Last week we asked sports fans what they thought NFL owners should talk about during their spring meetings. Here are the three big issues that kept coming up, over and over again.
Here's the fans' agenda for the NFL spring meetings:
- Stadium deals and public financing
- Game day pricing
And we couldn't agree with the fans more.
There doesn't seem to be a new-stadium negotiation these days that doesn't involve an owner threatening to move the team. We saw it in St. Louis, and we're seeing it right now in San Diego and Oakland. Holding communities hostage for as much money as possible shouldn't be the starting point for negotiations.
And the price you pay to actually watch your favorite team in person keeps going up. The New York Giants had the highest average price for a single ticket to a game at $123.40! How can owners expect their fans to pay that much to see their favorite team?
Then there's the ongoing denial of the impact of concussions by far too many owners. They call the link between concussions and CTE absurd. They liken the impact of concussions to taking aspirin. And it all comes down to one thing: A desire to put profits over player safety.
The NFL spring meetings have begun. Will the owners address the fans' agenda? That's up to us. Here's what you can do:
Tweet at Roger Goodell. Let him know you expect the owners to talk about your issues.
Oh, and keep an eye on the blog tomorrow. If the owners aren't paying attention to us now, they certainly will tomorrow morning.