http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1 ... 0229263538The NFL enters the first round of playoff games this weekend with soaring television ratings, billions of dollars in network TV contracts in their pocket and a nation of football fans who can't wait to hop on their couch and watch a weekend of games.
The league has never been a more popular viewing option. There's just one problem: Fewer people want to actually attend the games.
Paul Vigna and Geoff Foster discuss why NFL teams are having trouble selling Wild Card weekend playoff tickets.
In the latest evidence that the sports in-home viewing experience has possibly trumped the in-stadium one, ticket sales were slow for the first week of the National Football League's marquee stretch of games.
I've never been much for spending outrageous amounts of money for the privilege of sitting on a hard stadium seat, being barely able to see the majority of the field, enduring the cold, rain or snow, paying a twenty bucks for nachos and a soda, and getting my play commentary yelled at top volume from the drunks sitting all around me.
But that's just me.
I'd much rather watch it for free sitting on a comfy couch with a highly detailed and close-up view of every part of the field in perfectly climate control while snacking on [comparatively] free gedunk, listening to mostly thoughtful commentary from [usually] sober and intelligent analysts. And if I have to endure the occasional entertaining commercial during time-outs, I'm okay with that compromise.
Still, there's something to be said for the experience of going to the game. Just not enough to justify it.
I go to about one Norfolk Tides game a year. My SiL gets me front-row-over-the-dugout tickets for free. I can't NOT take advantage at least once a year. But the weather has to be nice or I'll give them away.