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49ers-Rams tickets reselling for the price of two stadium pretzels

Thursday night’s Rams-49ers game may be the toughest sell in the history of Levi’s Stadium. As of Wednesday, resale tickets were being offered on StubHub for as low as $14 to see the team host the Los Angeles Rams at 7 p.m. That price is just cheaper than buying a pair of $7.50 pretzels through the Levi’s Stadium app and comparable to the price of a beer and a hot dog at the the three-year-old arena. According to the team’s seat licensing map, the cheapest original face value for any seat is $85. Ticket sale aggregator TicketIQ listed a slightly higher minimum price from their partners at $17, still a bargain compared to all previous games at the stadium. “The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season with an average asking price of $88 — also the cheapest of the season. The average ticket price across all remaining home games for them is $179,” says Ralph Garcia of TicketIQ, who says the team has seen the average list price decline 32 percent since the stadium opened in 2014, according to their internal numbers. “This is, however, the 49ers’ cheapest home game since the move to Levi’s. The previous low was Dec. 11, 2016 vs. the Jets.” But the disappearance of fans at lower-profile games isn’t only a problem in Santa Clara. This past weekend headlines slammed the Chargers for failing to fill their 30,000 person temporary home in Los Angeles. The Rams’ crowd was unfavorably compared to the audience for USC’s game this past weekend, and there is increasing grumbling about the decline of even the television ratings. “The Bills, Colts, and Browns have get-in prices that do typically hover in the $15-$30 range,” Garcia wrote to SFGATE. “Bills vs. Dolphins, on Dec. 17, is currently the season’s cheapest game with an average price of $70 and cheapest ticket $15.” Still, the Thursday night game appears to be the biggest bargain in the history of the stadium, especially considering how likely the 49ers are to win. The Rams are the only opponent the team has managed to beat at home since the start of 2016 (and they’ve done it twice).

Oh, I wouldn’t be so quick to ASSume that..  After all, the Rams destroyed the Colts in their season opener a couple weeks ago..   So, as they say…”any given Sunday.”…or in this case, Thursday night.    Why are ticket sales for NFL games in such a slump?  Read the following article (below), and my comments afterwards.  Nuff said..

NFL players ask Roger Goodell for support in racial equality campaign

Current and former NFL players campaigning for racial equality and criminal justice reform wrote a lengthy memo to league commissioner Roger Goodell officially seeking overt league support in their effort, including an endorsement for an activism awareness month, Yahoo Sports has learned. The 10-page memo, obtained by Yahoo Sports, was sent to Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in August, requesting wide-ranging involvement in their movement from the NFL. The memo seeks an investment of time and education, political involvement, finances and other commitments from the league. It also sought to have the NFL endorse the month of November as an activism awareness month, similar to the periods of league calendar dedicated to breast cancer awareness and military recognition. It was endorsed by four players: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, former Buffalo Bills wideout Anquan Boldin and Eagles wideout Torrey Smith. A league spokesperson declined to comment on the memo or Goodell’s communication with specific NFL players. The four players who co-authored the letter either didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, citing an agreement to keep direct communications with Goodell private.

And THIS is what is wrong with the NFL, and why it’s ratings are tanking right now; this crap.  The right thing for Roger to do is to crumple up that memo, and toss it in the trash, and then put out a memo of his own which says the NFL is about FOOTBALL; NOT political correctness and political agenda activism.  Ironically, the percentage of black players in the NFL in 2014 was 68%; a number that is now over 80%.  That same year white players made up about 28%; a number that has since decreased.  So, maybe these players have a point.  There isn’t exactly “equality” of demographics in the NFL.  Maybe there aren’t enough white players in the NFL!  Then, once that’s been addressed, how about we take a good hard look at the NBA while we’re at it, lol.  Don’t look for anyone in ANY news media dare to cross that politically incorrect line…   But, hey..  Here at The Daily Buzz, we don’t shy away, and call out hypocrisy like this whenever it’s pushed in our face by these obnoxious, self-righteous, entitlement-minded, professional athletes who make MILLIONS, and then whine how they’re all “oppressed.”  Can I PLEASE be that “oppressed?!?”  Like we’ve been saying, THIS is why the ratings for the NFL are in the toilet.  People are sick of this crap. Unreal..

Shut up and play: The NFL and ESPN need to get politics out of sports or risk losing millions

ESPN host Jemele Hill is back on the air after calling President Trump a “white supremacist” who has surrounded himself with “other white supremicists” — remarks that earned her a reprimand, but not a suspension, from the network. The Twitter-taunting and subsequent fallout comes as the sports network’s ratings have taken a significant hit over the last year, starting with players’ social justice protests at pre-game festivities. Both the TV networks and the NFL are paying the penalty. As of July 2017, ESPN’s ratings already dropped 9 percent compared to the same time period last year. Add that to an already bruising 2016 — in November 2016 alone, more than 600,000 subscribers dropped the network. Viewership for the entire NFL is down 14 percent this year, according to Pivotal Research. It represents an eight-year low. Last year, ratings fell 9 percent. Advertising spending is also down. The NFL is experiencing the worst advanced ad sales in a decade. Not since the recession started in 2008 have revenues been this dismal. CBS’ Les Moonves claims the lower ratings, and thereby falling revenues, are due to this year’s hurricanes. A storm of politics, maybe. Ratings began to slide last year as then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, which set off a contagion of other players in the NFL who chose to follow suit with similar game-time protests. A recent J.D. Power survey shows that the national anthem protests are directly to blame for the drop in ratings. The group surveyed a stunning 9,200 fans (a sample of 1,000 is usually used in political polling), and 26 percent of them said they had turned the games off due to the national protests alone. Since the protests began, the NFL hasn’t been able to contain their players nor the damage caused by their political diatribes. It comes at a time when other media are experiencing the same political outbursts and subsequent drop in ratings. The Emmy Awards on Sunday night got political from the opening number and as a result, tied with last year’s program for its lowest ratings ever. The one person who could normally stop the bleeding is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who organized the league’s crackdown on domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice video showing him clocking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. Goodell realized the crisis of confidence it was creating and held a press conference pledging, “We will get our house in order.” But Goodell has his hands full now with his own contract negotiation. His contract is up in 2019 and he’s fighting to stay on as commissioner during a tumultuous time, while at the same time asking for a pay increase. That’s a tall order, even for Goodell. Whether the NFL can get its house in order and contain the political outburst remains to be seen. If they can, Americans are a forgiving people; they’ll come back to the pastime they’ve known and loved for more than 100 years. However, if they can’t keep their players in line, the NFL risks losing millions upon millions of dollars and worse, the trust of the public. After all, you can only offend your customers so long before they go elsewhere. So, can the NFL and sports networks regain the trust of their viewers, or will they fumble? Only time will tell. Until then, players would be wise to shut up and play while they are still gainfully employed and still have what’s left of their audience.

Agreed!!  And, we said, Jennifer.  Jennifer Kerns is responsible for that spot-on op/ed.  It also is a great follow up to another article we posted (scroll down about 12 articles) about a recent LA Rams game where tickets were only $6, and the couldn’t fill the stadium….for many of the reasons that Jennifer mentions here.  Until the NFL, and the uber-liberal sports media (i.e. ESPN, etc.) put an end to all of their extreme liberal political correctness, and get back to just football, they’ll continue to turn off a very large percentage of their customers.  Jennifer is exactly right when she says that “you can only offend you customer so long before they go elsewhere.”  Indeed…

Saturday’s Texas-USC had more in attendance than Sunday’s Rams and Chargers games. Combined.

The Los Angeles Rams are trending upward. A rocky first season in L.A. gave way to a 1-0 start in 2017. Last year’s worst offensive team exploded for 46 points against the Colts, giving former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff his first win as a starting quarterback and setting the tone for a promising year. The local fans, however, haven’t seemed to notice. The Rams hosted Washington on Sunday in front of a mostly-empty stadium, casting doubt on whether the City of Angels is a premier market for one NFL franchise, let alone two. The red and white seatbacks of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were plainly visible throughout the first quarter as a smattering of fans took in the action live. The NFL is still confident that Los Angeles will eventually show up. For comparison’s sake, here’s what the Coliseum looked like less than 24 hours earlier, when two college teams with actual fanbases took the field. This marked the second straight week where Rams players were greeted by a sea of empty seats. Tickets for last week’s game against the Colts were as cheap as $6, but there were few interested buyers. Even adding in the fans that attended the Chargers’ first game wouldn’t match the amount that showed up for USC’s game against Texas. The Coliseum is the Rams’ temporary home through 2019, when they and the Chargers will move into the under-construction Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park. Attendance figures aren’t much rosier for the San Diego transplants in their first season up north. Despite playing in a soccer-first stadium that seats only 27,000 spectators, the club failed to sell out of tickets for its home opener.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words..  Well, to see comparative photos of the Rams game vs. the college game, click on the text above.  It’s definitely eye-opening.  It’s also hard to imagine that at $6 a ticket, the NFL game wasn’t sold out.   That’s cheaper than a movie ticket!  So, it makes you wonder WHY that happened.  That’s simple..  NFL fans are tired of the political correctness, tools like Colin K. taking a knee in “protest” and disrespecting the National Anthem, and the all-mighty money of professional sports.  We as American have historically all watched NFL games because we love watching football.   But, that’s changed dramatically the last couple of years.  Sure, the NFL is all about money, and doesn’t really care about its fans.  As fans, we’ve kinda overlooked that and just put up with that reality.  But, it’s gotten SO bad, and so in-our-face, these last two years, that many of us have just thrown in the towel, and changed the channel.  Last year, I didn’t watch a single NFL game in its entirety.  I remember watching the beginning of the Rams/49ers game, season opener.  They brought in violinist cutie Lindsey Sterling in to do the National Anthem.  As a musician, I was looking forward to that.  But, during the entire playing of that great rendition of our National Anthem, the cameras didn’t show her at all, nor the Color Guard, etc.  They all zoomed in on Colin K…taking a knee.   That’s when I rolled my eyes, and changed the channel…and haven’t looked back since.  We watch sports to get away from politics.  And, when nauseating pieces of garbage like Colin K.  (who is a millionaire many times over) takes a knee to protest how “oppressed” he is, and the NFL leadership doesn’t do anything about it (thereby giving it’s tacit approval), that’s the final straw.  Those are some of the reasons that ticket sales, and tv ratings of NFL games have tanked.  And, until the NFL, and the 30+ owners start respecting the fans, and setting higher standards for the players, we’ll vote with our wallets and take our money elsewhere…

NFL Experiences Softer Than Expected Demand for Advertising Season After Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

After a nearly double-digit ratings freefall last year, the NFL experiences a lighter than expected demand for advertising buys for the upcoming season. “A number of factors have conspired to cast a bit of a pall over this year’s NFL market, which some insiders say is the softest since the Great Recession of 2008,” Ad Age points out. “For example, a number of marquee clients have slashed their pro football spend, while a few load-bearing categories aren’t committing anywhere near as many dollars to the NFL as they did a year ago. A source for Ad Age estimates a two percent to four percent increase in the price of commercials. Declines in demand for advertising from automobiles, movies, and male sexual enhancement products account for sales not meeting expectations. The piece speculates that the saturated schedule of NFL games, which include Thursday night broadcasts, several Sunday morning contests from London, and Saturday doubleheaders in Week 16 and Week 17, diminishes demand. A consumer shift away from broadcast television toward streaming services also receives consideration as a factor in the softening of expected sales. The article avoids mention of Colin Kaepernick, and several other players, who protested the national anthem in 2016 by refusing to rise as adversely impacting the league’s bottom line. Fans repeatedly cited Kaepernick’s protest as the top cause of their disinterest in football in 2016. In a Seton Hall poll, for instance, fans cited the anti-anthem protests as the top reason for tuning out NFL broadcasts. NFL ratings declined by nine percent in 2016. Penalties for hits once considered clean, rules largely negating the excitement of kick returns, referee involvement slowing the pace of the game, the suspension of Tom Brady for four games and the retirement of Peyton Manning, and players making a political football of football all come up as reasons for the ratings drop. A resurgent Dallas Cowboys, the New England Patriots looking to extend their dynasty after winning one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history, and Colin Kaepernick promising to end his protest should he find a suitor in free agency all give the league hope for a turn-around in 2017.

Kaepernick may become a Seattle Seahawk

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who made headlines last season for refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” may be suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks next season. Pete Carroll, Seattle’s head coach, was asked Monday on ESPN Seattle about a potential backup for Russell Wilson. Some of the names listed were Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. “We’re looking at everybody. We really are,” Carroll said. “We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on, and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. But quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.” Kaepernick was benched last November by former coach Jim Tomsula in favor of Blaine Gabbert. The 2011 second-round pick, less heralded than other QBs in his draft class, went on season-ending injured reserve and needed a trio of surgeries: his non-throwing left shoulder, left knee and right thumb. He hardly disappeared as a backup, instead taking his old job back last month. And he made international headlines when he stopped standing for the national anthem in what he said was a protest against racial oppression. First he sat, then he kneeled. Others joined him. As his team struggles, the 28-year-old Kaepernick appears as collected as any losing quarterback in the league. This is the same guy who led San Francisco to a runner-up Super Bowl finish following the 2012 season.

Colin is such a nauseating tool…  Let’s hope Coach Carroll has the sense to go with RG3, or someone else as their backup QB.

St. Louis’ NFL Lawsuit Could Open Legal, PR Floodgates

The city of St. Louis’ lawsuit this week against the NFL and its 32 teams over the Rams’ move to Los Angeles could trigger alarm bells for league officials that approved three controversial franchise relocations in the last two years. About 15 months after losing the Rams franchise, St. Louis officials say the NFL violated its own standardized relocation guidelines and breached its contract when it approved the team’s move. The city has asked a St. Louis court to compel the NFL to hand over its profits from the relocation, and to award punitive damages to make up for lost revenue. The NFL also approved relocations for its Raiders and Chargers franchises within the last year – much to the chagrin of fans and officials in their respective home cities of Oakland and San Diego. If St. Louis’ case against the league and its team owner proceeds to trial, the legal and PR fallout from the suit could extend far beyond Missouri, according to Richard Roth, a New York-based sports attorney. “The case will hinge on the club’s motion to dismiss,” Roth told FOX Business. “If it is granted – and it may not be – then there will be little damage to the NFL’s image as, typical of other lawsuits against the league, the suit will come and go. If, on the other hand, the motion is denied and the suit continues, antennas will go up with not only the league but the Chargers and Raiders organizations.” Officials in St. Louis claim the loss of the Rams cost the city more than “$100 million in net proceeds,” including up to $3.5 million in annual amusement and ticket tax revenue and roughly $7.5 million in property taxes. The filing points to the rising value of the Rams’ franchise, which Forbes said doubled in value to $3 billion after the move, as well as the $500 million relocation fee the Rams paid to the other 31 owners, as proof that league officials improperly benefitted. “The Rams, the NFL, through its member teams, and the owners, have violated the obligations and standards governing team relocations by seeking and approving the relocation of the St. Louis Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles, California, despite the fact that the Rams failed to satisfy the obligations imposed by the League’s relocation rules and the fact that relocation was not supported by the required statement of reasons or the adopted relocation standards. In so doing, Defendants have breached their contractual duties owed to Plaintiffs,” the lawsuit says. The NFL established its current relocation guidelines in 1984. Under the rules, teams interested in a move must “work diligently and in good faith to obtain and to maintain suitable stadium facilities in their home territories, and to operate in a manner that maximizes fan support in their current home community.” The suit alleges the NFL’s actions during the Rams’ relocation bid violated this standard. The filing lists several instances in which league and team officials, including Rams owner Stan Kroenke, allegedly made false statements about their intention to keep the franchise in St. Louis.

This is a follow up to our story we posted about this earlier today (scroll down about 7 articles)..