Remember a time when you could take the whole family to a football game without it costing an arm and a leg? Well, neither do we. Nowadays, the approximate cost for your average family of four living in Massachussets to see the Patriots play an entire season is roughly $22,000, which includes tickets to every game (home and away), travel and lodging, but little else. Even if you were on your own it would cost a hair over $6,000.
So what's a family or die-hard fan to do? Stay at home, of course.
With all the new fangled technology that's available at our fingertips, it's a bit of a no-brainer to watch from the comfort of your own home. You don't have to run to the bathroom in between commercial breaks, deal with obnoxious fans or, you know, find yourself in the middle of a riot. And the beer is a lot cheaper at home, too.
Despite what the guy at your local TV dealer tries to sell you, you don't need to break the bank for the ultimate home viewing experience. Here are two set ups depending on budget and other interests:
This is the year of 3D, folks. Did you see
For those that need to see a tackle one more time or think the ref blew that last second call, don't be confounded by the plethora of remotes when there's one remote to rule them all.
There's no reason not to go with Directv next season since you can catch every single game on Sunday and stream multiple games to your laptop or mobile device like
For those who don't need every gizmo and gadget and just want to watch the game. We don't blame you. Here's a bare-bones setup that won't break the bank.