Originally Posted by KidHorn
Washington rarely sells out games. Season tickets used to be a big deal. Now, Dan Schneider sues people under contract who can't afford their tickets any more. They can't sell their tickets for face value. The Redskins have removed several thousand seats from FedEx field so the games can air on TV. I guess 20 years of suckiness takes it's toll.
Right, being terrible forever is a problem, but that's rare in the NFL. Thanks to the salary cap and an effective draft, the league has pretty amazing parity.
By the way, the Packers lead the NFL with 374 straight sellouts entering the season, the Redskins follow at 364, the Steelers next at 335. The Giants, Jets, 49ers, Bronocs Bears and Cowboys (very soon) are all at 200+. The fact the Redskins need to discount tickets isn't because of HD. It's because the product has been bad and expensive
. I see no real long-term threat to sellouts so long as teams understand $100+ ticket minimums aren't sustainable for awful teams.
Consider another real example: The Colts had sold out their tickets every year since 2003 on season tickets alone. They were a perennial playoff contender and the fans supported them. They actually had shut down their sales department, it wasn't needed. They just kept a wait list, sent out renewals and then filled from the wait list if some people didn't renew (economic reasons, moving away, death in the family, whatever). Then, in 2011, the Colts sucked a lot. They even seemed to be throwing games at times to get the top pick. Well, they wound up 3000 tickets short of a full stadium. They outsourced the sales -- remember, no sales staff -- to make sure the sellout streak stayed alive and the games remained on TV. And, lo, the Colts are good and fun again. Do you think they'll have any problem selling out for 2013? Not likely.