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What if Nobody Watched?

Sending a Message to the NFL

I used to love watching sports! It was something I looked forward to everyday. Either the game that was going to be on TV that night, or the one I was going to next week. The games were talked about excitedly all week by friends or co-workers and that contributed to the anticipation. The TV coverage wasn't what it is today, but in some cases that even made it better. I wish I had known then, that as a kid I was witnessing the slow and painful decline of professional sports to what they are today.

Anybody watch the NFL this weekend? Are you getting excited for the Bruins again? Currently both those leagues are involved in Lockouts, just in case you weren't aware. For the NFL its the second consecutive year, and for Hockey its the third time in the last 19 years. (Lets not forget to mention the NBA, locked out last year. Or Baseball ,oddly enough the picture of stability since 1994, which lost a whole season and the World Series.) In all these cases the underlying reason is of course MONEY. They go on strike or lockout their employees and expect the fans to swoon when they return to work. More often then not, we do.

Inexplicably the NFL is trying to use replacement referees to officiate the professional players on the field. The results have been met with violence, injuries and outcomes that leave many scratching their heads. I wont even get into calls that have affected the local team, or even last night's game between Green Bay and Seattle. The league knows we will watch! In fact ratings are expected to rise this weekend, on the belief that we will all tune in to see what happens next!

Professional sports is a billion dollar (Trillion?) industry with world wide appeal. They seem to forget, and we do as well, that without us it would all fail. What if nobody watched? Television rights is where the streams of money come from that support all these leagues. This year alone, 4 networks are paying over 20 billion combined to broadcast the NFL. And what the NFL is putting out there as a game is laughable. They know that we Americans will sit in front of the television and watch!

Not me, I'm drawing my line in the sand. I am shaking my fist at the building on Park Ave in New York, and promising not to watch! (At least until I see the regular referees back at work) It got me to thinking what would happen if none of us watched? Imagine the horror of all those big industries that all of us swear we hate come election time! Forget the people in the stands. By all means, go if you have tickets. I'm sure you paid enough for them. But I'm proposing that nobody watch the NFL this weekend. No Budweiser or Coors Light commercials will be seen. No Ford or Chevy ads would have any impact. Who needs Doritos if nobody knows they should have them? In effect we will have our own lockout! So maybe a weekend won't bring down the Empire that is the NFL. But it would sure send a message that the real power lies with the people they rely on to watch!

 Now I know ladies and gentlemen, that what I am proposing sounds utterly ridiculous. I mean what would we do on a beautiful Fall Sunday, without watching football? I for one am going to work on my "Honey Do" list and walk my dogs. Then maybe read a good book and enjoy a peaceful day! I thought about starting a movement online...(something like nobodywatch.org) But organizing others isnt a strong suit of mine. Instead I would ask that you use the comments section to suggest things to do, or let us know what you did do this weekend besides watch football. I know it's tough....but we can do it!

I hear there's a pretty good show on TLC called "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and they have a marathon on Sunday! Oh boy!

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Dave Lenane September 26, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I should have said ..This contract alone is worth 20 billion..not year. The next contract which starts in 2013 is worth almost double.
UglyHat September 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Oktoberfest in Hopedale is scheduled for Saturday but the forecast is sketchy. The rain date is Sunday the 30th. In the event of rain on Sat., this is a great way to spend a Sunday and send a message to the NFL. http://www.hopedaleoktoberfest.com/
Rob Nagi September 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
If you really love football... Many Sunday mornings and afternoons in the fall feature Westborough Youth Football down at the High School (and many Saturday's feature the High School team too!). Refs are fairly decent and the weather is always spectacular. Great seats are always availabe and the kids are more than willing to sign autographs for free if you provide your own sharpie.
Live and In Color September 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I would agree that maybe 10-15 years ago, viewership would start to drop, but fantasy football, bets, pools, are so huge, no one's going to stop watching, even bad football is better than most sports at their best.
Dave Lenane September 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I wonder how many Fantasy teams have been affected by these officials. I'm also curious as to how Vegas responded to Monday nights debacle?
Linda Worthy September 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM
"Professional sports is a billion dollar (Trillion?)" Well, which is it? Do you have a source for this? "The results have been met with violence, injuries..." Please specify where & when the 'violence' occurred? Which injuries did the repl. refs cause? How has this been documented?
Dave Lenane September 27, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Linda...I would explain it to you. But its just not worth it. You should read....get out some. If you dont watch the games and see the multiple fights that have broken out. If you didnt see Sundays games where 2 players met with injuries because of the refs, then I'm not sure what I can do to help you!
Dave Lenane September 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Andanother thing Linda, your hit and run criticism make you look ignorant...just saying! Obviously I was correct in my blog...as of this morning the regular referees are back!
Rob Nagi September 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
"I used to love watching sports! It was something I looked forward to everyday." Where's the proof Dave?
Dave Lenane September 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
LOL Rob....I know. She's a groupie of mine!
Linda Worthy September 29, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I didn't ask for an explanation, I asked for a source. There's a difference. Is it billion or trillion? When you want to state things as fact, you might want to be able to back it up. "The results have been met with violence..." What violence? Were the fans fighting the repl. refs? Were the players slugging the repl. refs? What are the facts? "...hit and run criticism..." Do you think I have nothing better to do that sit out all day and be your personal editor? And about your sports... Someone who played for the Patriots, was traded, got married & beat up his new wife Bonds gets involved with steroids & is convicted of obstruction of justice Clemens -- what? got away on a technicality? Other ball players fail drug tests and get 50 game suspensions BU's hockey team was found to have a culture of 'sexual entitlement' Major universities have noticeably lower graduation rates for football players Penn State Something inappropriate happened with Milford's high school football team a year ago Dedham High players are under investigation of alleged sexual assault And then there's this: Players from a Maryland High school football allegedly hired hookers while on a road trip: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/09/07/maryland-high-school-football-players-accused-hiring-prostitutes-on-team-trip/?intcmp=obnetwork Great stuff.
Dave Lenane September 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Linda....u have really lost touchwith reality. Not sure what you are prattling on about there! Thanks for your interest and keep reading! You just might learn something!
Myd Nevins September 30, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Didn't affect my fantasy team all. Still in last place as usual.
Dave Lenane September 30, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Myd...I know how you feel! Glad its over but going to follow through on not watching this weekend.

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