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Colts owner Jim Irsay justifies the price of NFL preseason tickets

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Jim Irsay weighed in on preseason ticket prices (USA Today Sports Images)

A longstanding complaint among NFL season-ticket holders is that they're forced to pay full price for two preseason games where the team's best players may only play a half, a quarter or even a series of downs.

Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts – a team valued at $1.2 billion, according to Forbes – jumped on Twitter on Wednesday to say that he agrees with fans who think that preseason tickets are overpriced. However, he also said it's balanced out by underpriced tickets for regular season games.

Fans may not completely buy it, but Irsay makes a decent point. While fans may bristle at having to pay full price to watch last Sunday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, which saw Chandler Harnish and Jeff Tuel playing quarterback for the entire second half, it is worth it in order to pay the same prince for when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos come to town for a Sunday Night Football game on Oct. 20.

After all, if teams could vary the ticket prices for each game, the Colts could name their price for Manning's first game back in Indianapolis. And they would get it.

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