So, on another thread Rip Jersey suggested that "someone" not named "Rip Jersey" provide some "organization" effort and create a formal "organization" to coordinate a boycott of anything licensed by the NFL.
Now, not being independently wealthy and having to work for a living like I do, I'm not going to take on the whole create-an-organization effort, although I'll heartily support anyone else that wants to take that on.
However, since my field is enterprise data warehousing and business analytics, I DO think that if we were able to start a grass-roots campaign by word-of-mouth and get some percentage of NFL fans to just turn the lights out on a portion of the NFL revenue stream, it would show up in their tracking and performance numbers and might "nudge" them to be more flexible in the negotiations.
I think we've seen that grassroots efforts CAN have an effect and it'd be interesting to see if those that were passionate enough about the NFL to still be checking in here during "the doldrums" decided to just start talking to their friends and getting people to just :
- Stop buying NFL-licensed clothing (t-shirts, caps, etc...)
- Stop watching the NFL channel (decreasing ad revenues)
- Mail the sponsors of the SuperBowl and let them know that we'll be boycotting their products as a part of this effort as well.
I've got no illusions about bringing the NFL to their knees... But I DO think that it is possible to achieve visibility with a coordinated effort.
What do you think? Do you have any other ideas about how we could reduce the NFL revenue stream?