2013 NFL final season attendance

January 3, 2014


2013 NFL final season attendance

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A large number of tickets for the Cincinnati Bengals first-round  NFL playoff game against the San Diego Charger still remained as the specter of a blackout starts looming larger.

About 8,000 tickets remained on the afternoon as of Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The deadline for a sellout was 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014. but the league could extend it to Friday, January 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. depending on how many tickets remain.

As of Wednesday, January 1, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – NOT SOLD OUT: The Colts had about 5,500 tickets left as of late Wednesday afternoon. The NFL gave Indianapolis an extension Tuesday on its rule that games must be sold out 72 hours before kickoff. The Colts host Kansas City at Lucas Oil Stadium at 3:35 p.m. Saturday. The Colts have sold out 103 straight games, including the playoffs, and have sold out 137 of their last 138 games.

GREEN BAY – NOT SOLD OUT: Nearly 8,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers said Wednesday afternoon. About 40,000 tickets for Sunday’s Packers-49ers game went on sale Monday morning. That number dropped to 15,000 late Monday and to 13,000 by mid-day Tuesday.

The last Lambeau playoff blackout because of ticket sales was the Jan. 8, 1983, strike-season game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was blacked out in Green Bay and Wausau, according to Green Bay Press-Gazette archives. The Packers are believed to have sold out every regular-season game since 1959.

PHILADELPHIA – SOLD OUT: Eagles playoff tickets for their wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints sold out in three minutes. According to Forbes.com, the get-in price for a ticket is $148. Only the Packers-49ers game has a higher ticket get-in price at $156.

NEW ENGLAND – TICKETS NOT ON SALE YET: Tickets for New England’s Jan. 11 AFC Divisional playoff game against the Bengals-Chargers winner don’t go on sale until Monday. The team says they will have a limited amount of tickets for sale after season ticket and wait-list requests are filled.

DENVER – SOLD OUT: Tickets for the Broncos’ Jan. 12 AFC Divisional playoff game sold out within two hours. Many Broncos fans were frustrated with Ticketmaster, which was having web site problems while fans were trying to purchase tickets.

CAROLINA – SOLD OUT: Panthers tickets for their Jan. 12 NFC Divisional playoff game were sold out within the first three (3) minutes of going on sale. The Panthers had around 7,000 tickets available, after season-ticket holders were covered. It’s the Panthers first home playoff game since 2008.

SEATTLE – SOLD OUT: The Seahawks say they sold out of playoff tickets in less than 30 minutes. The team sold a limited number of tickets on Tuesday morning, after giving season ticket holders first dibs on the seats they have occupied all season. Their NFC Divisional playoff game will be Jan. 11 at 1:35 p.m.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett and AP news service

January 2, 2014

Indianapolis Colts get extension on TV blackout

Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Business Journal

The Indianapolis Colts sold about 1,800 tickets during business hours Thursday for the team’s home playoff game on Saturday, but that was still 3,000 short of the sellout needed to avoid a television blackout.

Luckily for Colts fans, the National Football League gave the team a second 24-hour extension to sell the remainder of its tickets and avoid losing the broadcast throughout central Indiana. The deadline was moved from 4:35 p.m. Thursday.

Per NFL mandate, tickets for playoff games are supposed to be sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff to avoid a TV blackout. Unlike some regular-season tickets, which can be discounted to avoid a local TV blackout, the NFL requires playoff tickets to be sold at full price.

On Wednesday, the NFL granted Indianapolis its first extension due to the New Year’s holiday.

The Colts-Kansas City Chiefs playoff game at 4:35 p.m. Saturday is scheduled to be aired locally on WTHR-TV Channel 13. If the game is dropped, the local NBC affiliate would be forced to air programming that likely would have less than one-fifth the audience as the Colts game.

The Colts weren’t alone. As of Thursday morning, the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals each had just under 8,000 tickets to sell for their home playoff games this weekend.

It wasn’t immediately clear late Thursday afternoon whether the Packers and Bengals would receive an extension similar to the Colts’.

“I’m really not sure what the issue is, if it’s something league-wide or market-specific,” said Mark Rosentraub, a University of Michigan professor and noted sports business author, about the lag in playoff ticket sales.

The case of the Colts is the most perplexing, since the team has known it was going to host a home playoff game since Dec. 8, and that the game would be played indoors, said Mike Golic, co-host of ESPN’s “Mike and Mike,” during the radio show Thursday morning.

Golic added that if the team was not able to sell out the game in time to avoid a blackout, it would be “an embarrassment.”

Larry Hall, Colts vice president of ticket operations and guest services, said Thursday that there were several key reasons why ticket sales for this Saturday’s game were slow.

First, he noted, season ticket holders had to let the team know if they wanted playoff tickets by Dec. 12, and it wasn’t known “what day, date or time the game would be.” Not buying playoff tickets does not affect season ticket holders’ ability to renew their tickets for the following regular season.

Also, many of the Colts’ season ticket holders are “snowbirds” who leave the area right after New Year’s Day for a warmer climate.

There are likely two other important factors slowing the sale of playoff tickets in Indianapolis this year, Rosentraub said. The economy is still sluggish, and the local sports fan base is spending more of its money this year on the Indiana Pacers, one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association.

“There are good people at both teams [Pacers and Colts] doing great work,” Rosentraub said. “But Indianapolis has always been a constrained market. Due to its relatively small size, there is just so much expendable cash to go around.”

Cincinnati and Green Bay also could be hurt by their market size, Rosentraub said, but neither of those teams competes for fans as directly with an NBA team as do the Colts.

Colts, Bengals and Packers officials are aggressively marketing their remaining playoff ticket inventory. Bengals players even produced a video urging fans to come see them play at home against the San Diego Chargers.

The rising price of NFL tickets and improvement in home-viewing systems continue to be concerns for the league and its teams, football observers say. This weekend’s Wild Card round of playoffs has brought that into focus.

“It would be a tremendous embarrassment to the league to have three of four playoff games blacked out locally, and likely, the tickets will get sold somehow to avoid that scenario,” said Frank Schwab, the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports’ website. “But there’s a bigger issue here. Is this the most stark example that NFL fans aren’t too excited to go to games anymore?”



2013 Attendance Home
1 Dallas 8 704,345 88,043
2 NY Giants 8 641,184 80,148
3 Green Bay 8 623,577 77,947
4 Washington 8 617,767 77,220
5 NY Jets 8 615,656 76,957
6 Denver 8 614,977 76,872
7 Kansas City 8 602,877 75,359
8 Carolina 8 587,544 73,443
9 New Orleans 8 583,210 72,901
10 Houston 8 573,271 71,658
11 Cleveland 8 569,939 71,242
12 Baltimore 8 569,084 71,135
13 Atlanta 8 561,795 70,224
14 San Francisco 8 557,856 69,732
15 Philadelphia 8 553,152 69,144
16 Tennessee 8 553,144 69,143
17 New England 8 550,048 68,756
18 Seattle 8 545,577 68,197
19 Buffalo 7 463,873 66,267
20 Indianapolis 8 527,606 65,950
21 Miami 8 514,553 64,319
22 San Diego 8 513,641 64,205
23 Minnesota 7 448,135 64,019
24 Detroit 8 510,369 63,796
25 Cincinnati 8 506,377 63,297
26 Chicago 8 498,864 62,358
27 Arizona 8 488,271 61,033
28 Jacksonville 7 419,581 59,940
29 Tampa Bay 8 470,548 58,818
30 Pittsburgh 8 458,489 57,311
31 St. Louis 8 455,657 56,957
32 Oakland 8 403,556 50,444

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