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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Sean Conboy, Sports Illustrated: You cannot walk to the Super Bowl this year. It is against NFL policy. You cannot have someone drive you to the Super Bowl and drop you off. Again, against policy. You cannot even take one of New York City's famous and plentiful taxis. Want to grill some burgers in the parking lot? Against the Law of Goodell. Instead, head inside MetLife Stadium for a $15 kale sandwich. The NFL thinks of you not as a human being whose loyalty and wallet contribute to its preposterous franchise valuations ($1.17 billion and rising!), but rather as a number on an Excel spreadsheet, and the league is determined to wring as much guaranteed profit out of Super Bowl XLVIII as possible.

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A $9 billion yearly profit is not enough. Now Super Bowl-bound attendees are being told to head to one of the NFL's nine designated "Fan Express" zones around New York and New Jersey and pay $51 to take a league-sanctioned shuttle bus to the Big Game.

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Aren't there still 16,000 tickets available? Sounds like the policies are really paying off....

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-01-30 01:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

I live about a half hour away from the stadium and haven't heard anyone I know even raise the possibility of going to the game.

#2 | Posted by Sully at 2014-01-30 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I live about a half hour away from the stadium and haven't heard anyone I know even raise the possibility of going to the game."

It's going to be worse than Times Square at Christmas. Most in the area have enough self respect and common sense to avoid the flyover country tourons.

#3 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2014-01-30 01:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

With current ticket prices starting at $1184.00 each, can't blame them. (Just looked, thats the lowest price I found, and apparently the prices have dropped 40% in the last week).

For me, more enjoyment found with a group of friends sitting around a big screen TV. No cold, no crowds, no BS traffic, etc.

Also found this 2012 article that shows the previous Superbowl ticket prices: www.cbsnews.com

In 1967, it was $12 per ticket, in 2003 it was $400

#4 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-01-30 01:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

I remember going to see the Bills play Dallas in Atlanta, then the ticket was only $175.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2014-01-30 01:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

My uncle took me to the Superbowl in 1987 (Giants-Denver think it was XXI). The face value of the tickets was $75. I think he paid $275 to get them from the hotel concierge.

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2014-01-30 02:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

"In 1967, it was $12 per ticket"

In 1967, it wasn't called the Super Bowl.

#7 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-01-30 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

How the NFL can be called "non-profit" with a straight face is laughable.

www.usnews.com

Senators Seek to Punt NFL's Tax-Exempt Status

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2014-01-30 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

#8

I hope they get that changed. It's absurd and I would believe even many in the GOP would agree.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2014-01-30 03:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

from your link, 726...

"Tax returns from 2011 show the NFL received $254 million in membership dues from teams. It paid nearly $108 million in salaries and gave just $2.3 million to charity. Around $2.1 million of the charitable donations went to expanding the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio."

what a bunch of --------.

#10 | Posted by eberly at 2014-01-30 03:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

I won a sales Contest when the Eagles played the Patriots. 3 days and a tax on $20k. Never again.

#11 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-01-30 03:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

In 1967, it was $12 per ticket"
In 1967, it wasn't called the Super Bowl.
#7 | POSTED BY HARRY_POWELL

It's a distinction without a difference.

While the first officially named Super Bowl wasn't until 1969 (Super Bowl III), it still started in 1967, hence the "III" indicating the third.

#12 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-01-30 06:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

"It's a distinction without a difference."

Nonsense. The first game didn't even fill the Coliseum at $12 bucks a ticket. Not until Joe Namath did the AFC finally get any respect.

#13 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-01-31 02:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

You can't walk to Metlife Stadium in any case. It is bordered by highways.

#14 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-01 12:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

How dare anyone want to walk to the Super Bowl! Is it safe?

#15 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2014-02-01 03:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

You can't walk to Metlife Stadium in any case. It is bordered by highways.

If a taxi drops you off outside the gate you are walking....5'.

rwd

#16 | Posted by rightwingdon at 2014-02-01 05:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

...for tax purposes the NFL is an IRS registered 'non-profit". With some seats going for $10,000 you have a choice: go to the big game or watch it on TV and buy a house.

Taxpayers have paid a ridiculous, stupefying, unbelievable 68% of NFL stadium construction costs since 1923, a number that has risen astronomically in recent years despite a crippling recession and bankrupt state governments. Meanwhile, Anheuser-Busch made Bud Light the "official beer of the NFL" that's worth $1.2 billion to the NFL over six years.

Players get to trade millions for their current muscle and future intellect. The NFL's CEO's salary is $30 million per year.

Aren't "Free Markets" wonderful?

What do they do to you if you refuse to take their shuttle and just walk across the parking lot?

#17 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-01 05:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

If a taxi drops you off outside the gate you are walking....5'.
rwd
#16 | POSTED BY RIGHTWINGDON

According to the header, that's verboten.
"You cannot have someone drive you to the Super Bowl and drop you off."

I can't imagine paying over a thousand dollars a seat for the privilege of freezing my ass off, getting prodded like I'm cattle and being watched over by snipers.

#18 | Posted by Ray at 2014-02-01 06:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

can't walk to the stadium? I've been to a tailgate party or two and been like that....

#19 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-02-01 09:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I can't imagine paying over a thousand dollars a seat for the privilege of freezing my ass off, getting prodded like I'm cattle and being watched over by snipers."

stay away from January inaugurations, then.

#20 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-02 02:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It's a distinction without a difference."
Nonsense. The first game didn't even fill the Coliseum at $12 bucks a ticket. Not until Joe Namath did the AFC finally get any respect.

#13 | POSTED BY HARRY_POWELL

Distinction without a difference still stands since even the NFL considers it "Super Bowl I"

www.nfl.com

(scroll to the bottom)

#21 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-02-02 02:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Not until Joe Namath did the AFC finally get any respect."

The AFC did not exist then.

#22 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-02 04:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

I've said this before: television is for idiots.

stupidbowl sunday is the best day to shop all year.

You morons are busy being hypnotized.

#23 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-02 08:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

"You morons are busy being hypnotized."

Not going to watch the militaristic, jingoistic propaganda spectacle, Shawn?

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-02 09:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

Billboards Surrounding Super Bowl Stadium Highlight Hypocrisy of NFL's Marijuana Policy

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Five billboards highlighting the hypocrisy of the National Football League's marijuana policy were launched Tuesday in locations surrounding MetLife Stadium, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to be played Sunday.

The billboards were paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP),

Two 60-foot-wide digital billboards feature images of football players and read: "Marijuana is less harmful to our bodies than alcohol. Why does the league punish us for making the safer choice?"

www.thedailychronic.net

#25 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-02 09:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

stay away from January inaugurations, then.
#20 | POSTED BY DIABLO

Nixon was the last time.

I live about a half hour from Giants Stadium. Looks like a clear day with temps above freezing. I was kind of hoping for sub freezing temps so the politically privileged and the gestapo police would freeze their asses off.

Not going to watch the militaristic, jingoistic propaganda spectacle, Shawn?

That's the kind of stuff that turned me off on the NFL. They have to earn that tax exemption.

I don't turn TV on until after the kick-off.

#26 | Posted by Ray at 2014-02-02 09:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

A couple of days before the Super Bowl, I expressed my disagreement with Washington Post opinion writer Tricia Jenkins' claim that sports games "have become stages for large-scale patriotic theater" featuring "militaristic rituals" -- a left-over from when such "rituals" were "deliberately designed to promote unity during times of crisis," habits that have "stuck around far longer than needed, making sports feel less like pastimes than pep rallies for our military or a particular war."

Jenkins predicted several instances of such "patriotic gimmickry" to take place during the Super Bowl.

And by God, just about every one of Jenkins' predictions of "military jingoism" materialized at the Super Bowl:

The stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Alicia Keys; the military color guard; all kinds of flag imagery; Jennifer Hudson's touching delivery of "America the Beautiful"; and what Jenkins might have indignantly described as "a 'jarring' military-themed, 'vaudeville' commercial designed to be a recruitment tearjerker put on by the Chrysler military-industrial complex in hopes that such 'theatrics will result in recruitment boosts' and narrated by ultimate neo-con warmonger, Oprah Winfrey."

#27 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-02 10:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

First Super Bowl -- 1967.

Engage brain before engaging virtual mouth.

#28 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-02-02 06:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not going to watch the militaristic, jingoistic propaganda spectacle, Shawn?

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No, Nullifidian; I'm saying that I don't have a working television at all. Haven't had one for going on 10 years. Took me around 30 to realize that it was a fascist propaganda box that I was a moron for paying for.

#29 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-02 06:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

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