The NFL should not be the real life equivalent of Gordon "Greed is Good" Gekko, yet the NFL behaves just like him.
I grew up in Detroit, and as a kid my father took me to every Detroit Lions home game from 1966 to 1978. That is why when it was announced that the Ravens were moving to Baltimore, I was ecstatic.
I had to buy a personal seat license in order to obtain season tickets. When I bought my PSL, I was told by the Ravens ticket office that one of its benefits would be that all PSL holders would have an equal chance to get Super Bowl tickets if the team ever made it.
I got a second job so I could pay for the PSL. In 2001, I got married, and in 2003 my first child was born, followed by a second in 2007. I have been taking my oldest son to games since he was 3.
The Ravens allegedly held a Super Bowl ticket lottery for season ticket holders. According to the NFL, the Super Bowl teams are each allocated 17.5 percent of the tickets to the game.
I got a notice two hours after the Ravens defeated the Patriots that I did not win the ticket lottery. And even though I know dozens of people with PSLs, none of them won, either.
However, an e-mail from the Ravens said that even though I didn't win I should check with their travel partner for packages. When I went to the travel partner page, there were hundreds of tickets for sale starting at $2,500.
Shame on you, Ravens. It is completely unfair to loyal fans that hundreds of tickets are being sold at $2,500 and up — tickets that clearly must have come from the Ravens allocation of Super Bowl tickets.
What does this say about the organization and the league? That rather than help loyal fans go to the Super Bowl by allowing them to buy tickets at face value, the Ravens and the NFL are using a fantastic, once in lifetime opportunity to stick it to us.
Since this is clearly all about the money, I expect that loyal fans like me will also be hit with a massive season ticket increase next season.
G.G. Mills Jr., Woodstock