5. Dallas Cowboys
Price of a small draft beer: $8.50 for 16 ounces
Price per ounce: 53 cents  

In the average fan's world, $8.50 for a beer is steep. In Jerry World, it's perhaps one of the most reasonable items on the  menu. Owner Jerry Jones is charging fans as much for the giant screens at midfield and the dancing girls in the cages around the stadium as he is for anything happening on the field. There is no public transportation to games whatsoever, which means you're either taking a cab or paying $75 for parking, well over the $27.35 league average. Want a program? That's $10, or more than double the league average of $4. Want a return on your investment? Well, the Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since 1995, have won one playoff game since 1997 and haven't made the playoffs since 2009. Enjoy the show.  

4. Chicago Bears
Price of a small draft beer: $8.50 for 16 ounces
Price per ounce: 53 cents  

Bears fans have endured enough bad news this season to warrant early hibernation. Sure, average ticket prices jumped 8.5% to more than $100 and quarterback Jay Cutler looked like a rabbit at a dog track while running from the Green Bay Packers' defense in an embarrassing loss. Coupled with a 50-cent uptick in beer prices from last year, it's enough early season indignity to make Chicago's sports faithful count the days until Derrick Rose and the Bulls return.  

3. New York Jets/Giants
Price of a small draft beer: $8.75 for 16 ounces
Price per ounce: 55 cents  

The Jets and Giants rank Nos. 1 and 4, respectively, among NFL ticket prices. The have the newest stadium in the league that's stacked with luxury boxes and amenities, if not season ticketholders willing to pay for personal seat licenses. They're also (technically) in New York, one of the most expensive cities in the world, never mind the country. At least Giants fans have fresh memories of a Super Bowl parade that make those overpriced suds easier to swallow. By contrast, even Fireman Ed's yelling can't drown out the fact that man hadn't landed on the moon the last time the Jets won a title. Have another, Gang Green.  

2. San Diego Chargers
Price of a small draft beer: $9 for 16 ounces
Price per ounce: 56 cents  

You know who's perhaps the least surprised by this price? Chargers fans. The Spanos family that owns the Chargers has made it clear they don't think the team's home at Qualcomm (QCOM) Stadium is up to snuff and that they want a new one from the city, Chula Vista, Los Angeles or whoever's willing to foot the bill. The NFL has told the owners San Diego won't host another Super Bowl until its gets a new facility. Meanwhile, stars players continue to leave, attendance continues to fall and games continue to be blacked out as ownership rebuffs the NFL's new reduced-capacity measures that would keep home games on the air. Fans are left paying a dollar more for a small beer than they did last year and are getting four ounces less for their trouble. It's not surprising, but it doesn't seem sustainable, either.  

1. Indianapolis Colts
Price of a small draft beer: $7 for 12 ounces
Price per ounce: 58 cents  

Economic reality is about to hit the Colts hard this season. That beer price may have been sustainable or even shrugged off when Peyton Manning was leading the team to Super Bowls, winning most-valuable-player awards and making the playoffs an annual tradition in Indiana. But Peyton's in Denver now, the Colts went 2-14 in his absence last year and are looking to a rookie quarterback to right the ship. Forget whether any of that instills confidence in the Colts faithful or even gets them to fill lovely Lucas Oil (LEI) Stadium: Is any of it worth the highest per-ounce beer price in the league?  

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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