Greetings, and welcome to the second edition of Gridiron Grumblings here at the Camel Clutch Blog. This time around I am going to take a hard look at one of the scarier economic situations in the NFL, in addition to putting the word out about another fantasy football sleeper. “Get That Dough” will return next time, when the NFL betting lines for Week 1 get a little bit clearer.
Blackouts Could Cripple the Nation
Well, maybe not the USA, but the Jaguars nation and the Chargers nation could suffer. According to God, er, NFL commish Roger Goodell, the Jags and Chargers will face local television blackouts, due to slow ticket sales. League broadcast rules prohibit a local broadcast of a game if it is not sold out, in order to protect team owners ability to sell tickets. Their theory is if you can see the game for free then why buy a ticket to go to a game? Well Rog, maybe because in some markets, the job market is in the shitter, and the number of people that can afford the exorbitant ticket prices has dwindled. The owners make so much more money off of the television deals, and merchandising, that protecting their right to sell tickets is laughable.
A lot of this consternation stems from several pre-season games that have been blacked out (lucky viewers!). On nfl.com, Goodell said “some of the August ticket sales could be attributed to the nature of exhibition football. I think the fans have seen that the quality of the games aren’t up to NFL standards, so I think that’s a factor.” An NFL executive actually admitting that pre-season games are downright awful…amazing! But Rog, you’re still going to make season ticket holders buy all these terrible games, and charge them regular season prices, right? Of course you are.
I say waive the blackout rules while the economy is down, and build some goodwill for Pete’s sake. One old guy in a purple uniform is not enough to counteract Stallworth, Burress, and Vick, but give the people what they want, like the chance to forget about their troubles for a few hours and connect with their community by rooting for their team, and they will cut you some slack.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
Bryan Riegel is an advertising professional with over nine years experience in print and on-line media. He misses the days that he spent announcing and commentating professional wrestling, but is happy to be here at the Came Clutch Blog. Share your views with him at [email protected].
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