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2017-10-10 05:34:24 PM  
Because, despite being an entrenched, competition-free enterprise that, for decades has used the military as wage-free cheerleaders in an effort to monetize ignorant patriotism from the same general audience that supplies the military with recruits, their stupidly predictable and ultimately ridiculous attempts to pretend that helmets made young players invincible have led to more and more young recruits not becoming recruits at all?

Hey, but maybe we could bring back the draft and allow "NFL Player" to be one of the options. So if a young person doesn't want to join the Army or Marines, or do a few years of community service with Americorps or something, they could become a linebacker for a few seasons. That could work.
 
2017-10-10 05:52:34 PM  
Alienating fans in the 4th, 21st, and 28th largest TV markets doesn't help.

/DNRTFA
 
2017-10-10 05:52:59 PM  
It's the commercials, Jim.  I loves me some football, but hate the farking commercials.
 
2017-10-10 05:54:12 PM  
By analysis, you mean random dude shooting from the hip with a hot take and no data to back it up? Sure, that's great.
 
2017-10-10 05:57:46 PM  
Because, like the United States as a whole, a bunch of supremely rich farkers succeeded in monetizing everything and stopped caring about the product they were actually delivering because they had a captive audience.
 
2017-10-10 06:01:09 PM  
European sports had it right all those years ago when they introduced promotion and relegation.  If you don't put on a good team in the EPL, that sweet multibillion-pound global TV contract no longer has your name on it.  If you had that in the NFL games would be so cutthroat you'd have to put a warning label on them.
 
2017-10-10 06:05:52 PM  
Because professional football is an outdated 20th Century anachronism?
 
2017-10-10 06:11:12 PM  
Could....could it be that Football is just really boring?

3 hours to watch 6 minutes worth of actual play, with every possible second in between crammed with advertising punctuated only by pointless blathering from announcers, turns out to be rather unentertaining.
 
rka
2017-10-10 06:13:06 PM  

The Third Man: European sports had it right all those years ago when they introduced promotion and relegation.  If you don't put on a good team in the EPL, that sweet multibillion-pound global TV contract no longer has your name on it.  If you had that in the NFL games would be so cutthroat you'd have to put a warning label on them.


Yes, I'm sure the NFL would love to have the EPL's parity. Where ManU has won 13 times since the mid 90s and the next closest team has won 5.

I'm sure Newcastle United, Brighton and Huddersfield will be looking at long and glorious stints up in the top tier, instead of being continuous chum at the bottom.
 
2017-10-10 06:24:59 PM  
Because kids are so fat these days!
 
2017-10-10 06:27:31 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Alienating fans in the 4th, 21st, and 28th largest TV markets doesn't help.

/DNRTFA


Did you mean sixth? Because I assume that's what you mean....
 
2017-10-10 06:31:43 PM  
I just think people are burned out for a variety of reasons, all the controversies and scandals, the shift in offensive thinking towards matriculating the ball rather than the explosive play, the lack of stars on the field as they're all injuries or getting old, the lack of compelling rivalries and storylines to draw people in, the burnout on fantasy football, the fact that people's attention spans have shortened and they're also cutting cable, the local team sucking, etc.

Football was not always the #1 sport, they should thank their lucky stars they got an era of Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, of 18-1 and the Saints winning one for Katrina, of Beastmode and Gronk and so-on because there's no guarantee this ride lasts forever. Good timing though on their part to start randomly moving teams and pissing off cities though, that was clever.
 
2017-10-10 06:33:49 PM  
The NFL is also seeing repercussions from its business model, in a weird and unforeseen way.

When Urban Meyer brought the zone read offense to prominence in the college game, he showed less physically talented teams a way to compete and win. Same with Hal Mumme/ Mike Leach and the Air Raid offense, and Chip Kelly with high tempo. Suddenly, there weren't many NCAA teams running a traditional pro offense.

Which is fine- if a coach can get fired for not winning, they're going to do whatever they can to win. But suddenly, the NFL lost its farm system. Players just don't know how to play the NFL game. And coaches don't have the grace period to coach the rookies up, because by the time that QB knows what he's doing, the coach has been fired for going 4-12, 7-9, and 5-11 his first three seasons.

You want to know why the Patriots' backup QB is the most desirable trade bait in the league? It's because sitting behind Brady and going through 3 years of pro practices is incredibly valuable. It's literally something you can't get anywhere else, and it's because college coaches could care less if their players can play the NFL game, because it's not their job to be a farm system.
 
2017-10-10 06:44:35 PM  

AdamK: I just think people are burned out for a variety of reasons, all the controversies and scandals, the shift in offensive thinking towards matriculating the ball rather than the explosive play, the lack of stars on the field as they're all injuries or getting old, the lack of compelling rivalries and storylines to draw people in, the burnout on fantasy football, the fact that people's attention spans have shortened and they're also cutting cable, the local team sucking, etc.

Football was not always the #1 sport, they should thank their lucky stars they got an era of Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, of 18-1 and the Saints winning one for Katrina, of Beastmode and Gronk and so-on because there's no guarantee this ride lasts forever. Good timing though on their part to start randomly moving teams and pissing off cities though, that was clever.


Don't forget Owen Sixteen! That's a record that will never be...

*cries*

/Go Lions.
 
2017-10-10 06:45:28 PM  
So, I kinda get what the author's saying the Los Angeles St. Louis Los Angeles Rams.  Front office, not the most loved, and I don't know how anyone with a conscience could've liked them during Jeff Fisher's "injure first and play football later" method of winning.

That being said, thus far in 2017? They're not a boring team.  They're beating expectations in terms of on-the-field quality, and making some pretty great plays in close games.  Attendance hasn't caught up yet, thanks to the idiotic movement of the Chargers to the Inland Empire splitting the local market for no good reason.  Still, I wouldn't be surprised if this picks up as a) fans get more energized by a team doing well and b) temperatures drop making Coliseum games more palatable.
 
2017-10-10 06:57:00 PM  
For me is the watering down of the product.  I loved watching the NFL all day Sunday, not all night too, mind you, and MNF was the dessert. Catch 2 games during Sunday, and 1 on Monday.

But now it's Sunday night, so damn near 12 of football on Sunday, then Monday.  And all the analysis of everything.

Then they started on Thursday night.  That night alone can bring out rants of epic proportions die to the utter lack of quality of the games, not to mention the absurdity of a Thursday night game.  They should just call it Turdsday Night Football.  It sucks in all ways.  Once in a while the sun will shine on this dog'a as of competition, but it mostly just sucks.

Then again is the analysis.  I don't care if Tom Brady is the best at throwing under 5 yards against Cover 2 defense in 3rd Dian situations when games are played at home during the morning when the temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees on Sundays.  It's farking stupid to have that much infinitesimal amount of data for every type of play out there. I don't care to know these things!

Then there's the 'color commentary'. From Chris Collinsworth diving down a liter of gin every game, to Jon Gruden calling everyone a future Hall Of Famer and all his other useless catch phrases, it's become beyond annoying.  For fark's sake, they let that hate globules of pus, Rush Limbaugh, have a hand at it. Does anyone remember Dennis Miller''s fiasco on MNF?

Is buffoonery at best.

Now, I can let a lot of shiat slide, I'm a Bengals fan after all, but these greedy owners with teams worth billions of dollars need the little people of the city they're established in to pay for their stadiums, then still have the audacity to charge exorbitant amounts of money for everything relayed to the game.  From tickets, to refreshments, to jerseys, to even watching the farking game!  They get you coming and going.

I'm bored with it all, and with my favorite team perpetually sucking because the owner is a cheapskate, I see no real reason to continue watching this season.  I've dropped out of the weekly threads because I have better things to do than watch the NFL.

/San Dimas High School Football Rules!
 
2017-10-10 06:58:52 PM  
Because Hand-Egg Armoured Wank-Ball sucks compared to both real Football and Rugby?
 
2017-10-10 07:00:33 PM  
As someone living in the UK, I can see soccer taking over. You're sending very good teams to the World Cup now. Lots of kids playing. The head injuries thing isn't going to go away. And cable internet with subscriptions works as you don't need ad breaks which suit sports like American Football and Baseball.
 
2017-10-10 07:00:53 PM  
Perhaps when 75% of the product would best be described as a farm team, while the other 25% dominated year over year, you'll understand why no one gives a shiat to watch it when it's purely mediocre.
 
2017-10-10 07:02:09 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Because, like the United States as a whole, a bunch of supremely rich farkers succeeded in monetizing everything and stopped caring about the product they were actually delivering because they had a captive audience.


I see you read the article.
 
2017-10-10 07:16:54 PM  

FriarReb98: Mrtraveler01: Alienating fans in the 4th, 21st, and 28th largest TV markets doesn't help.

/DNRTFA

Did you mean sixth? Because I assume that's what you mean....


I'll be damned. Could have sworn that the Bay Area was 4th.
 
2017-10-10 07:20:30 PM  
I think Peyton Manning retiring had an impact, too. He was the last national-level star, the last household name. Brady has never had his marketing impact and everyone else is regional at best. Now it's a bunch of nameless players, most of the teams barely have an identity, and there are scores of replaceable quarterbacks who disappear as soon as they come.
 
2017-10-10 07:21:40 PM  
I'm quitting  watching the NFL for various reasons.

1. entitled rich old white men who think they are owed several hundred million in taxpayer money

2. permanent brain injury and resulting violent behavior along with shortened lives

3. the Arizona Cardinals blocking games that I would rather watch
 
2017-10-10 07:31:47 PM  

Tax Boy: Because Hand-Egg Armoured Wank-Ball sucks compared to both real Football and Rugby?


Edgelord level: Elite
 
2017-10-10 07:32:58 PM  
If not uppity blacks what about down Browns?
 
2017-10-10 07:34:04 PM  

farkeruk: As someone living in the UK, I can see soccer taking over.


It's still got a long, LONG way to go. I don't think people living outside the US realize how popular the NFL, NBA, and MLB are here.

The talent pool for the football is starting to diminish, especially among the middle and upper class- I know of two fairly big middle schools that recently had to combine their teams to field a single competitive one. However, it's still overwhelmingly the most popular sport among the rural and low-class, to the tune of 48%.  That's why, even with some broadcasts being down -15% (although others are up 4-10%- it depends on which teams are playing), it still dwarfs other sports. The President- who has a personal vendetta against the league thanks to being burned multiple times trying to get into the league over the course of 40 years- and his proclamations aside, people are still tuning in in crazy numbers.
 
2017-10-10 07:34:43 PM  
Ratings do not equal value. The NFL is pulling in record profits. They are also trying to shift their exposure to meet the demand of the new consumer.
All access from all sources.
They have games on twitter, Amazon, Hulu as well as the usual suspects of satellite, cable, broadcast, over-air.
They have the great buffer of cash from the current network deals to hold them over as they learn how to monetize the future.

/there is someone always in a sports thread saying how "boring" a sport is. I can only imagine that they only watch DeathBall with zero commercials and 3D crotch cams
//most of the time that someone thinks a sport is boring it is because they do not understand the intricacies of that sport whether it be soccer, baseball, football, hockey etc.
 
2017-10-10 07:34:57 PM  
DNRTFA but it's Millennials fault right?
 
2017-10-10 07:43:50 PM  

farkeruk: As someone living in the UK, I can see soccer taking over.


People have been saying this since Pele came to play for the Cosmos. It's never happening.

MLS will do well locally. The Euro leagues have carved out a following now that it's easy to watch them all. People will go crazy for the World Cup every 4 years because, like the Olympics, if we can wave the flag and party we will. And then people won't care at all until 4 more years have passed.

But none of this will ever threaten the Big Four or give MLS a valid claim to there being a Big Five.
 
2017-10-10 07:46:19 PM  
I also forgot to add that the NFL doesn't lose money with low ratings...they have guaranteed contracts with everyone.
They may not get get as lucrative contracts in the future, but like I said, they are moving to the new media consumption.
 
2017-10-10 07:50:47 PM  

chapman: By analysis, you mean random dude shooting from the hip with a hot take and no data to back it up? Sure, that's great.


Yeah but he agrees with me. So I feel like it is true.
 
2017-10-10 07:52:50 PM  
Just to add to this, 2017 is the first time since 1994 that I haven't bought Madden Football in some incarnation. I played Madden 92, missed 93 for whatever reason, but it's been an annual event for me to get Madden Football on at least one platform for the last 24 years.

I'm letting my wallet do the talking for a while when it comes to the NFL. Like someone said earlier, they already have their cash with the TV deals, and advertising deals. They're locked in for the next few years.

My only hope is a lockout happens, but this is where I'm torn. Not to get too political, but Dolt 45 is going on a revenge tour, tearing down anyone who has ever wronged him and the NFL refused to let him into their ranks in the 80's, so he tried to backdoor it with the USFL, and they still wouldn't let him in. He wants the NFL to be destroyed, and regardless of how it happens, he is going to take credit for anything that knocks the NFL down a few pegs.
 
2017-10-10 07:53:51 PM  

Tax Boy: Because Hand-Egg Armoured Wank-Ball sucks compared to both real Football and Rugby?


That's cute. I'd boop your nose if I could. Boop ☺
 
2017-10-10 07:58:03 PM  
Flag on the play
Flag on the play
Commercial
Flag on the play
Reviewing the replay of the call on the field
Commercial
Flag on the play
Commercial
Replay
Commercial
...
 
2017-10-10 07:59:08 PM  

ElwoodCuse: farkeruk: As someone living in the UK, I can see soccer taking over.

People have been saying this since Pele came to play for the Cosmos. It's never happening.

MLS will do well locally. The Euro leagues have carved out a following now that it's easy to watch them all. People will go crazy for the World Cup every 4 years because, like the Olympics, if we can wave the flag and party we will. And then people won't care at all until 4 more years have passed.

But none of this will ever threaten the Big Four or give MLS a valid claim to there being a Big Five.


As the country grows increasingly not-white I can see it happen. Football has a short lifespan, relatively. Seventy years ago the top three sports were baseball, boxing, and horse racing.
 
2017-10-10 07:59:23 PM  
For the last 4 or 5 years I've just seen my own interest in the NFL decline from year to year, until the point where now I just don't watch or pay much attention to it.  I still play fantasy football more out of a sense of duty to the same group of guys i've played with for years, but I've become that guy in the league who doesn't really know who's good anymore, who got hurt, or who plays for what team.  Not sure how it happened either, as I used to be a really big fan who never would dream of missing watching my team play on Sunday, and got really pumped up if they were playing a night game.  But somewhere along the line it just started to become a waste of a Sunday to sit around watching it.

At the same time though, I've gotten back into baseball in a big way and discovered that I really, really like watching the NHL.

Maybe if NFL games weren't played on Sundays, but during weeknights I might become interested again so I wouldn't have to piss away a weekend following it.
 
2017-10-10 08:03:40 PM  
When I could only watch games on tv, only the games the networks and league made available in my market, and I had to tolerate the commercials, yeah they had me. With no choices, I was stuck.

Once I could see any game I wanted and on any device I wanted and in any location I wanted, once I could see things like the Redzone channel, once I could skip commercials, suddenly it became impossible for them to get me to tolerate their crap.

They're facing the same choice a lot of content providers face. Do it your way, and watch at least some of your customer base drift away. Or do it your customer's way and retain them.
 
2017-10-10 08:15:32 PM  

rka: The Third Man: European sports had it right all those years ago when they introduced promotion and relegation.  If you don't put on a good team in the EPL, that sweet multibillion-pound global TV contract no longer has your name on it.  If you had that in the NFL games would be so cutthroat you'd have to put a warning label on them.

Yes, I'm sure the NFL would love to have the EPL's parity. Where ManU has won 13 times since the mid 90s and the next closest team has won 5.


Most of that is down to a certain manager named Sir Alex Ferguson.  Man United was a mediocre team before he got there.  But the real reason for NFL (and most US sports') parity these days is the playoffs, which create opportunities for near-great teams to take championships from teams with better records from the regular season.  The NFL also creates artificial parity through the draft.  What happens when you don't have multilevel playoffs and the draft?  Look the Yankees' ManU-like dominance of MLB in the 1920's and later in the 1950's.

I'm sure Newcastle United, Brighton and Huddersfield will be looking at long and glorious stints up in the top tier, instead of being continuous chum at the bottom.

Newcastle United is coming back into the EPL after not just shooting themselves in the foot a few years ago, but sawing their own leg off.  They'll be competing for European places and even a title soon enough.  Brighton and Huddersfield are in their first seasons in the EPL, so it's not like they've been "continuously at the bottom".  Look at a team like Bournemouth, who only a few years ago were playing in League Two (the fourth-tier of English football, the equivalent of Class A ball), or Southampton, who were playing in League One (third-tier) less than ten years ago and are now qualifying for Europe, and ask them what they think of promotion and relegation.

One other thing:  two teams have been English football champions three years in a row.  Man United and....Huddersfield.
 
2017-10-10 08:16:56 PM  

born_yesterday: Flag on the play
Flag on the play
Commercial
Flag on the play
Reviewing the replay of the call on the field
Commercial
Flag on the play
Commercial
Replay
Commercial
...

Farking this.

I've long held the unpopular opinion that instant replay has ruined the game.  Not the replay that lets fans rewatch a great play at home, but the red flag bullshiat & booth reviews.  Now it's expanded to catches and touchdowns.  Did he have control of the ball?  Did he make a "football move"?  Who gives a shiat.  Just play the god damn game.

Get rid of replay.  Let the refs do their job.  Oh, an official blew a call that cost your team?  Tough shiat sweetheart.  That's life.  That's part of the game.  The Game.  It's a game, it's just a form of entertainment.  And all this ticky-tacky crap, yellow flags after every other play, and reviewing every catch and score then going to commercial every time the clock stops is just sucking the entertainment value out of it.

How many memorable, stand up and cheer, high-five your friends and spill your beer moments involved a yellow flag or an instant replay?  Now you gotta wait till the guys upstairs look at the play before you know it's ok to celebrate, again sucking the fun and entertainment value right out of it.
 
2017-10-10 08:18:16 PM  
Pro Rel is never ever coming to any US sport, even soccer, nor should it. It is completely incompatible with how sports and money work here.
 
2017-10-10 08:29:52 PM  

Tad_Waxpole: Did he have control of the ball?  Did he make a "football move"?  Who gives a shiat.  Just play the god damn game.


If anything, the League has been inconsistent with the calls. Quite honestly, it depends on how big the market for the team is or how popular they are. The Fail Mary (sure it was temp refs, but it's still a valid point), in the same week one player makes a 'catch', yet another player it's ruled incomplete. The rule changes that are made to make the game 'more exciting', but serve no real purpose other than to make it easier to score.

Another thing they did was added leniency to the player celebrations after scoring, and when I watched some of the games 2 weeks ago, it seemed that the players were more interested in getting their celebration in than they were with the actual scoring. I think it was a Dallas player that called another player over to do Rock, Paper, Scissors or something like that, and the play was under review because he dropped the ball too soon or was bobbling it or something, and the score was called back. Basically, he was more focused on his celebration than he was on completing the actions to score.

Tad_Waxpole: And all this ticky-tacky crap, yellow flags after every other play, and reviewing every catch and score then going to commercial every time the clock stops is just sucking the entertainment value out of it.


It's now to the point that they will split the screen, have a portion of the screen show the game while a commercial plays in the other half. This is AFTER the League said they learned their lesson from last years downward trend of viewing and will play less commercials. I guess it's not a 'commercial' if the game is still showed at the same time. The League has also sold the rights to everything they can (I say this, but they'll prove me so very wrong), from the name of the stadium, to the name of the field, to the name of the segments, to the of the scoreboard, to the 'play of the game sponsored by...', everything has been sold to the highest bidder to have their product called out during every minute of the game.

They say they're serious about protecting the players, but WWE is more believable when it comes to protecting it's talent. A player gets taken out, the commentators say: "Oh, that looks terrible, no one would want to see that..." then they show the replay from multiple angles and comment on it's brutality.

And, truthfully, if you want to get drunk, and I mean commode hugging drunk, just take a shot every time someone says the word "physicality". Just don't do this during a game Gruden is commentating on, or you may end up dead.
 
2017-10-10 08:31:15 PM  
I'll offer up that it seem more and more each year that the team you watch in week looks nothing like the team you watch on the last weekend of the season with all the injuries that happen in the weeks in between.  The teams that seem to win the most are the teams with the fewest injuries.

/no I don't have any new age money ball status to back that up.
 
2017-10-10 08:34:03 PM  

ariseatex: So, I kinda get what the author's saying the Los Angeles St. Louis Los Angeles Rams.  Front office, not the most loved, and I don't know how anyone with a conscience could've liked them during Jeff Fisher's "injure first and play football later" method of winning.

That being said, thus far in 2017? They're not a boring team.  They're beating expectations in terms of on-the-field quality, and making some pretty great plays in close games.  Attendance hasn't caught up yet, thanks to the idiotic movement of the Chargers to the Inland Empire splitting the local market for no good reason.  Still, I wouldn't be surprised if this picks up as a) fans get more energized by a team doing well and b) temperatures drop making Coliseum games more palatable.


The Chargers moved to the Inland Empire now?
 
2017-10-10 08:38:32 PM  

farkeruk: As someone living in the UK, I can see soccer taking over.


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2017-10-10 09:03:26 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Because, despite being an entrenched, competition-free enterprise that, for decades has used the military as wage-free cheerleaders in an effort to monetize ignorant patriotism from the same general audience that supplies the military with recruits, their stupidly predictable and ultimately ridiculous attempts to pretend that helmets made young players invincible have led to more and more young recruits not becoming recruits at all?

Hey, but maybe we could bring back the draft and allow "NFL Player" to be one of the options. So if a young person doesn't want to join the Army or Marines, or do a few years of community service with Americorps or something, they could become a linebacker for a few seasons. That could work.


You're one of thosw Twitter warriors, aren't you? The guy that has a prepared speech waiting, ready to pull the trigger so you can sound significant.
Probably your submission and response, I'm betting.
 
2017-10-10 09:13:36 PM  

fastfxr: Pocket Ninja: Because, despite being an entrenched, competition-free enterprise that, for decades has used the military as wage-free cheerleaders in an effort to monetize ignorant patriotism from the same general audience that supplies the military with recruits, their stupidly predictable and ultimately ridiculous attempts to pretend that helmets made young players invincible have led to more and more young recruits not becoming recruits at all?

Hey, but maybe we could bring back the draft and allow "NFL Player" to be one of the options. So if a young person doesn't want to join the Army or Marines, or do a few years of community service with Americorps or something, they could become a linebacker for a few seasons. That could work.

You're one of thosw Twitter warriors, aren't you? The guy that has a prepared speech waiting, ready to pull the trigger so you can sound significant.
Probably your submission and response, I'm betting.


You must be new here.

Checks profile.

huh.
 
2017-10-10 09:27:02 PM  

rka: The Third Man: European sports had it right all those years ago when they introduced promotion and relegation.  If you don't put on a good team in the EPL, that sweet multibillion-pound global TV contract no longer has your name on it.  If you had that in the NFL games would be so cutthroat you'd have to put a warning label on them.

Yes, I'm sure the NFL would love to have the EPL's parity. Where ManU has won 13 times since the mid 90s and the next closest team has won 5.

I'm sure Newcastle United, Brighton and Huddersfield will be looking at long and glorious stints up in the top tier, instead of being continuous chum at the bottom.


 The NFL employs one of the most socialist methods of ensuring parity, from a salary cap, direct bad record gets a good draft pick, the draft itself, the franchise tag, etc. etc. But I think if you asked an average NFL fan they would say that socialism is bad and that the free market should reign or something to that effect. This is especially noteworthy when compared to European sports leagues that are crazy capitalistic in their functioning.
 
rka
2017-10-10 09:31:42 PM  

Tad_Waxpole: Get rid of replay.  Let the refs do their job.  Oh, an official blew a call that cost your team?  Tough shiat sweetheart.


But the super slow mo, zoomed in, HD resolution replay that allows fans to re-watch a good play is the EXACT reason why they went to official replay. The league got tired of fending off couch potato fan expert after couch potato fan expert calling into every radio station that would listen to them whine about bad calls.

I agree, fans should shut up and move on but Fark football threads alone show the futility of that. You ain't un-ringing that bell.
 
2017-10-10 09:36:35 PM  

Adss2009: rka: The Third Man: European sports had it right all those years ago when they introduced promotion and relegation.  If you don't put on a good team in the EPL, that sweet multibillion-pound global TV contract no longer has your name on it.  If you had that in the NFL games would be so cutthroat you'd have to put a warning label on them.

Yes, I'm sure the NFL would love to have the EPL's parity. Where ManU has won 13 times since the mid 90s and the next closest team has won 5.

I'm sure Newcastle United, Brighton and Huddersfield will be looking at long and glorious stints up in the top tier, instead of being continuous chum at the bottom.

 The NFL employs one of the most socialist methods of ensuring parity, from a salary cap, direct bad record gets a good draft pick, the draft itself, the franchise tag, etc. etc. But I think if you asked an average NFL fan they would say that socialism is bad and that the free market should reign or something to that effect. This is especially noteworthy when compared to European sports leagues that are crazy capitalistic in their functioning.


Yeah they all say that until the Yankees of football happens, then they'd all flip their lids.
 
2017-10-10 09:39:50 PM  

AdamK: Adss2009: rka: The Third Man: European sports had it right all those years ago when they introduced promotion and relegation.  If you don't put on a good team in the EPL, that sweet multibillion-pound global TV contract no longer has your name on it.  If you had that in the NFL games would be so cutthroat you'd have to put a warning label on them.

Yes, I'm sure the NFL would love to have the EPL's parity. Where ManU has won 13 times since the mid 90s and the next closest team has won 5.

I'm sure Newcastle United, Brighton and Huddersfield will be looking at long and glorious stints up in the top tier, instead of being continuous chum at the bottom.

 The NFL employs one of the most socialist methods of ensuring parity, from a salary cap, direct bad record gets a good draft pick, the draft itself, the franchise tag, etc. etc. But I think if you asked an average NFL fan they would say that socialism is bad and that the free market should reign or something to that effect. This is especially noteworthy when compared to European sports leagues that are crazy capitalistic in their functioning.

Yeah they all say that until the Yankees of football happens, then they'd all flip their lids.


They're called The New England Patriots.
 
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