In the battle between millionaires and billionaires, Thousandaires are King.
So you’re sitting idly by as people play with your happiness, your passion, and in some extreme cases your reason to live. Football. You live it, you breathe it, and you spend a lot of your precious time and money on it. Now all of a sudden you might not get your fix. Decertification. Lockout. The NFL and NFLPA have been paying lip service to us fans. They want us to know it’s the other guy’s fault that football in 2011 is up in the air.
So do we fans have a say in this? Are we really at THEIR mercy? I say no and if we can come together as fans (yes even those who root for the jets) we can end this nonsense and reclaim OUR game. After all this is about money, and when they say they want what’s best for the game, the game they are referring to is monopoly.
So here are some stats to chew on:
The 2011 Superbowl was watched by 111 million viewers topping you guessed it, 2009’s Superbowl which was watched by 106.5 million viewers. This is why advertisers pony up to $3 million for a 30 second commercial.
According to Nielsen’s, 207.7 unique viewers watched the 2010 regular season games.
Approximately 2 million people subscribe to NFL Ticket at $300 a pop which amounts to about $600 million a year.
And last but definitely not least, last year more viewers watched the NFL Draft than the NBA playoffs. We rather watch middle aged white men rush their teams draft cards up to the commissioner than watch Lebron or Kobe do their thing in a playoff game. And that my friend’s is the power we hold.
I propose we fans BOYCOTT this year’s draft and send the league and its players a message. Agents are reportedly advising their clients not to physically attend the draft. Fans, we should follow suit. Can you imagine an empty Radio City Music Hall? Can you imagine their reaction when their ratings plummet as we force ourselves to watch the NBA playoffs? We can get our updates through twitter, the internet, and by any other means. But I say don’t go to the draft if you were planning on it, and by all means don’t watch it on TV. I know some of you live for the draft, and the thought of not watching already has you twitching. THAT is what the NFL and the players are betting on. You can’t walk away from the game, they have you by the balls. When they see the ratings fall, they won’t risk losing their fan base the way MLB did and still hasn’t recovered from.
My message to you, and I hope you pass this message along. Tell your friends, tell your co-workers, put it on Facebook etc. BOYCOTT the draft! If the Egyptians can get rid of Mubarak I think we can nudge these guys to get a new CBA done. I’m not watching the draft this year if there’s no CBA, I hope you all join me!