The Casual Observer | The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Side of Football
by Rob DeMarco
THE GOOD: Loyal football fans who support their teams year after year.
THE BAD: Let’s start at the beginning. The NFL receives vast sums of money from TV Networks to broadcast their games. TV Networks get huge sums of money from advertisers. Cable and internet companies get huge sums of money from you and me. So you pay for Cable and Internet. You watch the NFL games all season with their endless commercials and finally make it to the playoffs. The profiteers mentioned above then figure out a way to squeeze more money out of their loyal fans, and they don’t care how unethical it is. Hold one playoff game for RANSOM. Give the highest bidder an Exclusive so fans have to subscribe to their streaming service for one month.
That’s not the end of it. Which game should they blackmail the fans with? Kansas City Chiefs vs Miami Dolphins. And Why?
THE UGLY: The NFL LOVES all the new fans watching because of the Romance between Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. She has millions of fans who probably never saw a football game but tune in to see her mug on TV. Viewership is UP! Ratings are UP! Advertising rates are UP! And so are your monthly bills if you agree to pay the RANSOM.
A Big, Greedy, Unethical screwing of the loyal football fans. And guess what? If enough people pay the RANSOM, maybe next year TWO games will be held HOSTAGE, and so on.