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NFL has trouble selling playoff tickets

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Viva Las Vegas, Jan 2, 2014.

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  1. Viva Las Vegas

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    NFL should be alarmed that three of four playoff games, including Green Bay's home game, still not sold out

    Green Bay, as of Wednesday morning, was about 8,500 tickets short of a sellout, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein. If the Packers don't sell out by 3:40 p.m. Thursday, the game will be blacked out on local TV from Green Bay to Milwaukee. That's almost inconceivable. The Press-Gazette said the Packers have sold out every regular-season game since 1959 (a playoff game in January of 1983, at the end of the strike-shortened season, did not). And yet they are having troubles selling out a playoff game a week after Aaron Rodgers returned from injury to beat the Bears for the NFC North title.

    The Bengals produced a video with some players urging fans to buy playoff tickets, which you wouldn't think should be necessary for a NFL playoff game. Former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson said he would buy the unsold tickets, of which there are about 8,000 according to reports, but it's unclear if he was serious. As of Wednesday afternoon the Colts needed to sell 5,500 tickets for their game against the Chiefs before Thursday afternoon to become a sellout and avoid a local television blackout.


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    On a related note and I no longer live in an NFL city, but I once did (Bay Area) and still have lots of friend who do... The NFL stadium "experience" is no longer what it once was, pure and simple. I have a huge 70" flat screen w/HD at my home. I have lots of great tasting food and a bathroom right down the hall. I have a couple Lazeboy recliners and lots of seating for friends. I last went to an NFL game, 2 years ago... the place was full of drunks who were obnoxious and rude (and I'm no prude), some even violent. I spent a ton of dough, I mean a ton on tickets, food and beverage, not to mention the hotel and travel. It ain't worth it... IMHO.

    Now if the tickets don't sell, the game's blacked-out? I get it... NFL's gotta do what they gotta do, but I have no desire to return to an NFL stadium anytime soon.

    PS... though I'm a Raider fan, my last game was actually a 49er game at Candlestick. Raider games have been drunken brawls (in the stands I mean) for some time.
     
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    In the 80s when the Pack really sucked they sometimes had a hard time selling out and whichever TV station was scheduled to carry the game, would step in and buy the remaining tickets, just because the ratings would always be high for a Packer game and that would boost their overall ratings.

    Really unprecedented for a playoff game, but still they are 8-7-1 and the 49ers have beaten them 3 in a row. But weather has to be the biggest factor. Game time forecast is for -7 and windchill of -30 at kickoff. btw, Lambeau seating for us peons is on metal bleachers.

    Maybe in my younger/dumber days I would attend, but not in my 60s.:poke:

    I sold mine for face value: $125 each on Craig's.

    It's not a replay of the "Icebowl", but certainly close since kickoff is only a half hour before sunset. Fireplace, 60" TV and a few cocktails is the ticket!:evillaugh

    I would be shocked if it isn't televised.
     
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    In the not too distant future, the NFL will make these Postaseason games Pay Per View.
     
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    Play 'em all in Philly! :nworthy:
     
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    I'm surprised the NFL has blackouts for nationally televised playoff games. Isn't the TV ratings/revenue based on a national audience vs. local audience? Seems like a greedy ploy by the NFL, they're going to make big buck$$$$$ with or without the blackouts.
     
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    Wife and I were season ticket holders for our local NHL team for 6 years.

    Fun at first then it became more of an obligation than fun

    We now watch from the comfort of our house on a big screen HD TV and make it into bed at a decent hour.

    Not having to deal with drunks or kids running around. I also don't miss 11 dollar beers and expensive food options that are really not that good for you anyway. And the whole trip into and out of the parking lots.

    The stadium/arena experience is just not that attractive anymore plus we now make an extra trip out Vegas each year with the money saved.
     
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    I like going to games. Weather never stopped me.
    I've been to 39 Bear road games and I have no idea how many home games I've been to.
     
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    Well now Packer fans are in the same company and Bengal and Colts fans :cheers:
     
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    We went to a several NFL games (and even more Brewers games - many vs. the White Sox) at Milwaukee County Stadium in the 1980s (saw Deion Sanders with the Falcons and Bo Jackson with the Royals - he cracked a bat over his helmeted head after a strike out and we heard the sound clearly in the upper deck).

    It was easy to get Packer tickets day of game, and we usually ended up getting great seats near the front rows (could have been unused players / team tickets released to the public). Loved what we called Super Big Gulp beers (32 oz) on sale at MCS, though I don't think teams sell beers that size anymore.

    We were sad to see the Packers go north permanently, though I have a suspicion tickets would be harder to come by during the Brett Farve era. Don't follow football these days and I pretty much limit sporting events (MLB, NHL and NASCAR) to comped tickets.

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    We had full season tickets for the Blackhawks between 1987-2001. They moved across the streets, $6 tickets (per game) turned into $25 tickets, and our seats were 3 times as far back (40 feet away in the 3rd row of the overhang balcony at the Chicago Stadium, about 120 feet away at the new stadium). We reached the same conclusion (more of a chore, too much time/money) and gave up our tickets.

    My brother gets tickets every so often from work, and I'll go about once a year with him, but otherwise I will try to catch the game on TV at home (or on radio).
     
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    Had Hawk season tickets in "fighting section M " in the 2nd balcony.
    I miss the walk up those stairwells with the black metal windows.
    I wish this Hawks team could play in the "old barn"
     
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    Forgive me, but I don't get the logic of blacking out games if they're not sold out. Can someone explain to me why this is practiced??

    Thanks!
     
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    Latest on unsold Packer tickets. 3,000 still available but NFL has given them 24 more hours to sell them. I'm sure Miller Brewing or the Potawatimi casino will step in and buy them. But who knows??
     
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    I'm sure others can state it more eloquently than I, but the practice has gone on for some time and is part of the various television contracts. The NFL places a high priority on full stadiums for their contests. As a way to insure people don't just sit at home and watch the local game for free on their network, they mandate a "sell-out" must occur of the tickets for the contest. If this doesn't happen... no TV.
     
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    I can't see a scenario where they are going to be blacked out.
     
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    To encourage local fans to go to the game.
     
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    We were in Section B, Row C. IIRC, all sections were "fighting" sections. :beer:

    Congress is considering eliminating the NFL's exemption allowing the league to blackout games. Only fair considering the fact taxpayers have paid for over 70% of all stadium costs over the last two decades, with twelve teams taking in more taxpayer money than the actual total stadium and infrastructure costs (i.e. taxpayers funded $600 million vs. actual total costs of $500 - $599 million, team pockets the difference plus plays for nominal rent and keeps all revenue).
     
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    So that's an invite?
     
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    I don't know the situation in Indianapolis or Cincinnati, but there are a number of reasons why the game is not yet sold out. Occam's Razor is the winner in Green Bay.

    Season ticket holders did not buy the seats.

    The main reason is that the Packers required season ticket holders to be prepared to buy all three (potential) games at around $500 for each seat. These payments were due right after Thanksgiving (where the Packers had just gotten shellacked by a Lions team that ended the year on a 1-6 run). Aaron Rodgers wasn't back yet, and the other 52 players weren't inspiring confidence.

    But the kicker was that (unlike past years) there would be no refund on unused playoff tickets. Instead of having the option for a refund versus applying the money to next year's season ticket invoice, the Packers instead were going to keep every penny and apply to next year's tickets.

    Clearly, that wasn't a hit with season ticket holders, and 40,000 tickets were available on Sunday evening after the Packers beat the Bears. Now add in a couple of other conditions....

    • Cost of $100 to $300 per ticket
    • Gametime temp below zero
    • Expansion added 7000 more seats this year than past years

    And it is really quite amazing that the Packers HAVE SOLD 37,000 tickets in five days.

    I doubt that Potawatomi would buy unused tickets because they are not current Packers sponsors (Oneida Casino is), but between Oneida, MillerCoors, Associated Bank, Southwest Airlines and Verizon, I am sure that those last 3,000 tickets will be sold by Friday afternoon.

    Then we can ALL go to Joe's house to watch the game!
     
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    Oh man, you guys are all bumming me out! I got one ticket to see the Broncos play and at age 56, it will be my first ever NFL game live. I know about the weather, and the high price of alchohol/food at the stadium but I am still psyched. Plus I am hoping kickoff temps will be more like 35, not to bad! Denver has great light rail system that will take me to the stadium and back, no parking hassles.
     
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