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      Top 5 Ways the NFL Can Make $25 Billion by 2027May 19  2014bil_zpsb7b30668.jpgThe NFL brings in more money than any other sports league in the world. That’s not a surprise to most people. Football contracts, ticket prices and viewer ratings are at an all time high. Things like fantasy football have grown into its very own subculture. It even became the main theme the the television series “The League.”NFL stars are in more television commercials than ever. They’re guest starring on television shows like Saturday Night Live. NFL stories are inspiring Hollywood blockbusters like “The Blind Side” and “Draft Day.” It’s permeating into every area of our culture and society. It only makes sense that the NFL is making a lot of money with all of this.Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, doesn’t seem to be content with simply being the best. There’s nothing wrong with that. If the top person in an organization gets comfortable, then you can bet that organization is going to stop growing. Goodell doesn’t want stagnation. His goal is for the NFL to generate $25 billion in revenue in a single year by 2027.The NFL no longer wants to compete as a business against other sports franchises. It’s looking at competing with other multibillion dollar corporations. Roger Goodell is not only running a football league, he’s running a business, and business is booming.That may seem like a lofty goal, but it’s not. The NFL has increased at an exponential rate over the years. It’s not likely to stop now. The question remains, what will push the NFL over the edge? What exactly does the NFL need to do to reach their ultimate goal?There are at least five areas the NFL should look at. These are areas where the NFL can gain significant ground when it comes to generating more fans and even more revenue.bil1_zps5d2acfdd.png5. Play Safe, But Still PlayPlayer safety is a big concern today in any sport but especially in the NFL. Some equate football fans to barbaric blood thirsty spectators, but the truth is that blood is bad for business.The NFL’s own fan base is proof of this. Over the years the NFL has changed several rules. Many of these rule changes have been in the interest of player safety. In spite of all of these rule changes fans have not left the sport. In fact, the revenue and fan base continue to grow with the safer play.Another example to consider would be the UFC. In it’s early years,the UFC cage matches were devastating to the athletes inside the octagon and safety did not appear to be a high priority. As the years have progressed they have embraced regulations and rules. In doing so they have also skyrocketed their fan base and brand image.Embracing player safety is a must for a successful league. No one wants to see a player injured. It would be even worse if a star player for a team suffered a severe season ending injury or life threatening injury. When Peyton Manning missed an entire season due to his neck surgery it appeared as if the Colts organization was begging people to come to the stadium.If fans can’t see their favorite players because they’re injured, fans won’t come. If fans don’t come, they won’t spend money. If fans don’t spend money, revenue drops. So obviously, injury is bad for business.The problem is finding the balance between player safety and game interference. When the rules begin to interfere with the actual game play a problem begins to develop. The NFL is open to rule changes but they must be careful to maintain the perfect balance if they want to increase revenue at a fast rate over the next decade.bil2_zpsc82c30bf.jpg4. More Teams, More MoneyMore customers equals more money. That’s a basic business concept that is no different in professional sports. The consumers of the sport are the fans. The NFL is always looking for ways to increase the fan experience and they are also finding ways to reach out to fans from different walks of life.Adding enough fans to generate the revenue that the NFL is aiming for will take more than just a fan friendly experience. They will need to add more teams. They need to tap into markets that currently lack a team to motivate their sales.Los Angeles has always been a hope for the NFL. They haven’t been able to make it work in the past. With a new culture in the city and the right owner, it might work. The NFL has grown significantly since they were last in Los Angeles. It’s about time they try again.Some international cities might be an option. The NFL clearly has hopes for London, England and that strangely may be the perfect place to expand.The NFL could look at starting their own team in Canada or absorbing an already existing CFL team. The NBA and MLB have Canadian representation. It might be a boost that the NFL will need.bil3_zps4aa31515.jpg3. Expanded PlayoffsThere are always talks about expanding the season, pre-season and playoffs. The NFL has been known to shift the schedules around when it’s beneficial to them. Over the past decade the season and preseason has become more set in stone. It’s harder to get fans on board with a lot of changes. Records have become increasingly important in the NFL as well. Changing season lengths also alters “all time best” records.The NFL has met a lot of resistance when it comes to their pre season expansion. Many fans don’t find the preseason as exciting since most of the starters don’t play. There’s also the increased risk of injury during a game that doesn’t mean anything in the long run.The most likely way for the NFL to increase fan interest and revenue is to expand the current playoff structure. Other leagues have done this with some success. The NBA expanded their first round from five games to seven games in 2003. In 2012, MLB expanded their playoffs with a “play in” game for the wild card teams.The NFL could find a way to increase the level of interest in the playoffs. The more fans that are interested in their teams for longer will result in increased revenue overall. This will also be easier if they expand to more teams.bil4_zps502e19a3.jpg2. Go OverseasA great way for any business to make more profit is to effectively expand their market. The NFL has had their sights on Europe for a long time. Recently they have been playing select games in London to try and generate interest.This isn’t the first attempt for the NFL to branch into the European market. From 1991 to 2007 the NFL tried a new league called NFL Europa. If was very similar to the NFL in the United States with a few rule changes, like four point field goals, for interest.Europe wasn’t turning into the market that the NFL had hoped. In 2007, they pulled the plug to refocus their efforts. They have been trying to start small by expanding the games in London to increase interest. Once the interest is there, the market can be primed for team expansions.The NFL can use that interest to increase media revenue even if they aren’t’ able to significantly expand teams to Europe.bil5_zpsdd831017.jpg1. Offer a Live Streaming PackageOne area the NFL has been working on is media. They have media contracts that they are locked into for now, but they are looking to new contract options in the near future. One of those options was selling the Thursday night package to a national broadcasting network and they did so by selling into CBS. Move over Big Bang Theory.An area where the NFL is behind is in live streaming. The 2014 season has had rumors of expanding live streaming options, but that’s not enough. The NBA, MLB and NHL all have there own version of a season long streaming package. This allows fans to watch games live from many different devices even if they live outside of the market for their team.Currently the NFL offers a streaming option to fans who live outside of the United States and Mexico. If you live inside the United States and Mexico you can subscribe to NFL Rewind. Rewind allows you to stream a game after it’s already been played. Most football fans aren’t fans of this option. In todays digital real time world it’s almost impossible to not know the ending to a game before you start watching the Rewind version.Currently the other American Professional sports leagues charge a hefty price. The NFL could charge something above $200 to compare to other major North American leagues. The NFL is the most popular league and therefore can expect fans that are willing to pay more.If the NFL were to offer this type of a package to it’s fans it could see an increase in revenue. There are fans who live outside of their teams market and many of those fans would purchase this package.http://www.therichest.com/sports/football-sports/5-ways-the-nfl-can-make-25-billion-by-2027/5/

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      5. Safety, sure. All the headhunter stuff is fine. Won't solve the concussion thing but the guys who do that usually suck anyways so screw 'em.4. Expansion. No. There are already too few QB's adding more teams will be a killer to balance. Two new teams are basically two more non-competitive teams in the league.3. Expanded playoffs....ummm, no. I like that the playoffs mean something other than every scrub with a 8-8 record gets in like basketball.2. Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.1. Sure.

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      Just move Jacksonville to LA.  Problem solved.  Don’t want to see a watered down league or a NHL/NBA playoff system where half the teams make it.

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      I think we may look back 20 years from now and realize what Mark Cuban said about the NFL was spot on.  Eventually everything reaches a saturation level where the public starts to lose interest. 

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      I think we may look back 20 years from now and realize what Mark Cuban said about the NFL was spot on.  Eventually everything reaches a saturation level where the public starts to lose interest.

      Not a chance.  It's already been multi-generational.  I do agree that the size and scope of the way that it's presented will change.  As more and more of us invest in ridiculously cool and expensive man caves, fewer will go to games, and large stadiums will become a thing of the past. 

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      I think we may look back 20 years from now and realize what Mark Cuban said about the NFL was spot on.  Eventually everything reaches a saturation level where the public starts to lose interest.

      Not a chance.  It's already been multi-generational.  I do agree that the size and scope of the way that it's presented will change.  As more and more of us invest in ridiculously cool and expensive man caves, fewer will go to games, and large stadiums will become a thing of the past.

      I hope it doesnt happen, but baseball thought the same way once.  Eventually there is a limit.  Just look at Thursday night games...a horrible idea the NFL is doubling down on.  Putting it on network tv doesnt make it a better product.  Moving the draft to May pissed off fans and team personnel no matter what the ratings said.  If the NFL gets to the point where money trumps product, they will start losing.

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    • vlagatta

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      I concur with the points you just made.  They certainly don’t help.

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    • Anonymous

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      Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.

      not true, but even if it was that wouldnt stop the owners and of course salaries would have to adjustBy the way, living in London is like living in Boston, except better.  NFL players playing in Mexico would live like kings, even more so than they do in the US

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      I think the best idea is to expand rosters significantly, and limit the number of games any player can play in the regular season to a number around 14. That way the league could go to the 18 game schedule they are looking for, or possibly even more games. The league is going to be implementing a minor league at some point, so that would make it even more interesting because the players coaches don’t want to start 14 games could spend the rest of the season playing in the minors. Overseas doesn't make sense. If there were more players coming into the league from Egland or Mexico, as is the case with baseball in Japan, I'd be all for it, but outside of the US it's still just a novelty at this point. If the league wants to expand overseas, they really need to start with youth football.

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      Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.

      not true, but even if it was that wouldnt stop the owners and of course salaries would have to adjustBy the way, living in London is like living in Boston, except better.  NFL players playing in Mexico would live like kings, even more so than they do in the US

      Disagree completely. No one is going to want to move to Mexico City. London maybe, but NFL players are so respected here and in England they would be second fiddle to Premier League players and you'd have an entire team of American players living in London.

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      I think we may look back 20 years from now and realize what Mark Cuban said about the NFL was spot on.  Eventually everything reaches a saturation level where the public starts to lose interest.

      Every business has a life cycle.  Doesn't matter if it is multi-generational or not. look at baseball and the relevance it plays now compared to the 50s and 60s

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      Football matches American culture so perfectly, so many different jobs to do, so many specializations. America is never going to lose interest in football. The only thing that could kill football is the physical danger of the sport.

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      Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.

      not true, but even if it was that wouldnt stop the owners and of course salaries would have to adjustBy the way, living in London is like living in Boston, except better.  NFL players playing in Mexico would live like kings, even more so than they do in the US

      Disagree completely. No one is going to want to move to Mexico City. London maybe, but NFL players are so respected here and in England they would be second fiddle to Premier League players and you'd have an entire team of American players living in London.

      well, I would be more inclined to agree with you on Mexico City over London,  but money dictates everything, so I am sure players would go. Could you honestly see a player turning down millions of dollars because the team that wanted to pay him was in Mexico City?  No way. He'd be in the US half the time anyway, his family would probably stay in the states, and just like expats all over the world he would live in an insular little community and live like a king. Same reason players chose the USFL over NFL back in the day, money.On the UK, NFL players would definitley be "second fiddle" to Premier League payers across the UK, but just like small market teams here they would have a dedicated hard-core fan base in London . .  and plus they would be in London.  Many of those players would have wives and families that wanted to take advantage of that brief opprtunity to live in a great city in a very easy country to live in, a city that is gateway to Europe.  Again, money dictates everyhting so why would a player agree to play in say, Toronto, but not London?  Why did US players play in NFL Europe, in places like Frankfurt?I know its tough for many Americans to accept and in particular NFL fans, but it would work and players would play . . .they wouldnt turn down the $

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      Football matches American culture so perfectly, so many different jobs to do, so many specializations. America is never going to lose interest in football. The only thing that could kill football is the physical danger of the sport.

      agree, except every industry ebs and flows

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      Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.

      not true, but even if it was that wouldnt stop the owners and of course salaries would have to adjustBy the way, living in London is like living in Boston, except better.  NFL players playing in Mexico would live like kings, even more so than they do in the US

      Disagree completely. No one is going to want to move to Mexico City. London maybe, but NFL players are so respected here and in England they would be second fiddle to Premier League players and you'd have an entire team of American players living in London.

      well, I would be more inclined to agree with you on Mexico City over London,  but money dictates everything, so I am sure players would go. Could you honestly see a player turning down millions of dollars because the team that wanted to pay him was in Mexico City?  No way. He'd be in the US half the time anyway, his family would probably stay in the states, and just like expats all over the world he would live in an insular little community and live like a king. Same reason players chose the USFL over NFL back in the day, money.On the UK, NFL players would definitley be "second fiddle" to Premier League payers across the UK, but just like small market teams here they would have a dedicated hard-core fan base in London . .  and plus they would be in London.  Many of those players would have wives and families that wanted to take advantage of that brief opprtunity to live in a great city in a very easy country to live in, a city that is gateway to Europe.  Again, money dictates everyhting so why would a player agree to play in say, Toronto, but not London?  Why did US players play in NFL Europe, in places like Frankfurt?I know its tough for many Americans to accept and in particular NFL fans, but it would work and players would play . . .they wouldnt turn down the $

      Living in London wouldn't be that bad, but the fact that the whole team is American would not be a great PR move. It would be almost imperialistic, and would not be viewed well compared to Premier League where you have players from all over the world.

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      Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.

      not true, but even if it was that wouldnt stop the owners and of course salaries would have to adjustBy the way, living in London is like living in Boston, except better.  NFL players playing in Mexico would live like kings, even more so than they do in the US

      Disagree completely. No one is going to want to move to Mexico City. London maybe, but NFL players are so respected here and in England they would be second fiddle to Premier League players and you'd have an entire team of American players living in London.

      I'll move to Mexico if you pay me vet min. Though I imagine the players would locate their family in Texas

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    • Anonymous

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      Overseas. No, who the hell will want to play in the UK or Mexico? FA would avoid these teams like the plague especially the Euro club unless you could offer them more cash to compensate for the higher taxes.

      not true, but even if it was that wouldnt stop the owners and of course salaries would have to adjustBy the way, living in London is like living in Boston, except better.  NFL players playing in Mexico would live like kings, even more so than they do in the US

      Disagree completely. No one is going to want to move to Mexico City. London maybe, but NFL players are so respected here and in England they would be second fiddle to Premier League players and you'd have an entire team of American players living in London.

      well, I would be more inclined to agree with you on Mexico City over London,  but money dictates everything, so I am sure players would go. Could you honestly see a player turning down millions of dollars because the team that wanted to pay him was in Mexico City?  No way. He'd be in the US half the time anyway, his family would probably stay in the states, and just like expats all over the world he would live in an insular little community and live like a king. Same reason players chose the USFL over NFL back in the day, money.On the UK, NFL players would definitley be "second fiddle" to Premier League payers across the UK, but just like small market teams here they would have a dedicated hard-core fan base in London . .  and plus they would be in London.  Many of those players would have wives and families that wanted to take advantage of that brief opprtunity to live in a great city in a very easy country to live in, a city that is gateway to Europe.  Again, money dictates everyhting so why would a player agree to play in say, Toronto, but not London?  Why did US players play in NFL Europe, in places like Frankfurt?I know its tough for many Americans to accept and in particular NFL fans, but it would work and players would play . . .they wouldnt turn down the $

      Living in London wouldn't be that bad, but the fact that the whole team is American would not be a great PR move. It would be almost imperialistic, and would not be viewed well compared to Premier League where you have players from all over the world.

      Thats an interesting point because some people in the UK tend to complain about foreign players taking spots for UK players. I wonder how they would be recived, but I guess the more interesting question would be could they find a UK player? At least initally, I doubt that.One thing people seem to discount is that there are quite a few people in the UK who were fans of the NFL in the last glory days, so fans of big brand teams like the Cowboys and Steelers and Redskins.  I think that is why they easilt sell out Wembley, that and its a great tourist trip.  I am usually there durign that week and there are loads of Americans in jerseys and also a number of Brits too.I guess we will all get to see how it goes

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      More teams dilutes the talent pool too much.

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      More teams dilutes the talent pool too much.

      that is another interesting point

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      Players wouldn’t want to come to England to play for a franchise for 1 very simple reason, the 45% income tax the would be paying on their salary.You think a top QB is going to give up $10milion of his annual salary and then still pay for things like agents fees, they'd end up walking away with $5million at the most when all is said and done.No matter who you vote for here the government is all about bleeding you dry and giving very little of worth in return unless you are an immigrant, jobless or single mother that never worked a day in their life.

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      If later on down the road they created a division in Europe, say 4 teams, they could play each other and 1 USA based team could fly over to compete every Sunday or Monday during the season.

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      I hope it doesnt happen, but baseball thought the same way once.  Eventually there is a limit.  Just look at Thursday night games...a horrible idea the NFL is doubling down on.  Putting it on network tv doesnt make it a better product.  Moving the draft to May pissed off fans and team personnel no matter what the ratings said.  If the NFL gets to the point where money trumps product, they will start losing.

      While I basically agree with you on Thursday night games, those games are the reason the salary cap increased this season.

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      I hope it doesnt happen, but baseball thought the same way once.  Eventually there is a limit.  Just look at Thursday night games...a horrible idea the NFL is doubling down on.  Putting it on network tv doesnt make it a better product.  Moving the draft to May pissed off fans and team personnel no matter what the ratings said.  If the NFL gets to the point where money trumps product, they will start losing.

      *Thursday night football is great.*Those "pissed off" fans still watched in record #s*Cuban is just spewing sour grapes. He would join the NFL club today....if they'd let him.

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      I think the best idea is to expand rosters significantly, and limit the number of games any player can play in the regular season to a number around 14. That way the league could go to the 18 game schedule they are looking for, or possibly even more games.

      That's craziness. Who's buying a ticket to see the Patriots play when Brady is on the bench?

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