Threat of playoff blackout signals near end of attending NFL games

Television is way better than attending a live NFL game.

Ten years ago, that statement would be absolutely absurd. There’s no way that watching a game on television would match and surpass the experience of going to an NFL game, people would say.

But last week, three teams faced the very real possibility of not being able to sell out their playoff tickets and having to blackout the game in their area because of NFL rules. Thankfully, either the remaining tickets were bought by fans or some corporate sponsor to avoid the blackout.

But the fact that this was even an issue to begin with, especially in Green Bay (though they did have really, really cold weather as an out), signals that television has surpassed the experience of going to games.

In some ways, this shouldn’t be too surprising. The quality of televisions and home theater systems has gotten drastically better within the last ten, even five years. And the cost to get them is relatively cheap, especially for those who generally go to NFL games. Instead of going to games, many people can just sit back and watch from the comfort of their own home.

And the experience at home, even without fancy home theater systems, is just better than going to a game. At home, you don’t have to go far for food, you can listen to the T.V. announcers which can make the game less boring and you can also be on Twitter talking about the game with the people you follow.

At the game, you have to deal with the elements if it’s an outdoor game. Then there are the drunk people around you which are always a nuisance. And then there are the fights in the parking lots after the game which are becoming more and more frequent. All that just for a football game that more than likely isn’t going to be all that exciting.

Finally, it isn’t cheap to go to NFL games anymore. Prices ranging from tickets to parking to concessions have skyrocketed in recent years. It literally costs a small fortune to take a family of four to a game these days. It probably costs around $200 at the minimum to take a family to an NFL game, and that’s being generous. And to pay so much and to have to deal with everything mentioned above, it really isn’t worth it to see NFL games in person.

The possibility of blackouts for three of this past weekend’s NFL playoff games were surprising, especially in Green Bay, but if the trends of better televisions and home theater systems and deteriorating live game experiences, this could become the norm for the NFL.