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Is the NFL pricing itself out of the market for most fans?

Okay, let's just completely disregard the Superbowl from this conversation from the beginning. Clearly the League hasn't cared for years if the average fan (or worse, the average fans of teams that are competing in the actual game) will ever get to see the Superbowl in person. It's been the domain of the rich and famous for decades. But how about the playoffs? This week the NFL had to extend the ticket sale window to three of the four cities hosting playoff games Saturday and Sunday to avoid the super-embarrassment of having 75% of the games not available for the home market to see on TV. Is this a matter of fan apathy? Or is it a matter of (to paraphrase) the ticket prices are too damn high? Indy, Green Bay and Cincy nearly didn't sell out their games. Are we to believe there wasn't interest in Green Bay for fans to attend the game? What the hell else is there to do in Green Bay on a day when the temperature may be the coldest ever recorded? The playoff ticket prices are set by the League and they are significantly higher than regular season tickets which are priced by the teams. I remember people bitching about what the Chiefs were charging for the playoff game against Baltimore a couple of years ago, those people weren't aware that the teams have no control over what the League thinks is a reasonable price point. The NFL is by far the most successful sports league in North America right now, and it isn't even close. But is there a danger that they may be pricing things higher than the average fan can afford? I can't vouch for Cincy, but Indy and Green Bay are good football towns. Were the games in danger of not selling out because the area fans simply couldn't afford the tickets? If so, is that a long-term issue for the NFL? The League seems aware that more and more fans are tempted to watch their teams at home and to be fair, the NFL Sunday ticket is a steal at $300. Stadiums like the new one being built near San Francisco are being wired for wifi in order to make the stadium experience better than watching at home. But if they can't sell out playoff games, should the NFL be looking at how expensive it's become?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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