Preseason Tickets

From Fair Pay, Fair Play pages 29-33.

For decades, pro-football season-ticket holders have been forced to buy preseason tickets. As fans’ complaints grew louder in 2011, the NFL floated the idea of reducing the preseason to two games and increasing the regular season by 2 games (from 16 to 18). Pittsburgh Steelers season-ticket holder Anthony Pietrcollo said he wasn’t interested: “I haven’t talked to anyone who’s in favor of the 18-game schedule. We are against paying full price for preseason games.”

The league eliminated one preseason game (and added it to the regular season) beginning with 2021 and some, maybe all, teams reduced preseason ticket prices and shifted the cost to the regular season. But these changes only reduce the pain of this forced-purchase rip-off. This is how Pittsburgh Steelers fan Nick Neupauer described his out-of-pocket pain in 2011: “I’m eating $544 for those [preseason games],” said, “when I have tried to sell those tickets, I have literally listed them at $20 to $25 and there hasn’t been a market for them.”

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