NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, will be on “60 Minutes” Sunday talking about how the game provides entertainment and what that means given the state of the economy. He’s make a good point:
“People want to feel part of a group, feel like they’re connected, and right now during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that’s out there. They can forget their worries for just a few hours.”
“Our biggest challenge going forward is how do we get people to come to our stadiums because the experience is so great at home,” he says. “When you turn on (a football game), you want to see a full stadium.”
That’s a really good point. Why would I trudge all the way out to a stadium that is likely far from my house, overpay to park, walk too far to get into the stadium, overpay for tickets, overpay for concessions, and hope my team wins? I mean, if your team sucks, there is hardly any reason to watch them on TV. If your team is alright, TV works just fine. How can the fan experience get any better than sitting on your own couch, or laying in bed, or whatever and watching the game?
The NFL, in its superiority, has made the TV experience so good that they have outdone themselves a little bit where the fan and stadium experience is concerned. But, you can’t really change that. Inflation happens. We can’t control that. It’s just the way it is.
If you wanted to get people back into stadiums, you would have to find a way to make that whole experience cheaper, but when Jerry Jones spend a billion dollars on a stadium, you can’t really do that.
It’s a quandry, but the NFL needs to figure it out. 20 years from now, it could be a real problem.