I, like everyone else, has heard about the NFL and players kneeling, and political arguments, and boycots, and and and, all season long.
Oh, the President tweeted this, Jerry Jones is arguing over who runs the league, blah blah.
Then you tune into the game, and there is political stunt after political discussion after advertising advertising advertising.
When I was a kid, watching games with my dad, they were exciting, I looked forward to it, it was….fun.
It isn’t fun anymore.
Now, let’s touch on the sensitive issue. Race relations.
Because I’m white and the majority of players are African American, someone is going to say “You are just telling them to perform for you” and somehow the N word I won’t use, and wouldn’t use in person, is in that phrase.
I don’t have a racist bone in my body and that isn’t at all what I’m saying.
I’m saying I get limited time off work. I have limited time with my family. I want to have FUN with the time I get to spend with them, or am not at work. Operative word fun.
All too often when I tune into professional sports I hear about this contract value, that contract negotiation (always focused on money, and frankly I don’t care). The highlight reels are shrinking in attention and its all about this controversy or that one.
It isn’t fun for me.
It used to be. It was what I looked forward to on Sunday. I had a blast. I no longer do.
If I wanted to listen to a political discussion/argument I would tune to any of the bazillion news stations out there.
On a Sunday with my kids that isn’t what I want. Not at all.
I want fun.
So, there are other things in life I enjoy. I’m not bound to watch football, there is no requirement that I do so, therefore I am not. So, what am I to do? I go to the next most fun thing on the list, and we do that.
Therefore, I and many other Americans are turning the station. For me, not for all, but I suspect for many, that if you bring back the fun, the eyeballs will come back to the screen and the ratings will go up.