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Being There Live Or Watching From The Confines Of Your Home ?


There’s no denying that investing one’s money in a sports franchise by way of purchasing a ticket for an event or in the stock market at this moment in time. Well, it’s about as wise , as allowing Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan to indeed drive an automobile with a child in tow. You know for a fact that no actual good can come of it. And at this moment in time the same could very well be said for any investment made in a professional sports franchise.

NASCAR event  at  Richmond  Int'l   Raceway ..........    picture appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/  Richard  Matthews  ..............
NASCAR event at Richmond Int'l Raceway .......... picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Richard Matthews ..............

And that would most definitely count for any one of the major sports governing bodies and their franchises. Be it NASCAR , NHL, NFL, NBA , MLB . And dare I say the MLS ? We can attest to the fact that the country is in an economic downturn. From which not even the many experts are sure of when the tide will no doubt turn. Meanwhile, we’ve seen each of the governing bodies mentioned shed jobs and and in some cases raise general admission prices as well as season ticket prices. And if you should happen to be an erstwhile follower of any of the major sports in question and should happen to be all too willing to put down an extravagant amount for a PSL non-refundable deposit. Then I can only assume that you’re prepared to pay for the privilege of supporting your team live.

Superbowl XLIII MVP  Santonio  Holmes  makes  the  game  winning  TD  reception  denying    Arizona  Cardinals'  safety  Aaron  Francisco  of making  the  defensive  play.   The  Pittsburgh  Steelers   would  go on  to  their   sixth   triumph  in the  Superbowl   played   at   Raymond  James  Stadium ,   Tampa ,  Florida.     picture appesrs courtesy of  ap/photo/ Matt  Slocum  ................
Superbowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes makes the game winning TD reception denying Arizona Cardinals' safety Aaron Francisco of making the defensive play. The Pittsburgh Steelers would go on to their sixth triumph in the Superbowl played at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa , Florida. picture appesrs courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Slocum ................

I’ve got to admit that I’m an avid sport’s fan and my allegiances are to the following teams. In no discerning order they are the San Antonio Spurs , New England Patriots , Florida Marlins and with regard to NASCAR and the NHL . Well , let’s just say you’d be more inclined to see me watching paint dry before taking a complete interest in either of those two sports and that’s despite their popularity.

Erik Aybar  of   the  Los  Angeles   Angels   hits  the  game  winning   rbi  in a  game  played  against  the  Seattle  Mariners  at  Anaheim Stadium  ,  Anaheim  , Ca.,   The  Angels   would   defeat  the  Mariners  3-2 .     picture appears  courtesy  of  getty images/  Jacon  de  Golish  ....................
Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels hits the game winning rbi in a game played against the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium , Anaheim , Ca., The Angels would defeat the Mariners 3-2 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jacon de Golish ....................

It’s been often said that “…..sports is a way for one to get away from it all and enjoy a recreational pursuit with family or friends as the case may be.” And whilst there’s indeed nothing at all wrong with that. We’re now having to become ever more discerning as to our disposable income and where we’re indeed getting value for our money. Long gone are the days where a family of four could attend a major sporting event and spend less than $250-00 , even with the price of admission, parking and concessions. Which I might add that unless you’re a fervent follower of all of the major sports and are prepared to follow your team to the ends of the earth. The cost that one or even a family might spend on traveling several sporting events throughout the year has to be quite substantial.

DC  United  goalkeeper  Josh Wicks  (right) looks  to  secure  the  ball  as  FC  Dallas  striker   David  Ferreira  is  unable to  make  the  attempt  on  goal   in  an  MLS  game  played  in  Frisco ,  Texas  .,      picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/ Mike   Stone  .........
DC United goalkeeper Josh Wicks (right) looks to secure the ball as FC Dallas striker David Ferreira is unable to make the attempt on goal in an MLS game played in Frisco , Texas ., picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mike Stone .........

For myself , being a lone bachelor , albeit , that at times the girlfriend is there in tow. I try and attend as many games as is possible when my team is in town. I reside within the state of Florida, in the central region of the state. So, when it comes to top flight sport’s franchises. The area isn’t necessarily inundated with franchises that meet that particular criteria in terms of premiere sporting entertainment. OK, some of you may well state that there’s the Orlando Magic, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning , as well as the Tampa Bay Rays. Entertainment and true value for money in terms of the on-field product is a stark difference in a number of cases. But I might hazard a guess that there some who may well feel that I’m lucky in that respect. Given the number of professional sports franchises that there are across the country. Value is value , no matter where one might be. But then again so is beauty and isn’t that meant to be in the eye of the beholder ? So accordingly whatever your tastes are you’re supposedly plead your allegiance to a team.

Floyd Mayweather vs Ricky Hatton . A PPV event that garnered 1.25m buys. Mayweather defeated Hatton with a TKO.

Attending perhaps no more than 20 sporting events a year . The rest of my time I am quite prepared to either sit within the confines of my home to watch an event. Or in some cases , a number of my buddies and I will find the local sports bar and watch an event. This has now become a ritual for us , primarily on a Saturday night in terms of a PPV (*) event, when it comes to boxing. And then, it has to be a marquee card with premiere talent on display . And the same can be said when it comes the UFC and their MMA bouts.

Now for many of us, I know that in the present economic climate attending a sports event has to be measured against other familial priorities and urgent needs. So much so , that it now becomes not so much of a want but more of a luxury in attending a sports event. At the same time we also have measure the benefits one is said to obtain from that. Whether or not it’s something that can be measured tangibly. As it now stands I’d be hard pressed to say that going to a game would still be of a real benefit. And it’s not just from the standpoint of the economic climate. But I know that in the confines of my own home , alongside friends or family as the case maybe . I can enjoy an event to my heart’s content and judged upon the content , I can switch to another channel if the event in question isn’t to my liking. However , if you’re there at an event live and it isn’t to your liking . The only two choices you’ve invariably got ,are whether or not to stay or to leave ? . And in doing so you’ve then got to question your wisdom in making such an expenditure to begin with.

* NB : Rust ? What Rust ? Click here on the text shown to see my own views on this upcoming event. Should you wish to comment on it , then by all means do so.

On the 19th September Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel-Marquez will meet in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Which will act a precursor for the privilege of meeting Filipino boxer , Manny Pacquiao in a blockbuster bout , possibly later on this year or early, 2010 .

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9 thoughts on “Being There Live Or Watching From The Confines Of Your Home ?

  1. Al… I gotta tell you, man. I’m surprised you and I are the only ones talking about this. I haven’t heard the first thing out of Goodell when it comes to sellouts and television blackouts. Unless he’s planning to spring it on us as a surprise (which I could also understand as he’s trying to fill stadiums), if I can’t watch my teams play, I’ll be pissed. I currently don’t have the coin to drop a C-note at RayJay.

    There’s no way the Bucs will sell out every home game, so then what?

  2. Chris Humpherys

    Goodell and the NFLPA’s, DeMaurice Smith , seemingly think that life can go on as is ! When reality nothing could be further from the truth. Their (NFL $8 billion and counting)revenues will continue to decline over the ensuing years . I know that the tv contracts are all tied in to 5 year cycles. But don’t be for one minute be fooled to think that the likes of Fox, CBS and NBC will be gullible enough to continue down this road. Especially with things being as they now are.

    As to the Bucs they’re going to have some definite problems filling Ray-Jay to capacity. And it’s going to be as equally devastating for the Jaguars’ fans.

    This is going to be felt widespread across the league. And that includes the Cowboys as well. And that’s despite their gargantuan stadium. The curiosity will soon die down . Once the fans there begin to realize the cost to their pockets.

    Alan Parkins

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  4. The blackout rule has been in effect since the 1960’s. They want to enusre all the seats are sold. Direct TV is supposed to give the NFL fan to watch all the games in any city. The NFL package price is to expensive. The NFL has forgotten its roots. My dad referred to himself as working stiff. These working stiffs are responsible for the game’s popularity. The NFL forgot that. You can’t put the genie back into the bottle.

    1. Bobbygee

      But it’s now time to change that rule. Cause clearly in this economic climate a number of teams cannot survive. Look at what’s now happening with both the Buccaneers and Jaguars ?

      In all likelihood all of the Jaguars’ home games will be blacked out this season , unless many of the local businesses kick in with some assistance.

      And within the state Florida and their present situation it’ll be hard for many of the local businesses to step up to the plate in that endeavor.

      Goodell and the NFL hierarchy are seemingly lost at present.

      Alan Parkins

  5. I heard a snippet of the Gooddel interview on Mike and Mike yesterday. I guess he’s been reading our stuff because he announced they’re keeping an open mind to television blackouts in this economy.

    But you know what that means, Al. The NFLwill simply adjust their blackout policy to their gain, meaning when it comes to renegotiating with the players next year, they’ll show decereased revenue and use it to their advantage.

    And THAT won’t bode well for the players union.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Goodell keeping an open mind on an issue is like asking Pelosi and Reid to listen to opposing views on healthcare reform. They’ll listen but in the end they’ve already made their minds up as to what it is that they want to do and how they’re going to go about it. In effect it’ll be their way or the highway. I believe it when I see it as far as Goodell is concerned. If he were all that altruistic to begin with then he’d have addressed this issue already. Instead of having to be pressed on it by the press. That just goes to show his and the owners’ priorities lay. They’re nowhere near as concerned about the fans as they’d have us believe !

      You underestimate DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA ,as he’s certainly not going to give in without the NFL actually giving up something. This guy was a major partner at the DC law firm Patton Boggs . They are major lobbyists for a number of major Fortune 500 companies. And he’s argued cases in the Federal appellate court system as well as in the Supreme Court. He’s no fool.

      Alan Parkins

  6. Yeah, it’s pretty bogus how we are subjected to paying at home to watch our sporting events now. I think games are pretty overpriced, but when you look at it I feel like going to a game makes me feel that I’m supporting the team more as you are helping to pay for the players salaries and stuff… It’s funny how if you boycott watching the games and events that you pay for, it really doesn’t hurt them because there are so many people that will pay. I guess you know how I feel about the blackouts since you commented on my post… http://doin-work.com/2009/08/31/the-nfl-really-cares-about-making-money/

  7. chappy

    If it’s not the cable companies or satellite tv . Then it’s each of the prescribed governing bodies of each of the major sports trying to rip us off with an inferior product and brand far too much of the time.

    Alan Parkins.

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