Daniel Snyder and the Economics of Fan Stupidity

Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 3, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 13:  Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, during warm ups of a NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens on August 13, 2009 at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Every knowledgeable fan knows that an NFL owner—in this case Daniel Snyder—makes money off of the sweet seats in luxury boxes, not off the yokels who buy single tickets. So to be fair, the Washington NFL franchise has every right to pursue funds owed them by delinquent purchasers of their best seat offerings.

But how ironic is it that Washington is now pursuing more than $8 million from companies and individuals who reneged on their long-term suite agreements, while the team is under fire for depriving fans of tickets in favor of selling to brokerage firms? 

Yes, we should laugh heartily at the rich morons who either A) love Washington football that much or B) thought that Washington football was that impressive to sway potential business deals in their favor.

But save some laughter for the ignorant fans who can’t buy tickets because Snyder can make quicker money selling to ticket hawks.

Somehow, nearly 100,000 people are going to cram their way into FedEx Field this season on eight separate occasions, in spite of an owner who sues financially-stupid fans and withholds tickets from emotionally-stupid fans.

Arguing a pass for fans looking at this situation with bleary-eyed allegiance to this snake-swallowed franchise is logical, but it doesn’t take away from the greediness level of the ownership and the maddening dullness of the fans who allow it.

Sure, Snyder has a right to go after white-collared doofs who can’t afford their season tickets for the next 10 years.

But it doesn’t take away from the revised tailgating rules that will ruin the gameday experience or the constant pursuit of free agents who take the money and run. At least, those in decent enough shape to run.

This team isn’t worthy of support from Washington’s rich, middle-class, or no-class. They have a stadium routinely filled with opposing fans, which may or may not be at Snyder’s bidding, and are routinely rooted in transition, be it with coaches, players, or expectations of both.

But it’s easy to see the funny side of this entire culture surrounding the ownership and fanbase of the Washington franchise.

Ownership doesn’t think the fans could ever wise up to its schemes, and fans hope they are never forced to do so.


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