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Titans tickets selling well behind pace

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The lockout combined with a down 2010 season is making it tough for the Titans to sell tickets.  That’s notable because this simply hasn’t happened in Nashville in the past.

The Titans usually sell out all their single-game tickets in a few hours.  They made them available last week, and not a single game is sold out yet.  The situation isn’t nearly as dire as it is in Tampa or Jacksonville, but the change is significant.  The team remains optimistic they will avoid blackouts.

“We’re encouraged that we’ll be able to sell out all of our home games,” Marty Collins, the team’s senior director of ticketing, told the Tennessean.

There are also far more tickets available on the secondary market, although the rate of renewal for season tickets remained strong.

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  1. shanehockey28 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:21 AM

    I’m thinking that whole Chris Johnson things could be the cause…..

  2. thephantomstranger says: Aug 17, 2011 11:24 AM

    This should be happening for every team. The league has to notice that the fans aren’t going to automatically flock back after this lockout. If you can’t sell tickets, lower the prices.

  3. whoisjongalt says: Aug 17, 2011 11:26 AM

    Buc fans are loud and proud! Very excited about our team!

    Much of the ticket issue here in Tampa relates to our owners being the cheapest spenders over the last 8 years. At a certain point, people begin to feel taken advantage of.

    The Bucs have everyone excited here. Ticket sales will follow.

  4. richm2256 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:38 AM

    So, do the players, the owners, and Goodell still think there was no negative fan reaction to the strike?

    Naaahhhh, couldn’t be …….

  5. zn0rseman says: Aug 17, 2011 11:47 AM

    I have been in the same fantasy league since 1997. We have been with CBS Sportsline since they started doing fantasy. For the first time, we are not doing fantasy football.

    We decided if the lockout didn’t end by June 1, we would not do it this year. My fear is that most people will realize that they don’t care… and that our interest will be over. I would not be suprised if that is the case and the dropoff in fan interest is far more widespread.

  6. baseballstars says: Aug 17, 2011 11:54 AM

    Part of this has to do with the turmoil of the past few years. Vince Young and Jeff Fisher have been going at it, each at the expense of the franchise. Many fans loved Fisher, but most understood it was time for both of them to go. There’s a lot of uncertainty around this season, one that we haven’t had in some time (2006). The Fisher regime is gone, and although many fans are happy, they are also uncertain how the new coaching staff is going to mesh, and the quality of product the Titans are going to put out on the field. Keep in mind, this franchise hasn’t had a playoff win since 2004. We’ve been jerked around a lot, and left with a bunch of mediocrity and broken promises.

    Compounding the situation is the stagnating economy. Many people around here are still suffering, just like almost everywhere else in America outside of the Financial Services Industry and IT. If people are already suffering economically, and they believe this season is simply a rebuilding season, they are less apt to spend mega bucks on tickets.

    I second the notion that ticket prices need to be reduced.

  7. whoisjongalt says: Aug 17, 2011 11:59 AM

    Funny that bloated ticket prices doesn’t get a lot of pub.

    If you can’t shell out $100 per game, you just don’t care about your team. Meanwhile, the owners commitment is never in question as they make millions.

  8. whoisjongalt says: Aug 17, 2011 12:03 PM

    The NFL is one of few business so arrogant to blame their customers for poor sales.

  9. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 17, 2011 12:04 PM

    They go to see Chris Johnson. If he’s not there, they won’t go. Simple as that.

    This is the first story of a team that is not historically cheap losing ticket sales. It’ll probably be the last.

    The Eagles did a 19 rating for the Ravens game, which is like 8 higher than the previous record.

  10. tzoppi says: Aug 17, 2011 12:12 PM

    If you resign him, they will come.

  11. jh500 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:20 PM

    CJ!? This just proves how big of a star Vince Young is.

  12. Broncofanatic7 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:22 PM

    I wonder why….

  13. 4evrnyt says: Aug 17, 2011 12:25 PM

    Bottom line is when times are tough and money is tight you have to have a high expectation of success to justify paying the costs of attending an NFL game. No one who is struggling is gonna blow the savings on a family fun day or season tickets when the team is in such flux;

    1) QB is unknown
    2) Star player is holding out and making the team look cheap which doesn’t help ticket sales either.
    3) Inconsistent performance from season to season plus the above items doesn’t bode well for win/loss predictions

    Bad teams in large or affluent cities will see a drop off but not to the extent that smaller market teams do as you are seeing in Tampa and Jacksonville as well as Tennessee. These teams have to have more consistent success before the locals can truly justify shelling out the necessary dollar bills.

  14. jagmania65 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:26 PM

    LA Titans?

  15. JSpicoli says: Aug 17, 2011 12:36 PM

    Sports in general have been being hurt the past couple years by the economy and by paying salaries that are too high.

    This year you are REALLY going to see the pain in the form of empty stadiums and teams going broke.

  16. JSpicoli says: Aug 17, 2011 12:39 PM

    You can analyze all the football reasons you want, but the only reason we are having this conversation is the economy and sports paying salaries penned in a better time, during a bad economic time.

  17. nagidac says: Aug 17, 2011 12:47 PM

    They had their owner waffle back and forth between their longtime (and very popular) head coach and their starting quarterback only to lose both, had their other QB retire, brought in a QB that supposedly is having a hard time learning the offense, had their best WR arrested multiple times, are playing hardball with their top RB, and had a labor stoppage. The question shouldn’t be why aren’t fans buying tickets, it should be why they are.

  18. oscarbluth says: Aug 17, 2011 12:53 PM

    LOL @ JAGmania saying “LA Titans”. The entire world, outside of Jacksonville apparently, knows that they Jags are as good as gone. Only delaying the inevitable with yearly rallies and pleas from the mayor. Hahah.

    As the post mentions, the Titans have sold out within HOURS every single year since they’ve been in Nashville. We’re allowed one off year, particularly following the lockout and all the VY/Fisher drama that has gone on over the years. Take a look at the sad state of your franchise before you go casting stones.

    And to everyone claiming this has anything at all to do with fan outrage regarding CJ, I can’t even explain just how laughable that notion is. You clearly aren’t very in tune with the Titan fan base.

  19. glac1 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:57 PM

    Could it be the economy? “Are you better off today then you were 4 years ago??” Famous quote by former President Bill Clinton.

  20. emma333 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:05 PM

    @oscarbluth Jacksonville was only allowed 1 off year (2009) before all the bashing started. Don’t be so complacent.

  21. polishkingski says: Aug 17, 2011 1:06 PM

    to me, this is going to be an interesting dynamic. for most of their existence or from what i can remember, the titans have had solid, winning teams. now that they may be going through a downward cycle how will they fare in what is bigtime college football country having a bad team? i bet the vols will be even more popular than ever. by the way, bud adams is a douche.

  22. blackbug99 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:13 PM

    “Buc fans are loud and proud! Very excited about our team!” – All 12 of you are AWESOME and LOUD!!

  23. footballdiva19 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:31 PM

    I am truly shocked. I thought the Jacksonville Jaguars were the ONLY team in the league that isnt selling tickets at a record pace…..I can t believe this is true…..better recheck the facts….

  24. bigpurple72 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:09 PM

    Shocking…mediocre team with it’s only star player threatening to sit out the season. Can’t imagine why games aren’t selling out. CJ just got a little more leverage.

  25. dogsweat1 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:16 PM

    Los Angeles Titans?

    Doesn’t sound right.

  26. NFLJunkie says: Aug 17, 2011 2:24 PM

    Well, footballdiva19, if the Titans are begging and pleading for people to buy season tickets for the next 5 or 6 years straight (or more), I’ll agree with you — put them in that same conversation.

    Add up their horrible finish in 2010 with an unsettled offseason and the lockout (no feel-good stories coming out of OTAs) and there hasn’t been much to be excited about for the less hard-core fans in the last 9-10 months.

    Yeah, the economy is tough, but I doubt that’s the main reason. I think it’s just fan malaise. A little soon to tell if it’s a temporary funk or something more permanent. Probably won’t know until this time next year.

  27. theravenlives2 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:33 PM

    Sorry, but I just gotta say it..

    In the last expansion, my hometown of Baltimore was “passed over” for all these “superior and sexy markets” that the bean-counters on Park Ave. in NYC. Some reports I saw said that we finished fourth or fifth among the finalists. Lets look at those markets 17 years later using the expansion finalists.

    Carolina: Had several games last year that didn’t sell out. I was at one of them last year…. with 30,000 other Ravens fans.

    Jacksonville: Well-documented that they have to give the store away to sell tickets. Don’t even get me started on the tarp thing…This was gonna be the NFL’s greatest coup, and we were promised decades and decades of sellouts.

    St. Louis: The market the NFL really wanted (but settled for Jacksonville). Has had trouble selling out games the last few years.

    Memphis: Four hours from Nashville – the Titans have done a surprisingly good job selling tickets, but its still and easy ticket. I will be in attendance at their Sept. 18th game…along with 20,000 other Ravens fans.

    Baltimore: 15 years, 153 straight sellouts….and counting.

    This is the #1 reason that Paul Tagliabue should never be in the Hall of Fame. What a Jackass!

  28. onwisconsin42 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:50 PM

    “Jacksonville: Well-documented that they have to give the store away to sell tickets. Don’t even get me started on the tarp thing…This was gonna be the NFL’s greatest coup, and we were promised decades and decades of sellouts.”

    ___

    Please, PLEASE, shut up about the tarps.

    WITHOUT the tarps, the stadium holds 76,000+.

    Only four—FOUR!–NFL teams averaged more attendance than 76,000+ in 2010. (Dallas, Washington, NYJ, NYG).

    It’s not very difficult to look up so you don’t look like a complete mindless moron spouting out the same tired nonsense over and over.

    The Jags averaged just over 63,000 attendees last season.

    Pittsburgh had a few hundred more, both in the 63k range.

    Should we move the Steelers too?

  29. aigraiders says: Aug 17, 2011 2:51 PM

    Tix will continue to decline in the NFL. Just a matter of economics. However, TV ratings will still go through the roof. With HDTV, it’s almost better to watch it at home.

  30. theravenlives2 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:19 PM

    “Jacksonville: Well-documented that they have to give the store away to sell tickets. Don’t even get me started on the tarp thing…This was gonna be the NFL’s greatest coup, and we were promised decades and decades of sellouts.”

    ___

    Please, PLEASE, shut up about the tarps.

    WITHOUT the tarps, the stadium holds 76,000+.

    Only four—FOUR!–NFL teams averaged more attendance than 76,000+ in 2010. (Dallas, Washington, NYJ, NYG).

    It’s not very difficult to look up so you don’t look like a complete mindless moron spouting out the same tired nonsense over and over.

    The Jags averaged just over 63,000 attendees last season.

    Pittsburgh had a few hundred more, both in the 63k range.

    Should we move the Steelers too?

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

    Say what you want about the Steelers (and I’m obviously no fan), but they don’t have to give away tickets with a whopper and a coke like in Jacksonville (ok, that’s an exaggeration, but not by much).

    No one, and I mean NO ONE, can honestly say that Jacksonville has been a better market for the NFL than Baltimore. I remember Wayne Weaver promising decades of sellouts. Wow, that sure faded fast!

    BTW, M&T Stadium in Baltimore holds over 70,000, and has sold out 153 straight times. You can add 10 to that this year. How about you guys? The Ravens play down there in October, and it will sell out. 15,000 fans will be from….you guessed it, Baltimore!

  31. granadafan says: Aug 17, 2011 4:50 PM

    Hey NFL, maybe you ought to look at the enormous expenses you charge the fans from ticket prices, parking, food, and drinks, and then maybe you’ll figure out why the stadiums are less than full. Keep blacking out the games and alienating more and more fans.

    The NFL is the only business where it punishes it’s customers for for not buying their expensive product.

  32. NFLJunkie says: Aug 17, 2011 5:36 PM

    BTW, M&T Stadium in Baltimore holds over 70,000, and has sold out 153 straight times. You can add 10 to that this year. How about you guys?

    The Ravens are on a great run with, what, 7 playoff years in the last decade or so? Plus a ring? No back-to back losing seasons in that stretch? And a stable owner/front office who are largely to thank for that? That’s a dream situation for a team’s sales department. makes their job easy.

    Doesn’t mean you are forever bulletproof. The Chiefs have a great fan base, have had for decades (even though I doubt they have anywhere near the population density the greater Baltimore area does), and even they had a blackout year or two ago. I bet they got to year 15 of their last sellout streak and felt like it was a done deal every year, too.

    I’d be careful about taking what you have for granted and acting all superior about it.

  33. selgaeinla says: Aug 17, 2011 5:38 PM

    And they say LA won’t support a team.

  34. rajbais says: Aug 17, 2011 7:07 PM

    Gee, I wonder if taking the friggin’ team apart and them losing the majority of their games during the second half of the season had anything to do with it.

  35. bleed4philly says: Aug 18, 2011 12:49 AM

    That is sad, if I lived there I’d get season tickets. They’re gonna be a good watch this year, especially when all the rivals come to town. C’mon Tennessee, man up!

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