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Ticket sales surging after end of lockout

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To little surprise, the end of the labor dispute has prompted NFL fans to rush back to the game with open arms.

According to Nate Davis of USA Today, sales on Ticketmaster’s NFL Ticket Exchange spiked 332 percent on Monday.

All measurements of popularity are certain to reach new heights in 2011, given that the lockout ultimately claimed only one preseason game — and given that the threat of a lost season will make many fans more inclined to embrace that which they feared they wouldn’t have.

Knowing that we won’t have to worry about lockout or stikes for 10 years was also a stroke of genius.  Kudos to the players for realizing in the end that a full decade of labor peace made good sense for everyone.

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19 Responses to “Ticket sales surging after end of lockout”
  1. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 8:41 AM

    “Jerry (Jones) was outstanding. I’m not sure this deal could have gotten done without him. His passion is unmatched. His drive is incredible. … His commitment in this negotiation was clearly evident.” – Roger Goodell

  2. tgrfan42069 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:47 AM

    only reason it spiked.is because the ones who would have bought tickets reguardless held off to see if there would be games to begin with.so ofcourse it spiked.

  3. clintonportisheadd says: Jul 27, 2011 8:49 AM

    How is that possible?

    From reading the majority of the comments on this site over the last 6 months it appeared those folks would never again support the sport.

    As always, the diehard fan talks a good game but rolls over the moment he is allowed to get his fix again. Predictable.

  4. purpleman527 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:50 AM

    I am happy to admit that I was wrong. I fully expected the labor dispute to cancel the 2011 season.

    I am also happy to see that I, and many others on this board, were right in regards to fans coming back.
    Some silly and stupid posts from people who “claimed they were done with NFL”, were just emotionally enraged with no base in reality for their love of the NFL. That’s what a fan is. (fan is short for fanatic)

    Go Vikings !! SKOL !!

  5. ghostshock says: Jul 27, 2011 8:52 AM

    I don’t know what a “stike” is, but I’m worried.

  6. tom35mt says: Jul 27, 2011 8:54 AM

    The NFL is America’s Crack

  7. flik44 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:16 AM

    Tell that to Wayne Weaver… “Now it’s time for the fans to step up” was the quote in Tuesday’s paper… If people want to go, and can afford it, they will go. There’s no civic obligation for someone to come see your half-ass at best product. If it’s a bad business decision to stay in Jacksonville, that’s all on you, Mr. Weaver.

  8. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    NFL fans showing, once again, that the league and it’s players can do absolutely anything they want to the fans and the fans will eat it and come running back for more.

    Do you think, no matter what they say publicly, that the league feared for one second that there would be even one iota of fan push back for what they did to them the last 4 months?

    Of course not.

    And there shouldn’t be. The fans, at the end of the day, didn’t lose anything but the rancid Hall of Fame game.

    The only fans permanently effected are the PFT posters who have been forced to change their screen names because they ranted about being done with football and now they don’t want to be called hypocrites.

  9. mmatthiessen says: Jul 27, 2011 9:28 AM

    Makes me want to drive an hour North to grab some more Packers tickets…oh yeah that’s right, games for this season (and the next 10+) were sold out 10+ yrs ago…good thing my 8 yr old son is still 59,624 on the waiting list for season tickets!!!

    #SoonToBeSB46Champs

  10. Slim Charles says: Jul 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    Hey, now that the owners got the extra money they needed from the players, they’re gonna lower ticket prices, right? Right? Maybe since they got all that extra cash they needed to threaten the season for, they can give me a break on my NFL Sunday Ticket too! I’ll be waiting by the phone.

  11. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2011 9:49 AM

    mmatthiessen says:
    Jul 27, 2011 9:28 AM
    Makes me want to drive an hour North to grab some more Packers tickets…oh yeah that’s right, games for this season (and the next 10+) were sold out 10+ yrs ago…good thing my 8 yr old son is still 59,624 on the waiting list for season tickets!!!
    =====================

    Or you could go online and get tickets to any Packers game you want for around $100.

  12. mmatthiessen says: Jul 27, 2011 10:31 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Jul 27, 2011 9:49 AM
    mmatthiessen says:
    Jul 27, 2011 9:28 AM
    Makes me want to drive an hour North to grab some more Packers tickets…oh yeah that’s right, games for this season (and the next 10+) were sold out 10+ yrs ago…good thing my 8 yr old son is still 59,624 on the waiting list for season tickets!!!
    =====================

    Or you could go online and get tickets to any Packers game you want for around $100.

    =====================

    Even better, just run up to Krolls or Stadium View and get them at face or a little above!

  13. frzerbowlsurvivor says: Jul 27, 2011 10:35 AM

    They spiked everywhere but Cincinnati

  14. lucky5934 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:53 AM

    What? Do you mean fans are not purchasing tickets at a faster rate now that the lockout is over? Holy Crap this is NEWS!!! or the landslide winner for “DUH” moment of the day!

  15. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 11:22 AM

    “The 10 people who served on the committee spent so much time together – early in the morning, late at night, traveling together – it was a brutal process. What helped keep us going was (Jerry Jones’) energy. He’s the Energizer bunny. He never slows down. He had a tremendous impact on all of us, lifting our energy up sometimes when we’d get a little discouraged. Coach always had a story to tell that would lift us up.” – Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Chairman of the NFL’s Executive Committee and the only owner that has played professional ball (he affectionately refers to Jones as “coach”).

    More from Goodell: “His focus all along has been let’s get this thing right – let’s get a fair labor agreement that works for all parties. What made him most unique in this scenario was his ability to cross over between the business and football side because he has such an in-depth knowledge of both. That made a great impression on the players. In any negotiation, you’ll always have ups and downs and periods of time when you may get a little down, but that’s not Jerry’s thing. He always sees the glass half full. His sense is that while this particular moment may be difficult, this moment had to come so we can move on to the next moment. That’s how he thinks – and it’s really powerful. It’s contagious. He will not let you get down.”

    Last but not least:

    “Without him, that deal wouldn’t have gotten done. Everyone should know that. Sometimes you forget how influential one person can be. He didn’t make it emotional. It was always about building a partnership and working toward a resolution. It was never something personal or trying to gain any advantage for himself. It was all about representing everyone in the entire room. That’s not always easy to do – and he did that on a daily basis.” – Dallas Cowboys TE and NFLPA team rep Jason Witten

  16. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2011 11:39 AM

    @melonhead:

    What do Roger Goodell and Jason Witten have in common?

    They both owe their jobs to Jerry Jones.

    Besides, even if everything they say is true-

    Who cares?

  17. rcali says: Jul 27, 2011 11:44 AM

    At least the ticket agencies are buying up the tickets. Let’s see if the regular people buy them now. I’m guessing attendance will be down in most places.

  18. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 12:10 PM

    @ realitypolice

    I’m pretty sure Jason Witten and Roger Goodell would be working even if Jerry Jones had never bought an NFL team. Witten is… Witten. And Goodell had been deeply involved with the NFL’s front office since way before Jones even bought the Cowboys. A committee chaired by Dan Rooney returned 5 finalists out of all the people in the world to replace Paul Tagliabue, of which Goodell was one. It took 22 “yes” votes from the owners to approve him for the job that he was favored to get from the beginning, and that’s contrary to your claim that it was all Jerry Jones… unless he really is THAT influential, which sort of proves my point.

    As for Jerry Richardson, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t owe anything to Jerry Jones except for the gratitude that he has so freely and amply shown for doing his part to bring the game that we both love so much back to us. The greatest game in the nation. Hell, in the world. Credit where it’s due. You make yourself look really bad by implying that these honorable men are lying in order to prop Jones up and you’re kidding yourself if you think that any one of them owes their employment to Jerry Jones.

    Lastly, who cares? Well it’s obvious that you do!

  19. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2011 12:20 PM

    @melonhead;

    Much sound and fury signifying nothing.

    I’m sorry you don’t understand that the commissioner of the NFL serves at the pleasure of the owners and that JJ is the most influential of that group.

    And I love that PFT poster trick of accusing someone of caring about something because they took the time to read about it. I, like most on here, read everything on PFT.

    I can assure you that whatever influence Jerry Jones had on getting this done, it would be simply impossible for me to care less about it.

    The main point of my post, which I guess I should have been more clear about, is why on earth someone would waste so many words on something no one but you cares about and, by the way, had absolutely nothing to do with the content of the article.

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