Troy Aikman spoke a few harsh words about the NFL that will either be taken seriously or lightly, depending on whether you’re a fan or not.
For one thing, Troy Aikman has been on the inside of the NFL for almost 20 years, but he foresees a day when the league is not nearly as popular as it is today.
The Hall Of Fame quarterback blames the eventual downfall on an over saturation to American fans.
During an interview with the LA Times Troy stated, “At one time, watching football was an event. Monday Night Football was a big event. Now you get football Sunday, you get it Monday, you get it Thursday and, late in the year, you get it on Saturday.”
“People in Los Angeles realized, ‘You know what, life’s OK without the NFL.’ If I’m an owner, I don’t want any fan thinking that,” the Former Dallas Cowboy added.
He pointed out a clue to what could happen by reflecting in a problem with the fact that in some area’s people do not receive reception of the NFL network which airs the Thursday night games.
“All of sudden, fans, me included, were saying, ‘I wasn’t getting the Thursday night game, and I was OK with that. That’s not a good thing,” he stated.
Next year the NFL network will be carrying 5 more games then usual, giving some fans less exposure to more games.
Aikman also pointed out that the future generation of players may not be as interested in playing the game due to a rise in injuries.
“I think that we’re at a real crossroads, as it relates to the grassroots of our sport, because if I had a 10-year-old boy, I don’t know that I’d be real inclined to encourage him to go play football, in light of what we are learning from head injuries,” Aikman said on HBO’s Real Sports. “And so what is the sport going to look like 20 years from now?”