Team Marketing Report's just-released annual survey has found that the average NFL ticket price has risen to more than $54, a 4.9 percent jump from last season. The teams with the biggest increases were the Falcons (average price $43.71, up 26.2 percent) and the NFC champion Panthers ($50.23, up 18 percent). The only teams whose ticket prices went down on average were the Saints and the Seahawks. New England has the highest average ticket prices in the league at $75.33, while the Redskins are second at $68.12. . . .
Viewers who missed HBO's late, great "Hard Knocks" must have been delighted to find "Inside Training Camp: Jaguars Summer" on the NFL Network this summer. Cameras followed the Jags as they went through training camp, and the results were fascinating and enlightening, especially for those who have never covered a training camp (i.e., just about everyone). Now if they'd only extend the show to cover a team's entire season. Maybe next year. . . .
As anniversaries go, it isn't getting much attention, but this year is the 40th anniversary of soccer-style field goal kicking. The Bills (then in the AFL) drafted Cornell's Pete Gogolak in the 12th round of the 1964 draft. Using the instep of his foot instead of his toe in his first exhibition game, he kicked a 57-yard field goal, which was three yards longer than the standing professional record.