Sports fans are unhappy. The NBA may enter into a lockout after LeBron James wins the title (you know it's going to happen, people), the NFL is in the middle of their longest work stoppage ever, there are lawsuits levied against NASCAR about racial and sexual discrimination, boxing has sucked for like 20 years (no link for that one... it's just true) and baseball managers are getting sued for using baseball bats to make crude gestures in front of little girls at the ball parks.
OH THE HUMANITY!
After all, in today's economy, why wouldn't Joe Sixpack be mad at the extremely rich athlete for complaining about the millions of dollars that he's making to... get this.... play a game.
Wouldn't it be nice if we, as sports fans, formed some sort of union? I mean, there's more of us fans than there are athletes. If all the athletes in the world met all the fans in the world on the field of honor, it truly would be a one-sided slaughter. The heavy-set wing-eating armchair quarterbacks would win the day, beating out the athletically gifted freaks of nature because there's just more of us.
Of course I'm not suggesting we form an angry mob in the street and storm the stadiums with our pitchforks and torches... that would just be aweso.... I mean creazy
What I am suggesting, though, is that some group of fans organize and take it to the professional sports leagues in a legal way -- writing angry letters to people with power.
Well that's just what SportsFans.org is doing.
SportsFans.org is a nonprofit organization created in 2009, and has been fighting, since day one, to give sports fans (THAT'S US!) a voice in controversial issues like the NFL blackout policy, high ticket prices, stadium construction and creating a college football playoff system.
Back in January, they launched a campaign called "Save Next Season," a petition, which has been signed by thousands, calling for the NFL and NFLPA to come to an agreement so football can be played in 2011.
As of right now, though, SportsFans.org is working over the Federal Communications Commission (the same people who won't let us see boobs on TV unless we pay extra for it.... so jerks) in an attempt to make fans happier when it comes to watching sports on TV.
The entire proposed amendment of the FCC's rules related to retransmission consent can be seen here, but here are the meat and potatoes.
They pointed to several disputes, including one between FOX and Cablevision that caused millions of baseball fans in New York City to miss the first two games of the 2010 MLB World Series.
But perhaps most importantly, at least to us, since this is a website all about an NFL team that likely won't sell out many home games this year, SportsFans.org attacked the NFL's blackout policy.
It's likely that this filing with the FCC will do nothing for football fans. However, it could be a building block for another organization and then another. Who knows, this could be looked back as one of the most important events in sports broadcasting history.
Only time will tell.