The Jaguars are currently toying with a very intriguing idea for their in-stadium experience—playing the NFL Redzone channel on their new video board (slated to be built by the 2014 season).
This idea can and will be viewed either of two ways: (1) the Jags are dilluting the product on the field by taking interest away from the live action and redirecting it to another (perhaps more pertinent?) game somewhere else in the country, or (2) the Jags are embracing the non-stop, all-encompassing experience that is the NFL in the modern age and in doing so are massively upgrading the fan’s experience at the game.
Good arguments can be made for either side. Many of us shy away from attending afternoon games because in this day and age, watching the days NFL action either at home or at a bar is simply more enjoyable than being in the stadium confined to one game. We get to watch multiple games and follow our fantasy players, all in crisp HD that rivals the best seat in any stadium.
However, there will always be something special about being there in person, having your attention focused on the one game being played right in front of you—the classic quality over quantity argument. Plus, if you’re at a Jaguars game, or any other team’s home game for that matter, chances are you care a lot about that team. Would you really want to be distracted by the Bengals moving within the 20 yard line when you’d otherwise be focused on some of the more diehard points of interest for your own team, like watching Luke Joekel perform a perfect trap block?
After all, it is Sunday, a day meant for relaxation and reflection, not frantic multitasking. Which side of the argument do you fall on: would you want NFL Redzone playing in your favorite teams stadium?