The 2017 season has been a tough one so far for the NFL. Controversial protests during the national anthem have seemingly continued to hurt the league’s popularity — and now, tickets to some games are being sold for as little as $10.
National Review’s Josh Kraushaar first noticed the stunningly cheap tickets available for the Washington Redskins game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on Thursday:
Good grief: lower bowl tickets for Thursday night's Redskins game are going for less than 10 dollars on StubHub. #snyder
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 21, 2017
There were upper-level seats available for just $10, according to StubHub.
Even some of the best seats in the entire stadium were still priced under $100.
While the cause for the extremely cheap tickets is not entirely clear, the NFL has been dealing with the appearance of empty stadium seats all season. There is even a Twitter account that tweets out the images every week:
— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) November 19, 2017
However, both the Redskins and the Giants are having rough seasons as well, which could also be partly responsible for the attendance problems.
A recent poll showed a sharp drop in the NFL’s popularity since the national anthem controversy unfolded, as AOL reported:
According to a poll by the right-leaning Winston Group, 42 percent of men between the age of 35-54 had a favorable view of the NFL in September, but has since dropped to 31 percent — making it the least favored major sport on the survey.
The NFL will surely continue to look for ways to fill up the stadiums this season.