And I'm proud of it.
So...since I feel that I haven't properly ranted on sports in a while, this ought to be a good one.
Let's see...what's going on in the world of sports?
Why don't we start with my favorite...football. And I don't mean soccer. Or Rugby. I mean football.
The league "leaked" last week that it is considering extending the regular season to 18 weeks (with each team playing 17 games) in order to accommodate international games. Each team would be required to play one game at an international location each season.
Are they nuts??
Yeah, yeah, I understand. The NFL is a business. They are not some benevolent group of individuals helping out the teams. They are in the money making business. And anyone who has ever gone to an NFL game knows...they SUCK in the money. $80 for tickets. $20 or $30 for parking. $7 bucks a beer.
When I go to a game, even if I limit my spending, it's easily a $250 day. Easy.
So...yeah. Add another game to the schedule, multiply it by 32 teams...it's a money-making dream. Doesn't mean it's the right thing to do for the players or the fans.
The players and the NFLPA will weigh in heavily on this one, and I'm betting that they are going to be against it unless salaries are raised, and that ain't gonna happen, so I am not really worried. Yet.
But here's the thing that really cheeses me off...they are thinking of playing the Super Bowl overseas.
How much sense does this make???
I can tell you that it is really upseting the fans. And I can't imagine that the players are real happy about this one either.
So, from a fan's perspective, I'm upset because...hey, this is OUR game. The fan's game. This is truly an American game. And this isn't a rant about nationalism or America the Great. This is a rant about football. Drop me anywhere in the world, and if I walk into a bar and say "Football"-people are thinking Soccer. Unless I am in Australia, then they are thinking Rugby. But unless I am in the US (or possibly Canada), they are not thinking 4th and Goal, 100-yard field, quarterbacks-are-king, down-and-dirty American Football. Why, pray tell, would the NFL be interested in taking the biggest game of the year outside of the US?
Well, the season-opener for NFL Europa drew 32,000 some people in Germany.
Yeah, I'd be willing to bet that those were 32,000 some people were not native Germans, they were Americans living in Europe. There aren't even any European players in NFL Europa. They are Americans. NFL Europa is the development league for the NFL. For some reason, "minor-league" football can't seem to catch on in the States (which is a rant for another time).
My point is this...American Football has not globalized like baseball, basketball, or soccer. Stop being a money-grubbing corporation (yes, I am speaking to you, you bigwigs at the NFL) and leave the Super Bowl where it belongs -- in the States. Holding the Super Bowl outside of the US would be equivalent to holding the Finals of the World Cup here in the States.
What is the World Cup, you ask?
My point exactly.
And if my argument about NFL Football being an American sport isn't enough to persuade the NFL to keep the Super Bowl in the States, how 'bout this one? It's hard enough for the fans to actually attend the game now...and for all but a very narrow segment of the population, moving it outside of the states will eliminate that possibility all together. The NFL is the governing organization for the most popular, profitable professional sports league in the United States of America. Hello, Roger Goddell? How do you think the NFL achieved that status? Why do you think companies are willing to pay multi-millions to advertise during the Super Bowl??
One word...the FANS.
Does it really make sense to alienate the fans by elaborate, money-grubbing schemes like playing the Super Bowl outside the US? Not so much.