Also in states that play either 8-9 man football at the high school level an already are familiar with the game audience is in place, so just like anything else considered a golden calf, something else is always in the wings with a opportunity to be a wing of it so impossible no.
As I have written before they now have a street skateboarding league shown on ESPN. And I'll bet Sam would have told you that's not ever going to happen had you mentioned it as a open question to him, not attacking Sam just pointing out 21st century nothing's off the table.
Opinions are like a butt everyone has one, and simply being that yours may be open to what if, doesn't demean your right to look at things in that setting.
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Where I live, most of the communities with 8-man football (about 90 of them) are 500 or less and so spread out, so if that is the audience you are courting, you are not going to have numbers that would interest potential sponsors (unless you expect tractor companies and farm supply companies as sponsors, and they put those promotional dollars towards K-State and Fort Hays State and their local high schools).
We do have about eight 6-man teams in Kansas, and that might grow as the small farm towns continue to depopulate.
The sixman game is about the same with a few exceptions in Texas.
Nobody is saying it needs to be a large league or even profitable, I think CA was simply asking why not?
I mean the indoor version has yet to show itself worthy as a franchise offering,whats there to lose,I think is where CA was going with the question. But he may chime back in and say something completely different.
That does not mean someone in a place where they don't have 8 man football (or even where they do) wants to watch a professional league of 8-man football.
People don't want to watch a professional league that's anything other than the NFL. Which seems to be what many of you refuse to grasp. There's a reason none of these attempts have worked, and why the Pac Pro league with high school guys isn't going to work, either.
To get an audience even half as big as that of the NFL would require expenditures no one is willing to make. You'd have to steal NFL draft picks (not going to happen, even with the cap on rookie contracts). You'd have to steal some NFL veterans. (Absolutely not going to happen.) You'd have to play in big markets. (Not going to happen.) You'd have to get real football coaches, not the Galen Halls of the world.
None of these attempts have worked for a very good reason: they cannot garner a big enough audience because as much as people ***** about how much they hate the NFL and will never watch another game, of course they will. And they won't watch the Sacramento Sting against the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.