Correspondent: Bryant Gumbel
Producer: Chapman Downes
Perhaps the hottest consumer sports issue of the moment is the skyrocketing cost of attending pro sports events. The increase in ticket prices and the introduction of personal seat licenses - one-time fees that fans must pay to retain the rights to purchase their season tickets - have left diehard season ticket holders and families feeling pushed aside in favor of corporate interests. Team owners contend these increases provide necessary revenue to offset debts incurred by the construction of new stadiums and arenas.
Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel investigates both sides of the debate, taking an in-depth look at the New York metro area, where three major stadium projects are currently underway.