Tonight’s nationally televised game is not what the NFL needed as a shot in the arm to bolster sagging viewer ratings.
The battle of the titans between the woebegone Los Angeles Rams and the post-Kaepernick wreckage that the San Francisco 49ers have become isn’t likely to draw many eyes to the tube.
NFL praying for ratings turnaround… https://t.co/Lj9ljbscH9
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 21, 2017
Not only does the stench of the departed “race messiah” still hang heavy in the bay area breezes but the quarterback matchup of Jared Goff and Bryan Hoyer seems more fitting for the Arena Football League than anything else. It has all the makings of a game that could set new standards for offensive ineptitude and the only reason it is conceivable that anyone would want to watch it would be as a remedy for insomnia.
The game isn’t exactly an alluring draw to local fans either. Tickets to the contest at Levi’s Stadium have been deeply discounted to the point where they cost the same as two overpriced pretzels at one of the concession stands.
— SFGate (@SFGate) September 21, 2017
Thursday night’s Rams-49ers game may be the toughest sell in the history of Levi’s Stadium.
As of Wednesday, resale tickets were being offered on StubHub for as low as $14 to see the team host the Los Angeles Rams at 7 p.m. That price is just cheaper than buying a pair of $7.50 pretzels through the Levi’s Stadium app and comparable to the price of a beer and a hot dog at the three-year-old arena. According to the team’s seat licensing map, the cheapest original face value for any seat is $85.
Ticket sale aggregator TicketIQ listed a slightly higher minimum price from their partners at $17, still a bargain compared to all previous games at the stadium.
“The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season with an average asking price of $88 — also the cheapest of the season. The average ticket price across all remaining home games for them is $179,” says Ralph Garcia of TicketIQ, who says the team has seen the average list price decline 32 percent since the stadium opened in 2014, according to their internal numbers. “This is, however, the 49ers’ cheapest home game since the move to Levi’s. The previous low was Dec. 11, 2016 vs. the Jets.”
But the disappearance of fans at lower-profile games isn’t only a problem in Santa Clara. This past weekend headlines slammed the Chargers for failing to fill their 30,000 person temporary home in Los Angeles. The Rams’ crowd was unfavorably compared to the audience for USC’s game this past weekend, and there is increasing grumbling about the decline of even the television ratings.
Why anybody would possibly pay $7.50 for a freaking pretzel is uncanny, especially having to pop for gas money at California prices to make the pilgrimage to a stadium that is roughly 40 miles away from the city that the team represents.
Those who are professional excuse makers and apologists for the NFL are blaming the bad ratings on the two monster hurricanes that just tore up Texas and Florida but don’t buy it.
The league is putting out an inferior product that has become boring due to constant stoppages in play, reviews, challenges from the sidelines and the booth and rules that are so arcane that not even the officials seem to know what is going on during any given game.
Then there’s the elephant in the room that is the malcontents whose insistence at making political statements at the expense of the flag, the troops and the cops as well as the league’s refusal to mete out discipline.
It’s not going to get any better either because the baseball playoffs are coming soon and the puck is about to drop for the NHL.
You don’t see any of that national anthem protest crap in either of those sports and after all, the reason why people watch the games in the first place is for a distraction from the day-to-day grind and they want escapism instead of bad football and radical liberalism.