Rams try to avert Christmas Day disaster by urging season-ticket holders to donate seats to charity

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The Rams have had a disastrous season, and it’s going to get worse. Over the final six weeks, four games land in nationally-televised, standalone windows.

Only one (Week 17 against the Chargers) can be flexed. One game that can’t be consists of a Christmas Day visit from the Broncos.

The Rams fear a largely empty stadium for the game that will be televised by CBS. To minimize the number of vacant seats on Christmas Day, the Rams are trying to get season-ticket holders who would stay home to give the tickets to someone who would happily go.

Via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, the Rams want those tickets to be donated to one of 28 eligible charities. Those who make the donation will be eligible to win prizes from various Rams sponsors.

As long as the prize isn’t more Rams tickets, this could work.

Also, the folks who get the free tickets will have to actually want to go to the Broncos-Rams game on Christmas Day. For most, that “gift” falls far closer to lump of coal than official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.

And for those of us watching that game on TV, we might be inclined to shoot our eyes out.

50 responses to “Rams try to avert Christmas Day disaster by urging season-ticket holders to donate seats to charity

  1. “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time”–Love that reference.

  2. “As long as the prize isn’t more Rams tickets, this could work.” I actually laughed out loud at that. Well done.

  3. I’ll go if you provide transportation, lodging and concessions…

    LOL @ NFL in LA. They clearly didn’t learn their lesson last time.

  4. This is why teams left LA to begin with. Outside of the lakers and the dodgers, the city is casual about sports since there are a lot of other things to do in LA.

  5. Why don’t they buy back those tickets then donate them to charity.

    No? I didn’t think so.

    If I’m a Rams season ticket holder, I’m staying home in protest of wasting my hard earned dollars on this terrible product.

    The empty seats reflect my frustration.

  6. Mike, you have been cracking me up today!
    Great stuff!
    I’m going to miss your stories after you become the next NFL commissioner.

  7. Even if this was my only opportunity to go to an NFL game, I wouldn’t go to that dumpster fire of a game for free. Free being you still have to pay for parking, concessions, etc.

    You could pay me to go but it wouldn’t be cheap to go to a game that is unwatchable and spend several hours to be somewhere nobody wants to be. You would think there would be some amount of money that the NFL could pay to somebody to swap out this game.

    It will be the Rams 3rd string QB and probably 5 random people off the streets on the offensive line. On the other side, for the Broncos, the offense is even worse. #DangerRuss is glad the Broncos gave him a quarter billion dollars before the season because you couldn’t get 25 cents for him now. It is going to be totally unwatchable.

  8. It’ll still cost a zillion dollars to park. Beers at, what, $25? Hot dogs $15? Not a good use of time or $$$. Rams kind of brought this on themselves.

  9. The Rams were so bad at the end in St. Louis that there was a story that a man left a pair of tickets under his windshield wipers so that someone could have free tickets to a game. When he can out after the game not only were there his original 2 tickets that he left under the wipers but there were several additional tickets left behind under his windshield wipers. The Rams can move 2,000 miles away but it is still the same ownership group.

  10. The Rams and the NFL got exactly what they wanted in their chosen golden child winning the Super Bowl in their new golden palace, but the cost of all of that is now having a gutted team with no depth who are forced to slog through a bunch of unwatchable prime time games.

    The league was probably salivating about the Rams/Broncos on Christmas day but I’m pretty happy that the “NBA shiny object/free agent game” is literally blowing up in both teams’ and the league’s faces right now.

  11. Everyone in Chicago will be tuned into that Broncos-Rams game, crazy to think that this game will decide who picks 2nd, 3rd and 4th…..and none will be the Rams or Broncos.

  12. I’m enjoying the Rams’ melt down. They were all full of it last year with their brilliant of bringing in overpaid, over-the-hill talent with a limited shelf life left, and their winning was justification for applauding their brilliance. Just like this approach never worked in Washington, it has fallen to new lows with the team who donated all their draft picks to charity for years. (sarcasm)

  13. You have to give the tickets away plus transportation, parking, food and drinks and a payment for half a day wasted that will be lost forever

  14. NFL should have known better than to schedule this mess of a team in prime time so late in the season. Yes, they are the defending Super Bowl champs. And the entire league knows they weren’t really the best team last season and therefore wouldn’t be close to repeating this season.

  15. This is like in Seinfeld when they try to donate the muffin stumps to the homeless and they get offended.

  16. If I was a Rams fan I’d go to this game because it should be an easy victory if the current Broncos offense shows up.

    (Spoken from a Broncos Season Ticket Holder)

  17. NFL thought they had Gold with that game… nope (Coal) Nobody will be watching not even Sean McVay

  18. Seems to be no end to the Rams free fall this year. I can’t recall any team in any sport being Blessed with a championship one year, then being cursed so badly the next.

  19. But wait , What about all of those Diehard Rams Fans who took umbrage when anyone suggested LA had fairweather / bandwagon fans ? There are 13 Million people in the LA Metro Area. Should be able to fill a Stadium, particularly when half the Stadium will be filled with Broncos Fans

  20. The only way people are going to show up, not even the Denver fans want this game on TV or to attend with their embarrassment of a QB, is free beer and a lot of it.

  21. I do not think a free ticket would entice me. I wouldn’t watch the Chargers vs. Broncos if they were playing in my backyard. I would tell them to get off my lawn and turn on the sprinklers.

  22. They’re simulcasting it on Nickelodeon. Nothing attracts kid fans like Russell Wilson throwing 39 times for 152 yards against what amounts to a Rams practice squad in a mostly empty stadium.

  23. Don’t remember when was the last time a Super Bowl champion was that bad the next year. 2003 Patriots?

  24. The Rams absolutely suck this season. However, my beef with the Rams isn’t that they suck, it’s that they screwed St. Louis to go to LA. As much as the NFL wants LA to be successful, LA just doesn’t care about football. They don’t care about the Rams, they don’t care about the Chargers, they previously stopped caring about the Rams in the early 90’s (when the team moved to St L). They did briefly care about the LA Raiders but that was more of a cultural gangsta rap thing than it was about football.
    Yes, the Rams suck this season. However, they did manage to win the Super Bowl last year so even if they suck for the next 10 years, you could say their strategy worked.

  25. I’m surprised that they aren’t now on a microphone yelling “F those tickets!”…. oh the irony…..

  26. I made the mistake of leaving two Rams tickets on the dashboard of my car when I parked downtown. You guessed it, when I came out of where I was the windshield was smashed and there were four tickets on the dashboard.

  27. Wow, and to think they sold us on Sean McVay being a wiz kid coach. He has ruined the RAMS for the foreseeable future. They have a high cap number and no draft picks.

  28. Bet a lot of Seahawks fan going down there to watch former Seahawks player Bobby Wagner against Russell Wilson. Bobby can’t wait to hit hard on Russ. GO BOBBY GO!

  29. “This is why teams left LA to begin with”

    This is wrong and I’ll tell you why.
    Teams left LA to begin with because they couldn’t get local government to build new stadiums. People weren’t apathetic to the teams leaving. What could the fans do?
    Rams & Raiders had TONS of support.

  30. Sure seemed like there were full stadiums in Detroit, Dallas and MN on Thanksgiving Day — and the Lions record isn’t much better than the Rams’ record.

  31. “GIVE”, YEA RIGHT! How about they “BUY” them just as the season ticket holder had to!

    Question is will the TV stations avoid showing the stands at these far less capicity games the way they always do?

  32. mackcarrington says:
    November 29, 2022 at 2:31 pm
    “This is why teams left LA to begin with”

    This is wrong and I’ll tell you why.
    Teams left LA to begin with because they couldn’t get local government to build new stadiums. People weren’t apathetic to the teams leaving. What could the fans do?
    Rams & Raiders had TONS of support.
    ==================

    NAH they didn’t, I remember the nearly empty stadiums in LA back then(sure the Raiders always had support in Oakland but not LA), you couldn’t hardly give those tickets away just like TB tickets before they won a SB! Also Cali doesn’t like NFL football very much but they love their college teams and pack even bigger stadiums every week. Another thing is there’s the cost, hundreds of dollars per ticket, $100 plus for parking and then there’s the very over-priced concessions all adds up to $1500 or more to take a family of 4 to a game for just 3 1/2hrs of entertainment, in LA there’s a whole lot of things a family can do that costs nothing(go to the beach) or a hell of a lot less than an NFL game, like they could spend a 1/3 of that money and go to Disneyworld for the whole day!

  33. some folks seemingly have not figured out that the rams were given the SB to make up for the lawsuit STL was awarded- the thing is 100 pct riggged- the refs and fans still have no idea what is and isn’t a catch- perfect way to manipilate games

  34. The LA Rams, from city HERO to ZERO in less than a year and now they can’t even fill the stadium for home games, boy the shine sure faded on that Lombardi really fast didn’t it?

    @ purpleguy, The Vikings are #1 in their division, Dallas is in the playoff hunt, The lions are a vastly improved team from those teams of the last __ years(you fill in the blank)!
    Now let’s look are the Rams, from SB Champion to a 3-8 team this season, empty seats is what you’ll get with play like that in LA and a lot of other cities as there are a whole lot of “fair weather fans” out there.

  35. @ Dales: The Raiders couldn’t get stadiums built in two (2) California cities because the local & state governments did what you people always clamor for: Say no to rich owners.
    And surely you know that for both the Rams & Raiders, their last few seasons in LA they had miserable teams that no one in their right minds was going to spend money & time on.
    I spent many Sundays in a packed Coliseum watching the Raiders.

  36. bobhk says:
    November 29, 2022 at 12:12 pm
    Don’t remember when was the last time a Super Bowl champion was that bad the next year. 2003 Patriots?

    —–

    Setting the record for consecutive wins and winning back-to-back Super Bowls…is not a bad year.

  37. only the media would paint giving away tickets to a football game to charity on Christmas as ‘averting disaster’

  38. so what is their plan in a few years. Oh that’s right move to another city, then in a few more years the NFL can use LA as bait in case they want another city to build a gazillion $ stadium.

  39. I just looked – tickets for that game are actually affordable. Makes it very tempting to go see what SoFi stadium is like.

  40. @mackcarrington
    compare the average home attendance of the Rams’ six playoff teams in LA to the 57,018 average at The Edward Jones Dome in 2014:

    1983, LA: 52,780 … less than the ’14 Rams.

    1984, LA: 54,455 … less than the ’14 Rams.

    1985, LA: 56,242 … less than the ’14 Rams.

    1986, LA: 59,285 … 2,451 more per game than ’14 Rams

    1988, LA: 54,469 … less than the ’14 Rams

    1989, LA: 58,846 … 1,828 more per game than ’14 Rams.

  41. If ANYONE knows of ANY season ticket holders with great seats for the Rams vs Broncos Christmas Day game and want to donate (or sell at a low price) please contact me via my Instagram message @andray_x

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