If there is one thing that frustrates a football fan more than a losing team it is not being able to watch his team lose in the comfort of his own home so he can bad mouth them in peace with his friends or by himself wearing boxers and an old t-shirt. With the way things are going, the Indianapolis Colts might be robbing there fans of that option.
The NFL finally appears to be getting a clue. Going to games is expensive. Tickets are costly, parking isn't cheap, a single beer cost as much as six-pack and you can get eight hot dogs and ten bus for the price of one at a game. It has simply become too expensive to go to a live game.
Even though you don't have the money to throw away at Lucas Stadium, it doesn't mean you dont want to watch and support the team. The NFL had eased the blackout restrictions on teams that may not sell enough tickets, but it appears to have been a choice teams could take. The Colts opted not to take it.
I understand that, but at the same time what he needs to be thinking is how to keep the fan base happy. The team once had a legendary waiting list for season tickets. That list has now been exhausted and there are still 2000 tickets left. That's not good.
People want to shell out the money not just for their team, but for games they think their team are at least going to be competitive in. Last season they were rarely competitive in any of them. I knew guys that won free tickets at work and still felt like they were robbed.
The Colts may want to think twice about this before the fan base just revolts and starts backing the Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals or something. Than again, maybe that is part of Jim Irsay's master plan. Alienate the fan base and then move to L.A. in the middle of the night...