Don Muret of SportsBusiness Journalexplains that the Colts have hired a local firm to help sell tickets after a seven-percent drop in season-ticket renewals. Currently, the team has 3,000 season tickets to sell, prompting the organization for the first time in a decade to hire interns, who will target customers that previously bought single-game tickets. The interns also make a second pass through a waiting list that apparently is made up of more than a few folks who are willing to wait even longer.
Of course, selling 3,000 tickets isn't going to be tough even if they don't go as season tickets. Blackouts in Indianapolis would really shock me. Once the team shows a few signs of life (and they will) I'd expect the crowds to grow.
UPDATE: Jim Irsay has responded (via Twitter of course):
We don't have ticket struggles,Pageling2..we had almost 90% renewals n early April,which was n top 5 or 6 n NFL,we'll be sold out this year— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) May 28, 2012
And we all know that the reason for the season ticket drop off is not the bad economy, or the unemployment rate, or anything like that. It's strictly because Indiana sports fans are not really sports fans. I have it on good advice, mind you. And if we repeat this opinion enough times then maybe it will become true.
I don't live in Indiana, and I'm a crazy Colts fan (and a crazy Manning fan). But even if I lived there, I'm not sure I would shell out money for season tickets at this point in my career and with the job situation I'm in. Does that make me a terrible fan?