Today is the first time that Eagles fans can call themselves champions.
As a self-proclaimed “football guy” I was glued to the screen the moment the coverage began on Sunday afternoon. I had put in my bets with friends about the spread and of course had my family boxes (squares) that I was hoping to hit. Personally, unless my team is in the Super Bowl, my favorite part is the prop bets. From whether the national anthem is shorter or longer than two minutes, the coin toss, the color of the Gatorade that’s poured on the winning coach, to which player scores the first touchdown, what song Justin Timberlake would open with, and the under/over on how many times President Trump will tweet during the game. Although I lost pretty much every bet (I’m an awful gambler), it made the game that much more exciting. Maria does a really job covering the gambling aspect of the Super Bowl in her blog. Additionally, I will not be disclosing the team I root for, but let’s just say either way this Super Bowl was a lose-lose. All else aside, I’ve been consistently reading about how football is a dying sport. I was curious if this is because of the brutal violent nature, or due to how people watch television now.
Streaming, although relatively new to the world in terms of history, it is now the normal way people watch the content they want to see. It’s here, it’s now, it’s mobile. For example, most people see a preview of a movie and have to wait six months to see it in theaters. Today, a preview for “The Cloverfield Paradox” was aired as a commercial to promote the film and Netflix.
After the Super Bowl ended, it was available to Netflix subscribers immediately on its platform. Ten years ago, people would have laughed in your face if you told them this was possible. Today, this is seen as something that’s cool, but so accessible that it doesn’t carry as much excitement. How does this affect sports?
I was hoping to find more information about the stream of this Super Bowl, but sadly the reports still haven’t come out. However, last year’s Super Bowl had the highest streaming of a sport event with 2.02 million viewers. It’s clearly the future of how sports will be watched. ESPN did a great job with adapting it’s mobile platform as fast as possible in order to watch live games. However with this new way to watch sports, does that threaten the large network stations that famously air these events live? With the changing climate of fans wanting to watch the game in the atmosphere of their own home, the question of when will cable die and streaming take over?
Additionally, Hulu, a streaming platform that most are familiar with, was one of the top streamers of Super Bowl LII. There were many technical difficulties with the platform and blackouts of the content in the final moments of the game. Although there are difficulties coming, I believe that cable cutting is the future of television. Let me know what you think!