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Why the Super Bowl Should Be Free
Wall Street Journal ^ | September 22, 2013 | JASON GAY

Posted on 09/23/2013 2:39:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

How much would you pay to see a Super Bowl?

Last week, the Journal's Matthew Futterman reported on the National Football League's plan to raise ticket prices for its upcoming New York/New Jersey Super Delicious Possibly Freezing Outdoor Snowfall (or Perhaps Sleet) Bowl. Actually, raise is too generous a word. Spike would work. Laugh uproariously as they hit you over the head with a sock full of $100 bills isn't bad, either. The best tickets at Met Life stadium for SB XLVIII next Feb. 2 may sell for as much as $2,600—more than double the rate of the highest-priced seats at last season's Super Bowl in New Orleans. However, I do believe this comes with free use of most stairwells and rest rooms.

You don't need me to tell you that this is a ridiculous amount for one seat. For $2,600 you could fly yourself and a friend to Paris and stuff your face at Le Chateaubriand. You could charter a sailboat in the Caribbean, stare into the night sky and contemplate the meaning of the Jacksonville Jaguars. You could buy 10,400 25-cent gum balls. You could also not spend the $2,600 on a ticket to a football game, which is the advice my prudent father-in-law would surely give.

SNIP

The more I thought about it, the more I wondered why football should be charging anybody to go to this game. The Super Bowl is inarguably a massive global extravaganza—a hundred million domestic television viewers, many million more worldwide, a complimentary halftime sing-along with a contemporary entertainer. In the United States it is essentially a holiday. Everybody watches the game. Sponsors and networks shove each other out of the way to write big checks and get involved. The game is a license to print money. Tickets at the stadium

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: football; gay; nfl; superbowl

1 posted on 09/23/2013 2:39:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I guess it should be free for the poor homeless, welfare ghetto fellaS THAT MISS SEEING THEIR HOMEBOYS?
Just a hunch!/s


2 posted on 09/23/2013 2:42:16 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: nickcarraway

The flagship newspaper of American capitalism comes up with this column???


3 posted on 09/23/2013 2:43:26 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Talk about a real extension of the “course correction” on News Corp’s part.


4 posted on 09/23/2013 2:45:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

Good point! The Ancient Romans also made THEIR sporting events “free” - - - - .


5 posted on 09/23/2013 2:45:54 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: colorado tanker

It’s the “mandatory” liberal column so people won’t think the WSJ leans right. Like CNN for example, where they have a token’ Konservative who thinks like a libtard.


6 posted on 09/23/2013 2:47:16 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Olog-hai

BTW, the Farmer’s Almanac says NYC will be frigid right about that time. I hope not, that would probably kill the idea of other Northern Super Bowls in uncovered stadiums.


7 posted on 09/23/2013 2:47:27 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
There's nothing uncapitalist about the idea -- no suggestion that the government should get involved to force the NFL to give away tickets. If the NFL decides that it can make more money from the hype of giving away tickets, whatever.

That said, its a stupid idea, because even with the tickets at $2600 a pop, people are still willing to pay so there'd be little point to doing what this guy suggests.

8 posted on 09/23/2013 2:48:39 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: nickcarraway

It mostly is free. Those premium tickets are perk tickets the league gives out to sponsors and partners. Most SB tickets are comped, it’s a back slap event.


9 posted on 09/23/2013 2:48:48 PM PDT by discostu (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: colorado tanker

Well, in that case, all SBs that get played in the south should also experience a sudden blizzard. After all, the IPCC was recently forced to admit that we are in a period of global cooling . . .


10 posted on 09/23/2013 2:50:09 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

That’s right, it’s a market issue. Plenty of demand for those tix.


11 posted on 09/23/2013 2:50:55 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: nickcarraway

It already is free. I turn on the TV I bought 15 years ago, and there it is!


12 posted on 09/23/2013 2:51:11 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: MagUSNRET

It is so gay.


13 posted on 09/23/2013 2:51:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemet of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

Reminds me of the scene in “The Idiot” where the guy comes to ask Nathan for money to fix the cracked seats in his airplane. It’s just plain embarrassin’ flying my friends to the Super Bowl with seats like that.


14 posted on 09/23/2013 2:52:47 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Sorry, “The Jerk”.


15 posted on 09/23/2013 2:55:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Olog-hai
LOL! Well, up here some nutjobs are claiming the floods were due to globull warming because it's just gonna create severe weather everywhere. So, that's how days of cold rain proves globull warming.

So, a blizzard in the South would just be more proof of globull warming. Right?

16 posted on 09/23/2013 2:55:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: nickcarraway
I wouldn't go even if it were free.
17 posted on 09/23/2013 2:58:08 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: colorado tanker

Of course. One cannot dispute dogma. Right?

Remember Hillary blaming Katrina on global warming and Bush not acting to mitigate it? Like a tax can stop a hurricane?


18 posted on 09/23/2013 2:58:26 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

A lottery is the progressives’ ideal of fairness.

They want to turn all of life into lottery.


19 posted on 09/23/2013 3:01:26 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

Oh yea, everything should be free. Then the scalpers can sell the free tickets for $3000.

This is stupidity on steroids.


20 posted on 09/23/2013 3:10:22 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Olog-hai
Remember Hillary blaming Katrina on global warming and Bush not acting to mitigate it? Like a tax can stop a hurricane?

In a strange way she was right but for the wrong reason. Katrina wasn't an especially strong storm. The disaster was caused by building most of a city below sea level and not building adequate levees to keep the sea out. Bush and globull warming had nothing to do with it.

21 posted on 09/23/2013 3:19:35 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SampleMan

His plan didn’t give an opening to scalpers. The tickets won in the lottery would only be fore the name of the person who entered. If that person didn’t show up, no dice, and the tickets would go to the next person picked in the lottery. I don’t know how realistic that is logistically.


22 posted on 09/23/2013 3:20:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: colorado tanker

She didn’t say any of that, though. She blamed the very existence of Katrina on Bush’s global warming policies.


23 posted on 09/23/2013 3:21:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

The only Super Bowls I’ve watched in the last twenty years were the ones the Packers were in. So much for everybody watches the stupid games.


24 posted on 09/23/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Olog-hai

25 posted on 09/23/2013 3:26:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t remember her saying that. Who was the person who said Karl Rove deliberately caused Katrina by detonating nuclear bombs on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico?


26 posted on 09/23/2013 3:26:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What a pathetic whiner.


27 posted on 09/23/2013 3:28:16 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: clintonh8r

“I wouldn’t go even if it were free.”
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I would not go if they paid me. I do not even watch it on TV.
Big deal...watching a bunch of big doofuses bash into each other.


28 posted on 09/23/2013 3:32:34 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: nickcarraway

How much would they pay me to watch is the question? The NFL is just an extension of the left’s social engineering....has been for a while now.


29 posted on 09/23/2013 3:33:20 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: MagUSNRET

The “best seat in the house”, is still in front of your TV.


30 posted on 09/23/2013 3:34:24 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: colorado tanker

It’s news pages are just as liberal as the rest, its op-ed page can be interesting though


31 posted on 09/23/2013 3:35:36 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway
It amazes me that people would have a problem with the price of Super Bowl tickets. Who cares? If somebody wants to pay $1m for a Super Bowl ticket, that's their business. If it's too expensive for you, don't go. It's the reason I turned down a chance to see four old geezers (Rolling Stones) a few years back. I might pay $20 to see old Mick Jagger croak his way through "Satisfaction" a half century after the record first came out - but $350? Forget about it. I'd rather blow it on a blackjack table at Vegas. At least I'll have free drinks.

Anyway, the Super Bowl for me is mostly an unpleasant experience. All the wives are suddenly interested because they want to see the commercials (which are almost always horrid anyhow) and then you have to sit there and explain the game to them. "What's a cornerback?" "What does 3rd and goal mean?" "Why do field goals count as three points?" And all the junk food...bowls of chips and pretzels and goopy stuff that you don't know what it is. Everybody sticking their grubby hands in the bowls of food and little pieces of chip falling on the rug and between the cushions on the couch. Gets me nauseous just thinking about it.

I'm taking the dog for a walk. A very long walk. And I don't care how cold it is outside.

32 posted on 09/23/2013 3:36:56 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: nickcarraway

What is “conservative” about expecting free stuff?


33 posted on 09/23/2013 3:38:45 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Cyber Liberty
It already is free. I turn on the TV I bought 15 years ago, and there it is!

I was thinking the same thing.

Its free for me, don't even need cable to watch it, just a TV.

Now if someone wants to pay 2,600 dollars to watch a three and half hour event, then be my guest. Its none of my business and I don't care.
34 posted on 09/23/2013 3:56:09 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: colorado tanker

The Wall Street Journal should be free!/s


35 posted on 09/23/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: SamAdams76

Anyway, the Super Bowl for me is mostly an unpleasant experience. All the wives are suddenly interested because they want to see the commercials (which are almost always horrid anyhow) and then you have to sit there and explain the game to them. “What’s a cornerback?” “What does 3rd and goal mean?” “Why do field goals count as three points?” And all the junk food...bowls of chips and pretzels and goopy stuff that you don’t know what it is. Everybody sticking their grubby hands in the bowls of food and little pieces of chip falling on the rug and between the cushions on the couch. Gets me nauseous just thinking about it.

I’m taking the dog for a walk. A very long walk. And I don’t care how cold it is outside.


Haha! I watch the game in my basement alone. Usually have the TV sound down. Some snacks, sure, but they’re all mine. This past year, I could have met up with the million people I MIGHT have watched it with at the parade downtown a few days after the game. But that was good on TV too.

P.S. Kept the sound turned up for the parade. Chris Collinsworth wasn’t there.


36 posted on 09/23/2013 4:00:39 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: nickcarraway

Barry has just appointed a new NFL czar. His first action is to rename all the NFL teams. Redskins is a racist term and will be renamed ‘Muzzies’ for the ROP. Giants will be renamed the ‘Dwarfs’. The Vikings, the Raiders, the Buccaneers the Cowboys, and the Patriots are all violent racist names and will be called the ‘Aborters’, the ‘Libs’, the ‘Feminists’ , the ‘Liars’ and the ‘Occpiers’.


37 posted on 09/23/2013 4:18:15 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: colorado tanker

Your disdain for the “flagship newspaper of American capitalism” is noted. The question remains, why is the NFL the precise opposite of a “flagship sports league of American capitalism?”


38 posted on 09/23/2013 4:23:52 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Cyber Liberty

I used to have season tickets when the Colts were in Baltimore. I’ll never forget at one game my brother said...
“You don’t have to adjust the color.”
Might be the most intellegent thing he ever said.


39 posted on 09/23/2013 4:38:29 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: nickcarraway

As I have sworn off watching the NFL, my response is who give’s a rat’s @SS?


40 posted on 09/23/2013 6:34:24 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: nickcarraway

So his plan is to deprive the NFL from selling a valuable product and the “winners” from actually owning what they win.


41 posted on 09/23/2013 6:52:02 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 1rudeboy
The question remains, why is the NFL the precise opposite of a “flagship sports league of American capitalism?”

Not sure what you mean. They make an awful lot of money for not being capitalists. In my lifetime Pete Rozelle, a marketing wizard, and the owners dethroned baseball and made the NFL the dominant spectator sport in America.

42 posted on 09/24/2013 10:47:29 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Taxpayer-funded stadiums, an exemption from anti-trust law, revenue-sharing, barriers to entry, a reward for doing poorly (via draft pick), and tax breaks . . . yeah, that’s capitalism all right.


43 posted on 09/24/2013 10:51:47 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
If taxpayers are willing to fund stadiums, the owners are supposed to turn that down?

The things you decry are what make the NFL so successful. A small town like Green Bay really can win the Super Bowl and they have fans all over the country. In contrast, the small market teams in baseball play at a huge disadvantage to get to a World Series and that fact depresses attendance, viewership and revenues.

44 posted on 09/24/2013 11:00:17 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I’m decrying the fact that you call it “capitalism,” nothing else.


45 posted on 09/24/2013 11:01:13 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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