- Apr 18, 2010
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I hope Pitt doesn't get him, as Im a Rosen truther and that would suck if he figured it out in PittI could see Pittsburgh, too. They kind of just have a mess of QB’s on their roster with Rudolph, Hodges, and Lynch. I’d much rather have Rosen to potentially groom than any of those guys.
I'm expecting the NFL rating to be down after the initial week. Just from my circle of friends, there is so little enthusiasm about the season starting and barely any interest in fantasy football. I'm commissioner in one league and co-commissioner in another. I usually get people asking me to active the league, put out the draft orders, etc for weeks before the start of the year. This year I got one person asking and some lukewarm answers when seeing if everyone was back in. The league I'm co-commissioner in seems to be dead, I'm more co-commissioner to make sure the settings and any technical stuff gets worked out. The other commissioner asked if I wanted to take over complete duties and I declined because I don't know everyone personally in the league.
I think the NFL kind of screwed up their season. They should have dived deeper into hooking people into fantasy football. I've believed that alot of the rating have been driven by fantasy over the past 10 or so years. I don't think home market ratings are going to take a hit but national ratings will. If people are playing less leagues they will watch less games. No preseason probably has driven more people to not care about fantasy.
I also think the lack of consistency about fans in the stadium is going to hurt them. Ad revenue could have been generated league wide if they just decide no fans all together. I also think they could have gotten innovative about how they used the extra time during the broadcast and tarped off seats. Maybe that could have been dedicated to fantasy football in some way.
I think you're right. I'm personally not that excited because I'm expecting the NFL to bungle this and have to cancel the season at some point. Hope its not true, but I'm consistently amazed at how they have always done the wrong thing no matter the situation. I only have 6 people in my league this year also and we just drafted and I haven't even checked to see who's on waivers in over a week. Just not excited.
NFL also has weighed in on some issues that were likely to alienate some fans regardless of the particular positions taken by the league/players. No way to make everyone happy, and there is likely to be some fallout from that as well.
I also think it is going to be down because of how they have backed certain social issues and went more political. Not that I agree with their stance, but I have talked to a lot of people who are upset they are going to allow players to kneel. It will definitely be an interesting season that’s for sure.I think that might be the narrative that the media might run with initially because no one really ties the NFL success to fantasy football. I think when they get data from companies running fantasy and surveys to find out why their ratings do dip, they will see fantasy football will be the biggest reason why the ratings dropped.
I don't think alot of people feel confident that the NFL has properly protected their players which could create the most frustrating part of fantasy football, certain players not playing. Everyone has had a year where injuries rack up at the wrong time. Add in an illness that could sideline them for weeks or cause them to opt out all together and it makes sense why there isn't any enthusiasm.
I expect Sunday ticket subscription to dip significantly. At&t finally said they want to get rid of Directv in the last couple weeks. They even started to advertise that you can get Sunday ticket without DirecTV if eligible, I don't think I've seen them actually advertise that in the past.
It will be interesting to hear the talking heads argue all of this in the coming weeks.
I guess the washington post already started to dive into it.
I'm sure a lot of leagues are taking a year off simply because we have no idea if there will be a full season or not.
I'm full steam ahead, though. Got a draft each of the next four nights.
How many leagues do you usually play? Is it down this year?
From what I'm hearing is people are just downsizing on the amount of leagues they are playing. That basically will hurt ratings because less potential players to watch could lead to people just picking something else to watch or do. Also there will be people who their one league just doesn't happen and the don't seek out another league.
I usually get a invite to a league every year or people asking to join my league. That hasn't happen at all this year.