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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2016 02:45 am
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srossi wrote: I wouldn't say this a huge issue yet, but the NFL is facing a ticking timebomb with this concussion shit.  I don't know what the NFL will look like in 30 years.
 

They're worried about similar things in rugby, and there is debate how best to deal with it.  Not so much concussion but the sheer physical beating involved.

And the number 1 problem that has caused it is substitutions.  Even 25 years ago they were not allowed.  It meant players had to be fit for a full 80 minute game.  Endurance was a factor, which limited the sheer muscle mass a player could put on, and would also mean tackles were not as strong.  Now they can have players just do the one thing for a short period and then go off.  Players can have a much more specialized build - and hit all that much harder.

Perhaps that might be one idea for gridiron.  Stop players being such specialists.  Dunno if that's possible, the structure of the game seems very stop-start, with no real development of play, but it might be a thought.



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http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21960086/nfl-television-ratings-97-percent-2017-regular-season

Saw that article this morning and had to find this thread..a season later, they're down another 9.7%, with the 8% the season before they've lost over 2.5 million viewers a week. Biggest thing that should scare them is the NBA is up 20% in their viewership, so they can't just say "Oh, all ratings are dropping"...



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First weekend of playoffs see ratings drop for each game by more than 10% from previous year. Markets probably explain some of the drop, but it's still not a good sign for the league.

https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2018/01/08/nfl-playoff-ratings-see-big-declines

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Far right pissed and far left pissed. For different reasons. Fuck them both. I am watching.

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It’s been a gradual decline for my viewership and now that I stopped watching I don’t miss it at all.

I don’t care if everyone got American flag tattoos and paid me $50.00 a week to watch I’m still not interested in going back.

I’ve pretty much soured on watching sports in general.



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I did not read through all of this but the ratings had been tanking before the Patriot Chickenhawk Movement. I find it more difficult to watch a full game the past few years, but I thought it was just age. Not sure what it is. Too many delays???? I am not sure.

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I always laugh at these sorts of articles about ratings. I read one that was going on and on about the NFL should be jealous that NBA ratings are up this season. 

The lowest game from Wild Card Weekend was a 14.7. The NBA game this site kept gushing about got a 1.8. Look out!

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A rising 1.8 is better than a falling 14.7 in the TV industry everyone knows that.



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Just like in corporate sales. Set the bar extremely low, and then rise in small increments.

Last edited on Tue Jan 16th, 2018 02:10 am by LAF

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LAF wrote: I always laugh at these sorts of articles about ratings. I read one that was going on and on about the NFL should be jealous that NBA ratings are up this season. 

The lowest game from Wild Card Weekend was a 14.7. The NBA game this site kept gushing about got a 1.8. Look out!

14.7 for a Wild Card game is awful.  I don't think that anybody has totally realized how "cutting the cord" has affected the ratings of games.  And before anybody says "yeah, but the NFL games aren't on cable, they are on broadcast"...well, look at it like this:  Nielsen has gotten extremely lazy in their tracking in recent years.  There isn't any such think as a "Nielsen Family" anymore, and Nielsen hasn't been handing out tracking boxes in anywhere near the quantity they were even 10 years ago.  What they have been doing is taking the data from cable companies because the newest boxes send back the exact info of what you are watching.  For example, I have Verizon FiOS and I can log in and it will tell me right now exactly how many people are watching the top three watched programs right now.  Meaning, Verizon knows what everybody is watching and they are collecting the data.  So Nielsen is getting the data and reporting it.  With all of the cord cutting, the base is smaller, and the people that haven't cut are most likely more of a group that is not in the true NFL Demographics.  My mom and dad haven't ever turned on a football game in their lives, other than the Super Bowl once in awhile to see the commercials.  And they are who is keeping cable.  My kids haven't turned on a TV in three years.  If they did watch football, they'd find a way to watch it online for free so that they could watch it on their phones.



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In 2016 you had a Packers-Giants game on wild card weekend. Plus the Steelers and Seahawks in separate games. This year we had Bills-Jaguars and Titans-Chiefs. Of course the ratings are lower.

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