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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
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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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