Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; A general view of Ford Field before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints ticket sales may provide lesson for Detroit Lions

NFL.com cites that despite the New Orleans Saints tumultuous offseason, season-ticket sales have been unimpeded.

Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Ford Field before the game between the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

In an offseason that has been littered with bad news for the Saints, the team retained a season-ticket renewal rate of 99.6 percent and has fielded a waiting list of fans willing to purchase luxury box suites, according to Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel.

The Saints have dealt with the infamous Bounty Gate and the inability to sign franchise quarterback Drew Brees to a long-term contract extension, and have by far had the most criticized offseason by any NFL team.

This is good news for the Detroit Lions, if you can believe it.

The Lions have had arguably the second most criticized NFL offseason because the team has dealt with four players being arrested this offseason and the team also suspended one player from their minicamp for sucker punching a teammate.

Season-ticket sales should continue to improve for the Detroit Lions, an up-and-coming playoff-contending team, despite the onslaught of bad news that has been pouring out of Allen Park. The Lions have a lot of positive buzz surrounding the completion of their 2011 NFL campaign where the team went 10-6, and that should work in the team’s favor when putting fans in the seats at Ford Field, assuming, similarly to the New Orleans Saints, that a team’s recent success and winning ways will outweigh the negative news stories that pileup in the offseason.

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