Sunday, January 30, 2011

So much for the NFL being recession proof

At least 16 NFL clubs have announced they will not raise prices for their 2011 tickets, with two teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers, rolling some prices back.

The Bears have not made a decison on an increase, spokesman Scott Hagel said. For some teams, the sting of empty seats from the past season may affect the decision. The Buccaneers had all eight of their games blacked out because they failed to sell out, while the Chargers (three blackouts) and Cincinnati Bengals (four) had similar woes.

For other teams, such as the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots — who all made the playoffs and still decided to forgo price hikes — the ongoing fight over the soon-to-expire collective bargaining agreement, and the potential for a work stoppage, may be influencing the decision. Last year, 18 teams raised prices.

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