As the Philadelphia Eagles have increased the price of season tickets for the upcoming 2014 season, the inevitable issue arises of the fans’ satisfaction with the franchise and its ownership. After all, in the business of the NFL, the money comes from the fans. It has always been a tall task to keep the Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holders happy with the current state of the team. A tortured franchise with no Super Bowl rings is bound to hear criticism from its crowd.
Current Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has been in charge since 1994. Aside from the glaring problem of the franchise’s Super Bowls, Lurie has been successful in his time in Philadelphia. He ushered in the best era of football the franchise has ever seen with unprecedented success during the era of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
The Philadelphia Eagles during the Andy Reid era gained a reputation amongst the city’s media and parts of the fan base as an arrogant and hard headed group that did not connect with the city. Lurie is still criticized to this day for referring to the Eagles as “the gold standard” of NFL franchises following a heart-breaking NFC Championship loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a successful season in 2013 that followed a dismal 4-12 campaign in 2012. There were many seasons in the past when the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field left unsatisfied and unhappy with good years that failed to bring home a championship. Those years do not compare to the 2013 season of the Philadelphia Eagles because of the sense of a willingness to change in the franchise.
Although Lurie has made notable mistakes since becoming the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, he has seen great success in the overall landscape. Following an era of former owner Norman Braman in which the fans blatantly hated the team’s owner, Jeffrey Lurie has handled the up and downs of his franchise. He has certainly been willing to spend the money for the good of the Philadelphia Eagles. Based on these credentials, Philadelphia Eagles fans need to accept Jeffrey Lurie in his decision to raise the prices on their season tickets.