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Roger Goodell Signs New Contract to Remain NFL Commissioner

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones implied that Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension with the NFL would not get done prior t0 the NFL’s ownership meetings on December 13th. Jerry Jones missed the actual date, by a week. According to multiple reports, the NFL Compensation Committee completed and Roger Goodell signed, an extension that will keep him as NFL commissioner. The deal was first reported by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The contract details of Goodell’s deal are rather incredible. According to a report from Charles Gasparino of Fox Business, “The contract extension carries a five-year term that will keep Goodell in place as commissioner through 2024. Goodell will earn a guaranteed annual salary of $3.5 million, though he could earn as much as $50 million through incentives.” Meaning, despite the NFL experiencing unprecedented declines in television ratings and in-game attendance, the NFL has just signed Roger Goodell to a deal that could be worth up to $200 million. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones had tried for months to delay, devalue, or derail Goodell’s contract extension. Going so far as to enlist the support of Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, who publicly criticized Goodell’s leadership over the commissioner’s response to the anthem protests. Those efforts, in addition to Jones’ behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, appear to have been ineffective.

Indeed…  And the decline of the NFL continues..  Just awful..

NFL Ratings for ‘Monday Night Football’ Hit New Season Low

Just when some industry observers were beginning to think that it couldn’t get any worse for the NFL’s primetime ratings this year, it gets much, much worse. The NFL served up the Texans and the Ravens on the week 12 edition of Monday Night Football, and NFL viewers seem to have resoundingly said, “No thank you.” The MNF clash between Houston and Baltimore drew only a 6.0 in metered markets. That makes it the lowest rated MNF contest of the year for the NFL and ESPN. It also makes President Trump’s Tuesday morning Twitter shot at the league, incredibly well-timed and accurate: “At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!” The Week 12 debacle represents a 17 percent decline from last week’s edition of MNF, which saw a the Seahawks edge the Falcons 34-31. According to Deadline Hollywood, “To add more context, last night’s MNF dipped 2% from the previous season low of the October 16 matchup between the winning Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts. Not sure a lot of that had to do with the Supergirl start of the latest Arrowverse crossover on the CW, if you know what I mean. “For instance, looking back over a year, the drop between last night’s MNF and the comparable one of November 28, 2016 is harsh. Ravens-Texans fell 33% in MM ratings from the Green Bay Packers’ 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago. (It might be added that the 2016 MNF also faced a Supergirl start to the DC heroes crossover of that year, and that the Packers and the Eagles have much greater national appeal.) Overall, that Week 12 game of last season saw a 4.2 rating in the key demo and 13.06 million viewers.” All this said, ESPN still won primetime last night. Though, with NFL ratings hitting newer and lower lows, one wonders how long that will continue.

Agreed…

49ers-Rams tickets reselling for the price of two stadium pretzels

Thursday night’s Rams-49ers game may be the toughest sell in the history of Levi’s Stadium. As of Wednesday, resale tickets were being offered on StubHub for as low as $14 to see the team host the Los Angeles Rams at 7 p.m. That price is just cheaper than buying a pair of $7.50 pretzels through the Levi’s Stadium app and comparable to the price of a beer and a hot dog at the the three-year-old arena. According to the team’s seat licensing map, the cheapest original face value for any seat is $85. Ticket sale aggregator TicketIQ listed a slightly higher minimum price from their partners at $17, still a bargain compared to all previous games at the stadium. “The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season with an average asking price of $88 — also the cheapest of the season. The average ticket price across all remaining home games for them is $179,” says Ralph Garcia of TicketIQ, who says the team has seen the average list price decline 32 percent since the stadium opened in 2014, according to their internal numbers. “This is, however, the 49ers’ cheapest home game since the move to Levi’s. The previous low was Dec. 11, 2016 vs. the Jets.” But the disappearance of fans at lower-profile games isn’t only a problem in Santa Clara. This past weekend headlines slammed the Chargers for failing to fill their 30,000 person temporary home in Los Angeles. The Rams’ crowd was unfavorably compared to the audience for USC’s game this past weekend, and there is increasing grumbling about the decline of even the television ratings. “The Bills, Colts, and Browns have get-in prices that do typically hover in the $15-$30 range,” Garcia wrote to SFGATE. “Bills vs. Dolphins, on Dec. 17, is currently the season’s cheapest game with an average price of $70 and cheapest ticket $15.” Still, the Thursday night game appears to be the biggest bargain in the history of the stadium, especially considering how likely the 49ers are to win. The Rams are the only opponent the team has managed to beat at home since the start of 2016 (and they’ve done it twice).

Oh, I wouldn’t be so quick to ASSume that..  After all, the Rams destroyed the Colts in their season opener a couple weeks ago..   So, as they say…”any given Sunday.”…or in this case, Thursday night.    Why are ticket sales for NFL games in such a slump?  Read the following article (below), and my comments afterwards.  Nuff said..

NFL players ask Roger Goodell for support in racial equality campaign

Current and former NFL players campaigning for racial equality and criminal justice reform wrote a lengthy memo to league commissioner Roger Goodell officially seeking overt league support in their effort, including an endorsement for an activism awareness month, Yahoo Sports has learned. The 10-page memo, obtained by Yahoo Sports, was sent to Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in August, requesting wide-ranging involvement in their movement from the NFL. The memo seeks an investment of time and education, political involvement, finances and other commitments from the league. It also sought to have the NFL endorse the month of November as an activism awareness month, similar to the periods of league calendar dedicated to breast cancer awareness and military recognition. It was endorsed by four players: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, former Buffalo Bills wideout Anquan Boldin and Eagles wideout Torrey Smith. A league spokesperson declined to comment on the memo or Goodell’s communication with specific NFL players. The four players who co-authored the letter either didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, citing an agreement to keep direct communications with Goodell private.

And THIS is what is wrong with the NFL, and why it’s ratings are tanking right now; this crap.  The right thing for Roger to do is to crumple up that memo, and toss it in the trash, and then put out a memo of his own which says the NFL is about FOOTBALL; NOT political correctness and political agenda activism.  Ironically, the percentage of black players in the NFL in 2014 was 68%; a number that is now over 80%.  That same year white players made up about 28%; a number that has since decreased.  So, maybe these players have a point.  There isn’t exactly “equality” of demographics in the NFL.  Maybe there aren’t enough white players in the NFL!  Then, once that’s been addressed, how about we take a good hard look at the NBA while we’re at it, lol.  Don’t look for anyone in ANY news media dare to cross that politically incorrect line…   But, hey..  Here at The Daily Buzz, we don’t shy away, and call out hypocrisy like this whenever it’s pushed in our face by these obnoxious, self-righteous, entitlement-minded, professional athletes who make MILLIONS, and then whine how they’re all “oppressed.”  Can I PLEASE be that “oppressed?!?”  Like we’ve been saying, THIS is why the ratings for the NFL are in the toilet.  People are sick of this crap. Unreal..

Shut up and play: The NFL and ESPN need to get politics out of sports or risk losing millions

ESPN host Jemele Hill is back on the air after calling President Trump a “white supremacist” who has surrounded himself with “other white supremicists” — remarks that earned her a reprimand, but not a suspension, from the network. The Twitter-taunting and subsequent fallout comes as the sports network’s ratings have taken a significant hit over the last year, starting with players’ social justice protests at pre-game festivities. Both the TV networks and the NFL are paying the penalty. As of July 2017, ESPN’s ratings already dropped 9 percent compared to the same time period last year. Add that to an already bruising 2016 — in November 2016 alone, more than 600,000 subscribers dropped the network. Viewership for the entire NFL is down 14 percent this year, according to Pivotal Research. It represents an eight-year low. Last year, ratings fell 9 percent. Advertising spending is also down. The NFL is experiencing the worst advanced ad sales in a decade. Not since the recession started in 2008 have revenues been this dismal. CBS’ Les Moonves claims the lower ratings, and thereby falling revenues, are due to this year’s hurricanes. A storm of politics, maybe. Ratings began to slide last year as then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, which set off a contagion of other players in the NFL who chose to follow suit with similar game-time protests. A recent J.D. Power survey shows that the national anthem protests are directly to blame for the drop in ratings. The group surveyed a stunning 9,200 fans (a sample of 1,000 is usually used in political polling), and 26 percent of them said they had turned the games off due to the national protests alone. Since the protests began, the NFL hasn’t been able to contain their players nor the damage caused by their political diatribes. It comes at a time when other media are experiencing the same political outbursts and subsequent drop in ratings. The Emmy Awards on Sunday night got political from the opening number and as a result, tied with last year’s program for its lowest ratings ever. The one person who could normally stop the bleeding is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who organized the league’s crackdown on domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice video showing him clocking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. Goodell realized the crisis of confidence it was creating and held a press conference pledging, “We will get our house in order.” But Goodell has his hands full now with his own contract negotiation. His contract is up in 2019 and he’s fighting to stay on as commissioner during a tumultuous time, while at the same time asking for a pay increase. That’s a tall order, even for Goodell. Whether the NFL can get its house in order and contain the political outburst remains to be seen. If they can, Americans are a forgiving people; they’ll come back to the pastime they’ve known and loved for more than 100 years. However, if they can’t keep their players in line, the NFL risks losing millions upon millions of dollars and worse, the trust of the public. After all, you can only offend your customers so long before they go elsewhere. So, can the NFL and sports networks regain the trust of their viewers, or will they fumble? Only time will tell. Until then, players would be wise to shut up and play while they are still gainfully employed and still have what’s left of their audience.

Agreed!!  And, we said, Jennifer.  Jennifer Kerns is responsible for that spot-on op/ed.  It also is a great follow up to another article we posted (scroll down about 12 articles) about a recent LA Rams game where tickets were only $6, and the couldn’t fill the stadium….for many of the reasons that Jennifer mentions here.  Until the NFL, and the uber-liberal sports media (i.e. ESPN, etc.) put an end to all of their extreme liberal political correctness, and get back to just football, they’ll continue to turn off a very large percentage of their customers.  Jennifer is exactly right when she says that “you can only offend you customer so long before they go elsewhere.”  Indeed…

Saturday’s Texas-USC had more in attendance than Sunday’s Rams and Chargers games. Combined.

The Los Angeles Rams are trending upward. A rocky first season in L.A. gave way to a 1-0 start in 2017. Last year’s worst offensive team exploded for 46 points against the Colts, giving former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff his first win as a starting quarterback and setting the tone for a promising year. The local fans, however, haven’t seemed to notice. The Rams hosted Washington on Sunday in front of a mostly-empty stadium, casting doubt on whether the City of Angels is a premier market for one NFL franchise, let alone two. The red and white seatbacks of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were plainly visible throughout the first quarter as a smattering of fans took in the action live. The NFL is still confident that Los Angeles will eventually show up. For comparison’s sake, here’s what the Coliseum looked like less than 24 hours earlier, when two college teams with actual fanbases took the field. This marked the second straight week where Rams players were greeted by a sea of empty seats. Tickets for last week’s game against the Colts were as cheap as $6, but there were few interested buyers. Even adding in the fans that attended the Chargers’ first game wouldn’t match the amount that showed up for USC’s game against Texas. The Coliseum is the Rams’ temporary home through 2019, when they and the Chargers will move into the under-construction Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park. Attendance figures aren’t much rosier for the San Diego transplants in their first season up north. Despite playing in a soccer-first stadium that seats only 27,000 spectators, the club failed to sell out of tickets for its home opener.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words..  Well, to see comparative photos of the Rams game vs. the college game, click on the text above.  It’s definitely eye-opening.  It’s also hard to imagine that at $6 a ticket, the NFL game wasn’t sold out.   That’s cheaper than a movie ticket!  So, it makes you wonder WHY that happened.  That’s simple..  NFL fans are tired of the political correctness, tools like Colin K. taking a knee in “protest” and disrespecting the National Anthem, and the all-mighty money of professional sports.  We as American have historically all watched NFL games because we love watching football.   But, that’s changed dramatically the last couple of years.  Sure, the NFL is all about money, and doesn’t really care about its fans.  As fans, we’ve kinda overlooked that and just put up with that reality.  But, it’s gotten SO bad, and so in-our-face, these last two years, that many of us have just thrown in the towel, and changed the channel.  Last year, I didn’t watch a single NFL game in its entirety.  I remember watching the beginning of the Rams/49ers game, season opener.  They brought in violinist cutie Lindsey Sterling in to do the National Anthem.  As a musician, I was looking forward to that.  But, during the entire playing of that great rendition of our National Anthem, the cameras didn’t show her at all, nor the Color Guard, etc.  They all zoomed in on Colin K…taking a knee.   That’s when I rolled my eyes, and changed the channel…and haven’t looked back since.  We watch sports to get away from politics.  And, when nauseating pieces of garbage like Colin K.  (who is a millionaire many times over) takes a knee to protest how “oppressed” he is, and the NFL leadership doesn’t do anything about it (thereby giving it’s tacit approval), that’s the final straw.  Those are some of the reasons that ticket sales, and tv ratings of NFL games have tanked.  And, until the NFL, and the 30+ owners start respecting the fans, and setting higher standards for the players, we’ll vote with our wallets and take our money elsewhere…

NFL Experiences Softer Than Expected Demand for Advertising Season After Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

After a nearly double-digit ratings freefall last year, the NFL experiences a lighter than expected demand for advertising buys for the upcoming season. “A number of factors have conspired to cast a bit of a pall over this year’s NFL market, which some insiders say is the softest since the Great Recession of 2008,” Ad Age points out. “For example, a number of marquee clients have slashed their pro football spend, while a few load-bearing categories aren’t committing anywhere near as many dollars to the NFL as they did a year ago. A source for Ad Age estimates a two percent to four percent increase in the price of commercials. Declines in demand for advertising from automobiles, movies, and male sexual enhancement products account for sales not meeting expectations. The piece speculates that the saturated schedule of NFL games, which include Thursday night broadcasts, several Sunday morning contests from London, and Saturday doubleheaders in Week 16 and Week 17, diminishes demand. A consumer shift away from broadcast television toward streaming services also receives consideration as a factor in the softening of expected sales. The article avoids mention of Colin Kaepernick, and several other players, who protested the national anthem in 2016 by refusing to rise as adversely impacting the league’s bottom line. Fans repeatedly cited Kaepernick’s protest as the top cause of their disinterest in football in 2016. In a Seton Hall poll, for instance, fans cited the anti-anthem protests as the top reason for tuning out NFL broadcasts. NFL ratings declined by nine percent in 2016. Penalties for hits once considered clean, rules largely negating the excitement of kick returns, referee involvement slowing the pace of the game, the suspension of Tom Brady for four games and the retirement of Peyton Manning, and players making a political football of football all come up as reasons for the ratings drop. A resurgent Dallas Cowboys, the New England Patriots looking to extend their dynasty after winning one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history, and Colin Kaepernick promising to end his protest should he find a suitor in free agency all give the league hope for a turn-around in 2017.