Empty Cold Seats

Is it just over the peak of NFL popularity, or just a blip that between them, the Colts and Packers have over 14,000 unsold playoff tickets for the coming weekend? Two iconic teams. One iconic venue. Supposedly a lot on the line.

I know the NFL is past its peak with me. Sure, the game has excitement and a degree of unpredictability. What’s the downside? Aristocrats in ascendancy, and in their posh corporate enclosures. Medical fallout for players, including trading an average of 3.5 year of pro action for more than twenty years of life. Trading football for seeing one’s grandchildren. Alas, for some Americans, that might be a plus. Suicides. Criminal behavior. Is it worth it?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Empty Cold Seats

  1. David D. says:

    It is an anomaly. Just take a look at the ratings numbers and trends over the past several years. Fans generally don’t care who owners are or how much money they have. Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder, perhaps the two most reviled NFL owners, have been fielding sub-par teams for the better part of the past 15 years yet their respective franchises ranked 1 and 4 in average attendance this past year. The Packers, of course, are essentially fan owned. Among billionaire owners of American professional sports franchises, the NFL, NBA and MLB are more or less equally represented. The importance and popularity of gambling and fantasy leagues must also be considered.

    There is also no evidence of decline at the youth and prep levels. Games between powerhouse prep teams are now televised on ESPN. Football has become a year round sport in many of the recruiting hotbeds with off season participation in 7-on-7 leagues or similar programs a must for the aspiring football player. The talent pipeline won’t be drying up anytime soon.

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