In 2019, the National Football League (NFL) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. It was recently announced to kick-off the celebration of the momentous occasion, they potentially will open the season where else but in, China. What? China? Seriously? The NFL, National Football League, wants to have the opening game of its 100th season in China? This has to a serious overlook on the writer of this announcement. Shouldn’t that be the season will open in Chicago? Was Chicago misspelled initially and auto-spell thought it was to be China and the author missed it? The NFL cannot be serious.
The birthplace of the NFL is designated as Canton, Ohio, which is why the Hall of Fame is located there. There is however, no team that plays in Canton. Most of the original teams have come and gone, except for two, the Chicago Bears and the now Arizona Cardinals. Originally the Bears were the Decatur Staleys for the first two years and the Cardinals were the Chicago Cardinals. The Cardinals moved from Chicago to St. Louis and are now in Arizona. The Bears, since 1921, have played in Chicago. The Green Bay Packers, not an original team, but joined in 1921.
So why on earth would the NFL grossly insult their original franchise teams and fans and not have one of them kick-off the season. The NFL’s viewership numbers are down. The number of fans attending games is decreasing. There was a great line in the movie “Remember the Titans” which was “Attitude reflects Leadership.” This is your answer.
By even announcing the game could be in China and by continuing to add games to be played outside the United States, the NFL (not the IFL-International Football League) is telling their fans, the ones that buy tickets, concessions, clothing, memorabilia, and watch on television, the ones that created a revenue for you of between $13B and $14B in 2016, yes, that’s billion, with a B, you don’t care about them. The fans who have made you the King of all Sports don’t mean anything.
You tell your fans, I think so much of you I’m going to move your games to London, Mexico, and now China. You have also told your fans, it doesn’t matter how devoted you are to your team, Super Bowl tickets are going to be so pricey, most fans can’t afford to go. There are many other examples that could be mentioned. So, by not watching and not going to games, the fans are saying, you don’t care, we don’t care. There are plenty of other things we can spend our time and money on.
So please Mr. Goodell, and the National Football League, please reconsider where you want to have the kick-off of the 100th season to be played. Tell us you do care! Otherwise, fans unite and let your voice be heard. Comment on this, email the NFL, contact your team. Let’s do something!
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