Getty ImagesNational Football League (NFL) teams enjoyed an early surge in ticket sales despite uncertainty around whether the start of the 2020 season could be delayed due to the coronavirus, according to SeatGeek. Data provided by the ticketing agency to CNBC shows overall ticket sales for the 12 hours after the season schedule was released on 7th May were up a whopping 234 per cent compared to the same period in 2019. One reason cited for the increase in demand was the uniform ticket refund policy agreed by the NFL with its franchises ahead of the recent schedule announcement. The policy dictates that teams must refund fans for tickets if a game is cancelled or played behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus. The NFL’s secondary ticket partners, which include SeatGeek and Ticketmaster, also agreed to make full refunds available for all ticket sales within no more than 30 days of cancellation. NFL shelves 2020 London games due to coronavirusSeatGeek said tickets for Raiders games are showing the highest demand in early sales ahead of the team’s relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, where they will play at the new US$1.
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