Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/29/12

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the ailing economy (some call it a recession) I call it a depression, has helped build television audiences for NFL games. Speaking on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” to be aired tonight at 7 ET, Goodell says the record near 60 million people watching last Sunday’s conference championships show that.

Now imagine those numbers if Tim Tebow had been present. Certainly the lockout has affected the game at the gate, but on tv. Yes, the economy is the driving factor, but people vote with their feet, and the cheaper option of watching it on tv seems like the better option for most right now.

From CBS Cleveland:

“Our biggest challenge going forward is how do we get people to come to our stadiums because the experience is so great at home,” he says. “When you turn on (a football game), you want to see a full stadium.”

Goodell was given a five-year contract extension this week, through March 2019.

The NFL recently signed nine-year extensions with its broadcast partners and could bring in as much as $3 billion in broadcast revenues by 2022. The league’s overall revenues for this year are projected to exceed $10 billion.

You see those huge numbers, and you see why the game is built around the tube, and it’s advertising dollars. And the live product suffers because of that. Watching a NFL game in person is like watching a Notre Dame game at the stadium- lots of commercial breaks that hurts the flow of the game. The venue experience can be lacking.

At least for me in my hometown because I’ve just had too many unfortunate experiences with drunk, retarded disgusting subcreature Chicago Bears fans beating on each other and trying to instigate me.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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