Forbes: Predicting The Most Expensive Games On The NFL Schedule
April 22, 2014
The 2014 NFL schedule is being released later this week on primetime and we took a look at the match-ups (which had been released earlier this offseason) to predict which games would end up being the most expensive and put it into a slideshow. Here's some of the article and a link to the slideshow:
Even at the times of little news during the offseason, the NFL keeps fans in anticipation of what might come next. With less than a month until the NFL Draft, the release of the 2014 NFL schedule is expected sooner. For most sports, a schedule release isn’t a big deal, but with the small amount of games during the NFL season compared to the other leagues, the NFL schedule release becomes its own event. So much so, two teams, the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams, are having contests involving fans predicting the schedule. If anyone wins the Rams contest, they’ll get $100,000, which would be enough to get tickets to all the games on our list. The winner of the Bills contest will get free season tickets for life. In addition to the possibility of making someone very rich, the schedule release is also big business for those that cover America’s most popular sport. The league’s own network is also holding a prime time special on the night of the schedule release that will span several hours. ESPN will likely do the same, and for gridiron-starved fans, it will be must-see TV
Each match-up is already known for both home and away games, the question remaining is when those games will occur. As the NFL has seen in the past few seasons, the timing of some of these games is just as important as the opponent. Until the actual NFL schedule is released, there is only speculation. Certain factors will cause the prices of some games to rise and fall. Sunday and Monday night games usually get the best match-ups of the week and the prime time start can and usually does impact ticket prices. Some of the most expensive games also tend to happen towards the end of the season when games have a bigger impact on playoff positioning.
For the rest of the article and slideshow, click here.