The NFC East has long been a notable division in the NFL. On top of a longstanding history of success, the division boasts four of the largest markets in sports. 2013 was not one of the dominant years in the division as at the start of the season it seemed no team was interested in winning it. Both the Washington Redskins and New York Giants started the season 0-4 and eventually the Philadelphia Eagles rebounded from records of 1-3 and 3-5 to win 10 games and take the division. That could help explain why prices on the secondary market for the 2014 season seem down across the division.
The Giants have the highest ticket average in the division by far and the sixth highest average in the league. Currently Giants tickets are averaging $339.40 for the season, while no other team in the division surpasses $300. While the NY Giants schedule already features five primetime games, three of those games are against divisional opponents, and two are at home. The most expensive game is a Sunday night game Week 12 against the Cowboys, with an average price of $422.55.
The Eagles have the next highest average after winning the division last season, though it’s a significant drop from the Giants at an average of $253.12. That number is above the NFL ticket average of $224.58, but is not one of the larger figures in the league. The Eagles only have one game with an average price over $300, and it’s against the Cowboys as well as their last home game of the season. The average ticket price for that game is $304.23. The final game on the Eagles schedule is an away game against the Giants.
When it comes to headlines and finances the Cowboys are generally at the top of the list. America’s team has long been a success on the field and financially, with Forbes ranking it the highest valued franchise in sports. But a string of 8-8 finishes, and one playoff victory in the last decade has cost the team some of its fanfare. The team is somehow just the third most expensive ticket on average in the division despite playing in the most expensive stadium in the league. Cowboys tickets are averaging $249.58 on the secondary market, with the most expensive game on the Cowboys schedule against the San Francisco 49ers with a $437.22 average Week 1.
The Redskins are the cheapest ticket in the division this season. In fact, their average is below the NFL average at just $186 on the heels of a disastrous 2013 season. Robert Griffin III seemed to take a huge step back after returning too early from injury, and the defense was one of the worst in the league. But the league must think there is a chance they bounce back as the Redskins schedule already features three primetime games, including a Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks Week 5.
The NFC East has seen a drop in production on and off the field. The division has been one of the worst in the league the last several seasons, and now ticket prices are down as well.
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