The Future of Footballby Chris Flight | 1 year ago
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
Full disclosure I am a sports fan, a football fan, and a Los Angeles Rams fan. (This is solely the personal opinion of Chris Flight)
As we all partake in the festivities of this American holiday (or we don’t) we should acknowledge that the game is changing. I’d say all for the better but there is no doubt the game is changing.
Let’s think about this from a parent perspective and an economics 101 viewpoint which are pretty much tied together. The most staggering stat is that a recent poll according to AOL says that 48% of parents would encourage their kids to try a different sport than American Football.
- The demand for the game is showing kinks (lower ratings) in what was once the impenetrable armor of the NFL.
- Parents are not allowing their kids to play tackle football at the highest rate ever. The product is and will continue to diminish as it won’t be able to support the top shelf talent we’re known to watch with 53 players on 32 teams, for a total of 1696 highly skilled athletes not including the inevitable injuries that are bound to happen. The supply is decreasing and so is the demand.
So football, as we know, will be forever changed. Parents are the biggest influence changing this game. I think that we’ll continue to celebrate Super Bowl’s as we do at least for the next decade, BUT I think a fair comparison to the changes that we’ll see draw parallels to the movie industry and boxing.
- Just like movies in the theater, there will be less variety and a higher emphasis on “blockbuster games” that limit the business risk to almost guarantee a profit (i.e. Marvel Movies, Fast and Furious, etc…). Therefore the number of 32 teams will decrease to maintain a high-quality product and the games will be emphasized and marketed more.
- Like boxing, the players finally know the risk of playing tackle football (at least to a more clear extent then they have in the past). People still want to box, people still want to watch boxing. However, the pool of boxers are a lot less than team sports. That’s why we see the only a few fights over a span of many years that are big enough to be household names such as Mayweather vs. McGregor or Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
Please keep in mind that my thoughts here don’t even discuss the variable of politics entering the conversation.
In summary, the game of American Football is beautiful and violent. The game needed to change and is changing but for the better. Downsizing is inevitable as to continue to fill NFL stadiums across the country every weekend while the on-TV product is arguably a better fan experience.
Enjoy today as American Football will ever be changed!