Of course, the NFL’s latest global expansion is screwing fans in the state -LSB

Garima
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The NFL’s plan for global dominance took another step forward this week as the league announced it will play a game in South America for the first time. See the trumpets, horns and dollar bills falling from the sky like confetti. Get ready, Brazil, here comes some blood sport to pique your morbid curiosity.

While watching overgrown men suffer head trauma hasn’t sparked an international revolution in football a la the NBA, that won’t deter the NFL from steamrolling along with little regard for its stateside fans. We have yet to see what will anger viewers to the point of abandoning the product and the league’s latest expansion brings more fan disservice.

From now on, teams can only protect two home games from being stripped for international showcases. That number is down from four, so instead of endless, unwatchable trash that comes out at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. broadcast, there may be actual games of consequence, or worse, entertainment that you sleep through.

Only one organization voted against a game in Sao Paulo, but unfortunately for Bears chairman George McCaskey, his appeal was laughed when he included Tommy DeVito on the list of opposing QBs fans will be upset not to see in person. While McCaskey promoted the belief that Chicago has no idea what a franchise QB looks like, his point remains valid.

How long before the league’s insatiable greed costs team owners money? It may sound paradoxical, but season ticket sales matter. I think. With only two home games worth attending, one would suspect that the draw for tickets would thin out.

Now, that’s just an assumption, and probably a foolish one.

I’ve honestly given up looking for the final straw that will trigger a mass exodus. The NFL is a little like social media in that people constantly bitch about it but never actually go away. Unless Elon Musk buys the league and fills it with overt racists, there’s no scenario that will keep soccer fans from tuning in on Sundays — and even then, it might not work.

For various reasons that are predictable, explainable and depressing, serious missteps don’t derail the NFL’s business model. That force field allows owners and Roger Goodell to do whatever they want without doing.

Games in Brazil?

Absolutely.

How about a Toy Story broadcast to hook kids?

You are a genius, Phil!

Midweek games with half-healthy rosters and backup QBs?

Hey, if Amazon is going to pay a billion for it. . .

Should we partner with sportsbooks?

Just make sure we cover our bases with a PSA.

What are your thoughts on a campaign against racism?

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Gonna wake up, go broke. Just paint “End racism” in the endzone.

It would be nice if the NFL used its unrelenting popularity for good, as well as the almighty bottom line. However, this is not UNICEF. There is no financial incentive to make the world a better place. Everything is an asset and must be expressed until it makes a profit or dies.

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