2014 NFL Playoff predictions: Divisional Championship Round

After a wonderful week of games in the Wild Card Round, this round should bring equally exciting games with no matchup that should be a mismatch. Despite some serious differences in seeding, all teams have shed their seeds and proved that anything can happen once the playoffs roll around. Even though the home teams this week have a combined record of 29-3 at home, 3 of 4 of the home teams lost last round. There … Continue reading

2014 NFL Playoff results: Wild Card Round

This weekend produced an excellent group of NFL games that proved just how exciting playoff football can be. We saw a 28 point comeback, two game-winning FGs, and a “weak” 6th seed dismantle an AFC favorite. The lower seed won 3 of the 4 games, which just further proves how unimportant seeding and records become when the playoffs come. Records were being broken left and right and it created a wonderful four games of football. … Continue reading

2014 NFL Playoff Predictions: Wild Card Round

The Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs for this year is approaching, which means it’s time for the obligatory predictions. These games should be pretty competitive as there doesn’t seem like any game that would be a big mismatch. That being said, it’s always possible that one team could end up crushing the other. It should be a good weekend of football. NFC (6) New Orleans Saints vs. (3) Philadelphia Eagles As I already … Continue reading

Social media in the NFL

Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook clearly have had a strong effect on the National Football League (NFL), and this effect seems to be constantly increasing. Almost all players and teams have accounts that they update regularly. The teams all spend lots of time and hundreds of thousands of dollars each year trying to get their fans to come to their games, interact with the team, and ultimately, make themselves a profit. Marketing … Continue reading

Social media in the NFL (part five)

The league itself is also aggressively getting the fans involved in social media. NFL’s Twitter account often makes up hashtags for the fans that are watching to use as a better way to communicate with other people who are also watching the game. They know that fans are already going to be using Twitter on a regular basis, so creating a hashtag for a game or other important events related to a team gives the … Continue reading

Social media in the NFL (part four)

Sports marketing and social media go hand in hand due to the large recent increase in fan use, which explains why teams are jumping on this as a way to increase profits (Kishner and Crescenti). Taking away the sports aspect, social media in general has allowed for a spike in integrated marketing communications (IMC), which are defined as “attempts to coordinate and control the various elements of the promotional mix…to produce a unified customer-focused message … Continue reading

Social media in the NFL (part three)

Coaches and people within management sometimes need to step in to control their players though; player involvement in social media is not always a good thing. The Philadelphia Eagles review the social media accounts of all of their possible draft picks before the NFL Draft in order to determine any character or attitude problems. The Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager, Kevin Colbert, discourages his players from using Twitter, but still allows it under careful watch (Robinson). … Continue reading

Social media in the NFL (part two)

All thirty-two NFL teams have official Facebook and Twitter accounts, and about 1,200 players have a Twitter, so there are clearly opportunities for the teams and players to positively connect with the fans (Pasquarelli). According to Hambrick and his co-authors, “Athletes can use Twitter to connect directly with fans instead of having their message filtered through the public relations departments of sports organizations and mainstream-media outlets” (Hambrick et al). Millions of fans also have Twitter … Continue reading

Social media in the NFL (part one)

For one of my classes this semester in college, I had to write a term paper about the connection between media in society. So, I decided to write it about social media in the NFL, and this is my final draft. Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook clearly have had a strong effect on the National Football League (NFL), and this effect seems to be constantly increasing. Almost all players and teams have … Continue reading

Do NFL QBs Really Deserve Their Contracts? (2013)

It seems that every time another quarterback gets a new contract or some sort of extension, the idea is to beat out the last person’s deal and have something included in the contract that screams “first time ever” or “biggest in NFL history.” These deals will only continue too as long as the salary cap goes up. But regarding the salary cap, it seems like some teams are getting away with minimal cap hits for … Continue reading