Good news: Preds games got cheaper

Team Marketing Report is out with its annual fan cost index — which isn't without its detractors — for the NHL.

League-wide, the average ticket price is up 2.3 percent against the lockout-shortened 2013 season and the average cost of the fan experience — which includes things like hot dogs and beer, plus a ballcap (not that anyone buys a ballcap game-in and game-out) and a game program (which 12 NHL teams, including Nashville, don't even sell) — is up 3.1 percent.

The PDF of the report is here.

Nashville ranks 18th in the league on the FCI, with a total cost of the "experience" of around $320, which is actually down 4.8 percent from last year.

The only change from last year's report for the Predators (which can be reviewed here) is the ticket prices — which the Preds raised more than 18 percent heading into last season.

The Preds average ticket price is down 6.6 percent from the shortened season (a season in which the team gave away beaucoups tickets). Perhaps because of the lockout (or the softening demand created as a result of the labor strife and/or the team's woeful performance), the team cut prices, one of only two teams to cut prices by more than 1 percent (the Florida Panthers slashed prices by an astounding 26.7 percent).