Mon 6 Feb 2017
Posted by RichSlick under Observations
Comments Off on I Know Why NFL Ratings Are Down! It’s the Commercials!
This past weekend I watched the Super Bowl. It was the ONLY NFL game I saw the entire season in its entirety and I thought it was the best game ever and I can’t wait till next year to watch this ONE NFL event either. So why doesn’t anyone want to watch NFL games anymore? Well it’s not just NFL games, neither I nor my family watch any “commercial” television anymore.
As you recall, a few years ago, my kids begged me to get them iPhones. At the time, I gave them an ultimatum: You can have iPhones or you can have cable TV – you can’t have them both. The kids chose the iPhones. Immediately after cancelling the cable, I decided on trying to get lower cost solutions. Over the air TV signals was the initial choice but the kids and I hated the commercials and the inability to time shift shows without having to buy a DVR was a deal breaker.
As a compromise, we went with Hulu Plus Commercial Free service, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Between these three services, we get plenty of TV and the best part was that there were ZERO commercials on these services. Over time I have added and removed HBO and Showtime whenever the shows I watched (Game of Thrones, Homeland) ended their seasons. Everyone gets to watch the shows they want when they want too and without commercials!
This brings me back to the Super Bowl. Watching George Takei plugging Pizza Hut was funny the first couple of times I saw the commercial but by the 10th time I saw the exact same commercial again, I wanted to take a baseball bat to George’s poor head. The only commercials I could tolerate were the ones for T-Mobile which varied quite a bit over time throughout the game.
The commercial free experience in our family has now extended to radio. My daughter begged me to get Spotify and they had recently came out with a family bundle that was pretty cheap so we gave it a try and ever since then, I’ve abandoned SiriusXM and all the commercial radio stations. I simply hook up my cell phone to my car speakers via blutooth and turn on commercial free Spotify and listen to the music I want when I want it!
I will say this right now but the dimwits at the NFL won’t listen to it for years. Offer a commercial free experience for a nominal cost ($9.99/month?) and watch the viewers come back to the NFL. It’s just not fun watching a 15 seconds of play action followed by 5 minutes of commercials. Until then, the young whipper snappers are moving to an entirely different experience that doesn’t include stupid and pointless commercials.