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Sunday, 16 December 2018

The NFL's winning formula for fan fervour


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Americans are obsessed by it, the Poms are pushing to get their own team - and it seems like NRL and AFL players are queuing up for a chance to break into a practice squad.

With Aussie Michael Dickson’s punting exploits making headlines for the Seattle Seahawks and giant ex-South Sydney Rabbitoh Jordan Mailata currently biding his time on the Philadelphia Eagles bench, there’s never been a better time for Australians to get into the NFL.

Only 13 Aussies have ever played a game on the gridiron, but that number could increase.

But what is the fuss about?

Americans simply love the NFL.

The most watched broadcast in American television history was the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, when 114.4 million people tuned in, generating 170.7 million social media interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In fact, over 100 million Americans have tuned in to watch each of the last nine Super Bowls.

Those nine Super Bowls dominate the list of the top ten highest rating shows on American television of all time. The only show to break the NFL’s dominance was the M*A*S*H finale, which is ranked ninth.

But it’s not just the Super Bowl that gets Americans rushing to get in front of a screen.

Last year, seven of the top ten shows on American television were NFL games.

With such a massive audience, TV networks can charge an absolute motza for advertising during the games, especially the Super Bowl, during which 30 seconds of TV time would set you back an eye-watering $US5 million.

Although the sport is perfectly designed for television, the NFL still pulls in massive crowds through the turnstiles.

The average attendance of matches in the NFL is 67,405, more than 20,000 more than the next highest sports league (German football’s Bundesliga).

The supporters are pretty fanatical too.

The relatively tiny Wisconsin city of Green Bay has a population of just 104,057, yet the city’s stadium, Lambeau Field, holds 81,441 people, or about 78 per cent of the population.

Oh, and they’ve sold out every home game since 1960.

The fans get pretty rowdy too.

The Seattle Seahawks fans once caused a minor earthquake celebrating a touchdown, meanwhile the Kansas City Chiefs fans recorded 142.2 decibels of noise at one of their home games, the equivalent of standing on an aircraft carrier deck when a plane is taking off.

So why do so many people swarm to matches?

The NFL blends extraordinary athleticism with gladiatorial displays of strength, topped off with more American-style razzmatazz than you can shake a stick at.

The players regularly perform feats of athleticism that leave people spellbound, such as the New York Giants’ Odel Beckham Junior’s uncanny ability to make gravity defying catches with one hand.

Similarly, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers flings passes into inch-wide spaces seemingly with his eyes shut, going some way to justifying his league-high $33.5 million-a-year salary.

The game is played at a breakneck pace, with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette topping out at 35.48 kph in a match against the Pittsburg Steelers - the fastest in game-play so far this season according to data provided by Sportradar.

For reference, Usain Bolt hit a top speed of 44.7kph when he broke the 100m world record, but then again, he wasn’t wearing pads…

Then you have the big men - the offensive and defensive linemen that line up at the coalface.

The heaviest player currently playing is New England Patriot Trent Brown, who weighs in at a ridiculous 172.3kg - but he pails in comparison to Aaron Gibson of the Chicago Bears, who weighed a ridiculous 186kg during his playing days.

That blend of awe-inspiring skill and brute force makes for a compelling spectacle.

Perhaps it’s time to get behind the Aussies and pay the NFL some attention after all.

Foxtel and ESPN are bringing you more US sport than anywhere else! Enjoy NBA, NFL, NCAA Football and Basketball, Major League Baseball as well as three exclusive channels thanks to the WatchESPN app - SEC, ESPNU and ESPNews. Find out more 

Americans are obsessed by it, the Poms are pushing to get their own team - and it seems like NRL and AFL players are queuing up for a chance to break into a practice squad.

With Aussie Michael Dickson’s punting exploits making headlines for the Seattle Seahawks and giant ex-South Sydney Rabbitoh Jordan Mailata currently biding his time on the Philadelphia Eagles bench, there’s never been a better time for Australians to get into the NFL.

Only 13 Aussies have ever played a game on the gridiron, but that number could increase.

But what is the fuss about?

Americans simply love the NFL.

The most watched broadcast in American television history was the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, when 114.4 million people tuned in, generating 170.7 million social media interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In fact, over 100 million Americans have tuned in to watch each of the last nine Super Bowls.

Those nine Super Bowls dominate the list of the top ten highest rating shows on American television of all time. The only show to break the NFL’s dominance was the M*A*S*H finale, which is ranked ninth.

But it’s not just the Super Bowl that gets Americans rushing to get in front of a screen.

Last year, seven of the top ten shows on American television were NFL games.

With such a massive audience, TV networks can charge an absolute motza for advertising during the games, especially the Super Bowl, during which 30 seconds of TV time would set you back an eye-watering $US5 million.

Although the sport is perfectly designed for television, the NFL still pulls in massive crowds through the turnstiles.

The average attendance of matches in the NFL is 67,405, more than 20,000 more than the next highest sports league (German football’s Bundesliga).

The supporters are pretty fanatical too.

The relatively tiny Wisconsin city of Green Bay has a population of just 104,057, yet the city’s stadium, Lambeau Field, holds 81,441 people, or about 78 per cent of the population.

Oh, and they’ve sold out every home game since 1960.

The fans get pretty rowdy too.

The Seattle Seahawks fans once caused a minor earthquake celebrating a touchdown, meanwhile the Kansas City Chiefs fans recorded 142.2 decibels of noise at one of their home games, the equivalent of standing on an aircraft carrier deck when a plane is taking off.

So why do so many people swarm to matches?

The NFL blends extraordinary athleticism with gladiatorial displays of strength, topped off with more American-style razzmatazz than you can shake a stick at.

The players regularly perform feats of athleticism that leave people spellbound, such as the New York Giants’ Odel Beckham Junior’s uncanny ability to make gravity defying catches with one hand.

Similarly, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers flings passes into inch-wide spaces seemingly with his eyes shut, going some way to justifying his league-high $33.5 million-a-year salary.

The game is played at a breakneck pace, with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette topping out at 35.48 kph in a match against the Pittsburg Steelers - the fastest in game-play so far this season according to data provided by Sportradar.

For reference, Usain Bolt hit a top speed of 44.7kph when he broke the 100m world record, but then again, he wasn’t wearing pads…

Then you have the big men - the offensive and defensive linemen that line up at the coalface.

The heaviest player currently playing is New England Patriot Trent Brown, who weighs in at a ridiculous 172.3kg - but he pails in comparison to Aaron Gibson of the Chicago Bears, who weighed a ridiculous 186kg during his playing days.

That blend of awe-inspiring skill and brute force makes for a compelling spectacle.

Perhaps it’s time to get behind the Aussies and pay the NFL some attention after all.

Foxtel and ESPN are bringing you more US sport than anywhere else! Enjoy NBA, NFL, NCAA Football and Basketball, Major League Baseball as well as three exclusive channels thanks to the WatchESPN app - SEC, ESPNU and ESPNews. Find out more 

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