What won't it charge for?

Bill Kline

The Morning Call

NFL teams extort exorbitant personal seat license fees from fans just for the "privilege" of buying a season ticket.

The NFL routinely schedules games that last until nearly midnight on school nights.

The NFL at the last minute moves day games to night games, inconveniencing thousands of ticket holders.

And the NFL would sell the leftover air it pumps into its footballs if it could.

Of course charging for media-day admission is a money grab.

Let's just hope at next year's Super Bowl in New Orleans, the NFL does not angle for a cut of the Hurricane Katrina relief fund.

wkline@tribune.com

Hey fans: Get a life

Ron Fritz

Baltimore Sun

The NFL is money hungry — we already knew that. But what about the people who paid to watch Super Bowl media day or will pay to watch the combine? What does that say about them? It takes "get a life" to a new level.

No one will accuse the NFL of being fan friendly. Just take a look at the price of game tickets (if you can find any), parking, the PSLs you have to buy to get season tickets and charging full price for exhibition games.

Fan friendly? The Ravens moved training camp to their practice facility, where fans have no access.

It's a billion-dollar business and the NFL wants to keep it that way. It doesn't mean you have to pay — especially to watch media day. Get a life.

rtfritz@tribune.com

Of course — it's a business

Sam Farmer