Parity problem: Why NFL and its average teams take toll on fans

12/18/15 by Rennie Detore



The biggest selling point with the NFL and the subsequent salary cap that keeps hiring and firing, signing and selling, keeping and parting ways with players interesting is that every team has a chance, and that parity is what makes the league so excited.
While you can't argue that on any given Sunday, well, you know the rest, but is parity really the perfect scenario the NFL wants you to believe it to be?
Take the 2015 season, for instance.

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The NFL has a slew of average teams. Actually, they're quite bad. Two divisions: the NFC East and the AFC South might send a division winner to the playoffs with a losing record. Wrapping your brain around that as an NFL fan is difficult considering that the postseason is supposed to be reserved for a team that is elite.
What we have now though most of the league is listless.
You have teams at the moment with losing records that are not only vying for a division, but a whole host of mediocre teams at or just below the .500 mark that are trying to secure a Wild Card spot in the post season.
The result are games that are played weekly that simply have no drive or interest among fans. A slew of friends getting together to watch Direct TV Sunday Ticket (which gives you access to every game, every week) is more about the conversation than the games on television. Unless you're a fantasy football guru that wants to watch random, ridiculously boring games on a weekly basis to keep track of your fantasy team, you have no reason to care about the NFL in 2015.
Sure, you have a few standpoint teams, but most of it is devoid of excitement and a slew of games that do little to engage the fan base. The NFL Sunday Ticket point is a valid one since you can watch all the games, but it's almost the "500 channels and nothing is one" mantra that plagued satellite television in its infancy stages. You have a full schedule of games during the week, but is anyone getting excited to watch the Giants, Redskins, Eagle or Cowboys fight for a division when everyone is under .500 and the Cowboys are 4 and 9, yet still can make a division title run? 
Didn't think so.
This isn't to suggest the NFL product is poor or in danger of not being cared for but the masses, but if you are trying to argue that the games on television are well played or interesting for any other reason than its' the NFL and its on television, then you've fumbled that argument and aren't anywhere near recovering that point of view.

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