The ownership groups of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins recently held a panel to discuss ways of lowering ticket prices for the average fan -- and came up with virtually nothing.

Really, fellas? In a wobbly economy where the average price of a baseball ticket is around $27, football is $76, basketball is $48 and hockey $54?

We can do better than that. DailyFinance asked experts and fans for creative ways to push prices down across the nation, in all major league sports. Their answers could revolutionize the business of sports -- or make team honchos choke on their morning bran muffins.

1. Give the tickets away. You read correctly. Maury Brown, founder and president of the Biz of Baseball, said some lower-rung teams could generate goodwill and rebuild their customer bases by letting folks in for free on occasion. "So if I'm the Pittsburgh Pirates, I'm considering this," he said. Teams would still collect the concession and souvenir sales. There are recent precedents: In 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays gave away 20,000 tickets to a game with the American League's Eastern Division title at stake, and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins hosted a free exhibition game and job fair in September.

2. Pay the players for performance.
Ask players to give back a percentage of their salary if they perform below an agreed upon level of expectations, and pass the savings on to the fans, Jim Carpenter suggested at the Reservoir Bar in Manhattan. Craaaccck. That was the sound of Hell freezing over, Jim. But we like the idea.

3. Raise concession prices to allow for a reduction in ticket prices,
Jaren Canady suggested while lunching at the Village Pour House, a short walk from the Reservoir. Fans can save further by "just eating at home" before the game, he added, and teams can make up some of the shortfall with souvenir sales. Jaren is still in school at New York University, but we say give this guy a front-office job pronto.

4. Cut salaries -- from the bottom.
Let veteran superstars make the crazy money they do, but slash rookie salaries and divert the the savings into the tickets, Canady added. He conceded that the short career span of NFL players might cause an outcry, but those thriving after a few seasons would benefit.

5. Lower all player salaries to sane levels so prices would naturally fall,
Pour House patron Flynn Murray declared. The following jobs are not for you, Flynn: sports agent and union negotiator for the NFL and NBA unions, both of which face a possible work stoppage next season over money issues.

6. Pit the resellers against each other.
StubHub and other ticket-resellers are making cheap tickets available, notes Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College in Massachusetts. If there's enough competition between online scalpers, they might have to outdo each other by lowering their add-on fees, he theorized. (StubHub takes 15% from sellers and a $5 service charge plus $4.95 for email per ticket from buyers.)

7. Promote dynamic pricing,
the practice of constantly adjusting ticket prices based on supply and demand. "Sports teams don't want their attendance to get below a certain threshold and undermine the momentum they have," Zimbalist said. The San Francisco Giants became the first team to use dynamic pricing for every seat, and others, such as the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Indians, have experimented with sections of tickets.

8. Create a booth for heavily discounted rush tickets just before game time, a la the TKTS Booth on Broadway, said Reservoir regular Mark Norell. Better that the seats be filled than empty, he reasoned. The Yankees offer "Moe-Saver" tickets at Modell's Sporting Goods on the same day of games, but even at half price, the triple-digit tickets made available through the program are too expensive for many. Norell envisioned a truly last-minute setup where patient fans can score great deals.

9. Give moms and dads a break
by letting kids fill seats for next to nothing for less popular games, advised Steve Burke at the Reservoir. "They're not watching anyway," he said.

10. Teams should lower the price of middle-bowl arena and stadium tickets
down to where middle-class fans can afford them, and raise prices on premium seats and corporate boxes to compensate, said Biz of Baseball's Brown. Executives at the Boston panel said their teams were already focused on making more money by catering to the swells. Why not ask them to pay a little more?

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June 01 2011 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't believe the Number One way to lower ticket prices was not mentioned. Eliminate the ability of corporations to write off their sky boxes and all the food and drink as "marketing expenses". They write it off their corporate taxes each and every year. You would see how quickly box sales and ticket prices would drop if these corporations could no longer game the game. It's a sad thing that American families can no longer afford to go to a game at a reasonable price. Some families have to save up all year just to attend a damn game with the kids. Pitiful.

June 01 2011 at 3:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Nothing will changes doesn't matter what but if we pull out Credit from the system believe me this country will be in only 1 year like new, Economy up, Wages up, No more minimum payment and usual stuff, this country works just fine before personal credit goes in the system so vote and pull out this stuff from the system and everything will be just fine likes before. Peoples will have real money for real work instead of service jobs with credit to buy and spend to cover HUGE HOLE which peoples have from weekly paycheck and THAT hole cause CREDIT nothing else, because instead any corporation to give you living wages gives to you now minimum wages and other corporation with credit jumps in and give to you credit just to cover that huge holes from normal living wages to minimum wages and that's it , you work , you never make it because if you not have the money for normal living wages believe me you will not have money to pay credit because you will owe more ! In the end only problem is CREDIT and that's it....

June 01 2011 at 3:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Tell that to Barack Obama and Congress !

June 01 2011 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If we pull out CREDIT CARD of the system completely THAT will stop many unnecessary spending including Ticket prices, In my personal opinion only problem which this country took down in the last 50 years is the CREDIT CARD and personal credit,Took this stuff out of the system and finally anybody can see how is Economy and buying power USA regular peoples. AMEN

June 01 2011 at 2:59 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Gave up going to sports events when tickets got to $20 apiece. Don`t miss it at all. Cost to much for a family of 4 to attend any sports game. Concertsare just as bad.

May 31 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Go to your local high school games or minor league games -- they REALLY appreciate your attendance and support.

May 31 2011 at 9:26 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Its all in the power of the fan . Just stop going. I had yankee tickets for 27 years and I just stopped going because I refuse to continue to support theses guys. Its just that simple. If they dont have any business trust me you will see these morons rethink how much they charge you for anything. They charged me more and gave me less and expected me to just follow the program . Its a big joke

May 31 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

The only way prices will fall is if people stop attending. As long as there are substantial demand for their product they can charge what they will. What makes anyone think that if they charge more for luxury boxes or anything else they will pass the savings onto the fans? That will be more revenue to the owner then onto the athletes. I remember being able to catch the home team on off air TV, Now you have to have cable and even then you cant see it if the game has not sold out in time. Stop going to the games, paying for those cable packages, decreased demand equal decreased pricing. I know that will never happen though.

May 31 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

wait i think i heard this line in a movie...( GREED IS GOOD ) the reason i dont go to baseball games anymore is..i use a qtr tank of gas getting to the game the same trying to get home there's half a tank of gas gone, i pay $30.00 for parking tolls $10.00 my ticket for a half decent seat $100.00 and now god forbid i get hungry or thirsty i dont need to go into the prices of that stuff, so here is my say, the owners & their affiliates & the players can all go f**k themselves for i will never attend another game as long as i know my hard earned money is lining their pockets & they refuse to lower ticket prices..bye the way im a yankee fan.

May 31 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Stop all the subsidies that everyone gets from the bottom up. I see people on welfare at the games due to the tax payer. I see ballparks receiving near billions from bailed out banks for naming rights. Stadiums have been subsidized by the taxpayer. Look , just do not go to a game and pay that outrageous price. Most people attending the games are not making $200,000 per year. Luxury bow suites costing millions of dollars a year for companies to get a right off. When the shanenigans end, prices will come down. Few people have the guts to call out the truth.

May 31 2011 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply