The Carolina Panthers are starting to look like perhaps a dark horse playoff team in the NFC.
After winning just seven games last season and starting to make significant changes in October, they have continued the overhaul of their roster by bringing in Pro Bowl running back Miles Sanders and wide receivers D.J. Chark and Adam Thielen.
The big move they made was to move wideout D.J. Moore and draft compensation to the Chicago Bears for the top pick in next month’s NFL Draft.
That top pick is one reason the team has given for its decision to raise ticket prices for next season.
Panthers increase ticket prices for 2023. https://t.co/W3teR1TRtt
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 23, 2023
High ticket prices have been a bone of contention for fans dating back many years, not just in the NFL but also in the nation’s three other major pro sports.
Needless to say, fans are irked by this move.
Does non premium mean nose bleed? Cause I will never see one if that’s $109
— italiag1 (@Italiag777) March 23, 2023
These fans are irked that much more by the fact that the Panthers have been one of the league’s weaker teams in recent years.
Panthers were inexplicably already one of the top highest priced stadiums…in a 25+ year old stadium, with losing teams for 6 out of the last 7 years.
I could go on…but this is just not cool.
— 🏞yankeemeg🏞 (@yankeemegg) March 23, 2023
29-53 in the last 5 seasons and the Carolina Panthers are Raising Ticket Prices? pic.twitter.com/tJAsz293Io
— Papi (@Papi_Golf) March 24, 2023
This fan, on the other hand, tried to keep things in perspective — somewhat.
Think over half of the league is raising ticket prices and Panthers increase is less than many of them.
— LetsGetReal (@damnUJones) March 23, 2023
In a nation where the middle class has disappeared over the last 40 years and inflation is still high, it has already been hard enough for the average working-class family to schlep together enough money to head out to an NFL game.
This is part of a trend that has also afflicted the other major pro sports leagues in North America, particularly the NBA, which has even more exorbitant salaries than the NFL, not to mention fully guaranteed contracts.
The Panthers Are Using 1 Recent Move To Justify Ticket Price Increase