As an out of market fan, I am not always so fortunate to get to see my team on television. Yes DirecTv has all the games, but I am a cable customer who still gets triple play service from my provider. I live in the NY metro area so I certainly get all the NY Giants and NY Jets games, but I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan who, if lucky, might get four or five games aired locally. Unfortunately, this Sunday's game against Jacksonville is not one of them.
Yes, I could go to my local bar and shell out some bucks for a few beers and wings although my waistline might not approve. But I would also be willing to buy the game from my local cable provider on a PPV basis. And I wonder, how many other NFL fans might also be willing to pay, say 10 or 15 dollars to get their game as well. Given the mobility of this country, I would not be surprised to know that there are quite a few out-of-market fans who would pay for the same content.
As for this weekend, I might just have to suck it in and head out for a few hours to the local pub to enjoy the season opener. Heck, there are worse things to worry about. But maybe next season, things will be different.