Friday, May 11, 2007

Dolphins v Giants tickets

I found the NFL's announcement about ticket sales for this game "interesting"...
 
Here's what I took from it:
* There will be about 90,000 seats available for the game
* The fans who flooded the nfllondon2007.com website with 160,000 requests for 500,000 tickets will be offered tickets today, via a random lottery.  There's no word on how many tickets will be allotted this way.
* On May 16th, an offer will go out to Dolphins season ticket holders of record, offering a "package" for tickets.  There is also no word on how many tickets will be allotted this way, nor how the season ticket holders will be offered the tickets.  (Will they send an email to all 50,000+ ticket holders and offer them seats first come, first served?  Or will they offer them based on length of the account?  Or maybe premium ticket holders first?)
* "Later in the month," Giants season ticket holders will be offered tickets.  Hold on.  Giants season ticket holders are being offered tickets to a Dolphins home game?  How many?
* If there are tickets remaining (doubtful), the remaining tickets will be turned over to Ticketmaster for sale.
 
This sounds less and less like a home game every day, doesn't it?
 
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On a somewhat related topic, the NFL is considering a change to scheduling in 2009.  At that time, they'd like to eliminate one preseason game and require that each NFL franchise play 17 games during the regular season.  There would still be 8 home and 8 away games for each team; the last game would be a game played in Europe, Mexico, or Canada (with asia being considered for the future) at some point during the season.
 
Basically, during each of the 16 weeks of the season, two teams would be somewhere else on the planet playing a game.  Week 1 it might be Arizona and Miami in Mexico, while week 2 would showcase the Cowboys and Bengals in England....and so on.
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