TV more enticing for NFL fans than the stadium experience; mailbag
The report that surfaced this week about the New York Jets having trouble selling out their brand new $1.8 billion stadium should hardly come as a surprise. The issue is not unique to the Jets, as the Jaguars and Rams can attest, but that's not the story here.
The popularity of high-definition television, combined with the availability to watch every game from the comfort of a couch, has started to become a problem the NFL has to tackle. Commissioner
Good luck. You'd be hard pressed to find many people criticizing Jets fans who plan to watch at home rather than pay $90 for a seat in the upper level of the end zone. Add on the cost for parking, food, beers, traffic and the weather, and no wonder more fans are choosing to stay home.
Sure, there is nothing like the thrill of actually being there and feeling the energy. But why not buy tickets for your family on StubHub for one of those games rather than plunking down such a large investment for the entire season. That way your kids can experience the real thing one time and then watch the rest of the games within 10 feet of the closest bathroom.
The bottom line is that television coverage and clarity is so stellar these days that it really is better to watch the game in detail at home. And with cable operators like Comcast recently announcing they will be carrying ESPN's 3-D Channel, it doesn't seem like that will be changing anytime soon.
Now for some mail...
Maybe I am naive but I have always estimated it to be less than 10 percent. Probably less than five. I know most fans think there is a large segment of players taking Human Growth Hormone since the NFL doesn't test for it, but if it were that prevalent, I don't think guys like
That is great to hear. I would have really respected Cushing if he had done the same thing. I'm simply not buying his "I don't know how it got there" comments from his press conference. That just seems so incredibly implausible, especially when some people close to him were saying a doctor had prescribed it for him.
Because of the growing emphasis placed on training and preparing for all of the pre-draft events, including the Senior Bowl, combine and pro days, most NFL hopefuls drop out of school after the first semester if they haven't already graduated by that time. There are some who train on their own college campus to finish up their schooling, but it is less every year. The best move somebody interested in playing professional football could make is planning their course work ahead of time so that they can graduate by December, if not earlier.
The "technique" identifies where a defensive lineman lines up across from an offensive lineman. Each technique represents a different shoulder of an offensive lineman or tight end. If a defensive lineman lines up on either side of the center, he is a "one technique". Inside shoulder of either guard is a "two-technique". Outside shoulder of either guard is a "three technique" and so forth going all the way out along the line of scrimmage.
Absolutely. The word out of Pittsburgh is head coach