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NFL and the history of its TV deals

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

 

The start of professional football can be tracked all the way back to 1869 where modified London football rules were used in a game of college soccer. It wasn’t until 1939 however, that the first NFL game was televised by NBC between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers. By 1951 the NFL Championship Game was televised coast-to-coast for the first time, December 23. The DuMont Network paid $75,000 for the rights to the game, in which the Rams defeated the Browns 24-17. By 1955, NBC became the television home to the NFL Championship Game, paying $100,000 to the league for the rights to telecast the league finale.

As Pro Football gained in popularity, it rights fees went up causing CBS to pass on NFL Football in the mid 1990’s and allowing the new FOX Television Network to gain a foothold in the broadcast sports realm. Today, the major networks pay upwards of $550 million a year to televise NFL games which can now be seen on cable, satellite and broadcast networks. NFL announced nine-year extensions to its broadcast television packages with Fox, NBC and CBS under which the networks are expected to pay roughly 60% more. The new agreements will run through the 2022 season as the current deals expired after the 2013 season.

The NFL’s new 10-year labor agreement and increased TV rights deals are the reason that NFL teams are worth $1.04 billion on average or twice as much as the average MLB team and three times what NBA teams command. NFL games represent 23 of the 25 most-watched TV programs this fall and they attract twice as many average viewers as broadcast primetime shows. Annually, the NFL redistributes upwards of $4 billion in radio, TV and digital earnings across its 32 teams, roughly $125 million apiece, plus an equal share for the league, and that number shows no sign of declining. The 19 highest-rated fall TV programs (and 28 of the top 30) were NFL games, and this year’s Super Bowl was the most-watched program ever. 5 of the many popular sports networks: ESPN, DirecTV, FOX, NBC, and CBS all have contracts with the NFL of roughly 3.985 billion dollars a season. ESPN pays $1 billion per season (18 games), DirecTV pays $1 billion per season (8 games plus NFL Sunday Ticket), FOX pays $712.5 million per season (102 games), NBC pays $650 million per season (18 games), and CBS pays $622.5 million per season (102 games).

T.V. rights have continued to escalade for the NFL and from what history shows will only continue to keep doing so. A new contract is underway with the NFL and major networks that will keep them under contract till 2022. The fan base is so large for the NFL, do to location in major cities across the U.S. & because of this, the demand for football is high. Households who are unable to see their favorite team live, can sit back in the comfort of their own home and watch the game televised almost anywhere in the U.S. Which is why football is the highest rated fall TV program.

We continue to see an increase in fan base in the NFL which brings in more popularity to the sport. As popularity and demands for the sport increase, more games will be televised, to the point where one day each game will be broadcasted nationwide. However, when that does occur a plateau may occur and profits may stop and just maintain a steady income. If this does occur which will be some time down the road, the NFL being money hungry will expand their horizons and aim for new markets, which is one of the reasons football is trying to spread to other parts of the world; I.E. Canada, Europe. This is also why some games are hosted in London, to help promote football and to expose others about the sport, so during the future it can expand and be broadcasted as a worldwide sport.

 

http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/history/pdfs/History/2013/353-372-Chronology.pdf

 

http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1951-1960

 

http://nfl-tv-history.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/12/14/the-nfl-signs-tv-deals-worth-26-billion/

 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1103/nfl-inside-money-machine/content.2.html#ixzz308FRNGpe

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhOAzRnwpdY

 

ABL vs. USFL

Monday, April 21st, 2014

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=8v2zT52MZ5w

The American Basketball league was founded in 1996 for women and that was during the time the NBA founded the WNBA. Basketball was booming in the 90’s where U.S Olympic teams both men’s and women’s teams winning gold medals and the NCAA bringing up new talents. The ABL is an independent professional league where women can play the game they love, but the beginning of the season some teams in the league could not maintain their budgets and got cut from the league. The ABL then had to find new basketball teams that could be apart of the league and play other professional teams. The league was struggling to keep teams and declared bankruptcy.

Another league that attempted to go pro was the United States Football League for men who wanted to go professional as well. The owner of the USFL attempted to work and compete with the NFL. Play teams that were in the NFL and find TV deals like the NFL. The owner tried to have a bigger fan base by having the season start when the NFL was off-season. The USFL got into to some legal issues with the NFL and attempted to sue them for anti-trust. The USFL won the case of anti-trust and anti-monopoly of the NFL, but only won $3.00 The USFL lost over $130 million dollars.

I think both of these leagues tried to go big too fast, they did not have enough money to support the teams that were in their league. The owners do not know how to run a business and take care of teams, fields, stadium seating, selling tickets and making a profit.

Now the National Women’s Soccer League is a club league that has gone professional. I think they will have good business by learning from these previous league’s mistakes. the NWSL has corporate sponsors like Nike and sponsor the men’s league. The league both have men’s and women’s teams for every club, so that would bring more business to the league and become a business that will grow.

 

 

blog 2: coaches new attitude toward academics

Monday, April 7th, 2014

 

We have all heard the term student-athlete, meaning that student comes first. However, we can see at some D1 universities that many of the players are putting the athlete in front of student. They are allowing for mediocre work in the class room to have their best athletes play on either the court or the field.

In an article discussing UNC it stated that “the football players were taking ‘easy’ classes, ones that they were guaranteed an A in.” This allows you to keep good academic standing so that you may play for the upcoming season. What happens then when these athletes form a major and are required to take harder courses? In the study, most of the football team took a major in the communications department, because it was considered an easy A major. A professor stated that he handed out grades to athletes for classes that never met, allowing them to receive an A. It even stated that for some classes there was illegal grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls, and limited or no class time at all. Athletes who turn pro are very few and by allowing these low academic standards it is not preparing them for the real world. Their whole lives they thought they would go pro and didn’t make it, now their low standards that they scooted their way through college with, may hinder them in the work force.

NCAA is soon requiring a higher academic standard for incoming athletes to play a division 1 sport. This will hopefully allow for only the top student-athletes to be accepted into that school. Possibly allowing for colleges to strive for higher academic standards for athletes throughout their amateur career. As of now the required GPA to be eligible to play is a 2.0 for college athletes.

I would first start out by requiring a minimum GPA of at least a 2.5 and offer study hall for every individual who may need it, and tutoring available each day. I would state that they are student-athletes and that student comes first. By attending this university you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of a student. You will be able to achieve a higher education while also getting to play the sport you love. However, if academic success is not met, then success on the football field or on the courts will be postponed if you are not compliable with the rules. Athletes need to be taught that their sport is second to their education. You are coming to this school to learn, and also help your team win, but in that order.

By being on scholarship you are complying that you have read and will meet these standards. I would implement a fine policy for these athletes who do not meet these requirements even after being on study hall or tutoring, and scholarships may be taken away from them if academic success is not kept.

For those who do achieve success in the classroom rewards may be handed out as an incentive to keep striving for greatness to allow these athletes to feel the need to strive for success both on and off the football field. An increase in scholarship money may be handed out to show support for the determination for success in the classroom. However, it needs to be engraved in their mind that they are here to learn first, and play a sport second. If we focus on school when it is in front of us, and focus on our sport when it is time to practice, then success will come.

Many coaches are lenient on these rules because if they do not win they may get fired, and you may not win if your best players are benched for bad grades. But we need to step up and think about the bigger picture for these kids. Most will not go pro, and if easy classes are what it takes for these students to pass college, then how well will they do in the real world where their job requires hard work and dedication in order to be successful?

We need to reevaluate the importance of school on these kids’ lives, and push them to strive for greatness, not on the field, but in the classroom.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/new-ncaa-rules-require-incoming-athletes-meet-higher-academic-standards-play-division-sport-college-article-1.982115

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/15985/

Do what you’re passionate about and love what you do

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed Lynne’s talk on Wednesday morning. It was good to get some background on her and what she’s done as well as the advice that she offered us. I broke it down into a 5 step process of the advice that she gave that I can apply to my own life. 
1) Do what you’re passionate about and love what you do. It’s not about the money, it’s about your passion. Don’t choose a job just because it pays a lot of money, choose a job that you enjoy and have passion for because that will last.
2) Always honor your commitment. No matter what amazing offer you may be offered, if you’re already commited to a job for two years, stick it out for two years, don’t leave just because a bigger offer comes along. You don’t want to leave a job on the wrong foot.
3) Connections are super important. Sometimes it’s more about who you know, than your resume. Your resume is built from connections and who you know. Networking is important, make sure people know who you are,
Take time to do the little things
4) Work hard and people will notice. But it’s not entirely about that, it’s about working hard because you love it. Put 100% of yourself into your job, don’t just give half-heartedly.  
5) For me, my passion is coaching and that is what I plan on doing once I graduate. From Lynne’s talk, she mentioned being relatable and getting to know people (whether that’s athletes or coaches). I know that for me, that is very important. Coaching isn’t just about making people better athletes, but better people. I think coaches should really get to know their athletes outside of just their sport, so they know how their outside life is going, how school is, how work is, etc. Relationships matter in this field.
When it comes down to it…
Love what you do.
Simple as that.

Canadian Superstarr

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Today Lynne Andrew gave us insight regarding her career accomplishments. Lynne is a very successful woman as seen in her biography here, http://www.goskyhawks.com/staff.aspx?staff=35 .While basketball had been a sport Lynne was very involved in as a child and into her young adult stage, she continued on to be a coach in the sport she so dearly loved. After all of her crazy coaching experiences, she moved on to the administrative side of collegiate sport. Lynne stressed that the most important thing in jobs is to keep connections and do not burn any bridges. She also explained how connections are the reason she is where she is today.

Today I have learned all about Lynne’s career and there are many things I will take away from listening to her experiences. The first and most important thing I am going to do in order to be successful in my career is network and find connections as well as maintain good relationships with others. I will also work hard for my program, not to be seen and awarded, but instead to make the program the best it can be.

Another thing I learned from Lynne that will be helpful for my future is that if there is a task to be done that nobody likes to do, then just do it. Just because you have a higher title then someone else doesn’t mean you do not share some of the responsibilities.

 

The last and most important thing I learned from Lynne that I can apply to my career is to love what you do. If you love what you do, you will be good at it and you will be happy with where you are at. For Lynne, it wasn’t about the money, it was about the students and their success and I want to follow in her footsteps because I agree %100.

 

Thank you Lynne

Public funding for stadiums, what to do what to do…

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In the state of Minnesota a professional baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, is looking forward to developing a brand new stadium in the heart of St. Paul. Their recent stadium is about 30 years old with sewage, piping and many other issues that make it reasonable for a new stadium to be constructed.  Local high school and college sports teams use the old stadium to this day, so to have a new one built it would not only benefit for the St. Paul Saints, but for many other baseball teams in the St. Paul area. The new stadium is proposing a Bonding Bill of 27,000,000 dollars that will begin construction in 2014. If the bill gets passed, it is said that the stadium will create up to 21,000 jobs, positive change for the entire neighborhood as well as local shops and stores in the area, and it will build on the economic vitality of the city. Previous invests such as the light rail and the union depot has produced positive change and if the city were to invest in the bonding bill, it would establish the cities vibrant and viral attributes. All this money would be generated by tax payer money and the governor as well as  the St. Paul commerce of city agree that it will produce a positive change with their city.

This discussion is related to our class because it deals with financial situations in us pro sport. 213 billion dollars is generated annually in the sport industry and we know that sports play a big part in public spending. The problems that are generated in sport are in small and large markets. With this being in St. Paul, it deals with a small market that needs something to spark up the sport industry. Once this new stadium is built it will generate more attendance at games, more media coverage resulting in a larger profit. The video that I am attaching to this blog explains the topic I am discussing, how and why it will improve the overall cities well being.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZxOabI3cc8

Golf, the hardest sport to play, the hardest sport to watch

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I believe that golf is the most challenging sport to play and one of the most exciting, but others would disagree. People say golf is too slow and too boring to follow, but the PGA has created new ways of making golf entertaining for all ages. In my article, “The Golf world is stepping up its digital game” talks about how they are making golf more exciting and more attracting to sports fans. As some may have noticed, the pga and sponsers of the pga are releasing new and improved outfits that are veering away from the traditional golf wear. One of the main examples of this is Ricky Fowler, he is always sporting bright, vibrient colors on every tour which is catching the eye of young golf fans. With this new line of gear, it has, in my eyes, made golf more attracting and exciting to watch. Golfers are now starting to look like other athletes such as football and basketball players where they focus alot on their image, which in return has  more fans following athlettes on instagram and twitter.

Another tactic that the PGA has established through social media is how humorous and outgoing these athletes can be. It is portrayed on television through the PGA tour that these professional golfers are no fun games, its all serious business, but through twitter and instragram these golfers are showing a different side of their life. There are examples of Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson and Rory Mcllroy showing the golf community that their personalities are more than just a serious golf face. These athletes are posting videos on a average day at the golf course with there buddies having a good time and shootin the shit, which is exactly what golf fans love to see.

Golfers are also posting tweets, videos and instragraming on how they give back to the community as well. Jason Dufner is a prime example due to his participation in charity events and contributions in community service. All of these tatics have improved the attendance at golf majors and has revealed to the sports community that professional golfers are just as exciting and entertaining as any other professional athlete.

The video that i posted relates to my topic because it shows that golf is more than just a serious game, there is humor involved in golf, and it is ok to joke and have fun of the golf course, which should make people want to play golf more and want to watch the GPA more often. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbxIAeu83Z8

New Media=better Baseball Fans

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Aw yes, what is more American than baseball? America has an infatuation with baseball.   Major League Baseball fans inarguably love their sport of baseball. In fact, they love the sport so much so, that they accessed

“1.2 million live audio and video streams of the first available Spring Training games this past weekend”

http://sportsbusinessnow.com/mlb-fans-getting-their-fix-early-as-mlb-com-at-bat-downloads-spike/

which occurred back in February of this year. According the article MLB fans getting their fix early as MLB.com At Bat downloads spike, this activity

“represented an increase of 53% from last year’s opening weekend of games.”  

http://sportsbusinessnow.com/mlb-fans-getting-their-fix-early-as-mlb-com-at-bat-downloads-spike/

 

 That is quite an increase over just year’s time. So how was this increase accomplished? Perhaps the MLB.com At Bat application has something to do with it.

 

The MLB.com At Bat app, allows users to view each and every game (for a price of course), as well as listen to live audio, get the latest news, schedules for the 2014 season, and expert analysis (http://www.mlb.com/mobile/atbat/).

 

This app is irreplaceable for those of us with an insatiable MLB appetite. Rather than having to wait until you get to a computer to look up news or rushing home to catch the game, users of this app have the games and news in the palm of their hand. They can catch the games on the go without a problem, which is obviously a plus for the fans, as well as the MLB.

With this app, it looks as though the MLB has accomplished a goal of making games, news, etc. available to fans anywhere, at anytime. In addition to this app, the MLB also makes the latest information available by using other forms of non-traditional media like Twitter and Facebook. However, as the title implies, MLB fans may just get their best fix by using the MLB.com At Bat app. This app, in addition to countless other apps, are examples of how sport organizations are now using more non-traditional forms of media for communication purposes. These newer forms of communication are  very convenient, fast, and user friendly.

This development of sports organizations using non-traditional forms of media to make information more available to their target audiences, will only continue in the future as technology becomes more advanced.

SCOREEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABGzMMkpFFc

Here is video describing what exactly SportStream is and all the cool features. I mean who would’t want a hot babe delivering cheeseburgers and beer to you while watching the game?? It’s complete perfection. Just kidding none of those awesome features are added sadly.

When watching professional games on television either NFL, NBA or even NHL it is very important now to keep updated with what is going on in the social media world. Well Bob Morgan now CEO of SportStream came up with a brilliant idea for all you sport fanatics. He developed a website based off of most major social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, that brings all important sporting news together in one place. This means you can simply go to one spot and find all the important information regarding the current sport issues or evens. No more searching or using a hashtag to try and figure out what play you just missed.

 Distribution. This is one of the key factors in SportStream’s growth potential. While Morgan pointed out the strong user engagement numbers and advertising potential with their own applications, SportStream’s greatest growth opportunity comes from increasing adoption from more teams, organizations, and networks to utilize and customize SportStream’s robust platform.

This is Bob Morgan’s main goal to try and spread the word about this great application or download that is available. It makes it so much easier on sport fans to go to one place and be able to keep up to date will the latest information and also able to chat, comment, or tweet with other friends. This is a fantastic idea. It is such a pain to have to take the time to switch from Facebook to Twitter constantly while trying to watch a game to try and figure out if a player’s injury is severe, what other teams won and other important information on the games. It isn’t very popular right now but I have a feeling once its out it will become one of the most popular sport social media sites.