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The NFL is arguably the most popular sports league in the United States of America. Roger Goodell turned the league into the nation’s defining sport, a multi-billion dollar business and the modern national pastime.

But all good things must end. Is The NFL Really Too Big To Fail?

For now, the National Football League is doing pretty well. The league bring in annual sales of $ 9.5 billion. To put that number into perspective, Major League Baseball, the second-most profitable league in the United States, had annual sales of $ 7 billion in 2012 and the NFL more than doubled the National Basketball Association and its turnover of “only” $ 4 billion. (h / t CNN Money).

These numbers make the NFL not only the most lucrative league in America, but also the world.

One of the main reasons for high income is TV exposure and deals. More and more people are watching sport on their TV and the sport tends to be soccer. The nfl To deal with Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN and will earn $ 5 billion per year thanks to these contracts for the 2014-2022 seasons. This completely eclipses the annual TV revenues of other leagues. MLB wins $ 1.5 billion and the NBA To $ 930 million in television revenue.

To approach television from another angle, know that since September 1, 2010, NFL games have counted for an incredible 55 percent of all TV shows average 20 million viewers, 70 percent of all TV shows average 30 million viewers and 92 percent of all TV shows average 40 million viewers .

But people don’t just watch the NFL at home. Fans flock in their thousands to watch the matches on the grill in state-of-the-art stadiums. In 2012, the league had an average attendance of 67,604 fans per game, up 2,561 of 2009. This proves that the NFL is growing and not just resting on previous laurels, although attendance has yet to peak in 2007. Now is the part where I tell you how the baby. de Goodell is absolutely destroying the other leagues. The average attendance at NFL games is double that of MLB (30,895 people in 2012) and almost quadruple the NBA (17,274 in 2012, down 246 of 2009).

If you haven’t figured all of that out, I’ve compiled the information into a handy chart below showing the dominance of the NFL.


Total annual income (billions)

Annual television revenue

Average attendance (2012)


$ 9.5

$ 5 billion



$ 7

$ 1.5 billion



$ 4

$ 930 million


To add insult to injury, NFL teams occupied 60% of recently released Forbes listing: The 50 most important sports teams in the world. Thirty of the world’s 50 most valuable teams play in the NFL. The league’s dominance is impressive, unparalleled and historic.

Still, there are rumors of a possible disappearance.

Some have pointed to the recent round of arrests, saying the league will falter due to a serious image problem and a brand identity crisis. Twenty-seven players have been arrested since Super Bowl XLVII. Speaking of Super Bowls, Super Bowl XLV in 2010 was the most watched program in American television history, by Hollywood journalist. I’m not saying arrests aren’t a problem, they are, but when the preseason resumes, fans are going to consume the NFL at an all-time high. It’s offseason stories like the Aaron Hernandez affair that get a lot of media coverage by sports media that usually talk about football. The NFL is still the biggest sports brand in America and very few people are turning away because of the arrests. It’s a scandal Goodell must get over, but not one that will severely cripple the league.

Others will say that the concussion lawsuits filed by more than 3,000 former NFL players will end the NFL. THElawyers will work as hard as they can to collect every penny from a league whose only problem right now is excess pennies. However, the league will have its best lawyers to respond and the result will be a long trial.

Could costumes cripple the NFL?

If everything is working perfectly, then yes.

But could this lawsuit completely destroy a product at the height of its popularity?

History would say no.

The concussion case can seriously change football, the way the public perceives the sport and the way it is ultimately played. However, do not confuse change with disappearance.

The NFL has gone from leather helmets to advanced protection, from running the ball to the forward pass, from City Stadium to Lambeau Field. The NFL rulebook is thicker than Roger Goodell’s skull because the league is constantly growing and changing.

This case could drastically change football and the product the NFL sells.

Nonetheless, the league will continue to sell products and fans will continue to buy them.

Other sports have gone up and down, of course. But none have been as big or as dominant as football. If this case cripples NFL revenue, it will still be one of the most profitable leagues in the country.

Fans will still watch “Monday Night Football”, albeit with different safety rules.

The Super Bowl will always be as close to a national holiday as possible.

The NFL will always be on top.

The league will quickly make up for lost revenue with a clever marketing package that fans will gobble up like turkeys before Thanksgiving, a real holiday that the NFL rules.

Because, even if this affair reaches its best scenario, America cannot imagine itself without football. And football will not go to London and Europe because football cannot be imagined without America.

Everything changes. The league has changed dramatically over the past few years, as have the MLB and the NBA. You have changed. I changed. This does not mean that we have been devastated or made worse.

The NFL may be on the cusp of a huge change, but it’s not about to go away drastically. Even if the safety rules start to appear like a blow from JJ Watt and the league is losing money like the Detroit Lions lost games in 2008, Peyton Manning will still be throwing touchdowns. Sundays will be governed by the NFL. Fans won’t give up on the product because as good as the MLB, NBA, and NHL are, they just aren’t football. Soccer is not as exciting an option for a Texas high school star as soccer is. Goals are not touchdowns.

This country will not suddenly become a nation of basketball fans or baseball enthusiasts.

Honestly, right now the NFL isn’t even in the same league as the MLB, NBA, or NHL. They are, by each definition and statistic, in a league of their own.

It will take a lot of prayers from Adam Silver and Bud Selig for the NFL to fail completely.

A lot.

This case might rock the NFL or miss a step, but it won’t plunge America into a weird semi-apoclypse where we watch curling on Sundays and cricket on Mondays in a world where there is no football. .

Nothing can and will replace the NFL for the foreseeable future.

The product that the league sells is bought in bulk like toilet paper at Costco.

That’s just all that matters.

A hundred years from now we may be looking at elephant polo religiously. In a hundred years, America may no longer exist. Everything can happen.

But using the information given to us in 2013 and some logical reasoning, it’s safe to say that the NFL is too big to fail. It will take a lot longer than this case to make it collapse.

The league is as popular as ever. Commissioner Goodell can rest easy tonight (and every other night) because he’s in charge of a sport and a business that has defined America and who Americans are.

In addition to loving football, Americans can adapt to change as well. If the league changes, the fans will change with it.

Football and the NFL won’t fail for the foreseeable future.


Simple. For 9.5 billion reasons.