Evidently, all the precincts have reported in and we now know how much money FOX pulled in regarding advertising on Super Bowl Sunday. Let us agree that it was more than a tidy sum as we look at some of the numbers:
- For the entire day – pre-game, in-game and post-game – FOX revenue exceeded $435M.
- There were 62 different sponsors and 89 different ads aired.
- The overtime in the game allowed 4 additional ad slots to happen and that goosed the revenue total a bit.
- Revenue from the in-game ads was $350M; revenue from the pre-game was $73M and revenue from the post-game was $14.6M.
- The sponsor spending the most money during the game was T-Mobile at $30M with Alfa-Romeo spending the next most money at $20M.
- For the pre-game, the biggest spenders were sponsors more traditionally associated with football telecasts. Ford, Coca Cola, Lifelock, AFLAC and McDonalds were the big spenders there.
I mentioned in my commentary about the Super Bowl game that I thought the Falcons’ play calling in the second half – – and particularly in the final 5 minutes of the game – was tactically flawed. That position has been taken by many others and there has been some direct criticism of Kyle Shanahan as he moves to take over the head coaching duties in SF. Some have suggested that his poor tactical decision making against the Pats should be worrisome for Niners’ fans and the Niners’ brass. I disagree for one fundamental reason:
- For at least the next year – and probably for the next 3 years – Kyle Shanahan is not going to be faced with the challenge of holding onto a 25-point lead over a highly competent opponent. By the time he has to deal with such an issue, he should have learned a lot about game management and play calling. Niners’ fans and the Niners’ brass have far more imminent and for more important issues to worry about.
The NFL is now officially into its off-season but it will stay in the sports news spotlight with things like the Combine and the Draft and a bunch of concocted storylines related to player moves. Here are two storylines that are sure to be overdone:
- Whither Tony Romo? I suspect this storyline will be bludgeoned to death over the next couple of months.
- What price will the Pats demand for Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade? This story has already started to be bludgeoned to death and I think the narrative developed to date misses the critical element of the story. I think the critical element here is Bill Belichick’s level of comfort with Jacoby Brissett as Tom Brady’s backup QB next year and as Tom Brady’s heir-apparent in the long term. If Belichick is not convinced that Brissett is suitable, then Garoppolo may not be going anywhere for any price. If my hypothesis here is correct, then the answer to the question requires delving into the mind of Coach Belichick and I must say that I will be VERY skeptical of anyone who asserts that they have the ability to do that.
There are three storylines for this NFL offseason that I will be interested in following because I think there are multiple end-states that are possible and/or because they have not yet received a surfeit of attention:
- Whither the Oakland Raiders? The reason this is interesting is because there are so many moving parts to the puzzle. I think that those who have declared the “Las Vegas option” dead in the aftermath of Sheldon Adelson’s withdrawal and Goldman Sachs withdrawal have missed one important point. The State of Nevada has put $750M of taxpayer money on the table to build a football stadium for an NFL team. It is not like the NFL to abandon that sort of largesse. I get a hint that there is another dimension here that has not yet gotten a lot of attention. I get the idea that there are more than a couple of owners who would like to see the Raiders in the hands of “someone not named Davis”. I wonder if there will be decisions made here with the intent of “putting the squeeze” on Mark Davis.
- Whither Adrian Peterson? If he stays with the Vikes, his contract says they owe him $18M to play next year. Over the last 3 seasons, Peterson has missed 28 of the 48 scheduled games; he will be a 32-year old RB at the start of next season who has carried the ball 2418 times in his career. That is not exactly the sort of thing a team would want to see associated with an $18M annual salary. Will there be a renegotiation of the contract in Minnesota or will he be released?
- Whither Jay Cutler? It surely seems as if his time in Chicago is over – but what if the Bears cannot land themselves a real NFL QB? In addition to Cutler, the Bears have 4 QBs on the roster – Matt Barkley, David Fales, Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Is there a “real NFL QB” on that list? We shall see …
Finally, here is an observation from Brad Dickson in the Omaha World-Herald:
“A Buffalo Bills linebacker reportedly had his paychecks garnished because he owed $4,045 to The Fish Guy for moving his aquarium. Well, those courses teaching pro athletes how to manage their money are certainly paying off.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports ………