If you read my blog you know by now that I am huge football fan. I love the NFL, college, small school teams, even the Canadian Football League, and if push comes to shove I will even watch futbol on the hispanic channel.
The news of the day is:
The National Football League is back on!
That’s right folks, we will all be glued to the TV on Sunday’s Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and the occasional Thursday and Saturday once the season gets underway starting in early August with the pre-season.
The players whined and the owners postured but they both got what the wanted. They are both sharing a pot of gold that even a leprechaun would be envious of.
The players made out well.
- No more two-a-day practices
- No 18 game season
- Better healthcare and retirement benefits
- Very limited time in pads during the week
- No personal conduct policy or set-in-stone- drug testing policy (at least not yet)
- And again sharing a pot of cash that most of us will never see in our lifetime.
But how does this all effect us?
Well, actually we are about to get kicked in the mouth.
For starters, a brand new television deal is in place. Which means “rights fees”. This will hurt the casual fan more than you know.
It will cost you more at the parking lot at the stadium, your beer and brats will set you back more than the 25 bucks you paid last year, and more importantly it will cost you more if you order the NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV.
But hold on a sec. The NFL is not just for TV is it? I mean, don’t we want to be part of the fan-do-mania: 60 to 70,000 rabid, beer drinking, battery throwing (please don’t), cussing, marriage proposing on the big screen, tailgating sports nuts that is our red blooded american birth right?
The league didn’t even think of the fans when all this crying was going on for the last six months. They didn’t lower ticket prices, they aren’t giving us half priced pre-season tickets. No way. In the NFL it’s all about money.
Have you ever looked around the stadium at an NFL game? Most of us could not afford to go, much less have season tickets. With the average ticket prices of at least 50 bucks each, snacks and drinks for a family of four setting you back at least a Benjamin, and parking at 20 bucks, few of us get to experience a live game. Our discretionary wallet is just not that fat.
Also, new deal was also struck with Nike for all the teams’ uniforms. Cool right?
That cool #4 (Grandpa) Favre Vikings jersey you bought last year from Reebok is out of date. Wait a minute… I am not ruling out he is even retiring. In fact, there was buzz just today that there is “talk” about a comeback.
What it does mean that with Nike on board they will do what they do best in college football and release all sorts of future forward gear for the fan to gobble up on NFLshop.com. Who cares if Alyssa Milano hawks gear on the site….
Well, I do.
If you are a fan of the Oregon Ducks, you know exactly what I am talking about with the Nike gear. That team has more uniform combinations than a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. At last count I think they had more than 384 different combinations to choose from.
Don’t expect the NFL to go to that extreme (at least not this year) but the only reason the teams have those throw-back uniform weeks during the season is for just one thing:
Sell more jerseys.
I just hope we don’t see those god awful orange stripe referee outfits and those terrible mustard yellow and brown Broncos uniforms with the vertical stripes on the socks.
I am sure there are other ways that we, the loyal fans, will take it in the pants. If you know of anymore, I would love for you to share.
But don’t get me wrong, I will be glued in front of the 42 inch flatscreen screaming and hollering every weekend and I will claim my fantasy league trophy for the fourth straight year.
I am ready for some football! I just don’t want to have to pay more for it. How about you?
- NFL Lockout News: 10 Most Important Highlights of New CBA (bleacherreport.com)
- NFL deal reached: ‘Football is back,’ let the Brett Favre watch begin (csmonitor.com)