Four Too Many: Should the NFL Preseason Be Shortened?

May 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL preseason just seems to get longer and longer. They start playing games in early August, with the Hall of Fame game, and don't get to the real games until mid-September. Does it really take a coach four preseason games to figure out who is gonna make the team and who is going home?
I don’t think so…
So why do they do it you ask? Well, it’s all about the bottom dollar. Preseason ticket sales account for 20 percent of a team’s ticket revenue and about $400 million league wide. Teams sell “packaged” deals where you can buy tickets early to one of the big games of the year, but the catch is you also have to buy the same amount of tickets to one of the two preseason games.
For example, in 2005 I was on the ticket resale wagon, trying to make a few extra bucks here and there. I signed up to be a Dallas Cowboys insider when ticket sales would begin. I was notified that I could buy tickets on a certain date and was excited, until I re...

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