December is the last month of the NFL season, when we pretty much know who are the really good teams and who are the losers. Two teams in the latter category are the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. In both cases, prices for their remaining home game tickets are starting at $6.
Let's start with the Jets. Going into this season, expectations were high. They had finished 10-6 last season under new head coach Todd Bowles and barely missed the playoffs thanks to a fluke Week 17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Prognosticators thought the team were due for a big season in 2016, anticipating a tight contest with division rival New England. They were wrong.
The Jets fizzled out in typical Jets' fashion—quickly and of their own volition. Although they were plagued by a difficult schedule to open up the season, the Jets performed even worse than anticipated, losing 5 of their first 6 games. Despite a minor rebound, winning the next two, their season was not salvageable.
On the flip side, you have the hapless Cleveland Browns—a team that may join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only other team to finish a season 0-16. They started the year ushering in a new era of quarterback with the signing of Robert Griffin III. Before they could blink, he was injured and would miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.
For being winless, the Browns haven't been totally awful. Many of their games have been decided by 5 points or fewer, and they've had leads as big as 20 points. But the true mark of a bad team is how they always snag defeat from the jaws of victory. Cleveland has excelled in futility for years, but 2016 has placed an exclamation mark on things.
This Sunday, Cleveland will sell tickets starting at $6 for their home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It's also the best chance the team has of winning a game all year. Meanwhile, the Jets are also selling home tickets for $6, if you'd like to watch a chilly Monday night game against the Colts' backup quarterback.
Let's put this dirt cheap price into perspective. Beer at most stadiums will run you about $12, parking is $30+, and if you stopped at a McDonald's along the way, a combo would cost you $9.50. So by these standards, tickets to watch an NFL game are basically FREE! The catch? You have to watch a team play that would arguably lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Okay, they wouldn't. But still, $6 might actually be too much money to watch the Browns.