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NFL Praised For Final Week's Myriad Playoff Scenarios After Parity-Filled Season
Published December 27, 2013
A RARING RACE: In Miami, Greg Cote writes, "Few NFL regular seasons have ended with a more frantic finish than this one." It has been seven years "since this many fans league-wide have been allowed to carry hope into the last week, and, complainers be damned, it’s a wonderful advertisement for King Sport." Cote writes, "Two winner-take-all finales in Packers-Bears and Eagles-Cowboys -- I don’t care what the records are, that’s sports drama to the max." It is the "barely-over-.500 teams sneaking in last that give a postseason its Cinderella element, its needed balance." This is the NFL, "where being in the playoffs means you have a real chance, and where being in the playoffs needn’t always mean excellence, because there is room too for the pluggers, the fighters, the grinders and the lucky" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/27).
GETTING CLOSER: NBC’s “Today” looked at ticket prices for this year’s Super Bowl, and host Willie Geist remarked, “If you want tickets, be prepared to dig deep, really, really deep.” NBC’s Ron Mott said, “Tickets are likely to fetch the cost of a decent used car or even a luxury vacation.” Mott noted tickets on the secondary market are already going for “far more” than the face value of the most expensive ticket -- approximately $2,600. Mott: “What’s driving prices up way past the nosebleed section into record territory? You guessed it, location, location, location -- New York City and Wall Street, a first for the big game.” Mott also said the NFL “does not sell directly to the general public,” and the league warns “buyer beware” if you do not go through the official online ticket exchange at Ticketmaster. Meanwhile, Goviva.com is selling Super Bowl packages beginning at $5,600 per person. Goviva.com President Robert Tuchman said, “It’s all speculation, it's hype, it's people saying, ‘Okay, this is New York City, look how many corporations are based here. The Super Bowl is a corporate event. Those companies are going to pay for tickets’” (“Today,” NBC, 12/27).