Souhan: NFL shouldn't put its top players at risk for meaningless games

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 28, 2013 - 7:09 AM

Owners ignore the threat to player safety in order to satisfy their greed.

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kilofoxAug. 27, 13 9:16 PM

Why are people required to pay full price for meaningless games. If the star players are going to sit out and nobody cares about the games how about 1/2 or 1/4 price tickets. I know the owners are just in it for the greenbacks and not the players or the season ticket holders, but come on.

jaincharinAug. 27, 13 9:48 PM

Because the fans are willing to pay for it. It's simple economics. Price is determined by demand.

sidhartmannAug. 27, 1310:44 PM

Exhibition ticket prices should be discounted but I see no problem with players getting some action to prepare for the season. Football is a violent sport....the players know it and are highly compensated, Souhan.

ollie3Aug. 27, 1311:22 PM

Either they make money by selling the preseason games as part of a package, or they make money by simply jacking up the prices of regular season games. Sorry if you're under some illusion that you're owed a cheap ticket. As for players playing in the preseason, most "star" players don't play enough snaps over the course of the 4 games to equal what they'd play in one full regular season game. Yeah, it sucks when a player gets injured in a preseason game, but he's just as likely to get injured on the first drive of the week 1 game.

brotherddayAug. 28, 13 3:54 AM

Yeah, yeah. Pre season sucks. Wonder why Brady and Manning played the entire first half of each of their pre-season games and BTW, played very effectively? My guess is Souhan and others would rather have the Vikings try out their third stringers in road games during the regular season at Detroit and Chicago when the games do mean something. It's always easy to rip the greed of the owners, but the fact is a lot of these untested players need to see action to see if they are NFL-ready. As to the future, my guess is they will eventually eliminate all pre-season games and have an 18 game schedule. I suppose everyone will be happy then. Not.

rms316Aug. 28, 13 5:43 AM

Even with exhibitions, it's all about the money and always will be. Spot play by starters is enough.

EP1955gAug. 28, 13 6:27 AM

16 games is already to many. An 18 game schedule is insanity.

bruisedupAug. 28, 13 6:50 AM

It should just boil down to who needs the work on the field to play well and learn the system he is playing in. Greg Jennings and Matt Cassel are examples. They need some reps on the field. Preseason games really should not be marketed as "games" however. Since the outcome means nothing I would just call them "preseason meetings" and hopefully something could be done about ripping off the public by mixing these meetings in with the meaningful games. Adding 2 meaningful games to the regular season is a bad idea because there are just too many injuries during the regular season the way it is. It would subtract from the quality of football you want to see at the end of the season and getting to the Super Bowl would be almost completely about being lucky and avoiding injuries rather than about talent level. The 16 game schedule is a max schedule.

cdjohnsoAug. 28, 13 7:10 AM

Pro sports = 2 sets of people making ungodly amounts of money...owners and players. Greed runs rampant in both sets. Discounting for the 4 "exhibition" games would upset the trough. It takes cash flow from 20 games to fulfill the greed factor. 16 games only gets you 80% of the way there. Only way to get around that would be to reduce profit/salaries, or increase prices. Or keep charging full-bore for four fake games.

vlombardyAug. 28, 13 8:22 AM

Excellent article Jim. If the demand for tickets is so great, make preseason games entirely open to the public at whatever price the NFL thinks they can extort.


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