Today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NBA Commissioner David Stern, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met in New York and announced that they expect most of their clubs to freeze or reduce ticket prices next season.
The three aforementioned sports czars gathered with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig at The Wall Street Journal in a panel discussion on "The Future of Sports" (as the meeting was aptly named).
Afterward, Goodell said he expects 24 of 32 NFL teams to freeze ticket prices for the 2009 season.
However, the other eight are slated to increase ticket prices at some levels.
Are the comishes really interested in helping out their fans' economic conditions? In the NFL's case, it seems that only three fourths of the teams really care.
Goodell acknowledges that his fans are having tough economic times, and in my opinion, that should warrant ticket freezes or reductions across the board. Maybe more NFL teams are in the red than we think.
During the panel discussion, the NBA's Stern said that his organization's clubs "will do fine, but they'll do less," which is a comment hard to find pity for.
However, since the 2009 NFL Draft was in such the recent past, I continue to find the most metallic taste in my mouth comes from that organization, who has no problem handing out eight guaranteed figures to men my age.
In regard to Stern's comment, he says that 27 out of 30 NBA teams will freeze or reduce ticket prices for 2009-2010, but three teams will increase their fees.
Bud Selig boasted that the MLB has held their ticket prices down since the Great Depression, which sounds heroic, but didn't we just read the article about the Yankees slashing their ticket prices? A $3,000 ticket down to $1,500? Way to keep those tickets down, Bud.
Finally, Gary Bettman announced that at least two-thirds of NHL teams will keep prices flat for next season. He praised Versus and NBC networks and said there are no discussions going on with ESPN or other networks.
Bettman anticipates the NHL being with NBC next season, and Versus and the league are in the middle of creating a multi year contract.
Pretty lame, since ESPN is showing PBA Bowling tonight instead of the Capitals-Penguins game.
Despite the boasting comishes' self proclaimed good works aimed at fans of basketball, baseball, football, and hockey alike, I'm still not convinced that these multi millionaires really give a rat's behind about our wallets.
It's a difficult situation, because I want both our teams and our fans to thrive.