shot, kinda old
Cousins - Looked good 2 years ago, not good this year, pretty much a crapshoot
Mallett - Been a brady backup for the last few years, total crapshoot
Sanchez - butt fumble and a bad QB
Freeman (probably available) - Great two years ago, horrible this year, not a Schiano man

I mean looking at this list, the only real option for me would be Freeman if he hits the market. Nothing else would be worth investing in long term and has at least a modicum of productivity in the NFL.
 
2014-01-02 11:29:16 AM  

redmid17: Vick - ex-con benched for performance, injury prone, kinda old


Vick lost his job to a hammy injury and because Foles played lights-out..not really due to performance.

/So glad he's finally (almost) gone
 
2014-01-02 11:30:19 AM  

TheLopper: The price is obviously a big part why I don't go to too many live sporting events, but so is the fact that half the people in the stadium have to decided to get completely shiat-faced. I mean, seriously, when did we all start thinking

Person A: "Hey, I got tickets to the big game!"
Person B: "Super, I'll go get a keg for the two of us!"


This started at least 40 years ago, from what I can tell. Although you still get beer spilled on you, at least you aren't surrounded by chain smokers anymore.
 
2014-01-02 11:32:18 AM  

pueblonative: MmmmBacon: Problem is, as awesome as watching at home can be, if people all start staying home, then the television broadcasts will eventually go to pay-per-view, rather than free networks. Especially the playoffs. So while I'm perfectly happy to stay at home (my team is not even in the playoffs, and about 2000 miles away), I think fans should support their team if they can and attend in person.

Yeah cause it's not like they're supporting them with stadium subsidies and tax write offs.

/we need to look at the NFL's tax status
//anybody who can say with a straight face that the NFL is a non profit organization or a trade association deserves to be cockpunched
///look at their anti-trust exemption too


You seriously need to stop misunderstanding how the NFL is setup.  Every individual team is a separate for profit company and they are taxed accordingly.

The only non-profit part is Goodell and his minions (IE the middle-men not affiliated w/ any team).
 
2014-01-02 11:36:10 AM  

MugzyBrown: redmid17: Vick - ex-con benched for performance, injury prone, kinda old

Vick lost his job to a hammy injury and because Foles played lights-out..not really due to performance.

/So glad he's finally (almost) gone


Probably a bit harsh since he started out the season well, but he also fell into a tailspin the few weeks before he was injured.
 
2014-01-02 11:37:12 AM  

eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years


They want a guy with a strong arm to throw to those huge wideouts.
 
2014-01-02 11:41:56 AM  
Also....who wants Josh McCown? Bidding starts at a 2nd round pick...Looking at you, Oakland!
 
2014-01-02 11:42:15 AM  

antidisestablishmentarianism: Boykin, Cobb, whatever.


I know it's tough to remember who is who since they're both quick shifty guys with numbers between 10 and 20. Let me help.

Boykin (#11): Picked up the Rodgers fumble after everyone was standing around picking their asses and brought it in for a score.

Cobb (#18)
 
2014-01-02 11:44:53 AM  
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2014-01-02 11:48:35 AM  

BunkyBrewman: No. We think Rocky is a good tourist draw for people from Ohio.


It's not.  Nothing is a tourist draw to Philly.
 
2014-01-02 11:50:15 AM  

mjbok: BunkyBrewman: No. We think Rocky is a good tourist draw for people from Ohio.

It's not.  Nothing is a tourist draw to Philly.


I would think the $5 entry fee on the PA turnpike would make them think twice
 
2014-01-02 11:51:43 AM  
redmid17:Freeman (probably available) - Great two years ago, horrible this year, not a Schiano man

Oh, sing us a song, you're the Schiano man... sing us a song tonight!

/Probably been done.
 
2014-01-02 11:57:18 AM  

RedPhoenix122: Maybe if NFL tickets weren't so ungodly expensive more people might be able to buy them.


I went to the Chiefs @ Redskins game this year solely because the tickets were free. It was 200 level seatin sonder the overhang to avoid getting snowed on. Face price was circa $120. Didn't buy beer, concessions or merchandise as didn't want to give Dan Snyder more revenue than he'd already gotten for the tickets. I did laugh that they were selling 10o hot chocolates for $6 a cup (snow game, after all) and how the PA guy was trying to get teh fans to make some noise despite a) the Redskins being blown out by 30+ points and b) the lowest ever attendance at FedExField (y'all saw the empty stadium picture. I'm actually still there then...)

I do like the live game experience, but I wouldn't ever pay more than $60 a pop for the seat I was in. And the NFL experience is purely built for TV at this point, so it's hardly surprising that more people opt for warm houses, cheap beer and better food at home, and just have friends over if they want a social atmosphere.
 
2014-01-02 11:57:43 AM  

eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years


If this is a back loaded contract with little guaranteed money, I'm OK with this.
 
2014-01-02 12:03:50 PM  
Philadelphia is actually a world class city but keep up the irrational hatred. We feed on it. Go Iggles.
 
2014-01-02 12:05:31 PM  

Lutwidge: 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.


That was interesting.
 
2014-01-02 12:05:40 PM  

This Looks Fun: redmid17:Freeman (probably available) - Great two years ago, horrible this year, not a Schiano man

Oh, sing us a song, you're the Schiano man... sing us a song tonight!

/Probably been done.


http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/12/30/5242342/sing-us-a-song-youre- th e-schiano-man

I thought I saw this earlier than the 30th, but here it is.
 
2014-01-02 12:11:42 PM  
redmid17:http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/12/30/5242342/sing-us-a -song-youre- th e-schiano-man

Well ok then. Been done better! Thanks!
 
2014-01-02 12:17:34 PM  

steamingpile: 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.



It's $110 per ticket for nosebleed seats at Lambeau this Sunday.  And if I can convince my wife, I'm gonna go.  I guarantee it sells out.  I bet part of the reason it hasn't so far is lots of fans like me didn't bother even looking because it's impossible to get Packers tickets.  The only way you can get in is if you go to a crappy preaseason game.
 
2014-01-02 12:19:03 PM  
FWIW, I got my ticket for Sunday on Ticketmaster at face value.  $122 to be on the ten yard line, twelfth row.  I've been to a lot of games at Lambeau, but this is the closest I've ever been to the field.  Can't wait.  Now, off to Fleet Farm for some Smartwool™ socks and hand/foot warmers.
 
2014-01-02 12:23:25 PM  

lennavan: steamingpile: 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.

It's $110 per ticket for nosebleed seats at Lambeau this Sunday.  And if I can convince my wife, I'm gonna go.  I guarantee it sells out.  I bet part of the reason it hasn't so far is lots of fans like me didn't bother even looking because it's impossible to get Packers tickets.  The only way you can get in is if you go to a crappy preaseason game.


My guess is weather-related, not lack of interest. Plenty of people don't want to suffer the cold for a long-shot game (even though the line is close +-3).

/will be there
//section 736s
 
2014-01-02 12:29:20 PM  

Scaevola: FWIW, I got my ticket for Sunday on Ticketmaster at face value.  $122 to be on the ten yard line, twelfth row.  I've been to a lot of games at Lambeau, but this is the closest I've ever been to the field.  Can't wait.  Now, off to Fleet Farm for some Smartwool™ socks and hand/foot warmers.



Have fun.
 
2014-01-02 12:41:02 PM  

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.


The Bengals clinched their division in week 16, so it's not like that gave them a ton of extra time to sell tickets. Couple that with the fact that Christmas and New Year's both fell in that timespan, plus the fact that they had to spend a lot of energy trying to sell out the final home game in week 17 and I think it's pretty excusable.

The Bengals have actually done a really good job finding a price point that works for fans in the area. They've got prices the last couple of seasons despite the playoff appearances (which is typically the opposite of what happens) and they've put together a decent little sell-out streak. Honestly if it were up to the Bengals to set playoff prices this wouldn't be an issue, but the NFL sets the prices and it's blowing up in their faces at the moment.

Here in Cincinnati they're calling for a rain-to-snow mix with temperatures starting in the 30s and dropping from there. That's not as bad as what Green Bay is expected to get but it's not exactly appealing weather to go sit in for 3+ hours. It's not like they can expect to sell any tickets to visiting fans either because nobody from San Diego is going to fly cross country for that. Compare that to Indy, where the game will be inside and I would anticipate lots of Chiefs fans making the trip... but still no sell out.

As for Philly, if you knew there'd be 4 games played on a weekend and they'd be in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Green Bay, and Philadelphia it's pretty obvious which would sell out first. No real surprise there.

/Have my tickets.
//WHO DEY!
 
2014-01-02 12:43:14 PM  
I think the tides are turning and pro sports will be facing a big problem. With $100 tickets, $20 parking, $10 beers and $7 sodas they've pushed the average person too far.
 
2014-01-02 12:45:59 PM  

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?


Why would a Packers fan wish the Bears had won? So the Bears could make the playoffs instead? I don't get it.
 
2014-01-02 12:48:59 PM  

poughdrew: eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years

If this is a back loaded contract with little guaranteed money, I'm OK with this.


Hmm, $17.6M, $50M guaranteed.  F-that.
 
2014-01-02 12:49:06 PM  
I went to the Packer, Lions game where the Lions clinched 0-16. Looked up the weather, and it only got down to 22, but the wind was fierce. I probably wouldn't go to a playoff game as there is no way I could get all of the people that I watch the games with there too, but I have been to 2 games at GB, and there is no way I'd pay to go to any NFL stadium. Baseball, on the other hand, it is on my bucket list to make it to every MLB field. 2 and counting. Well, 3, including County Stadium, but that would count the Brewers twice. Chavez Ravine is a giant toilet full of Dodgers.
 
2014-01-02 12:49:56 PM  

SkittlesAreYum: Why would a Packers fan wish the Bears had won? So the Bears could make the playoffs instead? I don't get it.


The thought is that by missing the playoffs they would avoid being embarrassed by the 9ers.  Of course Bears fans know all about being embarrassed after the Philly game the week prior.
 
2014-01-02 12:50:15 PM  

mjohnson71: I think the tides are turning and pro sports will be facing a big problem. With $100 tickets, $20 parking, $10 beers and $7 sodas they've pushed the average person too far.


I want to believe, but I feel like I read this every year. The problem is not simply the stadium prices. The problem is the TV experience is just superior in every way (including price). Not to mention, avoiding obnoxians, crowds, bathrooms, seeing the other football games, post-game traffic. There is nothing but upside to enjoying the game at home or in your favorite townie bar.
 
2014-01-02 12:50:43 PM  

Oliver Twisted: Wow.  Just because your quarterback is gay is no reason not to go to the game.


Perhaps, but his center is feeling nervous.
 
2014-01-02 12:52:02 PM  
I'm trying to figure out who would buy them from the teams anyways at the moment.  At least for the bengals, stub hub is reselling starting around $70 and they are $86 from the team.
 
2014-01-02 12:52:39 PM  

roc6783: County Stadium


Man...  I miss that dump.  You needed a tetanus shot just to watch a game there.

/RIP Gray Lady.
 
2014-01-02 12:56:35 PM  

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: Philadelphia is actually a world class city but keep up the irrational hatred. We feed on it. Go Iggles.


Now that right there is funny.
 
2014-01-02 12:59:31 PM  

poughdrew: poughdrew: eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years

If this is a back loaded contract with little guaranteed money, I'm OK with this.

Hmm, $17.6M, $50M guaranteed.  F-that.


Its about what Stafford makes, unless you wanna roll the dice on some rookie drafting you aren't getting a QB as good as Cutler for less than that

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/92548/nfl-nation-says-qb -b ang-for-buck
 
2014-01-02 01:04:55 PM  

ShadowKamui: Its about what Stafford makes, unless you wanna roll the dice on some rookie drafting you aren't getting a QB as good as Cutler for less than that


I would take Stafford any day of the week over Cutler, plus Stafford has his best years in front of him, I doubt that Cutler does.
 
2014-01-02 01:07:39 PM  

redmid17: 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.


Strange, it used to be that way five or six years ago.  For us (Seahawks) you don't pay till they play.  I had to reserve my tickets back in November but it wasn't till this week that I had a charge show up on my card.

And how much are their regular season tickets?  Divisional round of the playoffs is only about 1.35x more expensive than my regular season ticket.
 
2014-01-02 01:11:04 PM  

ShadowKamui: poughdrew: poughdrew: eagles95: In the meantime, Bears just resigned Smokin Jay for 7 more years

If this is a back loaded contract with little guaranteed money, I'm OK with this.

Hmm, $17.6M, $50M guaranteed.  F-that.

Its about what Stafford makes, unless you wanna roll the dice on some rookie drafting you aren't getting a QB as good as Cutler for less than that

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/92548/nfl-nation-says-qb -b ang-for-buck


And they'd have really no one to overpay this offseason anyway. I suppose they could go with McCown short term, but if he started tailing off Emery would be excoriated for it. Frankly outside of one *amazing* playoff run and some durability issues, this situation really isn't much different than Flacco's.  His cap hit is a bit less per year and has 2 million or so less in guaranteed money. Seems pretty reasonable to me once you realize that any semi-good QB is going to get overpaid by his team in order to keep him.
 
2014-01-02 01:14:03 PM  

stappawho: redmid17: 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.

Strange, it used to be that way five or six years ago.  For us (Seahawks) you don't pay till they play.  I had to reserve my tickets back in November but it wasn't till this week that I had a charge show up on my card.

And how much are their regular season tickets?  Divisional round of the playoffs is only about 1.35x more expensive than my regular season ticket.


It wasn't the cost of the tickets as much as how many they had. One guy has four tickets. The other guy has 3 slightly better tickets. As far as the pay up or pay later option, I'm pretty sure the team has the discretion on how to implement it. The Colts just forced it. Apparently, per my friend's text, they needed to pay up in full for both games by Dec 12.
 
2014-01-02 01:19:40 PM  

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


This is why it was a dumb decision by the NFL to ban seat cushions. At a game like the upcoming Packers one (or had the Bears actually made the playoff, sigh) cushions are a god-send because they let you sit on cold, recently snowed on seats comfortably. However, the NFL wants to gouge the fans for everything they are worth. Over-priced tickets, parking, concessions, and a chilly ass to boot.
 
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