HDTV, cold to blame for slow ticket sales?

 Jimmy Traina

FOX Sports

JAN 02, 2014 1:27p ET


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Updated JAN 02, 2014 5:38p ET

The NFL is king.

The league prints money and TV ratings are as strong as ever. No matter what controversies take place, from big (Aaron Hernandez, concussions) to small (horrible officiating), we are captivated by the action each and every Sunday. (Hello, fantasy football and gambling!)

However, the NFL is facing one very interesting dilemma: More and more fans now believe the home-viewing experience is so much better than the in-person experience that playoff games aren’t worth attending.

As of this writing, three of the four playoff games this weekend were not sold out (49ers at Packers, Chiefs at Colts, Chargers at Bengals), meaning those games could be blacked out in the home markets.  

This morning, I sent out a tweet saying that I was surprised this development wasn’t getting more attention. My followers quickly let me know that empty seats in stadiums shouldn’t surprise us.

However, when it comes to the reason for people staying home, the answers ranged from the beauty of HDTV to ticket costs to weather to dealing with intoxicated people.

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2 Responses to “HDTV, cold to blame for slow ticket sales?”

  1. Brandi says:

    Over 105,000 Hockey Fans had no problems fighting the weather in Michigan to watch a Regular Season NHL Game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leaves held outdoors in the University of Michigan’s Football Stadium.

    They were many miles from Detroit, over in Ann Arbor and even more icy miles from Toronto. The weather stunk. The Tickets certainly weren’t being given away. The Teams weren’t buying them up. There weren’t Sponsors buying up blocks of hundreds to help the NHL avoid embarrassment. Just Hockey Fans.

    College Football Fans do the very same sorts of things, as do High School Football Fans who load up in for long cramped trips and late, late nights trying to catch some sleep on buses.

    The NFL? Not-so-much. Not anymore. Sports Fans haven’t changed. It’s just the NFL has somehow managed to make itself a No Fan League.

    HDTV gets lots of the blame. But fewer people watch most of the Games today than did just 15 years ago. So that excuse doesn’t fly…especially not with nearly 20% more people in the country.

    24% of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 identify themselves as NFL Fans. That number was about 36% in 2000. Almost 14% identify themselves as Soccer Fans. That was about 2% in 2000. The Sport we love to mock is rapidly gaining on the NFL. But Football itself is still massively popular.

    It’s just the NFL that’s feeling its foundation starting to shake. Noone should better understand why than Fans of Tim Tebow. And it ain’t HDTV. It’s because the NFL has been making it clear for years they couldn’t care less what average Fans care about.

  2. andrea says:

    I have a friend in Indianapolis who tells me that “the stadium that Peyton Manning built” is in fact being paid for by the taxpayer.On top of that,the people of Indianapolis are still paying taxes on the stadium that was demolished so Jimmy Irsay could have a new stadium(the one that Peyton Manning built).

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