Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog cites the obvious about the high cost of attending a pro sports game.
That’s because player salaries have soared.
Franchise values have ballooned.
And, television rights have skyrocketed to financial heights that no sane person could have possibly imagined.
These days, the high cost of attending a professional sporting event, regardless of the sport, has vaulted to stratospheric heights.
Few fans will argue how going to an NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL or MLS game can financially set you back a bunch.
Plunking down what feels like a jumbo mortgage payment to watch your favorite team play comes at a very steep price these days.
Ticket prices to pro games are so outrageous that they’re now dizzying to the financial senses!
Forget about V.I.P. or Executive Suites at the park. So called budget priced tickets can pinch you, too. Even pigeon heaven seats can cost you an arm and a leg and maybe even your first born. Plus, you’ll still need to squint from your seat to see the action way below.
Ticket Prices Alone Won’t Blow Your Budget
It’s just not ticket prices alone that will blow your budget. But, it’s the entire experience of attending a game. Here’s what I mean.
Park your car and plan to empty your wallet of at least $60.
Buy a beer and brace yourself to shell out the minimum of a $10 bill.
Enjoy that bag of peanuts and a soft drink and expect to hand over to the concessionaire what amounts to the price of a decent dinner.
Go to any Major League Baseball game across the country and quickly learn that America’s favorite pastime now feels more like America’s biggest fleecing.
I love watching big games in person, but the high cost of attending a game has now become exorbitant.
But, if I’m biting the bullet to go, I now load up on liquids and gorge myself before entering the park.
Hey, I’ll even wait to return home for dessert before forking over a small fortune for a little cup of Dippin’ Dots. They’re the tiny, cryogenically frozen candy coated ice cream treats with prices guaranteed to leave a huge hole in anybody’s wallet.
Some NFL, MLB and NBA players make megabucks, but they’re lifestyles are way above those of their fans.
These high paid jocks pocket more suiting up for a single game than most fans will make in a whole year teaching school, fighting fires, policing our neighborhoods, driving delivery trucks or even working arenas and stadiums.
Watching pro sports on television instead of forking over a ransom payment to see the action live may become the new normal.
It’s no wonder that a growing number of fiscally prudent fans choose to stay home and save their hard earned cash – instead of dealing with the steep cost of attending a game in person.
And, that’s my 2 cents!
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!