Miami officials considering cashless Super Bowl

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At the moment, only one team in the NFL is operating on game days without cash.

It might not be long before the biggest game is played without long green.

Via Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com, the emerging trend of cashless sporting events could include the Super Bowl.

“Doing a lot of research now and contemplating cashless Super Bowl,” Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfinkel said. Miami hosts the 2020 Super Bowl, which seems soon for a technology that hasn’t been widely adopted yet..

The Falcons are the first team to go cashless, making the switch official at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in March. The new Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, which will host NFL games, opened cashless in April, and others could be following suit soon.

“We will look at it very hard for the 2020 season,” Ravens president Dick Cass said.

Cass said the advantages of fans using only cards or payment apps are “the concession lines would be faster, once people get accustomed to it. And I think the more and more technology improves, cashless transactions will get faster.

“It’s inevitable at some point that we will have almost all cashless transactions,” Cass said. “That’s just the way. I mean, when you go into Starbucks now, not that many people use cash, and when they’re using cash and people are sort of grumbling to themselves, ‘Why is he using cash?’ Right?”

That’s a problem for those without bank accounts, but Atlanta has countered with reverse ATMs, which provide a debit card for purchases for those packing cash.

Companies will ultimately latch onto whatever saves or creates money — they’ve increased revenues by 15 percent at Atlanta United games since making the switch) — and team apps seem like the natural next step.

The downside for fans will be a loss of privacy, as teams will have precise data about what you buy and when, allowing them to target with greater precision (and to know exactly how many hot dogs you bought).

62 responses to “Miami officials considering cashless Super Bowl

  1. That’s interesting because I’m really starting to consider going to cash only.

  2. “That’s a problem for those without bank accounts” who doesn’t have a bank account?

  3. I don’t always use cash, but when a business refuses to accept cash I don’t buy their product.

  4. I’ve never seen anyone in a line grumble because someone is using cash. This clown is out of touch with the real world. And he sounds like an elitist jerk on top of it.

  5. I rarely, if ever, buy anything with cash. More convenient and secure to pay by card. Lose cash and you’re out of luck, lose a card and you can have another one shipped within 24 hours, anywhere in the world.

  6. Just here for the financial wisdom of people who probably think buying gold is a really good investment.

  7. They love it when you use electronics. It’s proven more difficult to spend cash than put something on a card or app. So of course they want MORE of your money.

  8. Is this really because they have trouble finding enough people that can actually make change on a cash transaction? In my experience, I don’t find that transactions with a card are typically any quicker than cash, unless you have someone that doesn’t understand how to count out change.

    Why do I feel like this is an attempt to increase spending? If you attend an event and know you brought a set amount of cash to spend on concessions, you will stop when you have spent that much. But, if you only have to swipe a card, or use an app, you can keep spending for longer, and may not realize how much you have spent.

  9. tomtravis76 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am

    What happens when the tech goes down, are they going to break out the old carbon copy sliders?

    ========

    That doesn’t even work anymore. Many credit cards that are issued now don’t have embossed numbers or letters on them.

  10. I mean, when you go into Starbucks now, not that many people use cash, and when they’re using cash and people are sort of grumbling to themselves, ‘Why is he using cash?’ Right?”
    ——————————————————————————
    Literally nobody says that, Maybe if the person at the grocery takes 12 minutes to write a check, but sorry paying in cash is proven method to save money easier because you have to physically part with something so you are more inclined to think about that purchase.

  11. The system goes down using cash already. The registers are all electronic. System goes down, registers don’t work, cant take cash either.

    People don’t have bank accounts, like the guy above considering going cash only? Also, some college aged. Not many, but there are stages in life and economic situations where people don’t have bank accounts. But true, not enough to base this decision.

    If you spend money more easily, or more then you want because you are using a card, that’s a consumer problem, not a retailer problem. Self control. Are merchants supposed to protect us from ourselves?

    BTW..The Falcons stadium runs very smoothly cashless.

  12. Just another incremental step to completely control your life. When completely implemented government will be able to tax any exchange, any simple cash exchange between two people will cease to exist

  13. The Super Bowl is an event for rich people to attend. Of course they have bank accounts.

  14. whysosenestive445 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 8:49 am
    “That’s a problem for those without bank accounts” who doesn’t have a bank account?
    ————————————————
    You’d be surprised how many people in this country don’t have a bank account.

  15. I don’t get points or rewards by spending cash, so it’s cards all day for me. And it is far more secure, as others have mentioned.

    I don’t care what anyone in line uses, unless they’re writing checks. Get real.

  16. styx630 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 9:54 am
    whysosenestive445 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 8:49 am
    “That’s a problem for those without bank accounts” who doesn’t have a bank account?
    ————————————————
    You’d be surprised how many people in this country don’t have a bank account.
    ______

    I would imagine the vast majority of people who don’t have bank accounts don’t have enough money to warrant one. If you’re keeping thousands under your mattress or in your home otherwise uninsured, you’re an idiot.

    How many people without bank accounts are affording Superbowl tickets and most likely travel, hotel, etc.? This would not be an issue…

  17. “when they’re using cash and people are sort of grumbling to themselves, ‘Why is he using cash?’ Right?””

    Wrong i get pissed at people who act like theyve never used a card before

  18. Cashless … hate the idea of going cashless. As a sole proprietor, i don’t accept credit cards/bank cards. Those transaction fees for cards add up over time, and can really eat into the bottom line.

  19. At places like Target I will ONLY use cash. Why should I trust business that are not physically responsible for THEIR cyber security?

  20. On a similar topic
    Iphone coupons slow the lines down just as bad as check writers. Tech isn’t always faster.

  21. Let’s get real here, guessing 95% of all posters here won t be going to the superbowl. Mostly because we can’t afford it, cash and cards aside. I have no problem with it. Cards are more secure. Plus, it’s 2019. My kids don’t use cash at all. My grandkids prolly won t even know what it was!

  22. tonyzendejas says:
    June 19, 2019 at 9:15 am
    Just here for the financial wisdom of people who probably think buying gold is a really good investment.
    ————————

    By your statement you obviously do not understand that gold is a store of value and not an investment. Investments are made to generate a return on value and as such subject the investor to a risk.

    Gold is the ultimate store of value as proven by thousands of years of history.

    Paper currency is not money. A requirement for something to be money is to also be a store of wealth. Fiat currency cannot be money as the government who issue it all have a stated goal of depreciating the value each year by a specified percentage deemed “inflation”. It would more accurately be called confiscation.

  23. How is paying with a card faster than cash? The 14 buttons per transaction has to be slower than handing over $10 for an $8 hot dog

  24. I hardly ever carry cash, but concession lines going faster is not a result of going cashless, because I often find that using cash actually makes it go faster because you don’t have to waste time waiting for the machine to process your card.

  25. Cashless … hate the idea of going cashless. As a sole proprietor, i don’t accept credit cards/bank cards. Those transaction fees for cards add up over time, and can really eat into the bottom line.

    You know what else eats into a bottom line…people not patronizing your business because it doesn’t accept cards.

  26. How many people at an NFL game don’t have a bank account?

    Not many.

    So I see discrimination lawsuits looming.

  27. Can’t afford to go to a regular NFL game, let alone the Super Bowl. Do think its dumb to take away options from people. Why not just let it naturally decrease?

  28. This article and Super Bowl were brought to you by the Credit Card Industry! Our motto is “We Can’t Make Money off Fees when you use that Ancient Cash!”

  29. solrosenburg says:
    June 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
    How is paying with a card faster than cash? The 14 buttons per transaction has to be slower than handing over $10 for an $8 hot dog
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    Very true! However the kid making your change doesn’t know what 10 minus 8 equals without hitting 14 buttons. LOL! Sad but sort of true. God bless Murica.

  30. I’ve seen workers scam their concession stands. I’ll pay for beer with cash and kid worker pockets it into his apron (where his tips are) while not ringing up cash register, even though all co-workers next to him are using registers. Cashless system also protects against shady employees.

  31. When I attend sporting events, I specifically pay with cash. I just prefer it. Too me, there is no sense in having tens of financial entries for beers, sandwiches, coffees, etc. Methinks there is deeper logic at work here.

  32. The only place I’ve used cash in the last couple of years is at the local chicken bbq and my state DOT office, where they haven’t quite entered the 80’s yet.

  33. Never once have I heard about people grumbling about those paying with cash.

    Now, people that still write checks…that I hear because who the hell does that nowadays?

  34. When I see someone writing a check I want to say to them – I have two words for you – DEBIT CARD!

  35. The premise that it will make life easier for the customers is laughable. The next time that the NFL does something that positively affects their fans will be the first time they’ve done something for the fans.

    This is all about them making more money. Funny isn’t it, that Visa happens to be sponsoring the SB this year, no?

  36. My local state and local governments require either cash or check, no plastic.
    The reasons being:
    1. The fee payment would require a budget line item to authorize payment, and a competitive bidding process for the service.
    2. The courts have ruled that charging the fee would be a tax not authorized by the legislature.

  37. There are places (gas stations) that charge you extra money (processing fees) for using a card.
    And what happens when you want to send your kids to get some food or souvenirs? Give them your card? Buy a debit card?
    What happens when you don’t spend all the money on a debit card and don’t plan on going back to the stadium any time soon?

  38. It’s not like payment is the rate-limiting step to these lines anyway. No matter how you pay, you’re still waiting for your food/drink anyway.

  39. Cards are more secure than cash? Ignorance is bliss. When is the last time someone took a $20 bill from you and tried to buy $12000 in junk from bed, bath and beyond. They randomly got my card number. After fighting with the bank, cancelling the card and waiting for the new one. It was a week.

  40. whysosenestive445 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 8:49 am
    “That’s a problem for those without bank accounts” who doesn’t have a bank account?
    __________________________________________

    Obviously you’d be very shocked because the figures are(depending on which one is correct) between 20-25%, that’s 1/5 to as much as 1/4 of all US adults! So the population of the US is 252mil over 18YO, so that puts the number of people that don’t have bank accounts at between 50,400,000 and 63,000,000 people over the age of 18YO.

    It’s amazing what you can find out with just a few minutes of research!

  41. Personally I always use plastic – with a 2% cashback bonus that money adds up over time. There can always be a compromise – have a cash only line(s) and card only line(s). Checks are a thing if the past – to much time required checking identity.

  42. It’s a lot easier to budget and save using cash, take a set amount out when you go to sporting events and things of the like. You can easily see how much you’re spending as opposed to swiping a debit card or worse a credit card all willy nilly and then wondering what the heck happened when you check your statements.

  43. The downside for fans will be a loss of privacy, as teams will have precise data about what you buy and when, allowing them to target with greater precision (and to know exactly how many hot dogs you bought).

    Ah, so this is why I keep getting email ads for weightwatchers or health recommendations to stop eating so much junk food.

  44. I’ve stood in line at the store for quite a while when the machine goes down. Never for cash. Never. Its quick, anonymous and easy. The anonymous part is what the gman is after. You are providing the government information they aren’t entitled to. I wish no purchase under$25 could be made with a card. It says right on the money, “LEGAL tender for all debts public and private”. At least it did my whole life. What does LEGAL mean? It means this is ILLEGAL. I hope some civil libertarian sues them.

  45. tonyzendejas says:
    June 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

    You know what else eats into a bottom line…people not patronizing your business because it doesn’t accept cards.
    ———-

    when you perform a service people need, it never does.

  46. Philly banned cashless stores. So this wont be happening at Eagles games.

    Cashless is an attack on the poor. Who either cant afford banking, have a record, or dont have the credit necessary. Also with banking being used as a way to attack political opponents, cashless could be used to force certain beliefs on people.

    Denying service is the tool of dictators. Ask the Chinese and their social credit system.

  47. 1. The last time I looked, the following was on the bills in my pocket:
    “THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE.”
    2. Cashless only creates more opportunity for crooked employees using pocket skimmers.
    3. Concession employees will suffer lost “income” created by “tips” – change left on the counter. Ever try to carry three beers and a few hot dogs and put your changes in your pocket?
    4. Since most concession networks are intertwined, this will be a feast for the Vegas people.
    5. How many cards will be left behind at the stands – unintentionally, of course?

    NOT ONE good feature about cashless …

  48. What’s the angle? How do they profit more? Be honest. If they wouldn’t get more money somehow they wouldn’t bother doing it. All of their reasons given are complete BS.

  49. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    whysosenestive445 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 8:49 am
    “That’s a problem for those without bank accounts” who doesn’t have a bank account?
    __________________________________________

    Obviously you’d be very shocked because the figures are(depending on which one is correct) between 20-25%, that’s 1/5 to as much as 1/4 of all US adults! So the population of the US is 252mil over 18YO, so that puts the number of people that don’t have bank accounts at between 50,400,000 and 63,000,000 people over the age of 18YO.

    It’s amazing what you can find out with just a few minutes of research!
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Maybe that’s the reason. THOSE people would be regular Joes, part of the riff raff, the undesirables. The NFL has been catering to the rich for quite a while so it wouldn’t shock me if this was some sort of class discrimination attempt disguised as progress or convenience.

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