Four NFL game tickets cheaper than California, Texas high school games

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Empty seats seen at last week’s Titans-Cardinals matchup in Arizona. (AP)
Empty seats seen at last week’s Titans-Cardinals matchup in Arizona. (AP)

Let the cries of the downfall of the NFL continue.

Tickets for four NFL games dropped below the price of three prime high school matchups in California and Texas this week, the L.A. Times and USA Today report. Saturday’s a monster day for high school football, with Mater Dei-De La Salle, Allen-Cedar Ridge and Katy-Lake Travis all having implications for national prep rankings.

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But it’s not the high prices on those games that’s noteworthy. Tickets are selling in the $10-15 range for all three games. It’s the discount-bin prices on the secondary market for some real stinker NFL matchups.

The L.A. Times found tickets on secondary seller Vivid Seats Thursday morning for Sunday’s Dolphins-Bills matchup in Buffalo going for $12. That’s a premium price compared to Cardinals at Redskins, Ravens at Browns and last night’s dud-fest between the Broncos and Colts in Indianapolis. Tickets could be had for the low-low price of $5 for each of those games.

I get it. I mean, the only way I’m watching any of those games is if I’m getting paid to do so. Outside of Bills-Dolphins, they’re all terrible, low-stakes Week 15 matchups. And even with the Bills and Dolphins still in the hunt, it’s still Bills-Dolphins in Buffalo in December.

It’s a challenge the NFL faces every year late in the season when sorry teams out of the playoff hunt inevitably take the field.

But, still. Five bucks. That’s got to set off some alarm bells at NFL headquarters.

h/t @Cam Smith

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