How Greedy Is The NFL? This Greedy, Apparently

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Infant

Surely this kid will be yelling touchdown! every time the Packers score.

Ah, the Super Bowl — the NFL’s one last cash grab of the year.

It’s the one game of the year where normal fans are normally priced right out. We didn’t know it was quite this bad, though.

If you have an infant, you’ll have to buy them a ticket, too. How do I know this?

Green Bay Packers fan Daniel Smith told me.

Smith decided to fork over the dough for five tickets to go to the game with his son and daughter and their spouses, who happen to be Pittsburgh Steelers fans. And then…

“Then we found out that my infant grandson who is being breastfed and not bottle trained would be required to have a ticket just to get in the game, even though he will be in one of our arms during the entire game,” Smith said.

The game is being held in Cowboys Stadium, which allows infants in without tickets to Dallas Cowboys games. The NFL has a different policy for the Super Bowl, though, and I couldn’t quite get a straight answer as to why.

First, I got this.

“Every person attending the Super Bowl must have a ticket, it is a long-standing policy. Many aspects of the Super Bowl are different than a regular-season game, including the ticketing policy,” Dan Masonson, the NFL’s director of corporate communications, said.

Okay, but why?

“This long-standing policy is in place for the safety and comfort of all fans in the stadium. It has never been an issue,” Masonson said.

I don’t know, but I wonder if ticket prices have ever been this high? Maybe there’s a correlation.

The last time I looked into Super Bowl tickets was in early 2008, when some ass named Brett Favre would dash my dreams of watching the Packers in the big game. At the time, I was set to pay $1000 from a ticket broker.

In case you didn’t know, here’s face value for tickets to Super Bowl XLV.

$200 — Party Plaza
$350 — Standing Room
$600 — General Admission (Upper Bowl – general fan lottery)
$800 — General Admission (Upper Bowl)
$900 — General Admission (Lower Bowl)
$1200 — Club Seats

Those party plaza seats? You’re standing outside the stadium, watching the game on a Jumbotron.

That’s not the half of it, though. If you’ve looked at buying Super Bowl tickets since the Packers won the NFC Championship, you know you’re not getting anywhere near these prices. A cursory glance at the StubHubs, Craigslist and your local ticket brokers will reveal you’re going to pay at least $2000 for a seat in the upper bowl, and in some cases you’ll pay that for standing-room tickets.

So, now that Smith has forked over $10,000 just to get his family in the door of Cowboys Stadium, he’s going to have to pay another $2000 to get his two-month old grandson into a game he’s not even going to remember.

Good job, NFL!

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

20 Comments on "How Greedy Is The NFL? This Greedy, Apparently"

  1. Rob

    The NFL is greedy beyond words. Mo’ money is the _only_ reason they want to move to an 18 game season. But someone’s got to pay for Rogers Goodell’s $10 million a year salary.

    • jeremy

      I think you might mean “Not for Profit” there’s actually pretty big difference. The NFL is a Not for Profit under New York Law but the owners, and the teams (except the Packers of course) are not.

      Here is an interesting article on how Pete Rozelle gave the Packers a pass as the only non-profit entity allowed inside the NFL.
      http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2011/01/those-non-profit-packers.html

      I think maybe the NFL does not want people taking infants into the game for pretty obvious reasons. It’s not like a plane or a train were they have to come. It’s not the zoo either, the Superbowl is for adults. Would you bring your infant to a rock concert? I wouldn’t. Get a breast pump and hand he kid over to grandma for five hours.

  2. Dougie

    if you are bringing an infant to a game you are a moron. especially the superbowl. the ONLY way that might be acceptable is if you have a luxury box and its all your family. if someone brought a infant to a game and sat by me i would be more than a little salty. an infant doesnt understand football, what if it starts crying or someone spills some beer on it. not to mention all the noise.

  3. Madcity Packer Fan


    Sheri:

    fun fact of the day = the NFL is a non-profit organization. LMAO.

    “The N.F.L. argues that it is not a charity that receives public donations, but rather it is a trade association financed by the 32 teams”
    Which is a simple front to make an ASS load of money! They are greedy as fuck!

  4. Shawn iltarion

    Everyone’s greedy. Give me a break, though I admit the NFL is tight enough with its money to make a CPA firm blanche. No one has to pay and attend the Super Bowl who doesn’t want to. Everyone and their infant grandkid wants a ticket, which is why the ridiculous prices. There are obvious liability concerns with having an infant in the stands; thus, I can understand the charge. I wouldn’t have a problem with someone with an infant sitting next to me because that’s just how I roll, but I wouldn’t cry over them having to pay a price for it either.

    If you can afford to bring your extended family to the Super Bowl, then you can afford to drop another grand.

  5. kent

    Yes I agree that charging for a infant is ridiculous, but taking a infant to the game……well that is just as ridiculous.

  6. Doug


    Dougie:

    if you are bringing an infant to a game you are a moron. especially the superbowl. the ONLY way that might be acceptable is if you have a luxury box and its all your family. if someone brought a infant to a game and sat by me i would be more than a little salty. an infant doesnt understand football, what if it starts crying or someone spills some beer on it. not to mention all the noise.

    Completely agree…a newborn doesn’t belong at a regular football game, let alone the Super Bowl.

  7. a newborn eats, sleeps and shits. There is no better kid to take to a football game. It’s when they get older that taking them to a game might be questionable.

    Sneak the kid in the game in a purse, stick a titty in their mouth and enjoy a Packers win.

  8. Shawn iltarion

    I think Mike and Buddy may be on to something here.

    Wrapped in blankets like a burrito, titty in mouth, Packers getting the V at the Super Bowl… poor baby will never have life that good again.

  9. Cade Lawson

    Yeah, I’m gonna be the devils advocate here and say it’s smart of the NFL to charge for infants.. otherwise more people would bring them and if I’m a fan i don’t wanna be standing next to a lady holding a baby while i’m trying to watch the superbowl…. Not only is it a distraction it’s a little absurd to bring a baby to an event of that magnitude with all the people and the noise. Besides if anyone of you owned the NFL don’t act like you wouldn’t be greedy to, you should be fortunate that the tickets aren’t more expensive.

  10. Pack27

    Why the hell are they bringing an infant to the Superbowl? Plus making the ol man pay for them all. Mom should stay home and take the hit. Very selfish if you ask me.

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