Are you a joiner or a lifer? A joiner is jumping on the bandwagon; when your local team does well, you become a super fan. A lifer is one who rides the lows and the highs; loving the team no matter what.
Which are you? I'm a joiner with MLB, I don't follow all year long. But come playoffs, I'm all about it. NBA? I'm a lifer. Live and breath. College football? I'm a lifer. NFL? I could actually care less.
Since I don't have any NBA to watch any time soon, I'm stuck with all football. College and NFL. Well, college is still very exciting, but the NFL is really starting to drag. At least in these parts.
Here's my question, what does a city do when it's top billing teams are either not playing at all due to a lockout, or are technically playing, but really still not playing at all? Yes, Cowboys, I'm talking about you. Deal with it. The Dallas Mavericks just won the NBA Championship. Now that's all well and good that the Mavs are looking at a two season Championship without actually having to do anything, but what is it doing to fans and the city itself? People aren't buying merchandise because the excitement is gone. The arena isn't making its money because it's not full, which means all those people are basically out of jobs (most are hourly wages), and it just trickles down from there.
Well, even thought the NFL is playing, the Cowboys are just not playing well. And Dallas is known to be a joiner/bandwagon city, so that means the crowds will diminish at JerryWorld. Which means less revenue, and on and on and on.
So, not only are people's ideas of sports and good feelings toward the city and teams going downhill, the economy is potentially too. Am I putting too much stalk in this? Maybe. But it's worth a thought.
So, what do you do? Do you just become a lifer and support and spend the money anyways? Can that happen if the passion isn't there? How does the team survive if the fans go away?
I don't have a clue, but it's worth a thought.