The Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL are looking to cut their annual operating expenses by $5.5 million to $15 million for the upcoming season.
The Steelers’ ticket sales were down a whopping 9.1 percent in 2016, but that was expected to drop further due to the departure of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who signed with the Houston Texans.
The team’s new season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 8 will cost $65.50, while the Steelers’ first home game against the New York Jets on Jan. 8, 2017, will cost just $60.50.
The team is also considering reducing prices for the team’s home games.
Mornhinwieght will join Mike Tomlin and Pat Shurmur in the front office as the new director of football operations.
Shurmer will also serve as vice president of football administration.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be paying a $5 million salary cap hit to the franchise.
The franchise also is cutting its operating expenses to $1.5 billion in 2019, but this includes a $2 million reduction from this year’s operating expenses of $2.5 to $3.5.
The reduction will go into effect on Jan 1, 2019, with the Steelers scheduled to play at the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.
The NFL is also increasing ticket prices to $55.50 from the current $60 and $65 for the 2019 season.