Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal recently outlined the decline in ticket sales and how it is leading the NFL to rethink its infamous "blackout" rule....
With declines in ticket sales each of the past five years, average game attendance is down 4.5% since 2007, while broadcast and online viewership is soaring. The NFL is worried that its couch-potato options—both on television and on mobile devices—have become good enough that many fans don't see the point of attending an actual game.The Jets and Giants, believe it or not, are second and third in attendance behind the Dallas Cowboys even with the area suffering the highest level of continued unemployment since the Great Depression.
"The at-home experience has gotten better and cheaper, while the in-stadium experience feels like it hasn't," said Eric Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of ventures and business operations. "That's a trend that we've got to do something about."
The Giants have PSLs attached to all of their tickets. The Jets do not. The "upper bowl" seats for Jet games do not carry PSL tags and season-ticket cancellations have led them to lower prices in certain sections in the stadium.