Coming soon, entertainment armageddon…
Take the movie biz. There’s no urgency to go see a movie at a theater because they’re available on TV in matter of weeks. Pay per view, Netflix, etc.
They’ll be like drive-in theaters are now. Remember, younger folks didn’t grow up with dinner and a movie being a big deal so agiant screen and pricey popcorn mean zip.
The same in some ways applies to football and baseball. We televise just about all of the home games for both, SO WHY FIGHT THE CROWD, THE WEATHER, THE PARKING PRICES, THE HIGH FOOD AND BEER PRICES, THE TRAFFIC, THE GAS PRICES.
Come on now.
It’s clear that the live gate is falling like the stock market did a year ago. The long cold summer is here and it’s getting colder. And I don’t see it getting much, if any, better. The Facebook generation isn’t that interested in going to live events. TV, online, iPhones get it all. Why bother going anywhere to do anything?
Sadly, we are seeing the ending of what many of us grew up with. Sure there will be games and scandals, but the live attendance will soon be in a free fall. College football and basketball will overcome this for some time with the support of cash-strapped students trapped within walking distance of the stadium or fieldhouse.
College football and basketball games are still an event…for now.