When thinking about the evolution of football, the National Football League has grown in popularity due its to fans, and it has gained those fan bases through thorough television coverage. With the addition of NFL Network, fans can score access to all things NFL, 24/7. However, even with a dedicated network, fans are only offered a glimpse into the league, no matter how much information they’re offered from pundits and current pros. If HBO were to secure a contract, and allowed to broadcast some preseason games, even more people would become fans of the NFL. Here are seven reasons why.
7. More Colorful Commentary
Fans love the HBO series Hard Knocks, starring one lucky–or very unlucky–NFL franchise, depending on perspective. The insight into team activities through OTAs, and training camp is fascinating. Now imagine the same documentary style coverage used for NFL Preseason game broadcasts. The play-by-play, and color commentary would take on an added layer of familiarizing fans with players, and their chances of making a squad. This commentary could also be more akin to Jon Gruden’s analytical take on Monday Night Football, but without the network television pretense. If well executed, this type of broadcast would turn NFL football games into more of a cinematic experience. It would be like a three hour story playing out on a per game basis. And imagine some of the best color commentators, and play-by-play peeps (Gus Johnson) saying what they want.