NFL season ticket sales on par with this time last year

Whether the numbers have been skewed – who knows – but in a briefing to owners last week at meetings in Indianapolis, the NFL said season-ticket sales are on pace with this point a year ago.

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reports the story, one that is surprising to many considering the NFL’s lockout is steaming full speed ahead toward its third month.

Per the report, owners were apprised of the situation at the same meeting in which commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the lockout is impacting business. Are teams feeling losses out there in ticket sales? If so, what other clubs are picking up the slack?

Many of the longstanding franchises have had no problems selling season tickets. There are waiting lists for many franchises just for the chance to buy season tickets and the lockout isn’t going to put any dent in the demand for tickets in a place such as Green Bay. It takes a lifetime and longer for those on the waiting list there to get tickets.

While it’s an interesting anecdote, it doesn’t reflect clearly what kind of damage will be done to owners and players if significant time is missed during the labor impasse.

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