Skip to comments.Why the Super Bowl Should Be Free
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 $2,600more 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.
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 extravaganzaa 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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I guess it should be free for the poor homeless, welfare ghetto fellaS THAT MISS SEEING THEIR HOMEBOYS?
Just a hunch!/s
The flagship newspaper of American capitalism comes up with this column???
Talk about a real extension of the “course correction” on News Corp’s part.
Good point! The Ancient Romans also made THEIR sporting events “free” - - - - .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
That’s right, it’s a market issue. Plenty of demand for those tix.
It already is free. I turn on the TV I bought 15 years ago, and there it is!
It is so gay.
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.
Sorry, “The Jerk”.
So, a blizzard in the South would just be more proof of globull warming. Right?
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?
A lottery is the progressives’ ideal of fairness.
They want to turn all of life into lottery.
Oh yea, everything should be free. Then the scalpers can sell the free tickets for $3000.
This is stupidity on steroids.
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.
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.
She didn’t say any of that, though. She blamed the very existence of Katrina on Bush’s global warming policies.
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.
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?
What a pathetic whiner.
“I wouldn’t go even if it were free.”
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.
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.
The “best seat in the house”, is still in front of your TV.
It’s news pages are just as liberal as the rest, its op-ed page can be interesting though
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.
What is “conservative” about expecting free stuff?
The Wall Street Journal should be free!/s
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.
P.S. Kept the sound turned up for the parade. Chris Collinsworth wasn’t there.
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’.
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?”
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.
As I have sworn off watching the NFL, my response is who give’s a rat’s @SS?
So his plan is to deprive the NFL from selling a valuable product and the “winners” from actually owning what they win.
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.
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.
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.
I’m decrying the fact that you call it “capitalism,” nothing else.