NFL ticket prices: Cleveland Browns down, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions up

Courtesy of UPI – Author, Alex Butler:

It’s going to be a bargain to watch the Cleveland Browns‘ encore performance after a 1-15 campaign in 2016.

The same can’t be said for the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.

The Browns announced last week that the franchise will reduce its ticket prices by 40 percent at FirstEnergy Stadium. Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam announced the news on Feb. 8 in a letter to season ticket holders.

“We are incredibly grateful for the passion and support we receive from our fans and felt it was appropriate to adjust our ticket pricing at this time,” team spokesman Peter John-Baptiste said in a release. “We have decreased a significant percentage of ticket prices because it was the right thing to do for our fans.”

No season ticket prices will increase. More than 90 percent of the tickets in the upper bowl will be decreased. Some locations previously priced at $15, will now sell for $5.

“As always, thank you for your tremendous support,” the Haslam’s wrote in the letter to season ticket holders. “No one was happy with the results from last season, but we are continuing to work diligently to make marked improvements in 2017. We are eager to share this upcoming season with you and all of our fans, particularly during our home games at FirstEnergy Stadium.”

The Browns hold the No. 1 and No. 12 selections in the 2017 NFL Draft and host the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans in 2017.

“We are building a foundation that will help us be successful for years to come, and we take great responsibility in ensuring that we provide you with the winning team you deserve,” the Haslam’s wrote in the letter, via WJW. “We are committed to that goal, and thank you for your unmatched passion and loyalty as a Browns fan.”

The Lions finished 9-7 this season before losing in the playoffs to the Seattle Seahawks. Detroit will raise its ticket prices for a fourth consecutive season, according to multiple reports.

Despite a 3-13 mark, the Bears will raise its season ticket prices and continue to use variable ticket pricing for single games, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

“It was a challenging and disappointing season. One we will not repeat,” Bears president Ted Phillips wrote in a letter to season ticket holders. “We shared in your frustration and do not take your passion and loyalty for granted. We are humbled by your dedication to the Bears and know we must be better.”

The Bears host the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, and its NFC North foes. Bears season ticket prices haven’t increased since the 2014 season.

It will also cost many viewers more cash to watch their teams on DirectTV next season. The basic NFL Sunday Ticket plan will cost 9.3 percent more than it did in 2016, according to UPROXX.

The first game of the 2017 season will be on Sept. 7 and will likely be held in Atlanta or Foxborough.