Professional Football in Columbus?
With the recent, public collapse of the Alliance of American Football, I’ve had a few conversations about a pro football league’s chance of sustainable success. If nothing else, it’s interesting to discuss if a league even has a chance of survival, given the popularity and dominance of the National Football League.
Josh Perry gave up football after numerous concussions, so why is he on the list.
The biggest point is the NFL owners, except maybe Robert Craft, are in bed with politicians to keep their illegal monopoly intact.
Remember the NFL office had to give up its nonprofit status if you don’t believe the part about sleaze being in bed with skeaze
The USFL was successful right up until they changed their schedule to go head to head with the NFL. The AAF was fun to watch but under funded from the get go. Waiting to see what Mc Mahon can do his second go round.
The reasons people don't latch on to Spring Pro football are twofold: over saturation that already exists, and quality of product. Heck, even the NFL is barely watchable. To go below that standard is foolhardy- I like my entertainment to be more, well...entertaining.
Nice article and tend to agree with it; The other reality is that these leagues need to operate within their fair market share as well. Just like fans don't pay MLB prices for AAA, AA and A baseball, these leagues should not expect fans to buy $8 sodas, $9 beers and $7 hot dogs and all the other expensive perks of going to a modern day NFL game. For us CLEVE fans, Marty S. did a fabulous job of picking over USFL talent to spring board The Browns into a top tier team.
Phil Bowman is right. The wink and nod monopoly is grounded to filthy wallets in high political places. The NFL gets to run their monopoly with regulatory interference and congestion from dirty politicians, and, there are a BUNCH of filthy politicians who are all too happy to use the NFL as a money laundering operation for their ill gotten filthy lucre. Just as they have with the NCAA's monopsony control by way of buying and selling politicians for the same purposes.
A new league to go after Romper Room (NFL) is going to have to be well heeled and willing to "buy in" to politicians. Otherwise they are absolutely doomed to failure. A new league could sell out 30 Ohio Stadium size venues in 30 states every week with higher TV viewership ratings than the Romper Room and won't mean success at all. Not until they "pay for play" with dirty politicians. Washington, DC and local politicians.are like bed bugs infesting society with a never ending blood lust. In this case that blood is green.
There IS an option though. Round up every Congress member since 1940 and if they're not already dead...........arrest them today, try them tomorrow, and execute them the day after tomorrow for treason and for being enemies of the people of these United States.
The good thing about the second option is that it destroys the mass corruption that IS the NCAA. The people win, monopoly and monopsony are broken and not just football, but America itself is on the path to recovery.
Joshua is on there for my own greed as a fan in wanting to see him around. Granted, as you said, that would likely be better served on the sideline, perhaps as a coordinator on this fictitious pro team. With regards to the monopoly money... yep, hard to imagine anyone ever challenging that. Would still love to see a spring league kick started to give some of these guys a shot (or longer shot) at pro ball, and to give me something more to cheer on in the spring.
Fun article,AJ. Thanks for a little wishful thinking.