It costs the family of four $413 to go to an NFL game or $759 if you go to “Jerryland” and attend a Dallas Cowboys game. That is for the cheap seats, as the average ticket price for an NFL game is now $242. Now, let’s assume you are a hard-core fan and want to go to a few games; perhaps the thought had crossed your mind that you want season tickets, brother that’s a lot of scratch. Now, here in Boise we have the beloved Broncos of Boise State, so it really doesn’t affect us in this part of the country. And the whole BAA thing is a topic for another post.
But, where does it stop? How much can the sports franchises, across all professional sports, bleed out of the fan? After all, it’s just sports, games that grown up kids play. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE football and the NBA playoffs this year were Fantastic. But, come on! You’ve priced the average fan out of the game.
Now we are subjugated to listening to millionaires and billionaires fight over a larger share of the pie. SHAME SHAME SHAME! We are coming out of the worst economic period since the Great Depression, thousands are still without jobs, millions still have no health insurance, and so many people have lost their homes. Yet, neither side has come to the defense of the fan. Sports are a reprieve from life, albeit for a few hours. They let us forget our difficult lives for just a bit as we root for the home team.
Back in the day sports owners never gave consideration to making beastly profits off their sporting teams; and players wanted to play for the love of the game. It should be asked of both parties, how much more does the fan and taxpayer have to foot the bill for luxury stadiums, that only corporate executives truly benefit from. Do you really need to have in your contract an allocation or consideration for personal appearances? Why is there no talk of the plight of the fan? Why not be the first to give up money for the benefit of the fan?
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” ~ Erich Fromm
There comes a time when people have had enough, sometimes not by their own choosing, but by the choosing of their pocketbooks. If they owners and players don’t recognize it I’ll spell it out for them – Careful boys, your playing a game you can’t draw up a winning play for.