Unorganized it might be, but it’s oh, so effective at this point. What is it? It is the former fans not paying for National Football League tickets at the inflated prices so many were sold leading to a glut of supply (oldest rule in economics).
NFL ticket prices have plummeted in the wake of the uproar over the national anthem protests, dropping for the first time this year below the 2016 season’s prices.
An analysis released Friday by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.
The timing coincides with the uproar following President Trump’s criticism of the protests on Sept. 22, which prompted nearly 200 players to sit or take a knee during the national anthem in the Sept. 24-25 games in Week 3.
“After the president’s comments and NFL player reactions, Week 4 saw only a 5 percent increase, and now we’re seeing an outright decline. So that’s a bad direction,” said CNBC’s Eric Chemi.
The figures, [are] based on data from the website Ticket IQ.
Yeah, this is what happens when you get called out by the President of the United States for disrespecting the nation and the symbols of it. “Taking a knee” is an act of compassion, sort of, in football, but when it’s taken to “run out the clock” on the National Anthem, it’s downright offensive, especially to a nation of “doers” who don’t get to just play a game sixteen Sundays a year, but actually get up in the dark hours of the early morning and spend time and money traveling to a box with fluorescent lights only to travel back long after the balance of the day is spent. We Americans can do this thanks to the sacrifices made by the people who serve the nation. Insult the symbols of the country, and you’ve insulted all of us.
Don’t expect the insulted to spend money at the venues where such treatment is received. That is the message. It seems to be the only way to get these spoiled, multi-millionaires’ attention: in the wallet.