With the Super Bowl last night we have now reached the end of the National Football League season. Believe it or not, the NFL has grown even more of the past two years. It shows no real sign of slowing.
I had a mentor who when asked about the ideal time for a Sunday service would always follow with a question: What time does the NFL kick off in your city? That will determine the ideal time.
What he meant was that the prime service always ends before the early game kickoff. And that depends on time zone.
I know that is ridiculous and says something about our culture, but it’s just the way it is.
But there is a strong possibility that there will be no NFL games later this year. A looming owner/players union standoff is in the offing.
What would be the impact on your community and church? And how could you take advantage of the “no football” season to reach former fans?
I have no great ideas.
I know that some communities that are dependent on fan revenue would be hit hard economically. Business Week reports that each NFL city has $160M in jobs and revenue related to games.
Many sports bars and other communal gathering places across the country depend on the games to bring in clients. (And I don’t think soccer and pro bowling will substitute)
But look at it this way, if all of a sudden the passionate fan freed up three to six hours in their weekly schedule, what could be done to fill the time? Who will fill it? How could you make it productive?
Ideas please in the comments. Thanks.
(and that doesn’t even begin to count the hours spent agonizing over their fantasy teams right?)