When the Lions announced this week that they were dropping some season ticket prices and freezing others, it was such a smart move. Tom Lewand, Lions president, said they want to fill Ford Field not just to make money, but to give the team a true home-field advantage. Plus, you know they took the economy and high jobless rate into consideration, along with the 2-30 record over the past two seasons.
So it was surprising to hear that the Chicago Bears, who have not been to the playoffs in three years, announced a ticket price increase. They did it on the same day as Tiger Woods’ apology to the world, but still word got out. Club seats at Soldier Field will increase between $10 and $20 per ticket, with a $2 to $17 increase for non-club seats. The economy isn’t that much brighter in Chicago. And the Bears? They’ve now got two former members of the Lions coaching staff in key positions — Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator and Mike Martz as offensive coordinator. Will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.