NFL Preseason: Who Cares?

This may be the last season that teams get four exhibition games.  Apparently, the NFL owners don’t care a whole lot about the preseason.  They discussed the possibility of cutting that number in half and extending the regular season at their annual meeting last week.  Their main motivation: money.  The NFL is a business and like the rest of the economy, NFL teams need to bring in the dough.

However, the preseason is not completely useless.  It gives teams a chance to play at game speed against other NFL teams, giving them the chance to progress into regular season form and to work out the kinks in their system without the possibility of losing a game that counts.  It also gives players on the bubble the chance to play their way into a roster spot.  Intra-squad practices and scrimmages don’t offer these benefits.

On the other hand, it has a serious downside.  It is an unnecessary risk for injury, it is not exciting, and it doesn’t bring in as much revenue.  Out-of-state fans can rarely watch the preseason and television networks don’t care either.  Bottom line: the preseason is expendable in this economy.

In Green Bay, it’s not about the money; it’s not about benefitting an owner.  Packer fans own their team and they like the preseason.

The preseason is special to the cheesehead.  Preseason games in Green Bay have a unique and exciting flavor.  It’s still warm in the North Country during August.  Railbirds have been flocking to practice all summer and kids beam with excitement when players ride their seemingly tiny bikes.

On game day, the smell of charcoal grills arouses the taste buds and the sound of upbeat Packer Polkas abound.  For only this short time, fans get to wear t-shirts to games (not that some don’t despite frigid December temperatures anyway) and they are all faithful and excited about the possibilities that a new season brings.  These games are an opportunity for many fans that don’t have season tickets to witness the glory of Lambeau Field.

Who cares about the preseason?  Packer fans do.  Our only request: please don’t take that away from us.

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2 Responses to “NFL Preseason: Who Cares?”

  1. I hope that the N. F. L. still keeps one preseason game on hand for all teams , but then cut prices way down on tickets , and not make it a mandatory buy for season ticket holders .
    Also how are games to be divvied up as far as Milwaukee ticket holders , or Green Bay ticket holders?
    Cant get enough football , not basketball or golf , baseball at Wrigley is alright , but bring on the gridiron .

  2. […] There is quite a lot of talk about a shortened pre-season. This guy says, “Don’t take that away from us.” […]

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