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Even by the standard Dan Snyder set earlier in his reign as Redskins owner, shit hit the fans at a special pace this year. A few of 2009’s greatest hits: The organization got caught taking season tickets away from ticketholders for selling to scalpers while selling thousands of season tickets to scalpers; the organization got caught suing ticketholders, even broke grandmothers; the organization got caught lying about the length of the season ticket waiting list; and the organization foisted new parking edicts that made tailgating with friends—the only thing that made showing up in ol’ Raljon on game days worthwhile in recent years—a much more difficult proposition.
By the time Snyder banned fans from bringing anything but GEICO signs into his stadium, the revolt against Skins management was intense. A headline in the Wall Street Journal last week asked “Are the Redskins Losing Washington?” The answer: Sure. If the chatter among hardcore fans on Snyder’s own message board, ExtremeSkins.com, is any indication, Skins season ticketholders are ready to bail in numbers never seen in this town.
But giving up tickets doesn’t mean fans want to stop being fans; even after Snyder sued Pat Hill, the 72-year-old grandmother who didn’t have the money to make payments on her premium tickets, she kept her couch outfitted with burgundy and gold pillows.
To help the season ticket bailers transition from rooting for the Redskins at FedExField to rooting in front of a TV screen, we at Washington City Paper worked up a chart to provide some ideas on how they might spend all the money that they’d previously put in Snyder’s pockets.
And, man, it’s a lot of money.
*Cost per season calculations for all but Touchdown Club tickets were made taking the face value of four season tickets, as published by the team’s sales office, adding the 10 percent Prince George’s County entertainment tax, adding the cost of one season parking pass ($350, the cheapest pass Snyder sells), plus the cost of average concession purchases for a family of four: two $8 beers, four $6 soft drinks, four $6 hot dogs, and two $5 programs per game, for eight regular season games plus two exhibitions. (The Redskins force season ticketholders to pay for all 10 games.) 2The Redskins no longer disclose any fixed price for Touchdown Club tickets, so we used the figure from a 2005 Washington Post article announcing the program ($7,500 per). 3All TV and home theater prices come courtesy of Gerald Bessell of TheaterVision, the Maryland home electronics retailer. 4La-Z-Boy prices and descriptions were provided by the La-Z-Boy outlet in Rockville 5All beer prices were provided by the staff at Dixie Liquor in Georgetown. 6Six Flags stock price as of close of markets on Dec. 1: 10.9 cents per share. 7Joe Jacoby’s appearance fee based on estimate from Athlete Promotions, a clearinghouse for information on booking sports stars.