NFL fans at stadiums will now look into the locker room during games

5:14 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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Roger Goodell is making an attempt to decrease the advantage of watching football games at home, as opposed to actually going to the games.

Although it's great that the NFL dominates television ratings, there are still blackouts for some teams.

It'd be nice to work on having stadiums full of fans for the Chargers or Buccaneers.

That seems to be the logic, at least, behind the NFL announcing that it will be instituting cameras in home team locker rooms, as reported by Judy Battista of the New York Times.

Fans at the game will get a peek inside what happens inside the locker room of their favorite team--speeches, players pumping themselves up--that television fans could occasionally witness.

Goodell is trying to give an incentive.

He wants to provide more of the stuff a fan can get from home. But one generally boring point of access isn't a gamechanger.

It comes off more as being mildly invasive and bound to backfire.

These cameras aren't optional, but teams are allowed to choose when they use them.

Fans of teams with less open locker rooms, like the historically secretive New England Patriots, are ideally getting more insight into a place they might have not been able to visit before.

But considering how image-conscious Goodell is, doesn't it seem like a bad idea to expose one of the only points during a game in which players aren't constantly monitored by cameras?

Is a camera in the locker room really going to be the deciding factor as to whether or not someone buys tickets to a game?

In an average broadcast, there's no lack of footage. Before the game, there are cameras watching players warming up and stretching.

Players are viewed walking out of the tunnel before kickoff and they're constantly watched on the sidelines during play.

At halftime, one or two key players will be captured by a sideline reporter and forced to say something as they are gasping for air. Sometimes they get mic'd up during the whole game, and that becomes its own thing.

Then there are always postgame interviews.

The greatest risk of locker room cameras comes during the postgame.

What about the slipups of Visanthe Shiancoe or that Tampa Bay player?

A cameraman won't always notice that kind of stuff in the background.

While it's not that big of a deal if a wardrobe malfunction happens, because it's expected that people would use a locker room to change clothes, why run the risk?

The largest advantage to watching a game from home is the loads of money you save.

There's no way Goodell will decrease ticket prices to compete with that.

(Written by Samer Kalaf, USA TODAY Sports)

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