I was sitting on the couch the other night, talking to my boyfriend, and watching sports…I know, this sounds familiar (what can I say, we are routine people). Anyway, SportsCenter was on and analysts were discussing which team should draft who for the 2013 NFL draft. I asked Matt who he thought the Steelers should draft. He told me that the Steelers really need a new running back but that they always draft a linebacker. So this got me thinking.
I think the NFL should hold a “Are You the Ultimate Sports Fan?” contest. This could either be done for the entire NFL or per team, depending on how many teams like this idea.
This idea came to me after Matt was very adamant that the Steelers should draft a running back. But that they probably wouldn’t. I even said out loud “Well if you know so much, why dont you have a job with them yet” ;)
So my idea is this- hold a contest about who thinks they are the biggest NFL fan. The contestants would make a short video (under 5 min.) convincing the head honchos of the team that they not only bleed their favorite NFL team’s colors, but they also know a thing or two about what they are talking about when it comes to drafting new players. He or she will try to convince the team on how to keep up the momentum of the team or how to bring the team back to life.
After the contestant is selected, he or she would be allowed to sit in on draft day. They would get VIP access and be able to have a say in who is selected as their team’s 7 round picks.
WHY THIS IS A GOOD IDEA
- Every team would be nowhere without its fans. So, why not really show that. If I know anything about living in Cleveland and being around Brown’s fans or being a Steeler’s fans and dating one, I know these people are the most dedicated die-hard fans there are. So if NFL team’s are saying they wouldn’t be successful without their fan’s support: Prove It!
- Amazing publicity. Because I am getting my degree in PR, I know a thing or two about what good publicity can do for a team. If a team shows it cares about its fans, the only reaction fans will have is a positive one. Fans want to see that their team cares about them as much as they care about their team.
- Money. Money is the key factor in all of this. By promoting this contest for each team, it will boost web, social media, apparel and product sales. People are going to want to support a team that shows it busts is ass day in and day out and walks in that stadium every week because they are doing it for the fans.
Now obviously I am unaware of all the legal responsibilities that comes along with this idea. But if it can be pulled together, I know this would only bring money, positive exposure and publicity to any NFL team that participates in this contest.