Yesterday, a federal appeals court sided with the NFL and reinstated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four game suspension stemming from the infamous “Deflategte” case. The suspension, which was originally imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last May, was nullified by federal judge Richard M. Berman days before the 2015 season kicked off. Now Brady will most likely be forced to miss the first four games of the 2016 season.
According to legal experts, Brady’s shot at having the suspension overturned for a second time is close to nil, and because of that, ticket prices for the Patriots’ first four games of the season have been decreasing, especially for the three Patriots home games set to take place during Weeks 2, 3, and 4. Ticket prices for the Patriots home game against the Miami Dolphins on September 18, as well as their home game against the Houston Texans on September 22 are both down 4.1 percent.
The most dramatic drop in ticket prices is for the Patriots’ game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on October 2. Prior to Brady’s suspension, the average listing price for tickets to that game was $605. Now that the suspension has been reinstated, the average list price for the game sits at $574, a decrease of just over 5 percent.
Though ticket prices have dropped 1.5 percent ( ticket prices only declined .1 percent for the one Patriots away game during Brady’s suspension) for the first four games of New England’s season, the opposite trend has occurred for ticket prices to the team’s remaining games. There is 2.1 percent increase in average listing price for the twelve regular season games following the conclusion of Brady’s suspension.
It should come as no surprise that the average price of Patriots tickets has decreased for the games Brady is set to miss in 2016. The same trend was evident last year, when Brady was originally suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. From the time Brady’s original suspension was announced on May 11, 2015, ticket prices decreased throughout the offseason, eventually falling by 11%. If trends stay similar to last year, expect ticket prices for the Patriots’ first four games to keep falling.
Although New England is capable of winning games in 2016 without their starting quarterback, the Patriots just aren’t the Patriots without Tom Brady on the field. It seems that many fans would rather wait until his return to attend a game this upcoming season.