McTavish: Ring Around the Revenue at Arrowhead

I almost lost my mind watching my Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Philadelphia Eagles

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16 Responses to McTavish: Ring Around the Revenue at Arrowhead

  1. Anonymous says:

    smartman
    I’m taking a high speed video camera to the next game. Gonna film that damn ribbon. I’ll bet you there are subliminal messages buried in the content.

    The whole NFL has turned into a media whore that only Tila Tequila and Paris Hilton could love. More Donald Trump than Baron von Rothschild. Oh for those days of being reticent and humble and letting the action speak for itself. Now we have Zima as the official “half time” beverage of 30-45 year old gay men.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mike
    I always used to enjoy looking at the Ring of Honor when I attended games, seeing players I had watched and players before my time. Of course, they ripped it out so they could air 3 hour long commercials. Much like Kauffman stadium, Arrowhead used these renovations to rip out part of it’s soul and charm, to be replaced with siezure-inducing electronics, non-stop distractions and advertisements.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Patrick Chambers
    These boards are the manifestation of something that has been creeping up for years. Anywhere that people congregate is now fair game for rubbing a constant stream of ads into their faces. Brian, you’re pretty near my age – remember when you got two cartoons and two movies for your paid-for afternoon matinee admission? Now you get an hour of advertising and one movie. Been to your doctor’s office or local walk in clinic lately? A video board or TV will provide you with a constant dialogue ostensibly about your health that is actually one long commercial for a drug company. Restaurant table tops have ads for local businesses beneath glass, the back of your grocery store receipts are ads, calls to your cable company to report that your Internet isn’t working require you to listen to sales pitches for on-demand programming and bundled services. Criminey, the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team’s *jerseys* say “Herbalife” across the front instead of “Los Angeles”.

    In days of yore, ads were a necessary evil to offset the cost of providing otherwise free entertainments (remember when we only had three TV networks?). Now, not only do you pay for the nose for whatever amusement you’ve chosen to see, you are also going to have ads shoved down your throat (eyes?) while you try to enjoy it.

    There has been one apparent exception to this trend. Several years ago, ads started to become ubiquitous in public bathrooms. For some reason, that must not have been very successful, because you see fewer of those nowadays. Strange, since a public toilet stall is clearly contextually related to this crap.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Patrick Chambers
    Oh, yeah…and one more thing we shouldn’t forget. Arrowhead Stadium itself, if the Chiefs have their way, will one day be a historical footnote in the annals of facility names. Just because we don’t hear much about naming rights for this piece of public property having been offered for sale awhile back doesn’t mean it won’t eventually be called “Ray’s Playpen Stadium” if the cash is there.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Joe
    I don’t see any ads in the picture accompanying this article.
    ______________________
    HC: You are correct, sir. Brian wasn’t packing at last week’s game. Plus his peepers were so perplexed he probably couldn’t have gotten a decent shot if he had been.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Pellican
    I don’t like the electronic saturation either but ads that were once almost exclusively the domain of dinosaurs like newspapers and network TV had to end up somewhere.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Brian Fan
    Long time reader/Long time fan of yourS Brian, you and KC rock and roll go together.

    anyway…

    100% bulls eye with this thread. They should have some class and when the action is on the field chill they should revert the ASSAULT-O-VISON to the simply the static ring of honor names, have some class.

    Someone pays attention, and controls, the music which goes off when the action on the field goes on. It should be the same with the ASSAULT-O-VISION.

    as a foot note they are now working on uniforms which are actually made of TV screen material. The plan is to have a constantly running video ads on each player. The ads will vary depending on personal contracts and demographics of player appeal. Peyton Manning will have DirecTV ads…. Michael Vick will be forced to run Humane Society ads…. Brett Favre will have Wrangler jen ads…. Campbells Chunk Soup ads, featuring Donovan McNabb’s Mom, will run on his uniform…. and so on.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bob Sacamano
    Totally agree, that video ribbon is very distracting. I am just going to complain with my wallet. I am just going to boycott whoever advertises on it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Matt Fowler
    I remember the days when blogs were about real people typing from their mom’s basement and weren’t assaulting my eyes with ads for Facebook, the Q Hotel, FanGear, and Chiefs.EventTicketCenter.com and prying for eyes by mocking their local NFL team for trying to keep up with the (Jerry) Joneses. I guess it’s just the times we live in.
    _____________________________
    HC: Touche, Matt!

  10. Anonymous says:

    JS
    Have you not been in the Sprint Center lately? It has the exact same ribbon board as do most new arena and stadiums across the country. I think you are just going to have to live with it and forget the long gone days of yesteryear. It isn’t going away anytime soon.

  11. Anonymous says:

    jojo
    hey…its money…and the advertisers are paying
    millions because they want you to see their name.
    for 60,000 impressions at least 10 times a
    game the advertisers probably pay tens of thousands of dollars.
    look inside your home…its one big ad for
    someone and some company.
    The nfl/mlb are reaping in millions because
    comapnies are wanting the exposure. If the
    companies like bud/coke/ford/dodge etc didnt
    feel like it was worth the money they would
    not spend the money opn it.
    Have you noticed the pre season games…the number
    of flashes after a replay or a timeout with the
    midwest ford dealers? They must get 200 a game.
    Think that 150,000-200,000 people are watching
    a pre season game and you have an incredible
    ad vehicle to get the ford name out. If the
    advertisers didnt feel it was worth it…they
    wouldnt pay it.
    If you were glass or hunt and some big billion
    dollar corporation says they’ll pay you $500,000
    to put their name on some ad ribbon would you
    turn them down? Its all about the money and until we all get used to it it will never change.
    Wait…its going to get worse…now they have
    ads when you piss…when you wash your hands…
    on elevators….on escalators…on the floors
    at airports….its everywhere because someones
    willing to pay big bucks to have their name there… its the new world that we have to get
    used to…
    and besides….with the chiefs as bad as they
    are who cares what they do on the field?

  12. Anonymous says:

    bschloz
    Hang on a second..The Chiefs are in the The Palermo Pizza Red Zone. I gotta say that its embarrassing and uncomfortable when they turn the screen red.
    Royals stadium looks like it should be home to the Ft.Wayne Tincaps with all the bullshit signs and banners.
    $100 per seat and $30 to park and you still have to endure this assault…eventually it will take its toll on the NFL experience. Next thing you know we’re going to have to look at NFL “HeHateMe” jerseys.

  13. Anonymous says:

    He Hate Me Too
    XFL BABY…GOTTA LOVE IT!!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    hearne
    Funny you guys should mention it. McTavish and I went to Memphis and covered the first XFL home game there with the Memphis Maniacs. We were on the field for the entire game, got to rub elbows (but nothing else) with the strippery XFL cheerleaders, And we got to see He Hate Me in action on the field of combat alongside helmet-cammed referees, the overhead camera and everything.

  15. Anonymous says:

    brian
    And I still have my souvenir Maniacs jersey! The main thing I remember from standing on the sideline of that game was how hard the players were hitting. Maybe not all the talent in the world, but an awful lot of desire and heart.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Jim Kilroy
    First of all, congratulations Brian, there are probably more comments here than for anything you’ve written on this blog combined.
    I didn’t go to the game, but during last years pre-season I found the ad ribbons quite annoying as well. I don’t think they are quite as distracting during the afternoon games though. I do miss the Ring Of Honor. I always wondered how many names they were going to be able to fit up there.

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