David Kirkpatrick

September 10, 2009

The NFL’s blackout rule …

Filed under: Media, Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:11 pm

is stupid, outdated and very counterproductive.

For this reason alone, if nothing else.

Bill Simmons today from the second link:

Prediction VI: Blackouts of home games will become the signature media story of the 2009 season. You’ll hear way too much about it. Here’s my take: This isn’t about the economy. It’s about the fact that it’s more fun to stay home and watch football than it is to sit in crappy seats to watch any team ranging from “lousy” to “mediocre.” It just is. For many fan bases, here are the two choices every Sunday:

Door No. 1 (more expensive): Traffic, parking, long walk to stadium, lousy seats, lifeless state-of-the-art arena, TV timeouts, dead crowds, drunk/bitter fans, more TV timeouts, hiked-up concession prices, PDAs with jammed signals as you’re searching for scores, even more TV timeouts, long walk to car, even more traffic.

Door No. 2 (less expensive): Sofa, NFL package, HD, fantasy scores online, remote control toggling, gambling, access to scores, seven straight hours of football, cell phone calls, beer and food in fridge, no traffic.

I can see going through Door No. 1 once a year just to remind yourself that going to an NFL game sucks. But eight times a year? Unless you had good seats, or unless this was your only excuse to get out of your house and get plastered, why would you? It’s a blue-collar sport with white-collar ticket prices. This blackout trend would have happened whether the economy was suffering or not.

February 19, 2008

Two great ESPN stories

Filed under: et.al., Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:37 am

Here’s links to two great ESPN stories.

This is a bit about Bill Simmons’ experience in the Big Easy (New Orleans for those who don’t know that term) covering the NBA’s All-Star celebration. I love ‘nawlins and Simmons did a great job of re-selling the city as a tourist attraction.

This story might even be better. This is an article outlining Michael Jordan’s advice to the NBA. This bit might as well be a blueprint on how to walk the earth as a citizen to be admired. Not for anything special, but how to just be yourself.

Sound, sane words from MJ. Ought to be required reading for every high school senior in the US. Hell, translate it and make it a must-read worldwide for all ages.