Good morning Dinks. As you know my boyfriend Nick is a huge sports fan. He watches a lot of sports, but we don’t go to a lot of NBA or NFL games because it’s very pricy. I don’t know how season ticket holders afford the cost of attending games all season. I thought that going to the movies for a night out was expensive. Well it doesn’t even cost half the price of attending a professional sports game.
The sad thing is sports fans are starting to see changes when it comes to ticket prices. The cost to see your favorite sports team will be increasing as NFL Teams introduce variable ticket pricing into their stadiums. The feelings between the sports industry and fans vary.
Sports fans will pay more for the same seats
And they aren’t happy about it. Variable ticket pricing is also known as tiered ticket pricing and it allows stadiums to charge different prices for the same tickets depending on the demand of a game. Seats for a low ranked team will be cheaper than the exact same seats of more popular match ups such top ranked teams, teams with major star players or teams with long standing rivalries.
Our friend Lee Huff from the FinCon Facebook Group is less than pleased. He says “I’m against it (variable ticket pricing). The NBA already does this, so if you want to take in an affordable game you have to watch one where the good teams beat up the bad teams. Otherwise, you’re stuck paying a huge premium.”
And he’s right. At the beginning of February while I was in New York I was thinking about seeing a Knicks game. Well they were playing the Miami Heat that weekend and the absolute cheapest price, aka the highest seats, I could find were $180 each. YIKES.
I can’t afford to enjoy live sporting events anymore
Fans aren’t sold on the concept of paying a higher price for more popular games. I personally feel this will hurt ticket sales at sporting events because people will no longer be able to afford to see their favorite players at popular sporting events. I know that I won’t.
If you live in a city with a major sports team this change may not affect you as much. But if you have to travel to see your favorite team the costs of accommodations and tickets can quickly add up.
Variable ticket pricing already exists in other sports
Tiered ticketing has been around for some time now in sports such as the NBA, MLB and NHL, but now the NFL is introducing this new pricing concept. I personally think it’s a bit ridiculous but at the end of the day professional sports is just another business.
The Boston Red Sox introduced fans to variable ticket pricing that includes variable ticket prices based on game demand as well as the time in baseball season and the day of the week. “We strive to maintain affordability and ticket accessibility while still generating the revenues necessary to fuel our baseball operations, said Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino.
How do you feel about variable ticket pricing?
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