Football is more popular than ever…
Just can’t get enough.
[via AP] Nothing, it seems, can get in the way of the NFL, whose ratings and revenues climb and climb, no matter what. Indeed, some say both those issues managed to push even more attention and money the league’s way.
Put simply, the NFL has the Midas Touch.
“They talk about it Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and they watch it on Sunday,” Pilson said. “The more separate issues related to the NFL that become part of the public discourse feed into the audiences.”
NFL games accounted for 23 of the 25 most-watched telecasts last fall, and a total of 37 games drew at least 20 million viewers each.
That, Pilson says, is at least in part a result of the country’s financial state. After all, what’s cheaper than plopping down on the couch to watch a game?
“Sports is, to a certain extent, recession-proof. You can see a sports event 10 different ways: on television, on your laptop, on your iPad, on your mobile phone, in bars and restaurants, in airports. There’s no other entertainment property that is so ubiquitous,” Pilson said. “When the economy went south, guess what? Americans stayed home, made a single investment in hi-definition television and watched sports. And what they watch more than anything is the NFL.”
The last two Super Bowls were the two most-viewed programs in U.S. television history. [Read More]
Unless you are talking Packer football fans.
For them, at least this closing football season, it seems…
The only thing they can’t get enough of is: Alcohol.
[via Yahoo News] MILWAUKEE, Wis (Reuters) – Many Green Bay Packers fans may be driven to drink this weekend as they watch the Super Bowl without their beloved team after its historic season came to an end abruptly three weeks ago.
“I’m not going to be crying in my beer but I’m so uninterested in the game that I believe there might be a little more drinking going on,” said Brad Melichar, a 24-year-old lifelong fan of the green and gold.
But the prospects of Green Bay Packer fans deadening their pain with a few too many alcoholic beverages during Sunday’s Super Bowl has caused the state’s Department of Transportation to issue a sobering directive.
“Since the Green Bay Packers won’t be playing for the Lombardi Trophy this year, fans may be tempted to drown their disappointment by drinking too much on Super Bowl Sunday. That could be dangerous, or even deadly, if they decide to drive,” said State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable.
Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving in the country, according to a nationwide study in 2009. About a fourth of all Wisconsin adults said they have driven under the influence of alcohol during the previous 12 months, according to the study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The defending Super Bowl champion Packers and their fans, who were enjoying a statistically record-breaking campaign punctuated by a 15-1 regular season record, were pushed out of the playoffs on January 13 by the New York Giants at Lambeau Field in a 37-20 upset.
“After they lost, I had to re-evaluate. I love the Packers, but should I love them this much?” said Jake Andrus, a 31-year-old fan from the town of Oconomowoc. “It was crazy.” [Read More]
When it comes to sports, and loving your football team?
There is no such thing as ‘loving too much’…
Just be careful how you express it.
Love CAN hurt.
But it doesn’t have to.
That video, song?
Was just painful.