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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Peak NFL

Was apparently the 2015 season:
The NFL has been sacked for a loss. Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the television industry, ratings for the National Football League have tumbled through the first four weeks of the season.

TV networks have bet heavily on sports in general, and the NFL in particular, because of the must-see value of their content. While more viewers are watching commercial-free streaming services like Netflix or recording shows on DVRs and skipping the ads, sports is still primarily watched live, making it valuable to advertisers.

Combined, ESPN, Fox, NBC and CBS are spending an average of $5 billion a year for football rights through 2021. The games not only score big ratings and ad sales, but are crucial platforms to promote other programming.

So far this season, viewership on those networks is down about 10% from last season, according to Nielsen, with steeper declines for prime-time games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. The drop has caught advertisers and rights holders off guard and left them scrambling to find a cause.
All of the discussions about "a cause" for the NFL's declining rating are somewhat missing the point. There is no single factor. It is undeniable that the quality of the product has declined, or that the relentless focus on making the passing game easier has imbalanced the level of competition between the QB-haves and the QB-have nots. It's undeniable that the incessant politics, most of which is at least irritating to the core audience, has caused some people to stop watching. And it's obvious that Hispanics are considerably less interested in the sport than the whites they have been demographically replacing while fantasy football has changed the way many fans watch the game. The fact that 8 years of economic depression means people have less average disposable income certainly hasn't helped.

But the chief culprit, in my opinion, is overexposure. A Monday night game used to be a big deal. Adding Sunday night football and Thursday night football means there is insufficient recovery time to begin anticipating the next game. And the move from a 14-game season to a 17-game season means that there is too much football for too long a time, with too many injuries.

Here is my prescription for restoring football to its former glory.

  • Reduce the 17-week, 16-game season to 15 weeks, with 14 games.
  • Ban all politics by players and the league. No more flags on helmets, pink cleats, or protests. If the league can discipline a player for wearing the wrong color wristband, it can do so for failing to stand at attention, Bud Grant-style, for the anthem. Black helmet stickers for one game to honor a deceased player, coach, or owner are acceptable.
  • Cut down on the number of flags, particularly those that nullify a big play without having directly affected it. And get rid of instant replay. It's only made matters worse, to the extent that no one even knows what a catch is anymore.
  • Stop emphasizing the pass. 500-yard passing games are flag football and BYU, not the NFL. Pass interference is 10 yards, automatic first down.
  • Encourage more white players by adopting standard, race-neutral 2-game bans for an arrest, 4 more games for a conviction. Teams will tend to prefer the more law-abiding marginal white players over the more athletic marginal black players because the former will be able to stay on the field.
  • No more wild card teams. Win the division, make the playoffs. Two rounds and the Super Bowl will end playoff fatigue.

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128 Comments:

Blogger allyn71 October 06, 2016 4:13 PM  

All of your suggestions are good, none will happen. The NFL could be a textbook example of SJW convergence.

Blogger Jabari October 06, 2016 4:16 PM  

"Stop emphasizing the pass."

One thing to help with this: Make Intentional Grounding a penalty again.

I haven't seen that called in YEARS, and it used to be at least somewhat-common. Get rid of the "outside the tackles" nonsense and everything else related. No receiver nearby? Throw the flag and make it act like a sack again.

Blogger Bard October 06, 2016 4:19 PM  

Way too many NFL related commentary shows as well. I used to watch Inside the NFL when I was young to catch the highlights and updates. Now it is 24/7. Plus watchung Red zone make them less appealing

Blogger Elocutioner October 06, 2016 4:22 PM  

The black panther halftime show was the absolute, irrevocable final straw for me. Let it burn. Plenty of entertainment alternatives.

Blogger Bard October 06, 2016 4:23 PM  

I also enjoyed it more when players were not constantly changing teams. Fantasy fans probably don't care as much.

Blogger Escoffier October 06, 2016 4:26 PM  

In my thirty year kitchen career I learned one simple truism: when the accountants, who have no feel for anything but money take over, you are well and truly screwed.

Blogger allyn71 October 06, 2016 4:27 PM  

I think fantasy fatigue is another factor. I drove viewership up but I think it was a fad and people are tired of it. Too much hassle to manage a team for a season. The gambling junkies are doing the daily leagues, everyone else is over it.

Blogger Merlinus October 06, 2016 4:29 PM  

Banning the politics on the field will probably have the biggest impact. Nobody cares about the political opinions of the 49ers second string quarterback. Its nothing but an annoying farce.

Anonymous FriarBob October 06, 2016 4:35 PM  

The 16 game season was, what, 20-30 years ago? And it's only NOW triggering a sharp decline in TV viewership?

Thursday is stupid for so many reasons, whether or not it's actually 'part of the problem', but I'm not buying the 16-games being the problem.

The SJW crap, on the other hand... *that* has been increasing rapidly and getting excessively annoying in the last few years... and especially the last few months since Kappersnickerdoodles showed his true idiot self...

Blogger James Dixon October 06, 2016 4:36 PM  

Irritation has been building for some time, but I think the recent political protests are the straw that broke the camel's back. I'm more upset by their unwillingness to allow defenses to actually hit anyone myself.

Blogger Verne October 06, 2016 4:38 PM  

Get rid of intentional grounding and make holding illegal again. What the linemen do now looks like wrestling. Instant reply has got to go. The game needs to speed back up

Blogger Mr. Naron October 06, 2016 4:40 PM  

Bring back the USFL.

Blogger Verne October 06, 2016 4:43 PM  

And yes the players have nothing in common with the fan anymore. What I am having trouble understand is. What happen to all the white players? When i played back in the 1970's I did not play in a lily white league. The black players were not significantly better, outside of a few running back and receivers not any better. The difference was not much and the all black teams were rarely very good. Did white kids just stop playing? If so the white fan base is going to go away. If you never played the game it is not as easy to understand

Anonymous VFM #6306 October 06, 2016 4:43 PM  

Second all of these recommendations. I'd also be in favor of a 4-team Wild Card consolation tournament on the Saturday of Conference Title Sunday and then on the next Sunday as the finale of the Pro Bowl.

Change the original Pro Bowl itself to a football-centered American Ninja-style team competition: no injuries, obstacle course, weight pulls, water traps, throwing contests, AFC vs. NFC. Finish with the conso Wild Card title game. That game would be competitive and possibly entertaining, but more importantly, would get more viewers than the current Pro Bowl, provide a better fix than the current set-up, and would elevate the quality (by contrast) of the next week's Super Bowl.

Nothing makes you appreciate a crappy Cowboys-Bills SB matchup like watching a consolation between the Redskins and Texans. Of course, they'd have to be called something other than Wild Cards, because they'd be anything but.

Anonymous BGKB October 06, 2016 4:43 PM  

THANK YOU COLON KIRPATRICK, for being a reality based black on (((TV))), and showing people what adopting a black kid could be like even if everything works out. You did what players wearing pink couldn't.

•Encourage more white players by adopting standard, race-neutral 2-game bans for an arrest, 4 more games for a conviction.

Every team has a fixer who makes so much stuff go away even people on this site only know about 1/10 of what crimes they commit. There was an article last month but this was the only thing that turned up on a search http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1561383/Michael-Vick-case-unmasks-fixers-of-US-sport.html

OT: Dyke sniffing around TRUMPS daughter https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/rosie-odonnell-says-she-met-125000379.html

Anonymous fop October 06, 2016 4:46 PM  

Get rid of the "don't you dare hurt the quarterback" rules and you'll see a lot more running plays.

Blogger Mighty Lou October 06, 2016 4:48 PM  

These Sports Leagues are publicly punishing men and women, players and announcers and others for openly expressing in most cases traditional American values, while rewarding those who express opposition to those values.

It is like the ancient Romans who publicly executed Christians in arenas as a way to discourage conversion.

Americans are showing they aren't the mindless zombies the media wishes them to be. When something goes sour we take notice. We aren't all addicted to the sports.

Anonymous Sam the Man October 06, 2016 4:49 PM  

What I see in the trend line:

1) 23 % of the kids in our schools are immigrants children. Most from non European cultures, they will not be drawn into American football (other then soccer). that would tend to indicate we are headed to a 20% loss of viewers, off the bat.

2) Loss of father time: lost so divorces in the US households, once Dad is gone I really doubt Sunday and Monday will be NFL dominated. More likely dominated by Chick programing. Certainly son and dad will not be watching the games together Sunday afternoon or Monday night.

3) Options: The phenomena of football taking over the weekend viewing was a boomer event, when there were few choices. Friday and Saturday night you had the movies on 3~4 channel choices, Sunday was football day or chick programing on three other channels.. Sunday afternoon game became a middle class thing. Now with cable you have what 150 choices? The more choices the more spread out the viewers and the less critical mass achieved.

4) The loss of hero athletes: The athletes used to be kind of upstanding, with a mild rouge/rip-snort side to them (Joe Namath). Now the NFL seems to be dominated by black thugs who take pride in being.......thugs. There can be no identification with the primary white audience, the NFL is headed towards being almost a gladiatorial contest.

5) The left wing politics. Between having gay flags, women interviewers who know nothing about the sport, BLM theme halftime shows with gay flags thrown in, disrespect to the flag by highly paid goons and last but not least, trying to make the big story about which bimbo singer will play at the half time while failing to show the cheerleaders like they used to, well it is all leftist propaganda. Men watch football for escapist guy reasons, and the only women we want to see are cheerleaders, preferably scantily clad ones who smile a lot.

I doubt I will watch one game this season, my son will know nothing of the sport, whereas when I grew up it was one every Sunday afternoon and Monday night, plus the big holiday games.

Anonymous patrick kelly October 06, 2016 4:49 PM  

Yep, I've been hoping for a reduced season, less playoff games, and earlier end of season.

Cut the pre-season games in half also.

Blogger cheddarman October 06, 2016 4:51 PM  

I dont feel much affinity for Black lives matter football, or mostly black football teams.

I would like to see a 4 week ban for arrest, 8 weeks for conviction. Maybe the NFL could have its own court, so NFL justice is swift, and the local franchises can't effect the outcome by lobbying the police and prosecutors.

They could also limit the number of passes per game to a certain percentage of the average total number of plays per game, like 20 per game.

Anonymous Viidad October 06, 2016 4:52 PM  

It's the SJW nonsense that killed it for me. I used to watch all the Dolphins games with my Dad even into my 20s... now that I have kids of my own, I started doing the same with them for a while until the pink ribbons and political nonsense burned it down for me. It's not the NFL I used to enjoy. It's dead.

Blogger cheddarman October 06, 2016 4:55 PM  

Vox and his buddies need to stop developing video games, so there are fewer entertainment options

Anonymous fop October 06, 2016 4:55 PM  

It was over the day they fired Hank Jr.

Blogger cheddarman October 06, 2016 4:56 PM  

Vox and his buddies need to stop developing video games, so there are fewer entertainment options

Blogger praetorian October 06, 2016 4:58 PM  

How do the Ilk avoid The Poz when watching football?

MLBtv doesn't have commercials or teary-eyed tributes to dindu nuffin's father who was killed by a racist cop in a random act of violence at 3 AM outside a burning 7eleven, so I can tolerate it. Still haven't figured out how to do football.

Blogger Lazarus October 06, 2016 5:01 PM  

Encourage more white players by adopting standard, race-neutral 2-game bans for an arrest, 4 more games for a conviction. Teams will tend to prefer the more law-abiding marginal white players over the more athletic marginal black players because the former will be able to stay on the field.

That would be nice, but the WAPO story on the Dallas Cowboys "fixer" David Wells, suggests they are doing the exact opposite.

Just getting rid of those guys would be an improvement.

Blogger praetorian October 06, 2016 5:01 PM  

Get rid of the "don't you dare hurt the quarterback" rules and you'll see a lot more running plays.

And shorten the average RB career to what, half a season?

The pro game's gone, man. It isn't coming back. College is still there.

Blogger Chris Mallory October 06, 2016 5:01 PM  

"The game needs to speed back up"

They need to stop stopping the clock every 10 seconds. The clock should only stop for an injury/safety issue or a time out. You can even keep the commercial time outs. No more two minute warnings or throwing the ball out of bounds.

Anonymous Roundtine October 06, 2016 5:03 PM  

According to Prechter, it may be social mood is bottoming. Baseball is a positive mood sport, football negative.

Blogger Chris Mallory October 06, 2016 5:04 PM  

OT From Ron Unz
http://www.unz.com/isteve/sorry-about-the-technical-troubles/
"As many of you probably noticed, our website had been sluggish or even occasionally unavailable over the last few days. Although we’d initially assumed it was some sort of software problem, we gradually began suspecting that it was on the hardware side, and then suddenly late yesterday our server completely died."

Anonymous VFM #6306 October 06, 2016 5:06 PM  

Verne wrote:And yes the players have nothing in common with the fan anymore. What I am having trouble understand is. What happen to all the white players? When i played back in the 1970's I did not play in a lily white league. The black players were not significantly better, outside of a few running back and receivers not any better. The difference was not much and the all black teams were rarely very good. Did white kids just stop playing? If so the white fan base is going to go away. If you never played the game it is not as easy to understand

Ask Jimmy the Greek.

Team Photos Through the Years

Anonymous BGKB October 06, 2016 5:09 PM  

23 % of the kids in our schools are immigrants children. Most from non European cultures, they will not be drawn into American football

Even worse Brussels is telling the media not to report on terrorists being moslem.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/717627/free-speech-crackdown-EU-report-British-press-hate-crime-violence-terror

Anonymous Terrahawk October 06, 2016 5:11 PM  

I don't think the length of the season or playoffs is the problem. But too much passing is a problem because it slows the game down. The catch rule needs to go back to the simple two feet down and control and you have a catch. Plus, the converged sports media has been shooting themselves in the foot with their concussion and injury obsession that last few years.

Why so many black players? SS thought it might be that black players have better results with PED's. Otherwise, I think some of it is discrimination with "white's aren't as fast, etc." Notice though the Patriots are a very white team which does a lot of game planning.

Anonymous #8601 October 06, 2016 5:13 PM  

The concussion issue my also be causing a decline in both participation and viewership. Given recent "studies" suggesting that concussions can cause permanent brain damage, a certain chill has permeated the entire sport.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker October 06, 2016 5:16 PM  

What's really changed since the 2015 season? Not much. Except the kneel-down-during-the-national-anthem protests. These protests have cost the NFL its marginal viewers, about 10 percent or so of the total. Let it be said that the pursuit of social justice is not a cost-free proposition!

Blogger Julian Kowalczyk October 06, 2016 5:21 PM  

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Blogger VoodooJock October 06, 2016 5:21 PM  

I think their fan base is also starting to get the impression that they're cattle to be milked for each additional dollar they can get out of you rather than someone supporting the team. When they charge $35 for a t-shirt, $80 for a ticket, and $10 for a beer, the money adds up in a hurry. For a large proportion, especially the blue collar demographic that historically has been the core of their supporters, this is 1-2 days pay. Since the jobs those guys have been performing have been outsourced to Asia and Mexico, it's a sizeable impact to their bottom line. Of course, being told their a bunch of cretins by activist sorts in the league doesn't help with them either, as does the pink shoes.

It also seems like the NFL wants a core audience of women to replace the men that used to be rabid fans of the sport. That drives out men. And women have very different reasons for watching the NFL than men do, few of which are actually palatable to men. Women ruining everything, well, that's pretty much the gospel truth.

Then there's the problem of mobility. A lot of people have sought out greener pastures over the past 8 years of the "recession". A lot of people have left liberal utopias with no jobs and high costs of living for places with jobs and lower costs of living. There's not a common geographic identity, and it's harder to watch a game when you're living a couple time-zones from where your favorite team is. Even the out-of market games are inaccessible without NFL direct tv packages. If you're a Giants fan, and you're living in Dallas, unless it's Cowboys/Giants you're probably not going to get to see a Giants game on the network. Unless you go to a bar, you're out of luck.

Blogger Stan_qaz October 06, 2016 5:22 PM  

How about something simple to get the steroid munching monsters off the field? You can only have XXX pounds of player on the field for offense and YYY pounds on defense. Set it to block the heaviest 10% the first year and if necessary adjust it in following years.

With that as a disincentive to bulk up you might well see athletes wanting to play football that have passed on it in the past.

Anonymous europeasant October 06, 2016 5:23 PM  

"I also enjoyed it more when players were not constantly changing teams"

I also enjoyed it more when teams were not constantly changing cities.

Disclaimer; I may watch some of the games on TV (no cable) but I don't spend any money on football stuff ( shirts etc etc).

Anonymous Broken Arrow October 06, 2016 5:25 PM  

imbalanced the level of competition between the QB-haves and the QB-have nots

This is a massive problem. Every team with a star QB is one hit away from flushing their season down the drain, and the teams with poor QBs are relegated to 8-8 even if the rest of the team is really good. I very much realize that occasionally a team is so fantastic that the QB doesn't matter AS MUCH, but even on those teams he can't be terrible.

Anonymous Tipsy October 06, 2016 5:30 PM  

How about a weight limit, or perhaps multiple weight limits for different positions. How athletic do you need to be when you weigh 350 lbs? (Aaron Gibson maxed out at 410 lbs).
Reducing bulk would reduce injuries, require more discipline on the part of the owners/players, and speed up the game. And the game-time weigh-in could be every bit the ritual as it is in boxing.

Anonymous Rodger Dodger October 06, 2016 5:30 PM  

Football has been the panem of the panem et circenses, for a long time.

You get to a certain point and you realize football makes men hermits on certain days, it directs martial passions to meaningless contests, that a man who stands 6-3, weighs 250, bench presses 450 and runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash is likely as much the product of pharmacology, not training, that the rosters of the NFL are filled with men who lived lives of very real athletic privilege, even as they parrot the slogans of idle academics, who with every tackle or collision are playing cerebrum roulette, that you really wouldn't want your daughter dating Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Rice (forget OJ), and now the poster child is a quarterback whose meteoric loss of performance is only equaled by the attention he gets for complaining the country wronged him and plays in stadiums paid for by the taxes of people who won't make in multiple lifetimes what he'll make in a year

Forget for a minute whether it is possible to redeem football-why should I care-I think it deflects and distracts men when we should be directing our martial impulses toward repelling enemies foreign and domestic.

To borrow a quote from Rocky IV ..if he dies, he dies.


Blogger hank.jim October 06, 2016 5:32 PM  

I'm just a casual viewer, but the game definitely needs to be fixed. Reduce timeouts to three per half. Disallow timeouts for the defense so it can't be abused especially before a field goal. Stop all the flags. Let a play finish before making a decision on the play. Penalties should apply to the next play, not the current play. No more automatic first downs, which should be earned. A replay and ejection for the worst penalty. Tired of the franchise quarterback. Nothing worst than seeing the same players doing the same thing every year.

Anonymous Faceless October 06, 2016 5:32 PM  

"Cut down on the number of flags, particularly those that nullify a big play without having directly affected it. And get rid of instant replay. It's only made matters worse, to the extent that no one even knows what a catch is anymore."

I attempted to watch one NFL game recently. Being in Big Ten Football Country, the NFL hasn't ever had a lot of appeal. The camera in the booth ruins every Opiate of the American Masses. There is no flow to the game. There is no getting even on the field of play, either, just pulling out an effeminate doily and flinging it out like a pair of panties. If the umpires on the field aren't good enough, replace them with ones that can do it without appealing to a camera operator.

There's a reason NASCAR fans used to prefer Bristol to Sonoma. Nobody ever asked, "Is Bristol STILL going? When is this thing going to end?" The elimination of the appeal on the rulings would make the games shorter, faster-paced, and more enjoyable.

Blogger scottb October 06, 2016 5:33 PM  

I just wanna see someone spike the fucking ball again in the end zone

Anonymous Rodger Dodger October 06, 2016 5:34 PM  

By the way if anybody wants to see real NFL racism, where the hell where the acrimonious denunciations of the racial taunts Peyton Hillis received for daring to line up as feature back.

Blogger pyrrhus October 06, 2016 5:38 PM  

The politics, as well as boredom with the sport, has caused a people in my family to skip the NFL this year, not sure when I'll be back...

Blogger Mr.MantraMan October 06, 2016 5:39 PM  

Demographics the keystone to the decline. Black thugs and whites drift away and the whites that stay are the wrong whites, and Mexicans hate Negros

OpenID b1bae96e-6447-11e3-b6bb-000f20980440 October 06, 2016 5:39 PM  

I think it would be a mistake to look at this just from an NFL standpoint. Rio Games were also down significantly from 4 years ago. And TV viewership in general is down 12% from last year on the big four networks

That isn't to say that the NFL isn't driving away viewers or it can't improve its situation, but there appears to be a larger trend going on than just the NFL.

From the networks perspective, there is a silver lining in the Live + 7 day data, but that is not exactly something professional sports can capitalize on.

I tend to agree that having football all day sunday and 2 other days is a big problem. I wish they would do away with Thursday. The games are largely awful.

Incidentally, its not just immigrant children that don't have the same interest in football. White parents are pushing their kids a different direction and have been for quite some time now. Kids that aren't playing football aren't likely to grow up watching football.

Anonymous Andrew E. October 06, 2016 5:39 PM  

I very much realize that occasionally a team is so fantastic that the QB doesn't matter AS MUCH, but even on those teams he can't be terrible.

I think the stat was that the Broncos won the super bowl last season with the 25th best quarterback play as a team, as measured by QBR.

Blogger pyrrhus October 06, 2016 5:42 PM  

ESPN and the sports media in general, with their incessant leftist and anti-white whinging, are definitely exacerbating the problem....

Blogger pyrrhus October 06, 2016 5:45 PM  

@28 I think you meant social mood is declining, not bottoming....It has a long way to go before it bottoms..

Blogger Sheila4g October 06, 2016 5:49 PM  

My husband was a rabid football fan when we married. Every Sunday during football season the t.v. was on all day. As the Cowboys got worse, his interest gradually waned. Then he was busy going to our younger son's practices and games for the 2-3 years he played. Now add all the politics, his gradual racial awakening and move further right politically, plus his mandatory attendance at 3-4 games a season entertaining customers, and it's just not that big a deal anymore. If he were going to watch, he'd rather do it from the comfort of our home than having to deal with the traffic and hassle of going to the stadium - it's just more "work" hours as far as he's concerned, even if he's watching from a box.

Anonymous Kali i ka da October 06, 2016 5:50 PM  

Could not agree more. Instant replay is killing football. A seven second pass play followed by 5 minutes trying to decide if the ball was juggle d, possession maintained, or a little toe was outside the line.

Might want to reduce the NFL to 4 divisions with 7 teams each. Fourteen games played in each division within the division both 7 home and 7 away games. Two playoff games, one championship game.

To reduce head trauma make the helmet less of a weapon. Go with a lacrosse helmet or even old school leather helmets with face guard. I would think outside the box and put a 300 pound or less weight limit on players. Arm tackles are less punishing on both the tackled and the tackled. Require long sleeved jerseys.

Meanwhile I am gearing up for UT and A&M. My vocal cords have nearly recovered from Dobbs' last second antics.

Blogger Chris Jackson October 06, 2016 5:51 PM  

I can dig it. Funny that profootballtalk.com has a counter for the number of days since a person associated with the NFL has been arrested. I don' think it's ever been above 15. It's at 4 today.

And yeah, the "catch" thing is absolutely absurd at this point. Listening to the commentators try to justify the idiocy is an insult to the intelligence of fans. "Going to the ground" was supposed to be for diving catches. Not for jumping 3 feet in the air and landing off-balance (Calvin Johnson). Not for trying to push the ball forward to break the plane (Dez Bryant).

Blogger Rational Thinker October 06, 2016 5:59 PM  

I quit watching the NFL when they they started adding women to the coverage (over and above the token woman on the sidelines). I quit caring about the NFL when a large number of the players turned into thugs. I now actively dislike the NFL due to the unpatriotic positions of the league and players.

Anonymous BGKB October 06, 2016 6:12 PM  

How about a weight limit, or perhaps multiple weight limits for different positions. How athletic do you need to be when you weigh 350 lbs?

So much steroids and PEDS are used that "The Fridge" would be too small to play today.

OT: Part of Hilldogs outreach to gays is fighting laws that make it a crime to spread HIV to unknowing people.

Blogger EscapeVelocity October 06, 2016 6:13 PM  

Voxday continues to support this converged organization, which threatens state government governors and legislatures to promote Cultural Marxist Progressive social policy.

We all have our weaknesses, I suppose.

Blogger EscapeVelocity October 06, 2016 6:13 PM  

Voxday continues to support this converged organization, which threatens state government governors and legislatures to promote Cultural Marxist Progressive social policy.

We all have our weaknesses, I suppose.

OpenID simplytimothy October 06, 2016 6:14 PM  

The Bucs make "not watching" the rational choice.

Blogger Lovekraft October 06, 2016 6:24 PM  

And being typical sjws, they are at a loss to explain why this could possibly be happening.

Well, for starters, having advertising pushing the diversity/feminism narrative killed it for a lot of guys.

Men watch football to get away from women and other disturbances.

And yes that sounds harsh, but essentially we all agree that there's some things men deserve to have all to themselves, no?

Blogger Fifty Seven October 06, 2016 6:24 PM  

Agree with previous posters on the intentional grounding thing. Spiking and throwing it into the stands to avoid a sack are BS on stilts. I can only recall seeing one intentional grounding call, and that was on Tom Brady in the Super Bowl (2008, IIRC).

Anonymous CarpeOro October 06, 2016 6:28 PM  

Thursday night football used to be called "Thanksgiving Day". Should be again.

Anonymous GreyS October 06, 2016 6:29 PM  

A lot of it is their broadcast rules and programming choices. Some league programming suit who thinks he is a genius will decide on a game for a particular market(s) then they will stick with that game no matter how boring it is. Only home-team fans want to stick with boring games or blowouts, the rest will either switch channels to the other game if there is one or turn it off and go outside. The networks will occasionally do some switching at the tail end of bad games but they need to pull the plug as soon as any game starts to stink and find one which is close.

If it was up to me, next negotiating round I would have during both early and late timeslots:

A- One network broadcast a game with the ability to switch out to another more exciting game for the non-home market

B-The other network broadcast a RedZone-type show where they do constant real-time highlights and cut-ins. Two hosts to guide the process but no sets with people on couches explaining and opining trying to be cute, just bam bam bam with the scores and highlights non-stop. Take advantage of ESPNs falling ratings to offer fans highlights they want without all the lame jokes and talking heads.

Blogger Cinco October 06, 2016 6:32 PM  

And it's obvious that Hispanics are considerably less interested in the sport.

What are you taking about? Hispanics love football. Oh, wait. You meant American football. I see.

Gotta love instant replay though, it does away with home field advantage and prevents the referee blackmail issues that the NBA suffers from.

Blogger Lovekraft October 06, 2016 6:33 PM  

And being typical sjws, they are at a loss to explain why this could possibly be happening.

Well, for starters, having advertising pushing the diversity/feminism narrative killed it for a lot of guys.

Men watch football to get away from women and other disturbances.

And yes that sounds harsh, but essentially we all agree that there's some things men deserve to have all to themselves, no?

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett October 06, 2016 6:34 PM  

Shee-it, all this fancy analysis makes my hillbilly head spin. If you want good football, I got a suggestion...

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

Blogger Lovekraft October 06, 2016 6:39 PM  

Here is another take on the NFL decline, blaming 'hyper-progressives in the sports media':

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/10/06/fs1s-whitlock-hyper-progressive-movement-that-has-lurched-into-sports-to-blame-for-low-nfl-ratings/

Blogger Lovekraft October 06, 2016 6:39 PM  

Here is another take on the NFL decline, blaming 'hyper-progressives in the sports media':

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/10/06/fs1s-whitlock-hyper-progressive-movement-that-has-lurched-into-sports-to-blame-for-low-nfl-ratings/

Blogger Patrick Wilson October 06, 2016 6:40 PM  

Roger Goodell should resign and reduce blacks to reflect percentage of population.

Anonymous WaterBoy October 06, 2016 6:48 PM  

b1bae96e-6447-11e3-b6bb-000f20980440 @48: "I think it would be a mistake to look at this just from an NFL standpoint. Rio Games were also down significantly from 4 years ago. And TV viewership in general is down 12% from last year on the big four networks"

It was already acknowledged in the OP that general viewership has been going down for years...that was the whole point:

"Once considered immune to the audience erosion plaguing the television industry, ratings for the National Football League have tumbled through the first four weeks of the season."

So, what is it that's different from last year to this year to make the NFL susceptible to the same kind of ratings decline?

I agree with some of the other comments that the rules changes that have been put in place are not the main contributor, or the effect would have been experienced earlier. IMO, it's largely the same kind of anti-PC, alt-Whatever backlash that's also being seen in politics and social media.

That, or it's because there's no Peyton Manning outside of his commercials....

Blogger Mr.MantraMan October 06, 2016 6:55 PM  

Bad whites aren't even fully human to the SJW so when you put the SJW in management what can you expect to do with their product they are supposed to sell?

Anonymous WaterBoy October 06, 2016 6:56 PM  

Lovekraft @67: "Here is another take on the NFL decline, blaming 'hyper-progressives in the sports media'"

Yes, that's what I'm thinking....

Anonymous Be Deplorable, Not Afraid October 06, 2016 7:00 PM  

I haven't watched one game this year, due to the BLM crap. But I've also realized how tired I am of the pink crap and the pop star crap and the players getting arrested crap. It would cost me $500+ to take my kids to a game with BLM protestors in pink socks... Stick it, NFL.

As far as the quality of the product, there's clearly something wrong when there aren't enough competent QBs to lead the teams. Either the league is too big, or there are rule problems.

Also, when the local team is on, I never, EVER, listened to the lame network idiots, but instead turned on the radio. The local guys are vastly better and less stupid than the network guys. Yeah, audio is out of sync, but I don't feel the urge to throw things at the TV. But again, I haven't watched a game this year.

Blogger Johnny October 06, 2016 7:11 PM  

@73.
I haven't watched one game this year, due to the BLM crap. But I've also realized how tired I am of the pink crap and the pop star crap and the players getting arrested crap.

Same here. After a while they just load you down. I wish I still watched TV so I could stop watching TV in protest.

Anonymous 6184 October 06, 2016 7:21 PM  

Definitely agree on bringing back intentional grounding in-force. If there is no receiver nearby it should be like a sack.

I think people have been irritated for a variety of reasons, for some time now, but the political bullshit is the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

@RD. "6-3, weighs 250, bench presses 450 and runs a 4.5".

I think it's apparent that you don't spend much time in the gym if you think those numbers are so radical that the only explanation is pharmacological help.

Blogger Lazarus October 06, 2016 7:22 PM  

@69 Lovecraft.

Nice to see someone make the case. The other idiot on the broadcast was trying to avoid it.

Jason Whitlock needs to be supported.

Anonymous 6184 October 06, 2016 7:24 PM  

When I think drugs, it's 6'3" 290lbs 11% body fat, 550lb bench, and a 4.3 40.

Blogger pyrrhus October 06, 2016 7:36 PM  

As I recall, Rush Limbaugh predicted the eventual demise of the NFL a few years back, because he thought the game had gotten sissified....

Blogger Sam Lively October 06, 2016 7:39 PM  

It'll be interesting to see if NBA players carry over the anthem drama with basketball starting up in a few weeks.

That audience is less heartland, but it's still a factor, especially for the smaller market teams that will be more vulnerable to kickback (OK City, Charlotte, Indiana). And the big networks are fresh into a huge new multi-billion dollar deal with the NBA that should make them especially sensitive to any ratings decline.

Blogger Knoggelvi October 06, 2016 7:40 PM  

I've been watching a lot less football because the broadcast presentations are terrible. With college football you can actually see what's happening in the secondary because the camera isn't always zoomed in and for the most part the announcers are decent. I have never had to mute the TV and turn on the radio.

There's also way too many games being decided by the refs. Being a Browns fan is hard enough, I don't need phantom football recoveries and taunting penalties on top of ticky tack holding and 50 yard pass interferences.

Anonymous Godfrey October 06, 2016 7:41 PM  

The NFL...

(1) Pink Ribbon MONTH. Let's not talk about the causes of cancer in females (e.g. side effects of oral contraceptives, etc.). Let's just play "feel-good" and force the fella's to wear pink.

(2) War propaganda ALL season long for big $$$ from the Pentagon. Let's get the morons to join up and die for the NWO dystopic empire while we watch our bottom line grow.

(3) Punish political incorrect speech and promote BLM racial intolerance.


F&#@ the NFL.

Anonymous Type 5 October 06, 2016 7:47 PM  

I had season tickets with the Lions back in the Barry Sanders era. This year, I don't think I've watched more than 10 minutes of football on any given weekend so far. If I think about the change in attitude, I have to agree that it's a combination of all the irritations mentioned above.

That being said, I'll mention my pet peeves. First, I no longer have any idea what is and isn't pass interference. It's become like a foul in pro basketball.

Second, when did every penalty become an automatic first down? It used to be pass interference and that was it. What the hell?

Blogger Fenris Wulf October 06, 2016 7:52 PM  

After the Black Panther halftime show kerfluffle, I realized that Beyonce is trash. All of her song lyrics incorporate ignorant-ass ghetto-speak. Her family was upper middle class and I don't think she really talks like that. She didn't always have the resting bitch face and the belligerent dancing style either.

What the hell happened to black entertainers? The 1960's were a turbulent era, but the black musicians and singers of the era had class.

Blogger AdognamedOp October 06, 2016 7:59 PM  

Bring back the single bar facemask and that "stickum" that Lester Hayes use to use.

Anonymous Roundtine October 06, 2016 8:02 PM  

If you think Trump will win, mood will improve, a shift towards baseball makes sense within the socionomics theory.

Anonymous FP October 06, 2016 8:03 PM  

fop wrote:It was over the day they fired Hank Jr.

Yeah. Many great memories from the "all my rowdy friends are here on Monday night" era. Just my Dad and me watching the Niners play on Monday night, eating pizza while sitting on the couch and no interruptions.

Its just not the same anymore.

Anonymous WaterBoy October 06, 2016 8:05 PM  

Maybe they can attract younger viewers with these new Pokemon critters.

Blogger Johnny October 06, 2016 8:12 PM  

@82 Some of the penalties do seem weirdly severe to me also. Calling some of this stuff more frequently with lesser punishment would reduce the impact on the game. You know, it would even out more in most games.

As just as a curious aside, I wonder why the helmets don't don't give better protection for this concussion issue stuff. I suspect they could be better.

Blogger Basil Makedon October 06, 2016 8:15 PM  

I agree we have reached peak NFL. First, it is a converging institution. ESPN led the way here. Pro Tip: We watch sports to escape things like Obama and transgendered bathrooms and BLM protests.

Additionally, the over-exposure issue is wearing everyone out. If you do fantasy, you can't even get the week to make moves, etc. because your week doesn't end until Mon and then you have a Thurs game.

Finally, pass-happy flag football where a QB-capable team wins 40 to 15 is just not as dramatic as an old-school Ravens v. Steelers 7 to 9 defensive game where any mistake could be a team's last.

Anonymous GreyS October 06, 2016 8:23 PM  

And it's obvious that Hispanics are considerably less interested in the sport.

I think there is an east-west split there. In the west, we have mostly Mexicans and many of them love American football-- Dallas has a very large Mexican fan base and the Niners, Raiders and Denver have quite a bit of Mexican fans. We have a lot of them as Charger fans of course.

I can't speak for the east coast fans but I don't sense that a lot of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans etc get into football much, and I think the local ratings for Miami and NY are usually toward the bottom.

In S.D. our Mexican fans are pretty laid back and are credibly quite into the team and the NFL. It will be interesting to see how many LA Mexicans follow the Rams.

Heck, the growing number of Mexican fans are the reason Niner games are so crap to go to these days. People used to make fun of the genteel Niner crowds, saying they didn't have nachos and beer but sushi and chardonnay. (In reality it was much more working class than that). Nowadays, there are so many low-class Mex fans there that at some games you may as well go to a stinking Raider game it gets so bad.



Blogger Zimri October 06, 2016 8:32 PM  

If you want change, first you have to work for it.

Join Ace in his NFL boycott. We can offer you many hours of your life in return.

Blogger Jeremy October 06, 2016 9:18 PM  

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Blogger Jeremy October 06, 2016 9:20 PM  

The main reason for the decline is probably the rise of sites that stream sports games. Many people opt out of buying cable because we can just stream our sports games online for free.

Blogger Basil Makedon October 06, 2016 9:26 PM  

@90 I think it remains to be seen whether anyone follows the Rams in LA. How many times does the NFL need to fail in a city for it to understand that the city state of LA cares not for football?

Blogger Retrenched October 06, 2016 9:26 PM  

When I was a kid you could tell who everyone was just by looking at the jersey and the number. Hasn't been that way for 20 years now.

Anonymous Hoss October 06, 2016 9:34 PM  

I can't imagine what the NFL numbers would be like without fantasy football and people making book on it.

Football paid my way through school, and I hardly have an interest in it anymore. Watch much more college than pro, and even that is waning. I don't know how a defensive player is suppose to anticipate a level change in a running back or receiver, or how a 267 pound man is supposed to freeze time so that he doesn't hit the QB 1/100th of a second too late, so we end up getting targeting/roughing penalties 5 times a go for total bullshit. It's just becoming such a pussy product like the rest of America. I also don't think they're giving enough credit/discredit to these jackasses ignoring the flag, and maybe that's just because I live in rube country (Indiana) where pride still means something. I've become infinitely more interested in baseball the last couple of years.

Anonymous Ken7- October 06, 2016 9:53 PM  

Back in the 1990's, the NFL wanted to tear down the youngest stadium ever to be torn down, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Million$ still owed on it.

They went to the Pittsburgh voters three times begging for money for a new stadium. Three times, the Pittsburgh voters said no.

Then the Dems went ahead and raised taxes for the stadium anyway, voters be damned. They pushed it through and raised sales taxes, crowing on TV about how the sales at Kennywood Amusement Park and Century III Mall, which was still kicking strong in the 1990's before fortunes reversed, would pay for this much needed civic improvement.

The NFL are greedy welfare thieves. Welfare for billionaires. They have cucked a sizeable portion of the "men" of America while shitting all over traditional values, pushing feminist poison, and stealing from the beleaguered taxpayers.

Football is a fine sport. The NFL are not.

Anonymous ScarletNumber October 06, 2016 9:56 PM  

@VooDooJock

While your general point holds, the Giants are one of the more widely-televised teams in the NFL. If you are a Texans fan and move out of Houston, you are SOL.

Anonymous VFM #6306 October 06, 2016 10:25 PM  

Damn you San Francisco. Running into the kicker to give David Johnson a walk in toucdown on the week Im opposing him in Fantasy, why don't you? As if your tissue defense wasn't easy enough for him.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 06, 2016 11:18 PM  


1) 23 % of the kids in our schools are immigrants children. Most from non European cultures, they will not be drawn into American football


I have friends who live in the Bay Area. So many hindus and chinese that school districts are dropping traditional American sports. Neither the Chinese nor dot-Indians (especially dot-Indians) are very athletic, and to the extent they play sports, it ain't Gridiron Football. Or baseball. Field hocket and Cricket are the choices if you can't afford $1M+ for a condo in a White school district.


So, what is it that's different from last year to this year to make the NFL susceptible to the same kind of ratings decline?

Eh, not much really, though the SJW nonsense doesn't help and it's the final straw for a lot of people. I think the decline is just that live sports were the last bastion of traditional network TV and they managed a rear-guard action until last year, but the decline was always eventually going to happen - the idea they were immune to cable-cutting was simply wrong. Meanwhile the networks paid the NFL too damn much money in a hopeless effort to stop it, so the NFL hasn't been able to make serious efforts at streaming their live product. They're making tentative steps now (tentative and dumb - Twitter? Seriously?), but the league has a hard choice to make - suck that last drops out of an increasingly desperate ESPN, FOX and CBS and lose overall market share as people continue to cut the cord, or try to preserve their market share by turning away the network dollars and forging ahead on their own.

The sport is still popular, it's just that not as many people are watching it on TV. I watch a few games on TV each year, go to a couple, and for the rest I watch highlights online and check how my fantasy team did. I'm still a "customer" for the league, but no longer in their (formerly) most lucrative TV channel. They're kind of like a manufacturer that allowed WallMat to become too big a share of their retail - they end up tailoring their product to suit WallMart instead of their customers and start to lose market share.


Pro Tip: We watch sports to escape things like Obama and transgendered bathrooms and BLM protests.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

Entertainment helps us take a temporary break from the real world. But the knuckleheads who work in entertainment forget that, because for them it is the real world. They don't realize the rest of us don't want to save the world tonight, we just want to sit on the couch, drink a beer, and watch the damn game.

Blogger bearspaw October 06, 2016 11:45 PM  

@97
Larry Czonka on Three Rivers- " It's like playing on fuzzy concrete."

Blogger Mr.MantraMan October 06, 2016 11:46 PM  

Tonight's game supposedly to a half empty stadium

Blogger Retrenched October 07, 2016 12:08 AM  

"Even worse Brussels is telling the media not to report on terrorists being moslem."

1. Purge right wingers from journalism, education and science

2. Place strict controls on any speech that contradicts The Narrative

3. Claim that reality has a liberal bias

Blogger Aeoli Pera October 07, 2016 12:09 AM  

But the chief culprit, in my opinion, is overexposure.

That's what it is for me. And don't forget college football is on Saturdays.

Anonymous Bell Worthington October 07, 2016 12:24 AM  

It's the amount of commercials that make me seek entertainment elsewhere. The ball is in play for about 11 minutes a game, and for that you have to sit through almost 100 commercials. More brain damage is collectively done to the fans than to every player in the league. No fucking way am I going to spend my time like that.

Anonymous Baseball Savant October 07, 2016 12:29 AM  

BYU runs the ball a lot more now.

Blogger Mark Butterworth October 07, 2016 12:31 AM  

Playing as a kid in the sandlot, what I loved were long passes, making great catches, intercepting a pass, and open field running.

That's what I loved in watching the Pros, but then it became murder ball, thug ball, I dance on your grave ball.

I never understood guys who'd yell in joy, hoot and holler when some guy on their team laid out a receiver, then moan, lament, and keen when a linebacker sent their QB off the field on a stretcher, and so on. Maybe, that's what they loved when they played, making vicious hits on the other team. That never thrilled me. I guess I wasn't sadistic enough to enjoy that aspect when playing.

Football is where boxing was. It had its hay day with the public, but then the brutality, it's long term effects began to seen as inhumane.

Law suits didn't hurt boxing, but it will the NFL. It isn't that fun to watch anymore for a lot of people, many reasons noted in previous comments.

Blogger EscapeVelocity October 07, 2016 12:34 AM  

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Blogger EscapeVelocity October 07, 2016 12:34 AM  

It all started with Susan G. Komen pink...

Blogger Were-Puppy October 07, 2016 12:41 AM  

@87 WaterBoy
Maybe they can attract younger viewers with these new Pokemon critters.
---

That is so cool.
*fires up Pokemon go.*
* walks into traffic*
*dies *

Blogger Were-Puppy October 07, 2016 12:44 AM  

@93 Jeremy
The main reason for the decline is probably the rise of sites that stream sports games. Many people opt out of buying cable because we can just stream our sports games online for free.
---
I was waiting on someone to bring this point up.

Many won't cut the chord over NFL or Fix News.

Finding places to watch NFL online is great.

I believe this election season has turned many off of Fix News, making cut the chord more appealing.

Blogger VoodooJock October 07, 2016 5:28 AM  

ScarlettNumber:

Quite true, and I picked that team off the cuff to illustrate a point. However, you do raise an interesting point about the Giants. I couldn't care less about NYC. Their fans tend to be kind of the rabid obnoxious sort. Having lived in the southwest and Texas most of my life, New York has been one of those general cesspool cities that for some reason (high population?) that seems to drive US policy that doesn't really impact them much but ends up hurting people that don't live there. So yeah, there's a not-insignificant level of distrust and animosity towards the place, though not to the levels found in the non-carpetbagger South.

Why would I want to watch a Giants game? I like football, but not enough to drop everything for the sake of watching a game.

Anonymous Be Deplorable, Not Afraid October 07, 2016 5:51 AM  

>Pro Tip: We watch sports to escape things like Obama and transgendered bathrooms and BLM protests.

Remember, we're not allowed to escape. They have to just grind our faces in it.

Blogger Anchorman October 07, 2016 9:24 AM  

"What happened to all the white players?"

It became a "coach's game." Players are generally given two options to read and choose for any given play.

You simply don't need as much critical thinking on the field during a play, so you can lower the intellectual measurements for players and raise the physical requirements. More than anything, this means an emphasis on speed.

I don't watch MNF or Thursday football. I need a cable package to watch them. I'm not going I increase my entertainment budget for 34 games when most will feature teams I don't care about.

The over politicization of the entertainment, its following a predictable outcome. They tilted pop. Illiterate further and further left.

I'd like to dig down into the declining viewership to see the demographics.

Anonymous Watchu talkin bout Willis October 07, 2016 9:29 AM  

The pink, the thugs, the brainless NFL commentators, the anthem protests, the ridiculous costs -- all obnoxious.

However, witness the hypocrisy of a sports league which promotes all this social justice crap, but certainly doesn't display "liberte, egalite, fraternite" when teams like the Patriots and Broncos have been perpetual playoff contenders for the past 20 years.

Great teams? Yes, but whatever happened to Pete Rozelle's parity?

Anonymous Anarchopurplism October 07, 2016 10:02 AM  

NFL is still fun to watch, even last night when the 1st quarter & a half was the worst I've seen in a long time. 2 backup QB's missing open players & WR's dropping passes.

-Wildcard: I appreciate the end of the season "in-the-hunt" nature that the Wildcard brings. Oftentimes, a team starts winning games & becomes the hot team entering the post season. Plus, the Sunday games on Wildcard weekend are typically pretty good.

-10 Yard pass interference could be a disaster at the end of the game. Coaches could employ a hack-a-Shaq strategy to prevent an offensive team from coming back. That rule would only work if time were added back on the clock or perhaps additional 10 seconds rewarded to the offense.

-Let sacks happen. The whole tackle box thing is odd. QB always has the option to slide. If the D plays well, let them earn the sack & loss of yardage for playing good coverage.

A new potential defensive trend may be popping up this year. Defenses are adjusting to a pass-happy league & disguising when/where pressure is coming with athletic LB & DB's.

The only drastic rule change I'd be interested in seeing is leather helmets. If guys knew they could not use their heads like a battering ram, it would be interesting to see how that effects the play on the field. Ditka has lobbied for this......so you know its as awesome as beer, a steak & a cigar. DITKA!!!

Blogger Undocumented Pharmacist October 07, 2016 10:15 AM  

NFL is still fun to watch, even last night when the 1st quarter & a half was the worst I've seen in a long time. 2 backup QB's missing open players & WR's dropping passes. Screw you, Niners.

Ugh. That was painful. Why did they have to show delayed tape of Capernick kneeling? Guess who cares about that now? Nobody. They keep pushing fans away by trying to push that stuff in our faces.

The Temple v. Memphis game was better, if only by a little bit in the first half. College football (and basketball) is still "local" vs. the NFL (and NBA) and means more to the fans than the paid mercenaries in the pros.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown October 07, 2016 11:08 AM  

Hey, Vox.

Slightly OT. Given your martial arts background, football fandom and Italian residence do you follow or have an opinioin on Calcio Storico?

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky October 07, 2016 11:13 AM  

For most of my life it was tradition in our church to watch the Superbowl together, a great excuse for a huge party. Then came the wardrobe malfunction and all of that stopped cold. Never again. That's when football seemed to be moving decidedly out of step culturally.

The overwhelming invasion of the hip-hop thug 'tude didn't help.

I've got a son playing high school ball. They're desperate for players and will take anybody. Half of the kids on the team never played the game before in their lives and have to be taught the basic rule. Half of their mommas don't want their babies playing such a manly game. This scene is unimaginable compared to when I was a kid, where a high school football slot was highly prized and hugely competitive.

Now add Colin Kaepernick stuff, and asshats like Bob Costas and Keith Olberman spreading their contemptible anti-American SJW-ishness all over the coverage -- AND FORGET IT.

They need a complete house cleaning at the NFL, top to bottom. That's what it is going to take. I doubt they will do it, they deny they have a problem. In the WSJ article yesterday they seemed to think their problem was a lack of Tom Bradys. They are tone deaf.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 07, 2016 11:53 AM  

-10 Yard pass interference could be a disaster at the end of the game. Coaches could employ a hack-a-Shaq strategy...

That one's easy to deal with. Leave it as a spot foul (or even spot plus 10 yards) for flagrant DPI, but all the incidental contact stuff is either no-call or 5 yards and replay the down. The problem with DPI as it is now is that the incidental, hand-fighting stuff really can't be called consistently, but it has a huge impact. Really flagrant stuff can be called a lot more consistently though.

The only drastic rule change I'd be interested in seeing is leather helmets

Funny you mention that. If you watch a Seahawks game, Michael Bennett is wearing ridiculously small shoulder pads - they're kicker pads. He says he's wearing them because it makes him focus on good tackling technique - wrapping up instead of just flying in and hitting the guy, because if he does that, it'll hurt.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper October 07, 2016 3:56 PM  

a deplorable rubberducky wrote:SNIP
I've got a son playing high school ball. They're desperate for players and will take anybody. Half of the kids on the team never played the game before in their lives and have to be taught the basic rule. Half of their mommas don't want their babies playing such a manly game. This scene is unimaginable compared to when I was a kid, where a high school football slot was highly prized and hugely competitive.



This doesn't surprise me, football is a cultural event and not only are many non Western kids disinterested in , generation single Mom and generation one kid tiger mom and all that doesn't want their kids playing it.

Without a really good social matrix , great coaches, great teams and a society that pushes football to drag these kids in they aren't going to be interested in the sport even to watch it.

Football if you prefer is very much a casualty of Leftism and Multiculturalism

Its tough for people who grew up on the sport though in fairness I have no skin in the game myself, I've never watched the sport, played it or participated in it in any way and if/when if have sons of age, I doubt they will either.


Blogger Can't wait October 07, 2016 6:40 PM  

Even Pan et Circenses had an end. Classic symptom of the decline of the American Empire.
1 John 2:15

Blogger Can't wait October 07, 2016 6:40 PM  

Even Pan et Circenses had an end. Classic symptom of the decline of the American Empire.
1 John 2:15

Anonymous Pennywise October 07, 2016 8:17 PM  

No, it is not a "classic symptom of the decline of the American Empire".

There will not be a reduction in the schedule. Too much many at stake.

There is nothing inherently wrong with having politics in sports or athletes making political statements.


Reduce the 17-week, 16-game season to 15 weeks, with 14 games.

Using instant replay ensures observably incorrect calls are able to be overturned.

The pass is here to stay.

Teams prefer athletes, black or white, who are talented, and will take chances to sign them and put them on the field to win.

Wild cards are here to stay. Too much revenue at stake.

Watch NFL football, or don't. We don't care.

Anonymous teapartydoc October 07, 2016 10:23 PM  

No platooning. Everyone plays both ways. No specialist kickers. By the way, I no longer watch sportsball.

Blogger jon spencer October 07, 2016 11:08 PM  

Remove Goodall, replaced with someone who is not a SJW.
Only one game a week not played on Sunday afternoon.
Cut commercial breaks by at least one third.
Reduction of concussions by using hockey helmets with birdcage instead of the conventional plastic hammer helmet.

Blogger Rez Zircon October 08, 2016 1:16 PM  

Same rant, except for baseball. Go back to just two divisions. Get rid of interleague play. Go back to the old system of playoffs and World Series.

The theory was to increase fan interest by keeping every team in striking distance of the Big Show, but in truth all it did was dilute the value of winning to the point that no one cares anymore.

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