Jay Cutlers fallout on the field and with fans doesn't stop with him being benched from Sunday's game.
It appears Cutler's latest mishaps on the field, and the latest headlines speculating about his future with the team has prompted a decline in sales merchandise surrounding the star quarterback.
Dick’s Sporting Goods’ jersey report website ranks the quarterback’s namesake gear at 62nd in sales, a steep fall from the start of the season where he stood as the NFL’s 12th bestselling jersey.
“Jay got benched and he should have been benched at halftime at any number of games,” Bears fan Peter Rubnitz said.
But no matter how poorly some say Cutler led his team’s performance this season, the downtown Sports Authority at LaSalle and Ontario Streets said Bears merchandise is still a big seller.
“It doesn’t matter what’s going on out there, a Bears fan is always loyal,” the store’s manager told NBC Chicago.
Unfortunately "what’s going on out there" does indeed matter to ticket distributors, who are feeling the pain when it comes to this Sunday’s game against Detroit.
“Tickets are going for $40 apiece,” said Max Waisvisz, owner of Gold Coast Tickets. “Even those expensive club-level seats are going for a third of their price.”
StubHub reports more than 2,000 tickets are still available for purchase online from fed-up fans like Peter Rubnitz, who is left trying to unload his seats after his friends are no longer willing to sit it out at Soldier Field.
“They’ve got a million other things they’d rather be doing,” Rubnitz said. “But Detroit is in the playoffs, so some Lions fans might be interested.”
Detroiter Sue Torgerson was able to snag her last-minute game ticket for $150, nearly 40 percent off from its $350 face-value.
“It’s wonderful! Merry Christmas!” proclaimed the Lions fan.