Sandy wrote: ↑
21 Sep 2017, 20:55
Fin Fang Foom wrote: ↑
21 Sep 2017, 20:40
Sandy wrote: ↑
21 Sep 2017, 20:36
When will this actually affect viewership, though?
Last year? Now (I don't know how the ratings are, but the football seems less exciting)?
From what I understand, ratings are not significantly down. Wife was just reading a piece on this.
Apparently the ratings through the first two weeks were down in 9 of 13 broadcast windows from the year before
. CBS windows are down 10%. NBC is down 7%, 10% in last week's game. NFL Network is up 2% (probably because all of their games are terrible anyway).
It's one of those things that you can point to hurricanes, you can point to other factors but, in general, quality of play is down, and I honestly do think that more and more people are starting to feel a little squicky about enjoying football, especially the things that they used to like, like crunching hits.
It's not like auto racing, where every fan will say "I don't watch it for the crashes", but really, those are the parts that get replayed, because people want to see it. Now, it's kinda true: If it was all crashes, it's not interesting. Racing fans tune in to watch them *not crash* when most people would. But they still get a thrill from the crashes. And this is a sport where the crashes used to mean people outright died. Now it's very rare for drivers to die, but there is still lasting damage from wrecks, the same as in football. Dario Franchitti retired after a 3rd concussion because it was clear that he was more and more likely to get a concussion from each sucessive wreck. Dale Jr., the most popular NASCAR Cup driver by a long way, is quitting after this year because of concussions (after sitting out more than half of last year). And that's a sport that has done FAR more than football to improve safety (albeit starting from a much more dangerous place). They've made it so that the bodies are taking more of the damage than the heads now. This year, Sebastian Bourdais took a 108 g nearly head-on crash, broke his hip, but hasn't reported any issues with brain injury. Ryan Hunter-Reay hit the wall at Pocono in a 138 g crash, and was left with a very sore hip, but raced the next day, with no reported brain injury issues.
But they can't really take the same steps in football that they do in racing. So there's really gotta be a fundamental change in football play if they're going to see reductions in brain injuries.
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