I love football. I know I'm not alone when I say that too. I would be quite upset if anything were to permanently screw up this game. However, after reading what Troy Aikman said recently I have to say that I think there is reason to worry (just a little bit) about where football might go.
Now I'm sure that at least one person reading this is thinking, "what the *uck? I though this was an AFC South blog?"
It is, but since the future of the AFC South depends on the future of the game in general, I thought this post would apply. Anyway...
"The long-term viability, to me anyway, is somewhat in question as far as what this game is going to look like 20 years from now," Aikman said.
Aikman went on to explain how the market is getting dangeroulsy close to being saturated with games now on all day Sunday, Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday night (for part of the season), and a few Saturdays. Personally, I didn't think much of this till I read a part in his article where he described someone being okay with missing the Thursday night game since they couldn't afford the NFL Network.
This got me thinking a little bit. I hated it when I heard they were going to start broadcasting games on the NFL Network (INFL didnt have the channel at the time). Recently I got the channel and I have to admit that I forgot that those games were even on.
That could be due to having hit my saturation point with the game or simply getting old and forgetful. Whatever the reason, I have to say that I agree with Troy, but for an entirely different reason.
The market for football is getting pretty well saturated, but the problem to me is not that, but the fact that the owners know that we love our sport so much that they can pretty much do whatever they want and we are going to be fine with it. As proof I offer last season's Super Bowl broadcast.
While watching the first quarter--well, to be honest I don't feel like there was a first quarter to the game. I felt like we were watching a series of Bud Lite commercials with a little bit of football sprinkled in between. It was ridiculous! We'd get a couple plays and then a few Bud Lite commercials; a couple more plays, and then a few more Bud Lite commercials.
They pretty much had us watching nothing but commercials which I'm sure is great for the overall profitability of the league, but it sure made for a lousy first quarter to the final game of the season.
Troy has a point, but to me the bigger issue is going to be the owners and league doing whatever they can to get another buck. Next thing you know QBs are going to be miked up and told to use product names in their cadence.