Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Super Bowl tickets "never go on sale"

Want to know one reason why the Super Bowl isn't as exciting to watch as the World Series?

Here you go:

Face value for tickets to Super Bowl XLI is around $700. A lofty amount, but the saddest news is that few average citizens will ever get to sniff a Super stub at that price.

"The general public will never have legitimate access to Super Bowl tickets," said one ticket broker. "They never go on sale."

The tickets that aren't gobbled up by corporate sponsors will be held in lotteries for season ticket holders of the Miami Dolphins (it's their stadium), Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. The rest are divided up among NFL teams and league officials.

On the street or on the web, Super Bowl tickets will sell for several thousand dollars.

The mass majority of fans in Dolphins Stadium next week have no allegiance to the Colts or Bears. They are there to be seen, collect their duffle bag of Super Bowl goodies, show off their ticket stub in its laminated lanyard, and mingle with fellow "dignitaries".

So, in between your chips and dips, take a moment to listen to the crowd when a touchdown is scored in Super Bowl XLI.

The fans heard cheering are those who care. They will be far outnumbered.


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