I nearly puked when I saw that latest blown call in the Seattle Greenbay game last night. This will be the blown call heard around America. The NFL owners thought it wiser to hire division 3 referees and lingerie league rejects, (yes, you heard that right, the NFL has hired lingerie league referees than to give into the 3.2 million dollar demand of the officials. 3.2 million dollars represents the revenue of 2 Superbowl 30 second commercials or an extra $100,000 per team or the amount James Harrison is fined per year.
I've had issues for a long time about how the game is being run and the unfair practices the NFL owners wield over cities. Let's take the stadiums. These expensive stadiums are paid for by the taxpayers. Economists have done studies that show that the stadiums are an economic minus to a community. They don't create any real sustainable jobs. They end up costing more money per year than revenue generated. In other words, there are plenty of other projects a city could invest a billion dollars in and get a much better return and create many more sustainable jobs. The owner have the power and they trick the citizens into financing such economic nonsense. I say, make the owner pay for their own stadiums.
I have a vision that these owners are a bunch of old white curmudgeons, wearing polos and plaid shorts with gin and tonics in their hands at some fancy country club soriee joking about what suckers the NFL fan is. They are right. Anyone who has paid for NFL ticket, like me, is a sucker.
Since the internet revolution, sites like facebook and most others have thrived on traffic. If you got traffic to your site, you gonna make money. The more traffic, the more money. The NFL doesn't operate that way. They do everything they can to limit traffic. How dumb is that? First, they limit the number of seats in their stadiums which are built by taxpayer money. This insures that they can fill the stadium and the tv broadcast won't be blacked out in the local area. Why even blackout anything at all? Why even charge $200 for the NFL Ticket? If the owners were really savvy, they would broadcast the games for free. Yes, for free. They can do that over the internet. Why would they do that? Again traffic. More viewers means more ad dollars. Fewer viewers means less. If my team is not on TV, I'm not likely to watch any games. If my team is on TV, I'll watch that game and I'll watch maybe another. If you want to watch the games online for free without commercials you can go to firstrowsports.eu
Now, this brings me to the poor decision the owners made regarding the officials union. With so much at stake, the owners risked the reputation of the league over $3.2 million dollars. For people that are so skilled in business, this was a dumb decision. The effects of this decision will last for a long time. The owners should do the right thing at least for the sake of the fans and get the professional officials back in the game. If not, then they really don't care about you and me. They only care for our dollars. I will stop giving it to them. I hope you will join me.