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NFL fans pay to watch media day

January 31, 2012 | 11:54 am

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The NFL tried something new this year, for the first time selling tickets to media day. Fans paid $25 a pop to sit in part of the lower section of Lucas Oil Stadium and watch the media circus from the stands. They received small radios with six channels, allowing them to eavesdrop on the interviews of players and coaches at various podiums, and those interviews were simultaneously shown on the video board.

There were 7,300 fans at the event, and 2,000 reporters doing interviews on the NFC sideline, first for an hour with the Patriots, followed by an hour with the Giants.

Judging by the number of Peyton Manning jerseys in the stands, it was largely a hometown crowd. And Giants quarterback Eli Manning got a big cheer when he praised his older brother.

“Peyton has had an unbelievable career and in my opinion is the best I’ve ever seen play football,” Eli Manning said, via Profootballtalk.com. “My goal is to get to his level of play. That’s something I’ve worked on.”

The NFL is considering a similar arrangement for the scouting combine in late February.

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-- Sam Farmer in Indianapolis

Photo: Fans pack half of the stadium for Super Bowl media day. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA.

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