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NPF's Future Looks Difficult—And That Is Not Surprising


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https://www.forbes.c...g/#11bee5fc3410

 

Basically this article tries to compare the beginnings of the National League back in the 1870's with teams coming and going and changing names, to what we're seeing in the NPF now.


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I can't say I completely agree with this logic.

 

In 1870 the only mass media available was newspaper. There was no radio, TV, internet, Twitter, Facebook, streaming video etc etc. By the mid 1920's there was radio but it was extremely localized. Given that the mass reach of any sports-related event is commonplace now and that was not the case back in the day.  Many of us follow things on YouTube that are happening half a world away. By way of example the Volvo Ocean Race is underway and followed by millions (current leg is Hong Kong to Auckland).  There are live feeds from the boats in the middle of the ocean every day with studio interviews from the headquarters in Spain.  Give this the, following of sports-related events, leagues, teams is virtually 24/7/365.

 

To draw a conclusion that the issue with the league is a lack of longevity is extremely short sighted. It ignores the structure, business model, leadership, sponsorship, costs etc etc. Those issues are at the root of the league's problems. The reason there are not butts in seats can be traced more to the noted above than to some parallel with events of the late 1800's and early 20th century.

 

One wonders why the author did not seek out someone to talk of the Charge's issues, management of the Dawgs and why they left, Joey of the now defunct Racers, the franchisee that slammed on the brakes a year ago, players themselves...etc etc.  What is needed is a more in-depth piece, that gets to the root of the problem(s).

 

More and more that problem seems to be the league's management and franchise structure, not anything that happened in the 1870's.



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The NPF has had weak leadership for years. It's downfall was sure to happen because the league's business model is a dumpster fire.



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Agreed.



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It's amazing it has endured as long as it has.  Cheri Kempf has been expressing concern to me for years over the future of the league, going back to the 2007  NPF Championship Series: "How do we get people to notice us?" "How do we get more fans in the seats?" "How do we look more professional?"  "How do we compete with the Olympics?" These are very difficult questions to answer.



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It's amazing it has endured as long as it has.  Cheri Kempf has been expressing concern to me for years over the future of the league, going back to the 2007  NPF Championship Series: "How do we get people to notice us?" "How do we get more fans in the seats?" "How do we look more professional?"  "How do we compete with the Olympics?" These are very difficult questions to answer.

I would suggest that the answers to those four questions are somewhat incumbent of the position of commissioner. As she would appear to be at sea as to how to accomplish those very important objectives then it begs the question; Why are you still in this position?






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