The NFL’s 2016 kickoff comes at a steep price for fans

The NFL’s begging for tax dollars, birthright of oversized facilities and willingness to abandon markets when it doesn’t get either of the above is matched in audacity only by its ticket prices.

In 2015, the average National Football League ticket cost nearly $86, according to Team Marketing Report. That was up 13% since 2009, when mid-recession tickets cost $75, and exceeds the rate of inflation by about $2 per ticket. It also represents a ticket price that most fans will never pay.

Unless you’re willing to brave a lake-effect late-December game in Buffalo, a middling midseason matchup in Jacksonville or the punishing mediocrity of the Oakland Raiders or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, chances are good that your team’s tickets are going to be gone well before game day.

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