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    I sometimes say I’m not an alarmist but yeah, I am. I ring the bell when the bell needs ringing and even though we’re not there yet, there are enough people divided on every subject under the sun these days to know people will argue with just about anything I write. I get it. With COVID and the more serious issues impacting us the NFL and even sports in general take a back seat. What we know NEVER takes a back seat is what America is truly built on. GREED. I cringe at the thought of a 6 billion $ stadium sitting empty even though I have no dog in that fight. I love sports and I love the RAMS and the NFL and I can’t see any way the FANS see any games this year or even into 2021 without the elephant in the room few seem to mention. PAY-PER-VIEW.

    I suppose many would welcome this option at least until they see the price tag as TV viewing has been anemic enough in LA and teams playing to empty stadiums will not recover their revenue via normal TV rights. They won’t even break even. I spent decades watching the Rams remotely using DirecTV and finding ways to dodge the ridiculously high priced annual fees but I still put a few shingles in the DirecTV roof. Lousy reception, terrible customer service and cloud and weather interruptions and I loved every second of it. Still, does anyone see a way we pay the Jared Goffs and Aaron Donalds as well as the huge NFL machinery without charging the public to see the games? Do we really expect to turn on our big screen TVs this Fall to see FREE broadcasts of NFL games in full regalia sans fans, concessions, parking, lodging, restaurants and merchandizing? Will the private Suites at SoFI still be filled with the elite One Percenters enjoying the festivities from glass enclosed fortresses while the slightly dazed and unwashed masses sit in their living rooms spending ZIPPO to enjoy the same televised contests?

    The NFL, just as the MLB, NBA and every sport short of the National CornHole Championship (yes, that is real) that saw it’s first ever nationally televised contest, is hurting. Still, I have to remind myself that the NFL is a NON-PROFIT org that pays it’s Commissioner a cool 45 mil per year.

  • #2
    Please don't go into tall buildings and if you do, stay away from the ledges.
    "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

    Jack Youngblood


    • #3
      I don’t have anything against PAY-PER-VIEW per se but if you know how the NFL is going to make money with empty stadiums and FREE TV I’d love to hear it. It all depends on the number of subscribers and the cost per game. I only averaged about 3 games per year when I was close enough to attend. If the NFL has another alternative I suppose we’ll know soon enough.


      • #4
        A PPV mechanism already exists, NFLGamepass. Shouldn't be too hard to make it work.


        • #5
          Makes sense but I’m not sure what the premium would be for games not televised and PPV being the only option. As it is I’m still unaware of any stance the NFL has taken on paying it’s players in 2020 if there are no games or a shortened season but it seems the intent is to burn that bridge when they cross it.


          • #6
            DirecTV has an NFL package.


            • #7
              The NFL is driven by a multi-billion dollar Network TV contract, which pays out a flat fee to the NFL for the right to broadcast games. Each team divides that money evenly. Teams also will receive a gazillion dollars for all the merchandise they sell. Gate receipts make up only a smaller portion of the total pie, if you will. And while the NFL will undoubtedly take a financial hit, nobody is going to starve to death. The NFL has PLENTY of money, and there will be no problem paying players this year regardless of circumstances.


              • #8
                I would agree that A. nobody (in the NFL) is going to starve, B. The NFL has plenty of money and C. The NFL makes a huge amount of money from TV rights. That was a big deal and ballooned out of sight leading to higher salaries in all TV sports. What I wonder is how much of a hit the NFL is willing to take for the team? They soak the fans at every turn and almost went into a panic a few years ago when stadium attendance opened rather weakly. When will PPV prices go up? I suppose some believe the NFL will go on televising all games for free and eat all the losses from game day merch, ticket sales, PSLs, Suites, liquor & food sales and all things associated without impacting local & national TV. I don’t know about you about I can only think of a couple pieces of RAM or Laker gear I did not buy at a game. As I said from the outset, it’s far from that point but we could be looking at a lifestyle change going into 2022. Then, change is the one constant. I hope we can enjoy the season without relying on reruns or PPV only.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by 99rams View Post
                  I hope we can enjoy the season without relying on reruns or PPV only.
                  If there is a season, NFL games will be televised on network TV, bank on it. Contracts are in effect, monies have been paid, sponsorship deals have been made, and there is no way the league can change the equation.


                  • #10
                    This today. And the Rams make up 1/3 of their total revenue ( and that includes TV rights ) HOW? Doesn’t look like Merch sales will be overwhelming:

                    According to Forbes, which used stadium revenue from the 2018 season as a reference, the Rams would lose $121 million if the NFL plays without fans in 2020. That’s about 30% of the team’s total revenue
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                    • #11
                      New Helmets and Uni's aren't what i thought they would be but at least it's better Than i thought and wow if they can't open the new Diggs it will MASSIVE loss, But I also know these guys are bot stupid either but the'll do make or push the state ass who is the governor of cali to open something or figure out way, the Rams and other large corp. involved in this project wont stand for it too much has been spent and when it all comes down to it it's all about the $$$$$$$$$ and the Rams and other corp. feed them too much money to the state...
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