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- Jul 8, 2001
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It’s been very apparent for a while now that the NFL is content with a segment of its fanbase feeling the way that some of us do (that the outcomes of certain games are predetermined and hence not real).
There’s a number of factors in play that have allowed the NFL to for the lack of a better word(s) “get away” with the horrible officiating mistakes which in some instances create a clear competitive advantage and impact the outcomes of games.
The NFL fanbase has changed over the past 15 years. I’ve come to realize that the majority of NFL fans these days are sheep that will consume story lines and flashy propaganda. We (diehard football fans, majority of SR members) are now the minority.
The bulk of these WWE fans as I like to call them are less interested in the details of the offseason, roster develop, the inner workings of a franchise, or the intricacies of the game. These are the same fans that will show up to games late and leave in the 3rd quarter because they have another event to attend.
We’ve all been to someone’s house for a “watch” party and the majority in attendance are there to consume food and BS rather than care about the outcome of the game. To call these fans “fair weather” fans would be inaccurate because fair weather fans at least follow the team when they’re winning. No, these fans are more like “fad fans” that use the NFL games as an excuse to participate in by watching or buying merchandise because it’s the popular thing to do.
Because the NFL fan base is so flooded with these fad fans that continue to digest an inferior product, buy merchandise and tune their TVs into the games the NFL profits continue to rise. Which aids in perpetuating the mentality among Goodell and yes the owners that “their” product is just fine.
Let’s face it boys and girls, we are now the minority in the NFL fanbase pool. We care about the integrity of the game, we care about competitive advantages that are handed to some teams but not others, we care about games being played on the field with non scripted outcomes.
Unfortunately, many of today’s “fans” don’t care about any of those things. The NFL owners might hem and haw when their team gets screwed over but when they see the profit margins at the end of the year they quickly pipe down and tote the party line and keep the clown employed.
For diehard fans like many on SR our only hope is for the even bigger money of the Gambling world and the Vegas sports books to apply pressure when they lose big money on game outcomes that get shifted because of horrible officiating and lack of accountability by the NFL. With no real competition, the monopoly that is the NFL will continue to claim that they’re the best entertainment in town, not the best or fairest game in town.
I agree with a lot that you say, especially about "fad fans". Maybe they can be called, "fantasy football fans". Many "fans" only care about their fantasy team, and the money they invested in it. What happens to a specific team doesn't matter as long as their player isn't affected. These fans don't have that tie to a team, and this is glorious for the NFL.