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The Non-Entity Football League

The Non-Entity Football League
An NFL football commemorating the league's 100th season lies during preseason game at TIAA Bank Field on August 29, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 31 August 2019 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

We disagree with a recent headline on Si.com that read, “Tonight concludes the single-biggest yearly scam in sports.” We hadn’t heard that taxpayer-funded stadiums were now prohibited, but we were glad just the same.

Only that wasn’t the topic at all. In our opinion Si.com was talking about the second-biggest yearly scam in sports, namely the NFL’s preseason ticket policy. As Jimmy Traina puts it, “Every year, I always become irrationally irate on this day of the final preseason games when I remember that the NFL forces fans to pay full price for tickets to a game in which, for the most part, not one starting player sees any action. Most people watching these games tonight won't know 95 percent of the players they see on the field.”

Traina is referring to the full-price tickets for what amounts to a bargain-bin contest. Fans who only attend a few games a year don’t have to buy pre-season tickets. Season ticket holders, on the other hand, are forced to pay the same price for a matchup between Who Knows Vs. Who Cares as they do for a game against the New England Patriots. If they don’t, they lose their season ticket seats.

Or as Jimmy puts it, “The expression is 'being robbed blind,' but in this case, you're being robbed while your eyes are wide open. You see it happening and there is zero you can do about it, except give up your season tickets. This is not an exaggeration or hyperbole: the league is stealing your money.”

The league forces its most loyal fans to be fleeced because they want the revenue. Cutting the pre-season to only two games would mean the loss of ticket sales from one game and their share of the TV contract revenue for that week. Charging half-price for a half-a**ed game would be more equitable for the fans and the owners would still get the TV revenue.

But that’s not good enough for Greed, Inc.

The owner’s solution is to extend the regular season to 18 games from the current 16 and dump two of the pointless exhibitions. That is a non-starter — no pun intended — for the players. Starters aren’t playing much in three of the four summer games, but they play the entire game for the contests that count.

The two extra regular season games the owners want are a geometric increase in wear and tear on the player’s body with zero increase in salary. The fans are caught in the middle.

One day the greed and avarice of NFL owners may become so great that fans finally revolt and refuse to be fleeced during the pre-season. Unfortunately, it won’t be this year.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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One day the greed and avarice of NFL owners may become so great that fans finally revolt and refuse to be fleeced during the pre-season. Unfortunately, it won’t be this year.
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