5 things to watch this NFL season
Published September 7, 2009
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| QB comebacks
Can Michael Vick and Brett
Favre drive ratings even higher? How about merchandise sales? Or will fans sour
on these comeback attempts? The QBs have been heavily
hyped, so any missteps on or off the field will be greatly scrutinized.
make a deal
may be entering its last year with a salary cap. The league’s collective-bargaining
agreement expires in 2011, but 2010 would have no cap unless a new labor deal
is reached by March. The rhetoric is already flying, and the phrase “labor
peace” may become a relic of a bygone era.
The bottom line
Can teams move enough tickets to
avoid a rash of blackouts? How far will sponsor and hospitality revenue drop?
Can broadcasters sell enough ads to support their high rights fees? Those are
some of the questions as the NFL enters one of the diciest
economic seasons in its history.
The Jacksonville Jaguars say
every one of their home games will be blacked out because of poor ticket sales,
which raises the question of how the league will respond. Will a season of
blackouts move the league to consider relocation and abandon the Jacksonville market?
| Cowboys Stadium
than $1 billion stadium already had its first hiccup with its low-hanging mega
video board. But the venue and its technological infrastructure could set the
standard for all future stadiums. And the gusher of revenue, even without a
naming-rights sponsor, could spark an even wider divide between the haves and
have-nots in the NFL.
— Compiled by Daniel