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Virtual Insanity

by M.G. Siegler

 

Michael Vick to play in trial game for American Flag Football League

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I don't give a shit about Michael Vick. What I do care about is the NFL setting up a flag football league. Darren Rovell:

The test next month also will include significant innovation to the sport. The league's flags, which are patent pending, are attached via magnets instead of the typical Velcro. When a flag is detached, a sensor detects it and an official will be able to see the exact point on the field when the flag came off, thus ceding the guesswork to science.
Not only does Lewis see former NFL players, who did well financially, extending their football careers by trying the flag game, but he also sees college stars who didn't make it to the bigger stage showing their talents on his fields.

Left unsaid: at some point, football as we know it is going to collapse. Probably not due to a lack of popularity, but rather because it will be come to be seen for what it is: a barbaric sport where people may not often die on the field, but often die as a result of what happened on the field. This could be a hedge against such a collapse. Also interesting:

The only fans who can see the game live will be the ones who buy tickets, though the game will be streamed later that day. Perhaps learning from the XFL, Lewis said he prefers having more of a soft launch in front of industry executives so that the kinks can be worked out and that a more polished product can be displayed when it is ready.

I also believe attendance at football games will (and already is) become a problem, because it's so much better to watch on TV. This would be one way to mitigate that issue. What if the only way to see all the action live is to go? You could see follow along via social media and what not, so the buzz wouldn't stop. But to see it live, you had to be there, live. 

Of course, this doesn't work for the Olympics, at all. 

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