The Dallas Cowboys are on six nationally televised games this year (including the Thanksgiving game). That leaves 10 games which may or may not be aired on local television. Fans who live outside of Texas and paid the $300 for the NFL Sunday Ticket have no concerns about being able to watch the game; fans who go to their local bar (equipped with the Sunday Ticket) also have no concerns. As it turns out, the money they save by not purchasing the NFL Sunday ticket can be used to buy beer, wings, pizza, and nachos (nearly $30 per outing).
The 2010 Cowboys are a dismal 1-5. So that raises the question, “Is it worth paying to see these Cowboys?” Fans who have already purchased the NFL Sunday Ticket can’t get a prorated refund, but the other side of the coin can elect not to go to their local bar. Sure you could get away with buying a single $2.00 soda and tipping 40 cents (20%), but is it worth the price of admission?
Later today I will pull down the level and vote YES! The game is 3 hours of drama. I have been to performances of Shakespearian tragedies that have felt longer than 3 hours. Dollar for dollar, watching the Cowboys is a better value than a movie theatre, theme park, or Swedish massage parlor (though not Thai).
So in this November electoral season, remember that if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t complain (though there is so much to complain about).