- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2001

For 30 years, through good times and bad, the Washington Redskins easily were the hottest sports ticket in town.
No longer. The combination of the team's abysmal start and Michael Jordan's celebrated second comeback have prompted a sell-off of Redskins tickets unseen in recent team history.
With the Redskins' home opener against Kansas City still three days away, seats can be easily purchased from area ticket brokers at face value for FedEx Field's lower deck and half face value for the upper deck. Similar prices were plentiful on EBay yesterday, but bidders were few.
List prices for the two levels range from $40 to $75. Even during the often unsuccessful Norv Turner era, brokers routinely landed a minimum of $200 a ticket because of the team's legendary fan base.
"The home season hasn't even started yet, and I already know we're going to take a bath on the Redskins this year," said Danny Matta, president of Great Seats, a College Park brokerage. "We won't make any money on them at all. It's just going to be a tough, tough season. Thank goodness for Jordan and [new Washington Capitals superstar Jaromir] Jagr."
Similar secondary market prices briefly appeared last year for the Redskins' season finale. But that resulted from an unusual confluence of the game being on Christmas Eve against Arizona Washington's least popular regular opponent and after a four-game losing streak that eliminated the highly touted Redskins from playoff contention.
"There are still some diehards out there, but we have a lot of people jumping ship, and much earlier in the year than we've ever seen," said Karl Roes, president of Stagefront Tickets.com, a Laurel brokerage.

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