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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Let’s not forget my preseason. Accurately time the drive to the stadium, securing the best route to whatever new parking I’ve purchased. Figure out the time to seats at walking speed of my 6 year old (should be accurate for more crowded reg season games without the 6 year old). Become re-acquainted with the food stands and beer offerings. Walk around with the kids and actually check out the stadium and do some shopping for gear. Check out this year’s cheerleader squad and pick favorites for each group that is in front of my seats each quarter. Look around me for any possible new seat owners that could be super annoying. All of this without the pressure of screwing up a “real” game. It’s like my preseason/dress rehearsal as well. Still not worth the cost, buy better than getting screwed with dynamic pricing on a choice meaningful Sunday Night Game later in the season.

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    Czabe, Czabe …… no need to remind thos of us who listen to DC sports radio just how little you know, or like to talk about, baseball.

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    One thing that can be learned for the failed goal line attempts is they probably can’t straight up blow people off the line and need to factor that into their designed plays. If football was smart, the next time they raise prices, they jigger it so the the preseason tickets end up being about half price as the regular season games. It would look better from a PR standpoint.

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    My biggest beef is the marketing and capitalism of preseason. I could care less about them playing games. I do care that sports media outlets dwell so much on what is basically dress rehearsal that provides nothing to casual fans. Interestingly, while preseason baseball is also televised, it seems to be treated far more casually in its marketing approach (little stadiums, cheap tickets, not too much hustle, practice unis, etc).

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    Yeah Lewy, god forbid that those horrible capitalist snakes give people what they want and make a profit at the same time! I think that the sports media is way, way more rational about the NFL preseason than the average fan. Nearly all the sports media I consume treats the NFL preseason as exactly what it is: warmups and tryouts for 3rd stringers. But all the fans I know take it almost as seriously as the regular season… if you don’t think fans take it seriously look at the amount of money that is bet on preseason NFL – it is almost as much as the regular season.

    The demand for NFL is huge, much larger than the supply. The NFL can’t expand the number of games played, and probably can’t field any more expansion teams, so the only avenue they have to expand supply to meet the demand is to expand the coverage on the existing institutions of the NFL – the draft and the preseason. Hard Knocks has capitalized training camp, and I wouldn’t be suprised if the media starts doing massive coverage of the combine and the pro days of top potential picks (if the league/players allow it).

    I myself am not a huge NFL fan, but I like it enough that I watch old games during the offseason. I like it enough that I watch Hard Knocks and preseason games. I like it enough to study playbooks, stats, and defensive schemes in the offseason. I like it enough that I pay attention to the draft. And the bottom line is that there are like 90 million other men and women like me (who like it quite a bit all the way to total fanatics) who will essentially buy most any product the NFL puts our way.


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