There’s famous saying that goes something like this…
“You get what you pay for.”
That has not been the case with the Detroit Lions as season ticket prices have continued to rise despite the product on the field not living up to those prices.
Well, according to a letter sent to Lions’ season ticket holders by team president Rod Wood, most season ticket members will pay the same or less as they did during the 2018 season. This is the first time Lions fans will get a (slight) break since the 2014 season.
“In 2019, season ticket pricing will be the same or less for 92-percent of members,” Wood said in his letter to season ticket holders.
Rod Wood's annual letter to Detroit Lions season ticket holders. pic.twitter.com/1SHLtpNFrG
— Jamie Manning (@jamiejmann) February 8, 2019
Wood also stressed how much he believes in the direction the Lions are going.
“A year ago, we introduced Matt Patricia as our new head coach and began a transition that will shape the Detroit Lions for years to come,” Wood wrote. “In 2018, our win/loss record did not meet the expectations of the Ford Family, our entire staff nor our fans. Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly believe in the direction of our football team.”
92% of season ticket holders will pay the same or less but that means 8% will see an increase if they choose to continue to pony up the money.
From Detroit Free Press:
Just 5,099 seats in Ford Field will increase for 2019, and only 1,579 of those will go up by more than $5 per game, according to the information the team sent its ticket holders.
Sections seeing an increase in price are confined to lower-level sideline areas in two price tiers that average $151 and $129 per game. Four price tiers have a slight decrease between $2-$3 a ticket.
Wait, season ticket holders who will see a reduction will only save $20-$30 per seat for an entire season? That is a joke.
Some are referring to this as the Lions sending an “olive branch” to the fans but really, it is just another slap in the face to give just a “slight reduction” to those who have spent their hard-earned money on a team that has failed to produce year after year.
Rod, it’s time to start winning football games. Only then will spending money on your product be worth it.
Drysdale: Full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft Vol. 1
Polar Vortex 2019!
What better time than to write up my first full Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Mock Draft?
Let me begin by saying these mock drafts are extremely fluid as free agency will play a huge role in what direction Lions’ GM Bob Quinn decides to go in the NFL Draft.
For example, I personally believe that acquiring an edge rusher should be the number one priority this offseason and I would have to believe that Quinn agrees with that. But if he goes out and signs a big name DE such as Trey Flowers out of New England (yes, please!), the chances of the Lions drafting an edge rusher with their No. 8 pick in the first round would drop, though it is still possible.
This volume of my full Detroit Lions mock draft focusses on what the current needs are at this moment in time as if not a single free agent is signed.
So, with that understood, let’s take a look at Vol. 1 of my full Detroit Lions 2019 ‘Perfect’ NFL Mock Draft.
Round 1 (No. 8 overall) Rashan Gary (DL) – Michigan
Despite not having as much production as many projected him to have at the college level, Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary is the real deal and I have no doubt that he will be a top 10 pick. Gary would fit in beautifully with what Matt Patricia wants to do with the Lions’ defense and if he is available at No. 8, Bob Quinn should not hesitate to pull the trigger.
From The Draft Network:
Rashan Gary is a versatile defender with the needed abilities to be a disruptive force working from 3T. Gary has the ability to set the edge vs. the run and can be worked on the outside sparingly, although his pass rush skills are best utilized in scenarios that allow him to play with linear angles and with his hips aligned behind his pads to optimize his power and quickness.
To read the rest of the mock draft, please click on the link below.