- Mar 26, 2005
It also means that people aren't going to sit around and watch football just for the sake of watching football. They'll watch games in which they have a rooting interest but probably not a ton more than that.People don't want to organize their lives around fixed entertainment schedules anymore and live sports are going to be hurting for that.
I think the NFL made a huge mistake in trying to get into as many windows as it has. Games between mediocre teams have always been a slog (remember the infamous Bills-Jets "no announcer" games?). But in the past, those games have been limited to markets who had rooting interest. Now, with all of these windows to fill, the NFL has to show these terrible games - i.e., Dolphins Ravens - to a national audience, and people just don't want to watch that.
Plus, almost all of the good QBs are either retired, retiring, or hurt. Who wants to watch Matt Moore versus Ryan Mallett during prime time?