Monday, February 8, 2016
Or if I was an advertiser, the 'Big Game'.. wink wink..
I enjoyed it especially because I got to see the entire game; every single ball snap in 50 minutes rather than 3hrs, 30 min, and I was spared the pre-game, the National Anthem, the Halftime music acts and most importantly, the commercials..
Now this privilege was not free
I also had two choices.. I could watch interested games with full presentation meaning all the chitter-chatter, jibber jabber between plays and network TV promos, etc making it a 2hr game without ads, or a condensed version of plays only meaning each game could be watched in 35-50 minutes..
The only real caveat is no game this season including the Super Bowl, could I see live.. I had to wait until the broadcast was over which simply meant brief sports-news blackout..
In a word.. Absolutely!
If a football nut sits around the house on a Sunday afternoon and watches the 1p, 4:30p and 8p contests, he or she will have lost about 11 hours of their life just sitting in the lay-z-boy or ole' couch and accomplishing nothing..
A person who had Game Pass could have done a million things with their day, and as long as making sure he/she was not in ear shot of someone talking scores or passing by a TV, all the games would have been a surprise and 3 games could reasonably be watched in a total of 2 hrs.
They're so expensive from the seat and surcharges to concessions and then there's the added charge of parking.. Ugh..
I was considering joining MLS Live which is the Major League Soccer version of Game Pass for $64 and at first that seemed rather pricey but then I did a little investigating..
To attend one home game to watch my local MLS team (assuming that sport holds any interest to you), the least expensive seat is $27 then add a sickening $20 to park.
So its $68 for one person to go to one game vs $64 to watch all 26 games (home and away) plus all the other teams at any time I wish and free of commercials..
In another month, MLB will sell its annual TV package for $129.. You can see any game you want live or commercial-free though home team telecasts aren't available until 90min after that game is concluded..
This is really the only way I can stomach watching and following sports anymore.. To have the luxury to watch what I want when I want and fast-forward through or move on to other games when I want..
People do not want to watch sports with all the commercial ad clutter anymore, even the Super Duper Bowl and are willing to pay even more to watch the events live...
How much would you be willing to pay to see a commercial-less Super Bowl live?
Posted by Susquehanna at Monday, February 08, 2016