Eagles raise ticket prices for first time since 2014

Eagles raise ticket prices for first time since 2014

For the first time in a few years, it's going to cost a little more to go to Eagles games. 

The Eagles have raised ticket prices by an average of $7 per game for the 2017 season, the team said. The increase ranges from $5 to $15 per ticket. The average ticket price will go from $99 to $106. 

This is the first time the team has raised ticket prices since 2014. 

The rise in ticket prices has been met with understandable indignation from fans after the Eagles went 7-9 in 2016. They haven't been to the playoffs since 2013 and haven't won a playoff game since 2008. 

The team said it communicated the rise in ticket prices to season ticket holders last week. Here's a copy of a letter to a season ticket holder, via PhillyInfluencer.com

Thank you for your support as an Eagles Season Ticket Member. Your passion and enthusiasm energizes Lincoln Financial Field every game day, and it is awesome!

Your Season Ticket account renewal information is now available online. Please note that season ticket prices have increased for the first time since 2014. As always, you have the option to pay in full, make two separate payments or enroll in the four-payment plan via your online Account Manager. If you choose to either pay in two installments or enroll in the four-payment plan, you must do so by March 15, 2017. Your account must be paid in full by June 15, 2017.

We will be using variable pricing, again, for the 2017 season. Individual game price categories will be announced at a later date. Please note that variable pricing does not affect the overall price of your season ticket package.

While the Eagles finished 2016 with a losing record with a first-year head coach, they started out hot at 3-0 before an eventual collapse. There are still many pieces to add but the team believes it has found its franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz. 

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie rails against political polarization in Washington

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie rails against political polarization in Washington

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie isn't often very outspoken on football or political matters. 

He has apparently made an exception. 

Just a few days before Lurie is tentatively scheduled to speak to Philadelphia reporters while in Phoenix for the league's annual meetings, the Eagles owner authored a story for Time Magazine railing against political polarization in Washington.

Lurie has not spoken to reporters publicly since last March in Boca Raton, Florida, at the 2016 owners meetings. 

The owner's essay was published just hours after House Republican leaders pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday afternoon. Lurie, for the record, donated money to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.

Lurie, the Eagles' 65-year-old billionaire owner, in the story, uses football as an example for which Washington should strive. 

Here's how Lurie begins the piece:

"What do football, political polarization and autism have in common? They all illuminate aspects of the human condition, explaining who we are, where we are headed and the hurdles along the way. As a sports team owner I rarely publicly discuss politics, but as a member of a family touched by autism, I often think about the unspoken millions of people who live with the daily challenges of this disorder."

Lurie then goes on to explain why football can act as a guide for Washington when it comes to united for the common good:

"What I have learned from football can be applied to society at large. Just as we intensely game-plan against an opponent in sports, we need to game plan for the reality and consequences of polarization. Extreme polarization is the opponent -- not each other. A football team is made up of players from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and political viewpoints. What unites them is grit, determination, and the desire to win. They join in a common goal and do what is necessary to transcend their differences for the greater good of their team.

"What unites Americans is far more negative. We are now in an age where communicating verifiable information becomes secondary to the goal of creating a common enemy that unifies people in fear, negativity and opposition. This masks our inability to solve serious domestic problems (poverty, violence and institutional racism to name three current examples) and diverts our attention from obvious suffering."

Lurie then writes that we, as Americans, have the "necessary resources" to tackle serious problems, like autism, but lack the leadership to put aside differences. 

The whole piece isn't very long and is worth reading in full to gain a better understanding of its context. 

Next week while in Phoenix, Lurie will surely be asked about what motivated him to write the piece. 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replays will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.