Can We All Agree That The NFL Is Here To Stay …… ?

Can We All Agree That The NFL Is Here To Stay ?

There’s no other way to explain it but in light of many of the problems that the game of football has faced. It will be here to stay in all of its every facets. The league has been like a corporate business with. Very much with the professionalism we’ve seen within corporate giants , such as IBM , GE , Microsoft , Oracle, Coca Cola, Pepsi Co , Walmart and Cisco Systems. Each of the companies mentioned has a great management structure and employees who are pleased with their working environment because they’re well compensate. The average salary within the NFL is approximately $2,300,000. Which is well above the norm within each of the four major high profiled sports.

But now the with the country now in a economic crisis which in of itself hasn’t led to an overall change in the mindset as to how they view the fans. Instead of trying to lure the fans in with as attendance seemingly is on decline . Even if the signs of the drop in attendance is only incremental . One has to remember that the NFL is an $8.77 billion dollar a year business . A business that over the last few years has seen its revenues rise each year on average 5.5 %. The commissioner , Roger Goodell and the owners have gone out their way to make sure that brand remains high profile.

Wembley   Stadium  in  London.  Where  this  weekend  the  NFL  will  stage  a  regular  season  game  between  the New  England  Patriots  and  the  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers .    The  venue  can   hold   up  90,000   people  for  a  sporting  event.       picture  appears  courtesy  of    thetimes.co.uk/   Martin  Webster   ..........................
Wembley Stadium in London. Where this weekend the NFL will stage a regular season game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . The venue can hold up 90,000 people for a sporting event. picture appears courtesy of thetimes.co.uk/ Martin Webster ..........................

Now the NFL seeks pastures new, as the city of London will welcome both the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers . The win-less Buccaneers at 0-6 will face a rejuvenated Patriots’ team that is now 4-2 . The Patriots having put up a five spot ,(59-0) on the hapless Tennessee Titans (0-6). They’ll now be looking to repeat the same modus operandi on the Buccaneers. And for always attentive British sports fans , this will be another chance to see an NFL game up close and personal at one of the world’s great sporting venues. The newly built Wembley Stadium , will host the game, where there will be in excess of 78,000 in attendance.

As we know the NFL has set its sights on expanding its presence on a global scale. And the appeal of the game seems to have caught on in certain parts of Europe . If the NFL can claim a presence on the European content then it bodes well for the game for now and in the future. The tentacles of the league now seems to finding itself now seems to be finding itself in some of the places that you wouldn’t at first associate the game with. Countries such as South Africa , Germany , England, Iceland, Italy , France, Germany , Australia , New Zealand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, U.A.E, India , Malaysia , Japan and mainland China have a legion of loyal fans to a sport that is now beginning to resonate with these very same fans. For the NFL to further make footprints in the same way that MLB and the NBA has made globally . Then that time is now ! And it has been something that they now appear to be on threshold of achieving. Slowly, but surely over the last decade the NFL has built itself a sound international base and following. I know that this may well sound somewhat ironic but in some ways watching the NFL now seek its presence on the global stage. It reminds me of a plot taken from an old James Bond movie of the early sixties. Where the criminal enterprise known as SPECTRE , sought global domination. But in this case , what the NFL seeks isn’t a criminal enterprise expanding. It is merely a legitimate business undertaking by an expanding enterprise , looking to gain focus and have its presence in the international arena. And that is how the major iconic corporate enterprises have made their corporate presence felt .

Courtesy of The Japan Times ;

NFL Japan raising level of play

High school students tackle football’s fundamentals By

By Kaz Nagutsuka , Staff Writer

A quarterback throws the ball, but it doesn’t necessarily have a beautiful spiral and barely reaches a wide receiver who is 25 yards away.

Elsewhere, two linemen try to push and shove each other with pads to pads and helmets to helmets. But neither man could overpower the other.

If these were scenes from a professional or college football team’s practice, they wouldn’t be acceptable. But these kids are allowed to come to the field again, because they’re only studying “Football 101” and need to enjoy the game more than anything now.

That’s the main concept of the program.

NFL Japan held a football clinic for first-year high school players, primarily from Kansai and Kanto regions, in December and January for the third straight year.

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First   year  high  school  players  in  Japan  learn  some  of  the  rudimentary   drills   .    picture  appears   courtesy  of  the  Japan  Times /  archives/   Kuzio  Katayama  ......................
First year high school players in Japan learn some of the rudimentary drills . picture appears courtesy of the Japan Times / archives/ Kuzio Katayama ......................

Now over the next decade, we’ll now have to wait and see what the ambitions of the NFL ultimately will be. There are those who feel the NFL’s ambitions are in fact to have an NFL franchise outside the continental United States. How realistic that might be, remains to be seen . However , the caveat may well be with the fans here in the US and how they will feel about this, and view it all. It’s clear that they’re passionate about the game and how they view what takes place not only on the field but also off it. And don’t be fooled in thinking that Roger Goodell isn’t aware of what’s taking place. Unlike his predecessors Goodell knows that the NFL cannot stand still and have a stagnant presence. It has to push ahead and make itself more widely known and accepted on all fronts. That’s something that the NFL knows and is proceeding to do in leaps and bounds.

Kentaro  Namiki ,  a  quarterback  with  the  X  League  in  Japan  and a  player  with   the  Asahi  Beer  Silver  Star  conducts  a  clinic   with   high  school   players  about the  importance  of  leadership,  education  and  the  pleasure   that   can  be  had   from  within the  NFL  game  of   football.   These  are  the  very   same  ideals that  the  NFL  adheres to and  preaches  to    young   kids.     picture   appears  courtesy   of  the  Japan  Times  /  Haro  Noguchi  ............................
Kentaro Namiki , a quarterback with the X League in Japan and a player with the Asahi Beer Silver Star conducts a clinic with high school players about the importance of leadership, education and the pleasures that can be had from within the NFL game of football. These are the very same ideals that the NFL adheres to and preaches to young kids. picture appears courtesy of the Japan Times / Haro Noguchi ............................

So now , what’s next for the NFL ? Down the line a franchise in Mexico or Canada ? Or will the NFL to pursue the ambition to have a franchise further a field ? These are the intriguing scenarios that may well be ahead for the sport as it seeks to have its presence felt on the international stage. Already we’ve seen the game expand beyond its territorial borders in terms of fan support and players playing professionally within the league. There are some very interesting times ahead for the NFL and its ambitious pursuits. One way or another we’ll see a number of changes ahead. Like it, or hate it , the NFL is definitely here to stay .

The question one ought to be now asking , is whether or not this will be the same game of football and the NFL that we’ve all grown to appreciate over the course of time ? It’s one thing to grow exponentially but it’s another to forsake your fans and the goodwill built up over the years. Merely doing so, to seek out pastures new and to enrich one’s bottom line. Rightly or wrongly times are changing and so too in many ways is the NFL . Perhaps for the better ? Or then again , perhaps not ? What do you think ?

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

15 thoughts on “Can We All Agree That The NFL Is Here To Stay …… ?”

  1. The NFL has in business since the 1920’s. The NFL has forgotten its roots. Time will tell. Business is not always an upward spiral. It is more like a wave. My guess is that the NFL will have some hard times ahead. Tickets, parking, and all the rest are priced out of this world. The NFL has one huge advantage. It is called anti-trust exemption. This exemption end soon.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      They may well have been in business since the 1920’s . But in all honesty their supremacy has never truly been challenged. The closes may well have been during the eighties with Chet Simmons , John Bassett with the USFL. And were it not for the greed of that ignoramus and oaf named Donald Trump. Who knows what may have happened ? They had the case won in the Federal Court system and because of Trump’s greed everything went downhill from there.

      Now the NFL obviously wants its tentacles to be far reaching , way beyond the shores of North America. As it sees that there’s room for growth on the global stage. As to whether or not they envisage having a franchise outside North America. Who can say ? But I certainly wouldn’t put it past their ambitions as to the future !

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      My ex brother in law at one time tried out and eventually ended up playing for a start up team then known as the London Monarchs. It was a semi-pro team that was essentially made up of ex-pat Americans living in London and a bunch of the locals. They did fairly well but in all honesty they’d be no better than a sub division school playing at the AAA leval.

      Alan Parkins

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    1. chappy 81

      You’d be surprised at the wealth of fans that the NFL has on worldwide basis. They’re now so far flung that it’s amazing ! Even on the weekends at one of my local watering holes where I go with some of my buddies to watch many of the NFL games. There’s an abundance of guys of various nationalities that’ve become enamored with the game.

      The NFL will always be around but my main concern is the posturing that’s now going on between them and the NFLPA. That’s never a good thing when a union and its bosses are essentially squabbling over money. In the long run it does neither side any good whatsoever !

      Alan Parkins

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      1. Yeah, I really wondered about that. It does seem to be growing internationally. I guess that’s probably why teams are having games overseas. Do you think the field will be better than last year’s London game?

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  2. Hey Al,
    Very interesting article.
    I wonder if after we teach the world to play football they start beating us at it like baseball.

    Good work my friend. see ya.

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    1. aero

      The NFL merely looks to put its stamp on the world stage in the same way that soccer , baseball, track & field and basketball has done. They essentially know that there’s a great deal of money to be made. And that is in essence what they’re all about. Nothing more , nothing less !

      I’ve friends in various parts of Europe , Japan, North Africa , Southeast Asia and the sub Indian continent that absolutely love the game. They’re getting into it more than even I would’ve thought.

      Alan Parkins

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  3. chappy 81

    They’ll be playing in a a newly resurfaced all natural grass surface. And I can only hope that the weather conditions will hold up. The game has quite a following across the UK. Especially within London itself , as that’s where the vast majority of US expats work and reside. But I’d dare say that a number of the US servicemen and women may will take leave and make the trip to watch the game live there at Wembley. No doubt though that the guys stationed at Ramstein will be watching it live as well.

    After I’d left the military to work within the city of London as a research analyst and economist. A great number of my friends that I’d made were actually either US servicemen of guys and gals who were working for the overseas’ offices offices several US banks that were in London. I still keep in touch with them. Well those who are still working for those respective banks.

    Alan Parkins

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  4. Well writ……The NFL by its own admission is going to improve its net worth and the bottom lone, afterall it has become a business, the business being entertainment. Thus far it has been smoothly operating because of the exemption……if the guvmint gets their hands into it,,,,,,it will never be the same.
    They must remember that there are “32 owners” who “hired” staff to run the organization….more (too much more) might make it too unwieldy, much like our form of guvmint, both in states and at the Federal level. It is not “the more the merrier” scenario….never will be with some many spoons stirring the pot. if ya get my drift.

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    1. Al Clements

      And that exemption isn’t going to be lifted anytime soon. As the NFL continues to wield and deal , making sure that money is being spent in all of the right places in Washington through their lobbyists. Now if only they’d show the same sort of support to the retired NFL veterans when it comes to spending money. Now that would be a first , wouldn’t it ?

      With regard to the federal government it has always been a cumbersome bureaucracy . Where nowadays ‘paper pushing’ has become an infinitisemal art form in more ways than one. Hence the reason why there’s so much money being wasted at all levels of government. And that’s just not at the federal level but all levels of government , from the federal level on down !

      Alan Parkins

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  5. In order for any business to survive in these changing times, they will have to go global in order to expand their revenues.
    NASCAR has tested the waters and found the possibility for frowth.

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    1. Larry

      NASCAR has definitely tasted the waters and I do believe that they could very well in the near future push the likes of IRL and F1 into the background. That’s if it ultimately seeks a global presence on the world stage ?

      IRL essentially lives off the popularity of Danica Patrick and not much else besides. Other than the Indianapolis 500 , it has nothing to offer the fans of motorsports. And essentially, Tony George, Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone have placed F1 in jeopardy with their inane buffoonery over the last few years.

      Alan Parkins

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