Why is the NFL so Cheap?


At an NFL game, when the field goal kicker is about to boot the ball, they send two guys to run up a net behind the goal posts.


Why? To protect the people a good 50 yards behind the net? If you’re sitting behind the goal posts, can you not see a 12″ inflated leather obolong ball drifting towards you?

No, because the NFL does not want you to get a “free” football.

Every once in a while, the ball will fly over or skip past the net so what happens? At a baseball game, you hold up your ball to cheers or even get to auction it for millions. At a hockey game, hopefully, you didn’t lose too many teeth but at an NFL game?

EVENT SECURITY scurries over to take it back – if you don’t hand it over – ARMED POLICE OFFICERS come over.

I’ve seen them take a ball away from a 9-year old kid.

Is that REALLY how the NFL wants to be seen?

As cheap skinflints?

For a ticket that costs at least $50-$75 face value and perhaps hundreds of dollars for buying a season ticket? Or a bottle of water costs $5 dollars? Or the multi-BILLION dollar TV contracts or the free stadiums built by cities is simply not enough to cover the cost of losing a few footballs (not even pigskin anymore – cowskin now)?

Is a football all that costly?

It’s $100 retail but what does the NFL pay for it? $15? Even at full retail and let’s say they lose 5 balls a game (unlikely) – you mean there’s not $500 in the budget for footballs?

How many baseballs are lost in a game? 50? 60? 100? I’ve seen at-bats where a guy fouls 12 balls into the stands. The NFL would chase all those back?

I’m sure they might call it a safety issue? But tell me that it’s less dangerous to have someone heave a baseball or hockey puck back into the field? Or how far can most non-NFLers chuck a regulation football at a “dangerous” speed? And if you can, shouldn’t that guy be signed?

70 years ago, a football might’ve been a day’s wages and the league was run on a shoestring but now, tell me the jumbo shrimp catering budget is not 10 times as large for EVERY NFL team? Well, maybe not the Bills.

It’s time to let a few football fly into the stands and stop snatching them away from kids who retrieve them.

Are you really that cheap, NFL?


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4 responses to “Why is the NFL so Cheap?

  1. I couldn’t agree more, partner. Have you also noticed recently the Allstate logo painted onto the netting that stops these precious footballs from entering the stands? The NFL owner mantra: If it doesn’t move, slap a logo on it and charge full bore for it. Moving forward all fans that sit in the end zones should take corkscrews to the game so if they find one of the leagues precious footballs someone can quickly skewer it and pull the stopper out instantly deflating the sucker. Sure they can have it back and in one piece – just deflated.

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  3. fruffy

    The first thing you’re not taking into account are the balls that the NFL loses every game to its own players. All balls used in plays of mass significance are saved for the player or for the H.O.F. in Canton. Some goof-ball players keep the ball from every touchdown or interception they catch. The other factor is that the “kicking balls” are different from the “regular balls.” Different balls are run in for FG’s, punts and kick-offs. I know it sounds crazy. I’ve even heard of kickers putting them in the dryer before the game although I don’t think they’re allowed to do it anymore. With these considerations you may understand why they try to keep these precious commodities. Also, football isn’t the only sport you’ll see this in. Have you ever seen a soccer ball not passed back down to the field?

    (METROXING: As you point out, now the “kicking” ball is less valuable as it would not be touched by any other player in the playing field so why not do it? Now, I have only attended maybe 15 NFL games and in all that time, maybe 1 ball a game has made it passed the net – how many balls can the NFL lose? Even wihout a net, most games involve maybe 5 PAT’s and 3 FG’s? So you’d lose maybe 8 balls? Some kicks might drop inside the non-seating area of a stadium … you mean the NFL can’t keep 20-50 kicking balls around?)

  4. tsos20

    The NFL owners are cheap. They think people will pay, even if they use replacement players. The NFL’s popularity, makes the owners fell like they are covered with Teflon, and nothing sticks to them. Seems like they’re right, too.
    The Sultan on Sports


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