Television hasn’t faced a change like this since the remote control was popularized. Digital Video Recorder (DVR) systems are altering television as we know it. Although the technology was introduced years ago, it hasn’t been until recently that most Americans have some sort of DVR technology for use in their homes. Whether the system is TiVo or Replay TV, whether the system is cable or PC based, the powers to record programs and pause live television are in the hands of the viewer.
While the country suffers from a recession, did the Superbowl suffer? I say “no,” and I was a business major in college. Financial disappointments of the Superbowl are not from the recession, but from unrealistic expectations.
Ticket prices for Superbowl XLIII were down twenty percent from last year. This makes sense considering last year two major market teams, one undefeated and one hot since a dramatic Week 17 loss to the aforementioned team, drew higher ticket prices then a game with one major market team and one unloved franchise.