FKIM01 Posted October 6, 2020 Report Share Posted October 6, 2020 I'm less and less interested in the NBA, which is odd, considering my interest in the main feeder organization. I have a similar attitude toward college and pro football. I've not gotten there with baseball (yet), but I can see that happening as well. I wonder how prevalent my attitude is among sports consumers? I don't know but I feel like there's at least anecdotal evidence that at least some more casual sports consumers are experiencing similar feelings. Ratings appear to be trending down for whatever reason. We could ascribe several different theories about the why, but I'm content to sit back and observe how it ultimately plays out and whether it trends back like baseball did after the strike or whether this is more of a long-term trend that is part of a larger picture. I'm baffled in at least this respect: with the inability to see sports events live and the complete lack of sports events for several months, it would stand to reason that viewership would be way UP. You can argue that some sports are out of season, but it seems that the big three (football, baseball and basketball) are ALL suffering. I know what would possibly bring me back/rekindle my interest but I'm not making the assumption that my feelings are at all universal. What I AM wondering out loud is if this trend is not reversed, what do professional basketball, baseball and football look like in 5 or 10 years. I expect this theory to be dismissed by the many hardcore sports fans here, but I know how I used to love watching NASCAR races, but gradually lost interest. The reasons are multiple, but I know I'm not alone on this one...just look at this article about the Coca-Cola 600: https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2018/05/nascar-ratings-charlotte-lowest-years-fox/ Yes, this is a dated article, but I just Googled and picked one at random. I'm confident that it's representative of what has happened in NASCAR and I suspect that the big three are at least threatened by the same phenomenon. Do I think these sports will fade away? Of course not, but I do at least suspect that a lot of casual fans are gradually losing interest, just like they did with NASCAR. Again, if that trend continues, what do these sports morph into? I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that these three sports will experience revenue declines that will eventually dramatically change the face of these sports. I see shrinking contracts (and/or mounting operating losses) and shrinking franchise values. Asking everyone to be mindful of forum rules, I am Interested in what Hoosier Nation thinks here (not what you wish)...short-term blip or do these sports follow NASCAR into the ratings abyss? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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