It’s 2013, and the National Football League rules the American sports sphere. But nothing last forever. One day, inevitably, a new sport will take over as America’s top pastime, leaving the NFL in the same wake that contains boxing and baseball.
That day won’t be today or tomorrow, but let’s fast-forward 5,873 days to Jan. 1, 2030. In collaboration with fellow Bloguin outlets Awful Announcing and Crystal Ball Run, This Given Sunday caught up with several of our favorite NFL media types in order to put together our very own football version of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Don’t hold us to it, but in 2030, the NFL might look something like this...
Mike Tunison, editor, Kissing Suzy Kolber
Pete Prisco, NFL columnist, CBS Sports
Khaled Elsayed, COO, Pro Football Focus
Joe Fortenbaugh, writer, National Football Post
Rivers McCown, writer, Football Outsiders
Sean Tomlinson, NFL blogger, theScore.com
Barry Petchesky, editor, Deadspin
Will Brinson, NFL writer, CBS Sports
The NFL has made no secret of the fact it is trying to lure fans to stadiums with the necessary bells and whistles. In 2030, how has the gameday stadium experience evolved? Has attendance been hindered by a continually improving home-viewing experience?
Mike Tunison: I think there be a trend toward building smaller stadiums (I know it's stadia, but that always sounds awkward). Obviously, 17 years isn't enough time to replace all existing venues and the trend may take some time to get going. There are some, like Lambeau, that just can't be replaced. The rate of advancement of home technology only makes attendance really appealing for diehards or those interested in the novelty of it. Since TV contracts are where the NFL makes the bulk of its revenue anyway, they can afford to cut ticket prices somewhat. Also, things like NFL Red Zone being featured on stadium big screens will become commonplace.