But I'm just one person, and by myself I can do nothing. But, if we were united, what could we do? Look at the people of Egypt when they united, they brought down a dictator of forty years, by just taking to the streets and expressing themselves. They had organized by using the Internet. We do not have to take to the streets, but we do need to express ourselves.
People when they organize and express themselves have more power, and can have an impact greater then they ever realized. Too many people say what can I do, give up, and then do nothing. It is time to stop doing nothing. I know we are all football starved, and look forward anxiously towards the draft, but sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to obtain a larger goal. This lockout has already meant that there have been no Free Agents signed prior to the draft, some OTA's have already been lost, and the negative effects will keep mounting up. While Judge Nelson may enjoin the lockout, an expression by the fans about how they feel may help speed a solution, by causing both sides to consider the wisdom of any appeal. If the future TV revenues decrease, there will be less for both sides to fight over.
No matter who you feel is right in this conflict between the owners and the players, both sides do not have any consideration for us, the fans. They seem to be uncaring whether they are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs of ticket and merchandise sales, but most importantly the television audience they sell to advertisers. The TV trade newspaper "The Hollywood Reporter" reports that the TV industry analysts expect with the next contract, the NFL will add $46 billion in additional revenue from the TV industry. This is more then an additional 4.5 Billion per year above what the networks presently pay, and it will be finalized as soon as the next CBA is signed. This is the easiest point for the fans to attack in order for the fans to gain some leverage. The NFL just assumes we will once again slip back into old modes of behavior, and they have no fear we will not. Let's just put some fear in them.
The NFL and TV networks will be watching the draft very closely for any signs of slippage in its viewing audience. Remember last year when the NFL so proudly announced that the television ratings had increased by 18%, and it was a sign that the NFL had reached new levels of popularity. Now imagine how they would react if the rating declined by 50%.
If you intend to go to the draft in person, don't go, let the auditorium be half filled. Do not watch the Draft on TV. You can watch the results of the Draft on your late night sports report, and these blogs will be filled with chatter about the selections that are made. Support your fellow fans, by not acting like a fan. Send a message that the sleeping giant is starting to awaken, and he can not be taken for granted, or ignored any longer.
However this would be only the first step. A wake-up call for the NFL that the fans are not completely powerless. But the key is organization and getting other fans involved. If anyone has any expertise in setting up a "Facebook" page please contact me at 4NoLockout@gmail.com Put "Facebook" in subject line.
Every army needs foot soldiers, you can join the organized effort by sending me an eMail at 4NoLockout@gmail.com , and passing on the message below; post it to your Facebook page and other blogs you may belong to (it is under 1500 characters, so it will fit in most comment sections), Tweet it (Support the fan boycott of NFL Draft), spread the word in any way you can.
Imagine the impact if the mass of fans, who are upset by a possible lost season, sent eMails or letters to the local teams and cc’ed the league office, the players association, but most importantly the 4 networks both local and national and your congressperson. I will be collecting the needed information, for that will be our second step, after we are somewhat organized. I am one person, but I am trying to do something, you are one person, but together, WE can get something done.
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No matter who is right in this war between the NFL and NFLPA, both sides do not have any concern for us, the fans. They are killing the fan interest that produces ticket and merchandise sales, but most importantly the television audience they sell to advertisers. The NFL is expected to enter into TV contracts worth an additional 46 Billion dollars as soon as the next CBA is signed. The NFL just assumes we will once again slip back into old modes of behavior, and they have no fear we will not. Let's just put some fear in them.
The NFL and networks will be watching this draft very closely for any signs of slippage in its viewing audience. Last year, they proudly announced that the television ratings had increased by 18%, it was a sign that the NFL reached new levels of popularity. Now imagine how they would react if the rating declined by 50%.
If you intend to go to the draft in person, don't go, let the auditorium be half filled. Only watch the results of the Draft on your late night sports report, and these blogs which will be filled chatter about the selections. You will know who was selected, you will lose nothing, but maybe gain a season. Support your fellow fans by not acting like a fan. Send a message that the sleeping giant is starting to awaken, and he can not be taken for granted, or ignored any longer. This is only the first step.
Pass this message on, post it to your Facebook page and other blogs, Tweet "Join Fan Boycott of NFL Draft on TV". Spread the word,