NFL Draft: "Did It Really Need to Change?"

Jess RootCorrespondent IApril 21, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma watches drills after deciding not to participate  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Dear NFL:

I would like to begin by expressing just how much I adore you. You bring happiness to me each week in the fall and winter. Your sport is the one I enjoy watching, regardless of the teams that are playing. To the dismay of my dear wife (Mrs. Trapped Fan) there is football discussion practically year-round, thus providing me and my friends with debate and entertainment even when there are no games being played.

I will, however, readily admit that there are a few things that bother me. For one, I hate the blackout rule. To me, it just seems that you are alienating fans that wouldn't already go to the games. People who want to go to games, they go to the games. Those of us who couldn't or wouldn't (too expensive or games conflict with church/religious convictions) are being punished, as are the local TV stations who must carry other games that most likely get lower ratings.

But, that aside, is not what I wish to address. My biggest problem is your changes to the NFL draft. Do we really need three days?

Before this year, I would set aside draft Saturday to watch any draft coverage. If I had to go anywhere, I would simply turn on the radio for coverage. By the time the first round was over, I was done and then I could focus on whatever thing I needed to, getting via text the information telling me whom my team picked and who picked the local college players.

Unfortunately, for me and for you, the NFL Draft loses my viewership. It is now competing with actual games, including important ones (NBA and NHL Playoffs and baseball season). As much as I love football and the NFL, actual games win, especially when my team is in the playoffs.

My question for you is, do you really think of yourself that highly that you will increase viewership and hype when directly competing with other sports, especially when it is going against two postseasons? Do you believe that your draft is more important to fans like me than actual competition?

I'm sorry, but I'll pass. I will still watch my phone for text updates, but I will not watch. As it is, the draft starts before I even get home from work, being in the West.

I will read draft analyses and commentary. I will likely see draft recaps later in the evening once the games I watch are over, but I will not make the draft a viewing priority. And it makes me cry a little bit inside.


An NFL fan

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