Sports tickets have been going up and up in price for a long period of time. Recently, we have seen the price of sports tickets level off an even decline in some areas. This is a strange shift with the worst of the economic recession seeming to be behind us. What is causing the shift in sports tickets is high definition large screen televisions.
It used to be the largest screen a middle class family could afford was a 27″ tube that was super heavy and I have yet to meet a woman who liked the look of them. You would go to a live game not only to get the excitement of the live experience but because you can see more and with limited programming back in the day you may not get to see your game at all on tv. This is what drove up sports tickets to begin with.
When high definition plasma and lcd televisions took over they allowed the average family to purchase larger and larger televisions with better and better pictures. Over time the cable and satellite companies have caught up with more and more programming and even packages that will allow you to see every game in the comfort of your own home. So now they have taken out the poor picture and the lack of programming as an obstacle to your decision to watching at home versus paying for sports tickets.
It has gotten so bad that when I last discussed with my father about going to watch Florida play for the SEC championship he declined and said he got a better experience from watching at home. Plus, with dvr now prevalent in home theater systems you can pause the game and do your own instant replay instead of relying on the broadcaster to maybe give you what you want to see.
There is already a huge secondary market for sports tickets springing up to offer them at greatly discounted prices. Sites like stubdog.com, ticketliquidator, and scorebig.com, all offer tickets at 10% to 70% off. This is a big shift from the old model of centrally controlled prices that you could almost never get a deal.
While not all of the stadiums have figured out that this new dynamic has arisen we should see the prices of sports tickets continue to decline except for maybe the premium events like playoff and championship games. If for no other reason that it looks bad for the stands to be empty on television.