NFL tries to work its marketing magic with the draft

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Pro Football Talk, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. Pro Football Talk

    Pro Football Talk Titans News


    Maybe the NFL really is going to turn this car around, Mister.

    Even if, as it now appears, the NFL has decided to abandon Radio City Music Hall and New York City for the 2015 draft, it’s impossible to rule out a change of heart if the powers-that-be at Radio City or another venue in Manhattan decide to give the NFL what it wants financially for the privilege of hosting a sporting event that involves not a single element of actual sport.

    It seemed obvious when the NFL announced on Thursday, first through its in-house media machine and then through a P.R. rep, that Radio City has lost the gig, and that the league is “focusing” on New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. When NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy added that other cities are in the mix, the message was as clear as it can be.

    If you pay us, it will come.

    Or, for some cities that truly aren’t viable options, if you offer to pay us, we’ll use that to leverage more out of one of the cities where we would actually stage the draft.

    These “leaks” and announcements are coming at a time when a committee has convened to determine the future of the draft. Formed just a few weeks ago, the committee doesn’t seem to be identifying options as much as it is trying to generate interest by creating a Super Bowl-style auction for the right to grossly overpay for something that someone else wants.

    It’s an appeal to one of the most basic human emotions. We want what we can’t have, and we want it even more when we think someone else is going to get it. After decades of opting for the convenience and simplicity of holding the draft a few blocks from the league office, the NFL has decided to apply the same mindset that has helped the owners capitalize in many other settings to the most significant product of the sport that involves not a single element of sport.

    Actually, the sport in this context comes from what the NFL is doing, pitting city against city for the right to buy a monorail before the monorail gets sold to another city that will be the city to get the attention and fame and prestige that comes from having a bunch of young men in expensive suits hug a man sliding into the mossy pond between being old enough to be their father and old enough to be their grandfather.

    After Friday’s “news,” the league has leaked to ESPN that the candidates include Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Boston — and that the league wants proposals by the middle of the month.

    In other words, act now or lose the opportunity to cut a money-losing deal that will bring to town a piece of the biggest sport in the country, even if the event involves not a single element of sport.

  2. The Hammer

    The Hammer Problematic AF

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  3. Scarecrow

    Scarecrow CEO of PPO Tip Jar Donor

    who ****ing cares
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  4. Thaddeus43

    Thaddeus43 Pro Bowler

    I hope they move to a different city ... That way more fans have a chance to boo Goodell to his face
  5. Ten_Titans

    Ten_Titans Pro Bowler

    PFT is the new Jimmy.
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  6. Fry

    Fry Welcome to the land of tomorrow!

    Move it back to April and I couldn't give two ***** about where it's physically held. Could be at butt **** Idaho for all I care.
  7. Finnegan2win

    Finnegan2win hopesfall2win

    it's a robot

  8. Ten_Titans

    Ten_Titans Pro Bowler

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  9. JimmyTitan

    JimmyTitan Starter

    Who seriously cares about "where" the NFL draft will be held in the future, Mr. how you go on and on trying to use such half-ass journalistic efforts in posting a thread while using such big words like, "context" and "appealing to basic human emotions."

    Well if PFT is the new Jimmy you nerdy little finger pecking blogger, here's an appeal to one of MY basic human emotions.....

    I'm still waiting for you to tell me and possibly a few others on this board a little more than I think to know about the Tennessee Titans and how this very extensive topic you have chosen to clog up the "topic board" here on this site today is going help this football franchise improve going into 2014 season....???

    I'm still waiting, holding my breath, with your extensive knowledge regarding your very deep and powerful insight on this football franchise, how this Titans team should be run to get back to a Superbowl with all your General Manager experience.....

    Captain Obvious!
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  10. Chance9

    Chance9 Starter

    Nashville was mentioned on Espn radio this afternoon as one of the candidates to host next years draft.. This would be interesting and I would definitely be there if that was the case
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