The NFL should show some leniency in their “Blackouts” for the 2010 season. The economy is bad and is horrible is some NFL towns. The people in these towns cannot afford to go to NFL games. They want to watch their local NFL team on television, but they cannot. The NFL has a rule that says if your NFL team does not sell out by Thursday the team will be blacked out on television. This is a horrible ordeal for NFL fans that live in the NFL cities that have been hit the hardest by the bad economy.
In Tampa for instance, unemployment stands at 12.3 percent. This is including the whole Tampa area which includes St. Petersburg. Tampa has been hurt by the economy just like every other major city. They have also been hit by the oil spill in the gulf. Many people have lost their jobs and been affected by the fears of oil reaching the beaches in St. Petersburg and the surrounding area. Many people are out of work and they cannot afford tickets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Tampa Bay Rays. They would however appreciate being able to watch their NFL home team play on their television. They can watch the Tampa Bay Rays on their televisions. Why not NFL games of their Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
The NFL has a right to do what they want to do. They are a business and they can “Blackout” all NFL cities who do not sell out their stadiums. There are eleven NFL teams who expect to have “Blackouts” during the 2010 season. There are only ten NFL teams who have all their games sold out. This means one third of all NFL teams have a chance to see a “Blackout” of their NFL team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already been blacked out for their home opener on Sunday.
I am one of the lucky few who will not be affected by the “Blackouts”. I am an in seat vendor for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays. I am the guy who sells the expensive beer to the people who actually have enough money and can watch NFL football in Tampa this week. On the other hand, I have to work three jobs to make a living. I am in the service industry and my pay has been cut thirty-five percent because of the bad economy.
It is hard for unemployed NFL fans to watch star players sign huge contracts during a bad economy. Tom Brady signs a contract for seventy-two millions of which forty-eight million is guaranteed. Tell this to an unemployed worker who is fighting for a job. There are five applicants for every available job. Than tell this same unemployed worker he cannot watch his NFL home team on television. To make matters worse, you “Blackout” his home game because the NFL fan cannot afford to buy a ticket to an NFL game. Than rub superstar contracts into the face of the NFL fan. See if you can alienate as many NFL fans as possible.
NFL owners and Mr. Commissioner of the NFL the NFL fans have something for you to listen to. (Roger Goodell is the NFL commissioner for those of you who do not know). You have a great product called NFL football. You have fans all over the world. There are fans who can no longer afford to buy a ticket to your NFL stadiums. They live in places that have been blasted by a horrible economy. Maybe it is time you look beyond how rich and important the NFL believes they are. I worked Super Bowls. I know how important the big wigs in the NFL believe they are. Maybe it is time you look at the NFL fans. They bought your products for many years and made you rich. When many of them have lost their jobs and are down, you stick your noses up in the air at them. Think to yourselves for a minute. Do you really believe the fans you decided to “Blackout” will come back to your NFL stadiums when they get their jobs back? Do the right thing and remove the “Blackouts” until the economy is better. Use it as a huge NFL publicity stunt. Show NFL fans you have a heart. Make a good business decision that will keep your NFL fans happy.