In Reality

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#1 Jan 3, 2014
I am not an NFL fan, but something seems wrong here. We build sports venues with tax dollars so the NFL can make their billions, but if the NFL doesn't sell all their tickets, fans that can't afford to, or are physically unable to attend the game, can't watch it on TV.

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#2 Jan 3, 2014
Exactly. I couldn't care less about sports, but the fact is that the Colts got a huge amount of perks and funding from the taxpayers, and there should be payback.
In Reality wrote:
I am not an NFL fan, but something seems wrong here. We build sports venues with tax dollars so the NFL can make their billions, but if the NFL doesn't sell all their tickets, fans that can't afford to, or are physically unable to attend the game, can't watch it on TV.
shutup

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jan 3, 2014
Oh shut up. No black out. Meijer bought the remaining tix to disperse to military families. Quit believing the hype morons.
Subsidize Billionaires

Kokomo, IN

#4 Jan 3, 2014
Just remember,the next time your reading about how Jim Irsay is spending another $900,000+ buying a guitar used by a musical rock icon at a Sotheby's Auction...

You,the taxpayer made his purchase possible..

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#5 Jan 3, 2014
shutup wrote:
Oh shut up. No black out. Meijer bought the remaining tix to disperse to military families. Quit believing the hype morons.
"No Blackout" is beside the point. The point is, that the NFL holds the cards, while the taxpayer dime makes it possible.
Andrew

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jan 3, 2014
ALL AM 1 wrote:
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"No Blackout" is beside the point. The point is, that the NFL holds the cards, while the taxpayer dime makes it possible.
The conservative dream. Taxpayers build it. We take your money.

Since: Aug 12

Greenwood, IN

#7 Jan 3, 2014
What do you not understand about the situation? It's basic economics.

The demand for teams exceeds supply, so cities offer teams generous financial packages in order to get them to play there. The teams make money both from selling tickets and selling television commercials, so they threaten to black the game out locally in order to sell more tickets.

Did you notice what just happened? The Colts sold out at the last minute so the game will be shown on television. There was never a serious chance that the game would be blacked out, there's too much money involved. They just use that threat to motivate last minute ticket sales.
The Patriot of Honor

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Jan 3, 2014
I totally agree This is a farce . I bet if it was San Francisco or Pittsburgh . It wouldn't happen. Just like the pacers get no credit, The same goes for the Colts .I agree all the money the nfl makes on merchandise , There is no reason for ever a blackout .Once again NFL gets a smear upon itself .I may only watch the cfl AND RUGBY FROM NOW ON. It reminds me when the colts moved here. When the dome was built. It was Indianapolis residents who paid for it and Then surrounding counties bought up all the tickets.I hope the players go on stike again.

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