It figures that the Dallas Cowboys would be the first team to do this.
Cowboys become first team in US major sports history to send playoff tickets to fans before start of season— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2014
Yes, those Cowboys. The ones owned by Jerry Jones who have not made the playoffs since 2009.
The height of arrogance? Jerry being Jerry? Maybe, but Rovell explains further that this is something more teams may be put in the position of having to do.
With NFL mandating pay as you go, I expect more teams to send fans playoff tickets before season. Cowboys going 1st gets people talking.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2014
Yes, it does.
Rovell offered more information in his story for ESPN:
Brian Lafemina, the league's senior vice president of club business development, confirmed to ESPN.com that the Cowboys are the only team in the league that preprinted and sent out its playoff tickets to fans in advance this year, but he said he expects more teams to adopt this practice in the future.
"It's operationally efficient for the teams, and it's convenient for the fan," Lafemina said. "There are times when teams don't know if they are hosting a playoff game until a week before, and doing this helps eliminate some of the friction that exists among the teams and fans. This dovetails nicely with our new policy. If a fan says they will pay if a game is played, the team can now charge that fan and the ticket is already in hand."
Somehow, Jones and the Cowboys being the pioneers here makes it seem worse. Go ahead, Giants fans. Have your say.