Saturday, February 02, 2008

Superbowl

As I saw shots of the stadium, I was reminded of a pet peeve of mine.

The NFL is a moneymaker (a gasp comes from the crowd).

And yet they have the moderately lame-o NFL experience, for which they charge about $20 per person, plus parking. And most of the people who work there are volunteers, getting free entrance and pizza in return.

And, they turn around and recruit volunteers to work the pregame and halftime shows, having them haul in the sets and dance around the stage. These people get to see the "concert" for free, and otherwise are kept in a holding area outside the stadium.

They also get volunteers to do the work of putting in seat cushions, giveaways, etc for the paying customers. In return, they get a seat cushion and a giveaway.

Now, I know the Superbowl is an expensive proposition. The NFL has to pay for materials, labor to build some of the more elaborate piece, security, and so forth.

But...I have to believe that they more than make up for it by ticket sales, TV revenue, and even parking.

So, I find it absurd that they get all of these free volunteers, and the way its managed is odd. To be sure they're committed, they require that these people volunteer for many hours of work, often 40 or more hours are expected.

Anyway, my two cents. I guess I've become crotchety and cynical - at least in part because the Patriots have spoiled the game (you knew I had to get that dig in there, didn't you?)

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