So here we are at the crossroads once again. I’ve had an opportunity to go back and read some old blogs by some of those who were once here, and the fact is – they don’t hate the players – they hate the game. Wait, there is no game anymore – I don’t know what it is, but it ain’t no damn game. So let me explain:
NFL. Give me a good reason why we would watch. Seriously,
- It’s New England and then everybody else.
- Why would fans in Oakland, San Diego, or St. Louis even tune in?
- There’ no flow to the game.
- Commercials, Commercials, COMMERCIALS.
- They just make too many damn stupid mistakes.
MLB. Is it me or does nobody even give a shit, especially not the media who have been basically dropping a big turd on MLB – a league that after the NHL has been closest to parity of all.
NBA. With LaVar Ball, the Kar-trash-ian-ization of the NBA is now complete. This isn’t Basketball, it’s entertainment, and that has been what the NBA has run on for awhile now. Add Ball in and it will only harden the resolve for those who already dislike the NBA to give it a chance. There is no such thing as parity in this league. Oh yeah, and the players run the show and they don’t give a damn about the futue of the “sport”, they care about what can they get now.
NHL. I remember Tim and Ark and a few others extolling the virtues of the sport – and they were right – it has all that sports fans claim they want – speed, skill, physicality, hell even fighting. So why is it that nobody watches? I really don’t understand it.
Sports Media. I believe that this one this is absolutely driving people away from sports.
- Example #1? Yes, that would be ESPN – an entity that got so big for its britches its own personalities are out there mocking the very fans of sports, and for what reason? Because they have the audacity to have a different opinion. It may not necessarily be a good opinion, but that ain’t no reason for a-holes to be like that. Fox, who I thought was going to be a bit more independent, picked up many of those who were let go at ESPN.
- Example #2? Mixing politics and sports. Look, we get it, everybody has an opinion as they rightfully should, but there was once a time where politics and sports were far apart and never should they mix. Yes, there are social ills and yes, they should be addressed, but do not cram that shit down my throat when I am trying to watch a game.
- Example #3? It takes too long to watch a game. Let’s be honest here – games last 60 minutes in the NFL and NHL, and 48 minutes in the NBA. But how long does “the event” last? Nearly three hours, not counting pre-and post-game. So in essence two of three hours we devote to a game is dedicated to non-action.
- Example #4? Sports have realized that they have gone too far with timeouts and commercials. Sports leagues such as the NFL, CFB, and NBA don’t give up commercial time without a reason – and here it is: people are tuning out.
- Example #5? Poor leadership, ownership, and management. Let’s face it, many fans realize that their team already has the odds stacked against them the way the sports runs now and you add in poor management and we’re looking at fans who just flat out give up. Do you blame them?
- Example #6? Bandwagon fans. Yeah, they bring in the merchandise money but they hurt the overall product long-term.
- Example #7? Be honest, as a fan can you afford to go to a game? I do alright and I still can’t afford it. Be honest, do you want to pay that ridiculous cable bill to watch ESPN or FS1 who talk about non-sense but ignore 90% of the leagues participants in order to sell the entertainment value of the day.
- Example #8? Disproportionate media coverage. Oversaturation of some teams, ignoring others. I can’t remember the last time Arizona and/or Kansas City sports got covered. Not even in World Series years for the D-Backs and Royals were they taken seriously.
Social Media. I personally believe that there is a backlash against social media. Yes, you heard me right, a backlash.
- Let’s be honest, Twitter is a sewer of disgusting behavior, you can’t even communicate. If it’s not disgusting behavior it’s the constant political slants of people, and if it isn’t these two things you are bombarded by…you guessed it…the Twitter version of commercials.
- Well, there are some discussion pages, but nobody really participates.
- Keyboard Warriors. These clowns add nothing to discussions.
- Lack of Decorum – there’s no such thing as civil disagreement. Motives are questioned, fan loyalty is questioned, etc…
In the end, sports has changed, but so have we. Sports fans don’t have time for non-sense anymore. They watch what they can, they pay what they can afford, but the difference here is that they don’t make it a priority anymore – and why would they? Just like journalism, politics, and media, sports is heading towards a credibility problem. Some have identified the problems but aren’t necessarily in a hurry to fix the issues long-term because of the short term cost.