TAMPA, Fla.--NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at his state of the league address Friday that roughly three-quarters of the league will not raise ticket prices for 2009.
That leaves about eight teams that are increasing prices in a weakened economy. You're going to have to wait another week or two, at the most, to learn which side of the fence the Bears are going to be on.
"Everything has not been 100 percent formalized,'' team spokesman Scott Hagel said. ``We're going through budgeting right now and ticket prices are part of it.''
The Bears have raised ticket prices, in some form at least, for five consecutive years. They bumped all non-club seats $3 or $4 last year and club seats increased $10 each. The hike was not announced last year until Feb. 21 and invoices for season-ticket holders were mailed March 7.
"We have announced, very aggressively, that we are going to look at all of our season ticket prices,'' Goodell said. "Each team is doing that evaluation. I believe about three quarters of the league will hold their ticket prices flat. They're going to have to work harder and be more creative and offer extended terms in some cases to our fans to allow them to try to get through this difficult cycle."
Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, said at the press conference, "I'm advised in this economy we're not supposed to raise ticket prices."
It's not known if that came from the NFL or advisors Wilson has with his franchise.