Now that the lockout that threatened the 2011 National Football League season is over, everyone can move forward and can once again start obsessing over the sport we love.
* Data from March 12 to July 25, 10:30 a.m. compared to same period in 2010.
While most NFL experts correctly predicted that a deal between the owners and players would eventually be reached without missing any regular season games, many fans apparently didn't share that same confidence. Since the day owners officially locked out the players, March 12, through the end of the lockout, ticket sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange were down 65% from the same date range in 2010. Similarly, revenue was down 64%.
Across the league, the largest drop in sales was seen by the Cincinnati Bengals, who dropped 84%. Though the lockout was the main reason for the Bengals' large decrease, off-the-field issues surrounding the team, including the retirement of QB Carson Palmer, added to the slow sales.
Not surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys, who are the most iconic franchise in football and play in one of the largest stadiums in the NFL, accounted for the most tickets that were sold during the lockout. Despite that, the team's sales were still down a staggering 75% in 2011, the fourth highest drop in the league.
When it was finally announced that NFL's owners and players had come to an agreement that ended the lockout, football fans began to get excited for the season and ticket sales skyrocketed. The number of tickets purchased was 320% higher on Monday, July 25, than it was just one day prior, on July 24, with many teams selling five to ten times as many tickets.
The NFL regular season begins September 8, when the Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints. If you are interested in buying tickets, you can look through what is available on our site at http://www.ticketnetwork.com/nfl.