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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Venom'sDad, Oct 15, 2018.
Had a feeling that was coming.
Seems to be more to the story.
Well I went to the last Birmingham home game. Got my Trent Jersey signed by the man himself. He stood out there and signed everyone's merch. Really cool dude.
Shame they didn't even finish the season out. I know this week will not have a game this week, but any chances they at least get to finish the season?
I'm really depressed guys, I was really enjoying this league.
I'm really not trying to rub salt in the wounds of anyone who enjoyed this league, but I never saw this ending any other way. Spring football has been tried over and over with the same results. The public interest just isn't there. The majority of sports fans are deep into March Madness, preparing for the NBA/NHL playoffs, or watching the return of baseball. Football just isn't on the national radar, nor will it ever be.
Meanwhile, 45 million people watched the NFL Draft last April across 3 major networks. And almost every major university sells out 100k seat stadiums for spring scrimmage games.
The league wasn't shuttered due to lack of interest in football or ratings. The TV ratings were actually respectable, not in NFL terms but in terms of niche sports leagues. Attendance was light but that's to be expected in year 1 of something like this.
Clearly, if you've read anything over the last few days, the league was shuttled due to a lack of available capital and the fact that they apparently let a wolf in the door, who lied about stabilizing the league's finances and apparently just bought them to strip them down and steal their proprietary tech advancements.
Why the league didn't have a more secure five-year financial plan in place to start and even needed to go to a guy like Dundon after 2 weeks of the season, is probably fair game to criticize. But just blindly chalking it up to "people don't wanna watch da futbawl when its warm out" is pretty misguided.
i feel bad for most of these players
Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser said the same thing about the overall lack of interest on ESPN this week. The Draft and spring NCAA "games" ( fancy practices ) are isolated days that are still part of sports that take place during their regular seasons. They don't try to coexist with or replace spring sports. People have been trying spring football for decades and there's always a myriad of excuses as to why all of those leagues didn't work. Yet the central truth is that the thirst for football this time of year just isn't enough to create a sustainable league, nor is there a large market for professional football outside of the NFL.
Fans have other sports interests. They move on after the Super Bowl. Time and time again that's been confirmed, but billionaires keep trying the same failed experiment hoping for different results. From the polls that I've seen, the general public's interest in non-NCAA/non-NFL football is less than it was when the USFL failed.
sorry to see the league end like this but happy to see some players are getting a chance to play in the NFL from their exposure here
It’s official: The AAF files for bankruptcy
Close to 50 players have signed with the NFL since the league shut its operations. They have however, prevented players from signing with the CFL.
that's great for those guys getting a chance in the NFL again, but sad for the CFL
The latest report now is that the AAF will try to sell contracts to the CFL. Basically a transfer fee.
Well there were reports the AAF wanted to Vince to buy them out and then merge the XFL and AAF together. However Vince said no to that.
If you're quoting talking head morons like Wilbon and Kornhesier, you've already lost the debate.
But you seem to just be doubling down, without providing much at all to back up the accusation that people dont like Spring football other than your personal feelings on the matter. The league clearly didnt fail due to lack of interest, look at the TV ratings and even the dollar activity in Las Vegas. It failed due to being undercapitalized. This is in each and every autopsy article they've done about it.
Also its funny that you mention the USFL. They were actually really successful in the beginning when they played in the Spring. It wasn't until they tried to change their schedule to compete directly with the NFL in the Fall that they fell apart.
No, Wilbon and Kornheiser are correct because it's a simple history lesson. A person only need look up "defunct American professional football leagues" on the internet to see the truth. Not even the NFL-backed WLAF/NFL Eupora survived in the long run. I was a fan of that league, as I was the USFL, and watching them both go under proved to me that getting attached to pro football outside of the NFL is an exercise in futility. Yes, there are other factors that make spring football an uphill battle, but the results are always the same.
When the XFL falls off of a cliff--for the 2nd time!--in a few years, sports columnists will be citing various other contributing factors, but none of those will detract from the simple fact that America as a whole only supports one professional league of each major sport. Unless the NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL fold, other professional leagues will never be sustainable.
I don't fault you or anyone else for being a fan of football outside the NFL. I don't enjoy the NFL's current product nearly as much as I did 15 years ago. But if I were you, I'd put your energy into an Arena team rather than any other new football leagues.
fun fact: My uncle played on the Birmingham Americans waaaaay back when