Injured Players Return to Training but, TicketLuck Asks, Can the Cowboys Survive in the Ticket Market?

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The Dallas Cowboys have kicked off this season with a dismal 1-5 record, their worst start in decades. As reported by ESPNDallas.com on Thursday, four of the injured players have returned to training but the sports critics are not expecting anything special. The indifference is shared by fans who are finding tickets to the World Series games better value for their money.

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ESPN.com has reported that four of the Cowboy’s injured players, Felix Jones (ankle, forearm), Marc Colombo (back), Terence Newman (rib muscle strain) and Bradie James (knee) are back and trained with the team on Thursday and the management hopes the added strength will help them out in the ticket market. Dallas Cowboys tickets have historically been among the hottest commodities on the market. The influence has extended to the secondary ticket market where chances to see the Dallas Cowboys have sold like hot cakes. Scott Briggs from TicketLuck.com told us that “Die-hard fans have paid over thousands of dollars in the past to secure good seats in time but the prices for the game against Jacksonville Jaguars hovered below $200 and actually fell to an embarrassing $144 prior to the game, we don’t understand how the Cowboys can get back up”.

It’s not as if fans are hit by the recession or cash-starved. It’s just that they are finding better outlets for the money burning a hole in their pockets. A quick scan of secondary ticket selling sites (including TicketLuck) reveals that tickets for the World Series are often fetching above $2,000 and in some special cases an eye-boggling $6,700.

Cowboys’ fans still turned out in respectable numbers just this past Monday to watch Dallas Cowboys in Arlington take on the might of the New York Giants. But the below par performance by the team has ensured that their fans remain mired in gloom. Johnson Boos, a 42 year old native of Dallas claims to be a die-hard devotee but admits that he is “not optimistic about the Cowboys’ chances of recovering this season.”

In the ultimate indignity in the world of ticket sales, the price of several seats has plummeted below face value. This is particularly true of seats in the standing-room-only and upper deck sections which have traditionally had some of the strongest and most reliable sales. Demand has sagged leaving many bitter people carrying extra tickets and no one to sell them to.

Ticket holders of events featuring the Dallas Cowboys have been grousing on forums for days. The Under the Arches message board is a popular destination for Dallas Cowboys’ fans to exchange tips on how to get hold of one of the coveted tickets. But the statements drawing the most traction these days include, “I couldn’t give my ticket away right now…! Sad” and others echoing a similar theme.

In the meantime, the news just keeps getting worse for the Dallas Cowboys. They lost Tony Romo to a fractured collarbone. His replacement, Jon Kitna will play for the Dallas Cowboys in Green Bay. They continue to lose starting players to freak injuries. And their form on the playing field has just been pathetic. Their games have been a comedy of dropped passes, errant throws and failed strategies. The only bright side is the return of four of their injured players to training but even those players are still doubtful as players in the upcoming game. Coach Wade Phillips summed it up best when he said they needed to return to a “focus on fundamentals.”

Phillips has been the moving spirit behind a new sequence of training sessions for the Cowboys that involve extensive drills and videotaping of performance. The Cowboys have been putting in extra time on the practice field to hone the basic skills of passing, tackling and throwing.

The back to the basics regime may be mocked by competitors for now, but if it can provide an impetus to the struggling Cowboys, they might be the ones laughing at the end of the day. They owe at least that much to their legions of fans who are still pinning their hopes on a miracle. And perhaps those ticket prices might just provide the best measure of their recovery.

About Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are an American Football team. They are a member of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference in the NFL. The team is based in Irving, Texas. All home games are played out at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, although Dallas Cowboys in Indianapolis are also very hot for fans. You will see Dallas Cowboys in Glendale to fight the Arizona Cardinals and then you will witness Dallas Cowboys in Philadelphia to ward off the Eagles.

The team boasts a proud NFL record for successive games sold out at home. As of 2009, the Dallas Cowboys could boast the best winning percentage in the NFL and the most appearances at the Super Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys generates over $269 million in revenue and has been identified by Forbes magazine as the highest valued sports franchise in the United States at $1.65 billion.

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