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Hawks preseason games announced

Post by Eric Williams on March 30, 2009 at 10:58 am with 16 Comments »
March 30, 2009 10:58 am

The National Football League announced its preseason schedule this morning, and it’s no surprise that the Seattle Seahawks schedule includes all AFC West opponents.

The league typically tries to limit travel for its teams during the preseason, and the Seahawks usually do not play against NFC West divisional opponents during these exhibition contests, so that’s why you see Seattle facing a steady diet of Oakland and San Diego during the preseason.

Here’s Seattle’s schedule.

Week 1 (Aug. 13-17) Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers

Week 2 (Aug. 20-24) Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

Week 3 (Aug. 27-31) Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 4 (Sept. 3-4) Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks

View the full NFL schedule here.

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  1. that’s why you see Seattle facing a steady diet of Oakland and San Diego during the preseason.

    The reason you see Seattle face a steady diet of old AFC West teams is that when the league re-aligned in 2002, the Seahawks (and even more-so the Arizona Cardinals) weren’t all that excited about losing the division rivalries that had built up over the years.

    To get the votes to approve realignment, the NFL announced that the old rivalries would be maintained every year during the preseason.

    It was a weak concession, but was really the league’s only option.

  2. ProblemSolved says:

    Pre-Season = Season Ticket Holder Scam. If the Commish wanted to help with the quality of pre-season football, he would disallow teams from forcing us to buy tickets to these two games, the two games that you can’t even sell off.

  3. For some reason, I like the Away/Home/Away/Home format.

    I can’t wait for the “real” schedule to come out!

  4. Dukeshire says:

    All AFC West teams in the preseason? Has it happened before, that they have played only teams in one division in the pre season? I’ll have to look, but I doubt it.

  5. I agree. They should do something about the 2 game scam. Perhaps 1 pre-season home game (2 total) and continue with the 16 game schedule. But play those 16 games in 18 weeks instead of 17 as it is now. That added TV revenue might make up the difference from losing a meaningless game where the stands aren’t even full anyways.

    Although I think 4 pre-season games is too many, 2 almost seems not enough. Perhaps there could be a 3rd game on a neutral site? The NFL likes to promote itself in other areas. Perhaps there could be some games in other venues? Mexico? China? Great Britain? Los Angeles? Toronto? San Antonio (‘boys/Texans could play in this annual game). Las Vegas (AZ vs. SD?). I obviously don’t have a perfect answer — but there’s gotta be a better way.

  6. They came to MN last year and played SD. I think we played the Raiders too.

  7. nightwulf says:

    We did…Oak and Sd seem to be there just about every year…

  8. the new UFL does almost just that, 2 home games at the team home, then a third “home” game at a place the league wants to target. so the las vegas team plays 2 home games in vegas, and a third game in L.A.

    i am not sure about china in the near future, simply because the patriots have pulled their guy out of china who was leading the charge there.

  9. Palerydr says:

    Alot of chatter about changing the amount of preseason games. I was listening to kjr softy(can’t stand the guy usually) and heard mention of the league doing just that. Makes sense 2 games cut down on injuries to key players during games that are really for guys trying to make the team. I’m all for it and if you were to poll players IMO you would get alot of support for a second off week during the season. Bobbys idea sounds good cuz lets remember they may love playing the game but they love getting paid as well. Have to keep those revenue streams flowing.

  10. chuck_easton says:

    Look at it from purely a travel perspective. The team traditionally leads the league in regular season air miles. For pre-season the last thing they want is to be flying all over the country. Who are the closest teams to Seattle? SF, Arizona, St. Louis (but in division so you don’t want to play them in pre-season), SD, Oakland, KC, Denver.

  11. OutSydeDog says:

    mattkab nailed it right off the bat. I remember when they announced that we’d play AFC West teams in preseason to make up the lost rivalry. Nice try, but it’s hard to be too worked up for preseason. I don’t care that season packages come with the preseason games, but they really should discount the price for them.

  12. Does it really matter who we play??? Preseason is basically a controlled scrimmage anyway… just a chance to analyze reactions, schemes, etc in a game scenario…

  13. As I’m sure most of you do, I get really worked up during regular season games. Probably too worked up (except when we’re 2-10 with no real shot at the Super Bowl, then the intensity dies down a bit, although I still root for my team). So one nice thing about pre-season is that it’s a chance to sit back and watch the starters, reserves, etc. without getting too riled up (although it’s still easy to get worked up if something goes a certain way). With that being said, since it’s a game that doesn’t count — it’s silly to make fans pay full price for a meaningless contest. IMO it makes sense (not dollars) to have the pre season games be half price, that way it would be more affordable for the common person to attend. Perhaps more seats would be filled in the 3rd quarter of games too. I know teams would lose revenue, but it seems excessive to charge fans good money for games that don’t matter.

    A negative of going to 2 total pre season games, would be that teams lose a home game (ie use of facility). This is obvious, but I was thinking that for teams who want new stadiums — that’s one less time the facility is used per year. Each team, assuming they host no play-off games can use the facility for a maximum of 10 games per year. This would drop it to 9 times being used. I know it’s only 1 time, but when you only use it 10 times that’s a big chunk of a percentage.

    I wish I had a perfect answer.

  14. I know that it is preseason and the games don’t mean anything. I do enjoy the scramble for the players to find a spot on the roster. The unknown player from a small collage, like Dave (Mudbone) Krieg or John Kitna, who made the roster, and have decent NFL careers. After all these years, I am still a Raider hater. There is always pleasure in beating them. I don’t care if its preseason or the sand lot.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    “Preseason is basically a controlled scrimmage anyway… ” I totally agree. If you don’t want to pay full price for those games, don’t go. Unless you have season tickets, how does the ticket price effect you? If you’re looking to the NFL to make the game, preseason or not, more accessible to the every day person, you’re crazy. My family has had season tickets since 1980 and it’s almost impossible to hang on to them, now. The economy coupled with the ridiculous prices and game day concessions (a lot of you know what I’m talking about) tell you everything you need to know about what the NFL thinks about it’s “fans”. As long as the stadiums are full, ticket prices will continue to go up and more games will be added, period. I remember when Paul Allen bought the team, one of the first things he did was lower ticket prices. You could buy and 8 game package for $99. Can you imagine that?!? That’s how empty the ‘Dome was in those days. The only way preseason prices go down is if fans stop attending. (Season ticket holders will still take it in the shorts, but what else is new?) And as long as the so called “product” remains the greatest game in the world, and more fun to be a part of than nearly any thing else we do, nothing will change. Take away 2 pre season games and add 2 regular season games? Hell yes, the owners will love it. I can’t imagine how much more money a regular season game brings in than a pre season. It makes me angry. But what am I going to do? Not go? Yeah, right. They have us by the balls.

  16. I hate being had by the balls.

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