Over the past decade, the National Football League has grown into the largest sports league in North America and has continued to grow into countries around the world. The NFL was formed in 1922, and was originally known as the American Professional Football Association and was comprised of 11 teams. Now, the league is made up of 32 franchises and draws millions of fans to its stadium every year. Its championship game, the Super Bowl, is the most watched sporting event in the world with tickets often the most expensive of any sports event as well.
Collectively the NFL is worth nearly $34 billion, according to Forbes, and many of the teams are worth in excess of $1 billion themselves. Due to its popularity, many teams have waiting lists in the thousands and have begun to capitalize further on it by charging for Personal Seat Licenses, or the right to purchase season tickets. PSL’s are used in other sports, but are especially prevalent in the NFL. They have been in the news more lately, when the Dallas Cowboys announced they would be charging $100,000 for some of their PSLs.
Mobile-only ticketing was blamed for another catastrophic failure in fan experience last weekend, as thousands of Pittsburgh Steelers fans waited in huge lines outside of Heinz Field for the team’s home opener. Pittsburgh, like most every other team in the NFL and beyond this year, effectively stripped fans of... Read more
More than 700 Buffalo Bills fans took advantage of a limited window the team allowed to cancel their season tickets, forfeiting their rights to the seats for good after team and local officials decided to require all attending games to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the middle of... Read more
While there were fans in the stands when Tampa Bay captured the Lombardi trophy to close out the 2020 season, it was nothing compared to the crowd that made its way into Raymond James Stadium last night to officially welcome the 2021 season. More than 65,000 were on hand... Read more
Dr. Anthony Fauci sounded the alarm over images of packed stadiums seen in recent days with the return of college football, as many of those stadiums had no requirements for vaccination or mask-wearing for those making their way inside. The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious... Read more
Ed Sheeran will help the NFL launch its 2021 season, performing on September 9 in Tampa as part of the 2021 Kickoff Experience. The singer-songwriter will play at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa prior to the season-opening game between the Dallas Cowboys and defending champion Tampa Bay... Read more
With COVID-19 case rates causing concern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remained confident that stadiums would be full across the league this fall in an interview with NFL Network that aired over the weekend. “This year, we’re comfortable that local regulations are going to allow us to have fans at... Read more
The Indianapolis Colts and FanDuel have announced a new ticket package for the upcoming season that integrates credit towards making bets on the sports betting platform, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. The move comes as legal sports betting appears to have reached... Read more
If you think that ticket prices for NFL contests have gotten a lot steeper, there’s a new study that backs those feelings up. According to the Action Network, season ticket prices for NFL games have gone up by an average of 68 percent when comparing 2021 prices to those... Read more
The Green Bay Packers are among the many teams using the disruption of COVID to force customers to an exclusively mobile-only ticketing system, and some of the team’s fans are venting their frustration over the decision. Green Bay, which has a unique “community” ownership setup, announced earlier this month... Read more
As restrictions on in-person attendance at events continue to be rolled back, the NFL informed its teams that most of its stadiums already have approval for full capacity crowds when its season begins in September. Additionally, teams will be permitted to allow fans to attend training camps over the... Read more