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  1. jmt57

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    The NFL is saying that as part of their effort to improve their game-day experience (i.e., spend lots of $ to watch it live rather than watch it for free at home), they are allowing teams to tell fans on their video boards that they need to get loud at certain times during the game.

    I have a few thoughts on this.

    One, I think it's pretty sad that fans need to be told when to be loud or when to be quiet; that goes for any sport and not just the NFL. Then again, when a stadium ends up being filled by corporate execs and their potential business partners, neither of whom have an emotional interest in the team or the game being played, then it's not surprising that they need a flashing video to catch their attention and tell them it's time to pay attention to the game on the field. I guess when the NFL says "make the game experience better" perhaps they mean "more bells and whistles for people who could care less about the game."

    Another thing this will result in is that much more of a home advantage for dome teams. Perhaps last year was an anomaly, but it seemed like there was an inordinate amount of dome teams in last year's playoffs. That's not the result of any one single rule change in my opinion, but instead the cumulative effect of multiple rule changes and 'point of emphasis' instructions to referees. Receivers and quarterbacks have both been recepients of multiple rule changes in their favors over the last decade.

    Who is behind this rule change and why? Well, the NFL's competition committee spearheads rule changes, and Bill Polian of the Colts is the most powerful force on that committee. Teams that would stand to gain the most are dome teams such as the Colts. Teams that would stand to gain the least are outdoor teams such as the Pats, especially in a stadium that as constructed does not retain sound very well in comparison to other stadiums.

    It used to be that a team built for the playoffs needed a strong running game and a sound defensive line. Now instead it seems like a playoff team needs to build a dome and perhaps a good sound system.


    League: Make some noise!
    NFL to teams: Bring the noise - JSOnline
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    I think you are overreacting a bit.
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    They do that in the Boston Garden or whatever they call it now. I think it's weak, but WGAF. I think alot of fans at Gillette could use the prompts. Unless the Jets or Colts are visiting, you can usually here a mouse fart.
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    Terrific. The NBA-ization of the NFL continues...
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    Does everyone get to use speakers under the seats, or just the Colts?
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    I thought that this stuff already happened????
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    It is sad, though I don't see it impacting the competitiveness of games. Dome crowds that need to be told when to make noise aren't really going to be much of a home field advantage anyways.
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    Not silencers though. Still a bit too much noise to hear those.
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    Here is a away for the nfl to get more fans in the stands...

    1 Lower the price of tickets a bit

    2 Lower the parking

    3 stop serving beer at kickoff- that way people are not getting up and down every 10 min...And you dont have any mooks getting hammered at the 3rd quarter..
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    4. Stop allowing people with speech impediments in the stadium.
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    Honestly, if they stopped serving beer at kickoff that would probably just make problems even worse. People would be drinking even more tailgating creating problems in the parking lots, waiting in line at security, etc. They wouldn't make any money off of beer concessions because everyone would just drink as much as they could before entering the stadium. Not many people enter the stadium more than 30 minutes before game time anyway.
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    Just a joke! I am a douche, sorry if I offended.
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    (Fixed #3 for you. If you think it's bad now, you should've been at Shaefer/Sullivan Stadium during the late 70s-late 80s. Good times, good times...bad football, but good times.)

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    I think the NFLs biggest problem is that the game itself is just soo good to watch on TV. I went to Wembly and even though i don't think the experience was 100% authentic (too many people there that didn't know what was going on) I just felt that the experience was good, not great.

    I know you guys probably all hate soccer but at games here you can go crazy, start singing anything you want to the players, refs or away fans. You don't get the banter between fans at NFL that you do at soccer game, and from what i've seen of college football it doesn't even compare to that.

    I just think the game is better suited to TV
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    This could also double as 3 things on the NFL's list of way to significantly lower revenue.
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    It's not an onfield rule, so it didn't go through the competition committee and required no owner vote. If anyone from Indy was involved it would have been Irsay.

    The league is trying to improve the fan experience... they are also going to make available wireless displays with Red Zone on it. (For a fee of course, but still beneficial to hardcore fans, I doubt the people you are criticizing will be much interested.) The fact that in-stadium fans sit around waiting for commercials so much during the game makes it difficult to keep up constant interest.
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    To tell you the truth, I'd rather watch it on TV, but there are a bunch of things you miss watching it on TV.

    On TV, you can only see what they choose to show you, which is usually only where the ball is. A replay may give you this or that insight when the play is over, but you still miss out on who is doing their job and who isn't a lot of the time.

    Sitting there in the stands, you can see which receiver is open, focus on one player and see how he does on a play, what is going on on the sidelines, and any number of different things.

    Bring a pair of binoculars and watch a certain player on every play. That's something you can NEVER even come close to getting on TV.
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