With the end of the NFL lockout looming, this means a change of lifestyle for everyone involved, from the players to the fans. The players will be on a mandatory schedule of meetings, meals, practices and treatment. The fans who have been tuning into ESPN to hear the latest news from these lawyers and judges will soon be drafting their fantasy football teams, buying tickets to games and pulling out their local wings caterer’s menu from the kitchen drawer.
America needs the game of football. Not just because of its economic impact, but because of the joy and excitement it brings to all who are a part of it. The stadiums that seat the crazy fans who sit in 20° weather with their shirts off and scream from kickoff to the final whistle, will finally be used for what they were built for. The individuals involved with the aforementioned facilities, and those who have been laid off or those who have taken a drastic pay cut working on the business side for the teams, will land back on their feet. I can guarantee you that as soon as the official word of the lockout ending is publicized, millions of Americans will be celebrating like the Vancouver riot kissing couple..which brings me to my next subject.
Is social media, more so Twitter, going to take a hit when the NFL starts back up? It seems like almost every player has been tweeting this elongated off-season. From Ochocinco’s wacky adventures to Pat McAfee’s new show on U-stream, these guys have made more fans from building their “brand” through interacting with other tweeters than they would have just playing on Sundays. There will obviously be a decrease in the amount of time spent by the athletes on the free social network (even the punters and kickers too); but will it be enough to decrease the amount of time spent on the site by their fans? This will definitely be something to take a look at when the time comes.
I’m just glad that we’re as close as we are to having America’s sport back in business.