Steelers to explore reducing cost of preseason tickets
The Steelers could reduce exhibition game ticket prices as early as next season, team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday.
At the NFL owners meetings in Dallas last month, a group of owners discussed lowering preseason game prices. Season-ticket holders have complained for years about having to pay full price for August games played mostly by backups or players who soon will be cut. The Steelers traditionally price all tickets the same, regardless if they are for regular-season or preseason games.
“I can't tell you that any decisions have been made yet, but we are looking at possibly having a different price on preseason tickets versus other games,” Rooney said during a conference call with season ticket holders. “Whether that goes into effect for 2014 or not, I can't promise you, but I can promise you it's something we are looking at.
“We understand the fans' perception of the value of the preseason games.”
One proposed method would be to price games by opponent, as do some MLB teams, including the Pirates.
Another method would be to reduce the price of exhibition game tickets but price regular-season games the same.
Some owners predicted last month that teams would experiment with prices over the next few seasons to see what works best.
During the 30-minute conference call, Rooney also said he wants safety Troy Polamalu “to retire a Steeler,” just as he wants quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to do.
Polamalu is scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of his contract, with a salary cap charge of $10,887,500.
“How we structure or restructure (Polamalu's contract) is something we will look at in the next few months,” Rooney said. “There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but I certainly expect Troy will be one of the pieces to that puzzle. ... He's obviously been one of the great Steelers of all time.”
Polamalu, who made the Pro Bowl this season, said last month the Steelers hadn't discussed his future.
Rooney also said:
• The Steelers will try to re-sign some of their 21 unrestricted free agents, including outside linebacker Jason Worilds, but that the “salary cap is a jigsaw puzzle, and a lot of pieces to fit together. Every year it's a challenge.”
• Coaches and scouts will have more analytical information next season, so “we'll have the same competitive edge that other teams are enjoying.” He said the league is working on a system that would make more analytical information available to all teams.
• He believes this will be the year running back Jerome Bettis makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.