A glimpse inside the locker room

Posted by Darren Urban on April 8, 2013 – 3:37 pm

The NFL is looking for ways to improve the in-stadium experience, a must in a day and age when sitting at home and watching on TV has become pretty enjoyable in its own right. One thing coming in 2013: Cameras in the locker room (of the home team), with insider scenes that will only be shown to fans in the stands at the game. It’s given some players pause, but it was an important step for the league as they try and use what is available to them to improve watching a game live.

Some teams and owners had some concerns. But, NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman told Sports Business Daily, the NFL is moving forward, not just with the locker room shots but also with an increased number of in-stadium replays. That is supposed to include key plays that may not look favorable to the home team.

“We’re going to mandate a number of things,” Grubman said. “We’re going to mandate cameras. We’re going to mandate replays, not just after a disputed call but after a whole series of important plays – fumbles, out of bounds. Now it doesn’t matter if you want your technician to favor the home team. You’re not going to have a choice. Why? Just listen to the fans.”


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17 Responses to “A glimpse inside the locker room”

  1. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    For worse. I’ve always said, if you want to know what goes on in the locker room, get off your couch, join a team and find out. Otherwise, accept the fact that you have no business there. Ideas like these make me long for the days when the corporate world stuck to what they knew, and left the sports world to itself.

  2. By aaron on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    Replays are good. I’ve never understood why they never show replays in the stadium. Now if UofP stadium could just get a screen bif enough to view said replays…

  3. By T. Stone on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    You’re not going to have a choice. Why? Just listen to the fans.”

    Man that is rich!!!! 😀

  4. By david on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    How about lowering the price of season/single game tickets. Or the $11beer and $10 nachos.

  5. By Leeskicitizen on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    I’m certain that there are no cameras allowed in the executive lounges after board meetings, and no replays of those closed door discussions available to anyone.

  6. By Safety Guy on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    Have to agree Mike.
    The social media part is not going to pan out here.

    The fact is, time alone by the player to reflect, coaches to get animated, teams to come together is not a “fan experience”. And as much, the fans, as fickle as they can be at times will not use it as “an experience” but more of an opportunity to exploit the players and coaches.

    Every body likes seeing a train wreck, but nobody wants to help. They just want to share “the experience”

  7. By Steve Zukowski on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    If they’re serious about improving the “Game Experience,” have the stadium announcer back off…does he have to talk during every second in between plays? I wear earplugs to the games because his constant infomercial gives me a headache (it’s the louder than the crowd).

  8. By ezziej on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Come one! How much is too much? Let’s just hope this won’t lead to a situation like the current Australian football locke room scandal!

  9. By johnnybluenose on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    @david. my seats are in section 122 and cost me $70 per game and includes a parking pass. I think that’s pretty good value. I would never pay $11 for a beer. if everyone stopped buying food and drink at such ridiculously high prices then the prices would come down.

  10. By Brett n Co. on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    As far as concession pricing is concerned half of all money goes into the all 32 owners budget

  11. By D on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    My idea for the fans and the owners is simple…remember when you used to rent those seat backs in SunDevil stadium.. Cards could do the same with the hand held devices that the suite holders have access too. They could rent those out to the rest of the stadium for fantasy updates, scores around the league, etc. Could generate additional revenue stream and also give the fans more options.

    (just put a strip in them so they would beap at the door if anyone tries to take one home)

    This would help get the fans get out to the stadium and they don’t feel like they are missing the red zone on Direct TV

  12. By Mike T on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I could care less about cameras in the home teams locker room. Why does that make my experience at the game better?

    Now if it’s cameras in the cheerleaders locker room…

  13. By Sect113 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    These are horrible ideas to drive fans to the game. Especially the instant replay idea. We already have a transient city with a problem with other teams coming to our nest. We don’t need the other fan base to have more reason to come, we need Cardinal fans to come.

    The point is the NFL has priced themselves out of their market in most cities. The Cardinals are reasonable. But they haven’t really provided much of a product either. The “haves” truly don’t realize the “have nots” are not keeping pace very well.

    For a family of 5 it costs me nearly $5000 just for season tickets to the game. Once we get there we easily spend another $100 (x10 is extra $1000 for the season). Btw this doesn’t include tailgating. However, I can usually sell a couple of games to make some of that back.

    Make it worth it. Make the Star Spangled Banner star worthy not “B” worthy. Make the half time show an AMAZING specatular. Provide shorter lines in the bathrooms so you don’t miss half a quarter. Provide TVs in the bathrooms so you don’t miss the action you paid for. Provide a lower level section just for Vets and their families. Create more connections to use tickets as a coupon to resturantes or other stores for discounts (like 20% off, make it worth it) especially for team gear. Create partnerships to have a “market” past the security check point. Provide a misting system past the security check point. Create partnership to giveaway (sell for cheap) bottled water while waiting for security check. Don’t just use the great lawn for entertainment. Use all the parking lots next to the stadium. Bring out live bands to play and create a festive environment at all parking lots. In other words, make what you’re doing GRANDER!!! GO Big and Big Red will follow.

  14. By renaldo on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    mike t-

    i think you might be on to something!

  15. By Scott H on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Might sound silly to say it this way, but I honestly wish the NFL would stop thinking so much about how to improve and ( especially ) expand and…well, just leave something that is already awesome alone. Some things DON’T need to be improved. There is SOOOO much about the NFL right now I would change if I could and most of my ideas would actually involve LESS of certain things than we have now. And I think they would ALL make the game better.

    The whole business of games being played in Canada or London or ANYWHERE else outside of the home cities where NLF teams exist is infuriating to me. And it appears that the NFL just wants more and more of this going forward. This game doesn’t have to be global to be great. AND it doesn’t have to be played in other countries to become more global. Put the games on TV anywhere you want. But moving prescious home games out of this country when there are so few of them ( home fans only get 8 of them per season, for crying out loud!!! ) is something that the NFL should NEVER have done.

    I hear ideas for MORE regular season games and the playoff format being expanded to include MORE teams and I just cringe. Because MORE of these things does not make the game better. The NFL is becoming addicted to MORE ( as in MORE money, any way they can get it ) and that is starting to hurt something that used to be about as perfect as you could get.

    I say the NFL needs to realize that LESS is more but…i don’t see that happening. In any aspect of entertainment, I think the basic premise that you should always give the public / fans a litlle LESS than it wants is how you keep them crazy about what you do and always wanting more. Give them too much…and the appeal starts to fade. For me, the NFL has lost sight of this.

    Hell, even the NFL Network…don’t people find that to be a bit much after awhile???

  16. By Eazy E on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    The locker room stuff is too much imo. I don’t wanna see a guy with a towel on let alone naked. You don’t need a Visanthe Shiancoe incident happening again.#Let It Be

  17. By clssylssy on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    To Scott H…Wow, you hit the nail on the head, KUDDOS! Apparently, the economic climate in the country has not touched the rich and powerful owners and NFL Dons who are not so concerned with maintaining the integrity and dignity of the game as they are with turning even more of a profit for themselves. In a city where people are jobless and losing their homes it seems obscene, the level of greed that only grows each year. The average family doesn’t have an extra five grand a year and up to spend on entertainment …for that they can go on a nice vacation! Now, turning the locker room into a reality TV/peep show? PLEEEEZ! Too much information!

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