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Friday, December 22, 2006

Lions' Fans Plan Protest Against

the NFL's version of Isiah Thomas.

Okay, so Matt Millen hasn't had all of the issues the Knicks' GM/Coach has had, but the team he's putting out on the field hasn't been good for years. (Come to think of it, when was the last time the Lions made serious noise in the NFL -- probably before most readers of this blog were born).

How long will the Ford family stay with Matt Millen?

How long will the Lions' fans let them?

If they keep buying tickets and enabling sellouts, what's the incentive for the Ford family to jettison their key man in the front office?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the late reply. I've been in Michigan. Fortunately not at the game. My family has had season tickets since the 1940s.

Point 1. The Ford family's ownership over the past 42 years has been an unmitigated disaster. One playoff win in that time.

Point 2. Only about 150 fans actually walked out.

Point 3. Fan attendance at NFL games doesn't matter much. The licensing and broadcast revenues are so great that they are guaranteed great cash flow. Only teams saddled with financial obligations from the purchase of the team have to worry about such marginal revenues. The Ford family bought the team before the first national TV contract.

Point 4. See point 1, and the same can be said for their stewardship of the eponymous auto company.

TIGOBLUE

4:54 PM  

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