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WANT TO GO TO THE SUPER BOWL? GET READY TO PAY

January 22, 2014
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SPEAKING OF SPORTS

Want to go to the Super Bowl in New York?  Better be prepared to pay out the nose.  The average price for a single ticket is currently at $2400.00.  That’s right…$2400.00 for the ticket only.  Now you might be able to get something cheaper in the nose bleed section, but that is going to cost you at least $500.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t fazed by the high cost of a ticket to the big game. When asked if he felt the average fan was being priced out of attending the Super Bowl, Goodell suggested the $500 price point, along with the league's commitment to not allowing fans to transfer those tickets on the secondary market, has kept the game within reach for fans. Within reach of what? 

The US Census Bureau says the average family of four brings in $67,000…and that’s before taxes, rent, mortgage, car payments, food, utilities and entertainment (movies, eating out).   To see a regular season NFL game, an average family will pay close to $400.  That’s just one game.  This includes the tickets, parking and bottom of the barrel concessions.  The average NFL fan these days is anything but average, especially in their wallets. 

 

Will the NFL regret having the Super Bowl in a cold weather city without a dome or roof?  They may be getting a little nervous.   What is going to happen if New York City is hit with a huge blizzard or blizzard like conditions that hit the Northeast this week?   The average temperature in New York on February 2nd is 30 degrees and it’s not unusual to see bad weather in New York this time of year.  Can you imagine how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will feel on the eve of the big game when he looks out the window of his plush hotel and sees several inches of snow falling….the wind howling….the temperature dipping….the weather channel giving travel warnings in the northeast….FOX executives knocking on his door and fans hanging Goodell in effigy?

As for the game, what happens if the weather determines the outcome of the game?  The Las Vegas oddsmakers are scratching their heads on what to do.  The weatherman will be the most popular and the most watched person in New York for the next several days as we await the 10-day forecast that comes out this week. This may be a Super bowl to be remembered for all the wrong reasons!!!

 

Goodell wants to get rid of the extra point.   He says it is too automatic.  He has a point.  It is a chip shot in the NFL and there isn’t much of a challenge.  His idea is to make a touchdown worth seven points instead of six, with teams having the option to run a play worth another point.  If you fail on the attempt, you lose a point and the touchdown then is back to six points.   Seems like a good idea.

 

The Pro Bowl is being labeled bigger and better now that Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are the captains and are picking sides like a pick-up game in the park.  All-Star games are a complete waste of time now days and other than the entertainment value for the fans, there is no reason to play these games. Want to give the fans something for their buck?  Just have an autograph session and or a meet and greet the players and forget about the game.  And just for fun, send several fans to Hawaii instead of the players.

 

Finally, after watching a high school basketball game at the Geico Showcase at Springfield College on ESPN, I must admit, the game is changing (or has changed) and not for the best.  I watched for three quarters, with seven division one players on the floor and two of the top high school teams in the country in Montverde (FL) and Curie (IL).   During the three quarters, I saw only nine shots made outside 15 feet…three air balls…several careless turnovers and many more concerning mistakes.  Now this was just one game of thousands being played across the country so it is a small sample size.  But I thought I was watching AAU summer basketball or the NBA All-Star game, not traditional high school basketball. 

There was very little defense, a lot of selfish play (one on one), very poor outside shooting, the passing was horrendous at times, no blocking out on rebounds just out jumping everyone, no transition defense and poor backside and help defense.  What I did see was a lot of dunking, excellent athletes and extreme quickness. 

Now before you call me a fuddy-duddy, I don’t mind watching these athletes get up and down the floor because I love fast break basketball.  But what I saw wasn’t fast break basketball.  Most of the time, it was helter-skelter with what appeared to be no basis for what they were doing.  So who do we blame?  Maybe basketball is changing but I can’t see it being for the betterment of the game!


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