Dear Roger Goodell,
Greetings from a fellow Western New Yorker and congratulations on the continued success of the National Football League.
I had a thought this morning as I pulled on my still-wet jeans for work (I didn’t know they were still wet, Mr. Goodell), the jeans that represented “Layer Two” in the complicated system I have for staying warm in December at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Despite this unfortunate moment for my still-sleep-stunned lower half, that thought was, “Man, Sunday was fun.” Yes, slowly absorbing sheet after sheet of cold rain while standing around in 30-degree weather made me want to do it again only colder in two weeks… against the Patriots.
This is the thing, Commish: I’d love to drop some dollars on the Bills’ home finale, but there are a few problems. Well, they aren’t problems, they are priorities. See, I’m a family guy with a great wife, a handsome newborn and a limited budget. Additionally, Dec. 26 is a pretty massive day for families. Lots of folks have big day after Christmas plans, and lots of folks want to watch their favorite football team.
Here’s where you come in: Please universally lift the local blackouts for Christmas weekend.
There’s no question your league is popular. This couldn’t be perceived as a sign of weakness. The only sign of weakness is this silly notion between your players and owners regarding whether or not they should play football for a ton of money next year.
I went online at NFL.com and tried to buy 10 tickets together for the Dec. 26 game. I found them for almost every game, averaging about $150.00 a ticket. I bet there are a lot of fans sitting on the fence, hoping others buy the tickets so they don’t have to dish out the dough for duckets.
So if it really has anything to do with the fans, give us a break. Supporting a beloved football team shouldn’t be work for fans. We know you get this idea. Why else would you be cool enough to essentially admit that every fan hates paying for preseason football?
So tell the fans from Denver to Foxboro that you’re about them. Other sides might be out for only the bottom line, but you’re only 99.999999 percent out for the bottom line (after all, this is America and you’re a businessman).
After all, I’m asking to give you and your television advertisers three hours of my time to watch the New England Patriots likely batter my Buffalo Bills.
P.S. I have a radio show on nights from 7-10 p.m. EST if you want to announce the blackout lifting one of these nights. It would really be cool for my station, WECK 1230 AM.