The St. Louis Post Dispatch has this article talking a bit about how KC representative Jason Holsman is pushing along a bill to take away state funding if the NFL blacks out any games.
I particularly like this quote:
"If this (current) policy worked, the games would be sold out every time," Holsman said.
I know that (living in Columbia, MO, 2 hours from downtown St. Louis) I don't make it a point to drive to the Rams game and spend a day there if I can't watch it on TV. I'd love to, but if I were wanting to go to (and able to afford) the game to watch the Rams lose, I would. My Sundays usually consist of getting some work done around the house before and after the game. Once I start making the big bucks, I plan to be at all the games I can; however at this point, it's just not feasible, and it takes some work to keep up with my team on those days they are blacked out.
The real interesting part about living in Columbia, is we're part of the market for 2 NFL teams that can get blacked out. Yay.
And, as most of us here know, there are ways to watch the game alternatively. Ergo, if I'm not able to see the game on TV with commercials, I'll watch it on the internet without advertisements. I can't see how that's more beneficial to the NFL.
I'm sure that some of you watch on NFL Network or some offshoot that shows you all the games you want to see. Does the blackout have an effect on that?
I'm interested to see if this legislation gets moving and gets the NFL to revise its methods when it comes to encouraging people to watch their local sports team, rain or shine.