Blabber Free Football
A campaign to enhance football television broadcasts
Convince the NFL to simulcast Thursday Night Football on NFL RedZone Channel without commentators.
Support the Mission!
Tweet or Facebook NFL Network and tell them you want blabber free football!
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Isn't a football television broadcast better with commentators?
Many people prefer a football broadcast with commentators. It is a great way to learn the rules and strategy of football, as well as the storylines surrounding the game. Fans with vision impairments depend on the commentators to keep them informed of the action.
Why would people want to watch a football broadcast without commentators?
It most closely simulates being at the stadium.
What are the benefits to the NFL for simulcasting the game on NFL RedZone Channel?
- The NFL owns the rights to the game and owns both the NFL Network and NFL RedZone Channel, so they have the power to do this.
- The value and appeal of NFL RedZone Channel will increase. As of now, NFL RedZone Channel is dark six days a week.
- The first "commentary free" broadcast is sure to generate plenty of media attention.
- Many fans will try out the "commentary free" broadcast simply for the novelty of it.
- Fans who are turned off by commentators will find the broadcast appealing, resulting in more people watching NFL product.
- Low or zero cost to the NFL to try this idea.
- By simulating the feeling of being at a game, perhaps more fans will be motivated to attend a game in person.
- Some fans may be suffering from "football blabber fatigue" as the number of football television shows, radio shows, blogs, podcasts, etc, increases.
- The game will still be broadcast with commentators on NFL Network as usual, so this is not being forced on the fans.
Why would the NFL resist doing this?
- While the overall number of Thursday Night Football viewers may increase, the individual rating of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network may decrease.
- Television talent may resist this experiment.
Why don't you just mute your television if you don't like listening to commentators?
We still want to hear the sounds of the game. We want to hear the fans cheering and booing. We want to hear the stadium public address system. We want to hear the hits. We want to hear Peyton Manning yelling, "Omaha" over and over again. We want to feel like we're there.
Wait, wasn't this tried once before?
Yes, in 1980. You can read more about it here. As that article states, feedback from the public favored blabber free football.
Are you sure there is large demand for commentary free football today?
No, not at all. The potential positives seem to outweigh the negatives, so we are asking the NFL to simply try it. If it's a success, the NFL benefits. If nobody watches, at least they tried offering fans something new at little to no cost to them.
What can I do to help the campaign?
Please Facebook or Tweet the NFL, NFL Network, and NFL employees requesting commentary free Thursday Night Football on RedZone Channel. If the NFL sees there is demand for blabber free football, perhaps they will give it to us.
Can I listen to blabber free football today?
We haven't tried these ourselves, but a simple web search returns some results:
How to Watch Sports TV Without Commentary via Lotito Technical Services
New Sony Sound System Blocks Out Announcers For Sporting Events via Awful Announcing
HOWTO: Remove Annoying Announcers From Sports via Consumerist
Why is this website so plain and boring?
A simple website for a simple request.
How do I contact BlabberFreeFootball.com?
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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