Originally Posted by robnix
+1 for this. The last game I was at was just a few years ago. Sitting in the cheap seats in Seattle, the language and attitude of the people sitting around me, and the two unstopped fistfights I saw, there's simply no way I would take my 9 year old to a game. I asked the Seahawks about single game tickets in the Family section, their response was that it's a season ticket holder area only but I was welcome to buy ticket for that section on the aftermarket sites.
I'm sorry, but I just about lost it over:
"two unstopped fistfights"
Don't ask me why my sick a$$ thought that was funny, but I did.
The whole deal is pretty straightforward to me:
1. In many NFL arenas it's stupidly (yes, stupidly) expensive to have decent seats to watch a decent team.
2. The above "decent" seats are still, largely, dreadful, when it comes to actually watching/following the game. Seriously, think about how far away from a play you typically are in a stadium with 75+ feet between the stands and a field 360 feet long and 160 feet wide.
Now, consider how many seats are within 100 feet of the infield in a typical ML park that can be had for much, much less. Basketball of course is no contest in 95% of the NBA arenas. Great seats, everywhere.
3. Concessions? In the cold in most stadiums from October to January? Abysmal and the priciest in American pro sports. Double. Whammy.
4. The cold.
5. The cold for 4+ hours.
6. The cold.
Oh yeah, most NFL broadcasts are great...and free, HD or not.
I'll prolly never go to another NFL game again in my life.
And I'm a Green Bay fan living in Wisconsin...I really do not mind the cold at all, but a huge majority does...especially for 4+ hours (yes I realize Pittsburgh and Green Bay sell out every game)...but seeing you "only" need 70,000 of 6 million residents to attend, it really doesn't matter what the majority cares to endure. The NFL knows this, of course.
HDTV is the least of the problem for the NFL.