Raiders first, Lions last in NFL in ticket revenue

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The Raiders moved from their dilapidated stadium in Oakland to a beautiful new venue in Las Vegas with the idea that they could make significantly more money selling tickets. It worked.

Las Vegas led the NFL in ticket revenue with $119 million for the 2021 season, according to Sportico.com.

The Raiders actually didn’t draw particularly big crowds last season: They ranked 25th in the NFL in tickets sold, and they had a high no-show rate. But the Raiders had by far the most expensive tickets in the NFL, so even without selling many tickets they were able to lead the NFL in ticket revenue.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Lions ranked dead last in ticket revenue, with $51 million. After decades of losing on the field, Lions fans are increasingly deciding that it’s just not worth the it to buy tickets at Ford Field.

14 responses to “Raiders first, Lions last in NFL in ticket revenue

  1. No wonder their accounting systems were giving them trouble last year. That’s a lot of cash to fit into manila envelopes!

  2. As long as the casinos own huge blocks of tickets in that stadium there is going to be a large no show rate. The casinos are comping the tickets to guests that aren’t using them. I’ve seen that there are more package deals trying to lure people in to the casinos with game ticket/room packages, but they rather have you gambling than at a football game for 3+ hours.

  3. I’m not even sure it is worth watching them on TV, unless they are playing your team.

  4. The Raiders have an advantage over most other teams. The destination. Even when the Raiders suck, the fans of the visiting team will take the opportunity to travel to Vegas for a weekend and go to the game. Most teams dont get that luxury. If the team is winning, even better for Mark Davis and the team.

  5. Mike Valenti approves. He’s been screaming from the mountain tops for years about Lion fan supporting a losing organization.

  6. The move to Vegas has essentially worked out too well. Awesome to see the franchise on solid financial ground for the first time in years, but @ Raiders is now a destination game for the other 31 teams’ fans. All the people who insisted Vegas wouldn’t work because it’s a “small town” look pretty stupid.

  7. It should be noted that the former Washington nothings (now the Commodes) had low ticket revenue but record parking revenue collected because they charge more for parking than for attending the game.

  8. At least the Lions shouldn’t sniff the bottom this year. The state is actually buzzing for once about them which they should, this isn’t gonna be the S.O.L

  9. Note to Ford family. You want revenue, do something you haven’t done in 60 years. Put a winning product on the field. Simple. Lions fan for 60 years.

  10. A large portion of no-shows was due to Allegiant Stadium having 100% vaccination requirement. Remains to be seen how this works out this season…

  11. The move to Vegas has essentially worked out too well. Awesome to see the franchise on solid financial ground for the first time in years, but @ Raiders is now a destination game for the other 31 teams’ fans. All the people who insisted Vegas wouldn’t work because it’s a “small town” look pretty stupid.
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    Yeah those people didn’t know what they were talking about. The funny part is that Vegas isn’t a “small town”. It’s the 25th most populous US city.

    That’s more than other “big” cities with teams like Detroit (27th), Baltimore (31st), Atlanta (36th), KC (38th), Miami (41st), Minnesota (46th), Tampa (47th), New Orlands (53rd), Cleveland (54th), Cincinnati (65th), Pittsburgh (68th), and others

  12. Allegiant Stadium required fans to be vaccinated, perhaps that might be a reason for those no shows. Just a wild guess.

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