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NFL, Philip Rivers, Chargers discussed on The Business of Sports With Andrew Brandt

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Ag It's a branch ran sedition after last week's guest the commissioner the xfl before the debut of the League. Oliver luck today. I'll just go into my own stuff about the xfl among my rants and talk about what the debut means for the president in the future the xfl N beyond. So we'll talk about that. Also WanNa get into the whole Philip rivers experience. And we're GONNA talk a lot about quarterbacks in the off season in free agency in the NFL and then a word on major league baseball continuing issue there Whatever I want to talk about is the xfl. The debuted this weekend to better than expected ratings better than expected attendance uneven. The expectations were based on the fact that yeah everyone's GonNa have the curiosity factor. The novelty of it is going to be easy to draw fans both in person and on screen and that happens so the good news for the xfl is what what was certainly expected to be some bonus of being in the debut stage in the honeymoon phase. It happened as it happened a year ago again. These leagues are intertwined in our analysis to the American asserted alliance American football the AF. A year ago. Same Thing Week One Wild Buffalo. Good football make sense. It's fun. It goes fast all those things. The key. Issue of Courses Sustainability and sustainability. Two ways interest is one thing but really the key question for sustainability is cash. Do they have the money and the AF? A year ago did not have the money they're key. Financer was convicted of fraud. And they never got the money to Reggie Fowler. They had to rely ultimately on the owner. Kill on hurricanes. Tom Dundee new ahead on this program a couple times and of course he pulled the plug. Week seven out of ten. That was a fire sale. Wants the money ran out now here. The advantage the world the world the xfl has is that there's one investor not several his name is. Vince McMahon any as hundreds of millions. So they're good on money and they seem to have airtight contracts. They're paying not a lot. Fifty seven thousand looks like per player And they seem to have genuine interest with as as Oliver promoted so often on my podcast with him last week. They had these. Nfl coaches that are gonNA BRING NFL style football on it's GonNa be very credible and I think that rung true for the first week full disclosure. I was in Hawaii this weekend. I did a speech for a university. Their keynote speech to Hawaii Pacific University. Lovely place had a wonderful time of exploring hiking. The craters AP- Hawaii. But I did not watch drop a minute a second of XL football now. When I'm not in Hawaii maybe I will but Everything I heard was positive. And it just seemed to get a nice reaction around the country and will see if that continues of course. The key is sustainability. The key is longevity. The key is will people turn back in and I think the real key is get beyond the hardcore football fans of which I would consider myself is the less than less than hardcore. I don't casualties. GonNa be tough because casual is going to be casual for the NFL in casual for the NFL means no not a fan for the xfl so I would say the casual xfl fan which is probably a pretty good NFL fan. Are they going to stay tuned to keep coming back so again? It's hard to assess a league early. They've got some window here because March madness than start for few weeks. Nba All Star game this weekend. But that's at night. I mean they got a real opportunity certainly this week and next in the combine. That's not you know the combine his US check in check out. It's a lot of boring standing around so I think they're gonNA have some opportunities here to to really cement a fan base but it will take time and again. The lack of player names is an issue. The one thing that Oliver talked about this player that I think he he went on about a sophomore. I believe only one year of college football and they got him. He's GONNA use this year to prep for the NFL draft or maybe two years of college football because the NFL rule requires three years removed from high school before entering the draft. You know that was kind of under the radar comment by Oliver. But this is a real opportunity for the xfl people haven't talked about. They're not GONNA GET TREVOR LAWRENCE. Okay but they could get freshmen sophomores. That for whatever reason don't WanNa Play College football? They WANNA make money okay. That's an obvious reason dated. They got injured. They want to sort of use it as Rehab. They WANNA play. Xfl instead of train all year for the combine. I mean this is a real opportunity. That's not really talked about much of the xfl where it could serve as a as a stair step to the NFL draft for players not yet eligible due to the three year eligible rule. So I'd like to see what happens with that. Oliver talked at length about one of those guys. And there's gotta be others and there's gotTa be more in the future where you're not talking about. Nfl cuts you're talking about players that played and theoretically at a high school theoretically. I don't know if they're GONNA go down that path but players say Claire Played One Year of College. Football did a nice job certainly even if he was allowed will not be a high draft pick in the NFL but could make some money and improve his stock and now Nanfeng Scouts to me. They just got busier. They took on another role here. Because now you don't just does Scott. The colleges now you gotta scout the NFL xfl. And I think they're scouting. Xfl Anyway of course to look for talent but now it's gone the NFL not only look for veteran talent to bring in his free agents but for rookie talent to bring in through the draft. That's an interesting concept so I ran week one. Xfl successor when likes it? We haven't really seen the the two or three point conversions. Everyone's seen the light that kickoff thing where it's still kickoff in those less contact the Games moving pretty fast. Not exactly under the three hours that they were talking about. But we'll see and I think what the fan experience I heard about. I haven't seen again. Is the ability. Listen INTO COACHES REFEREES. Going through replay. I think that's a value that the NFL should adapt immediately to have some transparency. Okay that is a rant of the week. Let's get to the next one. And that's about Philip rivers. Okay as I said. We're GONNA talk about Tom. Brady we're GONNA talk about Ryan Tanno or talk about Jameis Winston were talking about Mark Marietta. Entira Teddy Bridgewater drew brees of course breezy to plays or goes to the saints. Nothing talk about their. We're in talk about tasting hill. But the Guy WanNa talk about now. Is Philip Rivers? It was mutually agreed and announced announced publicly. This week that he in the chargers will no longer be partners and this is a split after. What is it sixteen Seventeen Years Sameer? Eli came in with the giants. They're both going out. Eleven of course had a love fest retirement ceremony and with rivers. They get a tweet about mutually parting ways. Now it's no surprise. He moved his family to Florida when he got as many kids as him. Eight nine kids. You're not moving back so that was a done deal there now. Maybe he could have commuted or just live out there by himself in the off season but that didn't seem right in the season so anyway Philip rivers and the chargers part and it seems to be an under the radar story. That's wrong. This is a huge store. I mean this was the signature face of the franchise through tons of success over the last seventeen years. It's just amazing. Sometimes where you see these pardons of players that really define the franchise like I said. Face of the franchise. There is no player in the chargers. The past seventeen years sixteen years whatever. It is more aligned with that brand. I mean in my wrong. There's no player more aligned with that brand than Philip rivers and it's over to me that's a big deal. It's going to be a huge deal if and when Tom Brady leaves the Patriots which I think he'll do. This is a big deal not being treated as such. We have come to expect in sports. That will it ends and it's not. It's not a big deal anymore. I mean people are going to try to make it a big deal with Brady but even with Brady I think people are GonNa go. Okay I get it and the idea of this nostalgic finished with one team it is nostalgia because ninety nine percent. It doesn't happen and of those dozen happens. Ninety percent of them are involuntary. It's the team not the player. The team deciding. You're not finishing career Agai. So people understand when they get on players not finishing their career their team's never ever allow players finish their career there because they caught him. They want him to go somewhere else. They don't want anymore. I've been part of that with the best player in the history of the packers. Probably Brett Farve. My God happens all the time. So let's be real about the business of sports when it comes to heroes. It's not then in. This is a shining example of it. Philip rivers is not leaving the chargers because they really want him and he doesn't WANNA BE THERE. It's at best mutual improbably. The chargers telling him stay away. Enjoy Florida or your next team now. We'll talk later out with team that's going to be. I think he may have a hard time getting a team. Which is another issue at least coming in right away as starter but this is a tough thing even for the best of the best. It rarely ends well. Brett Farve Joe Montana Joe Name Donovan mcnabb. I mean the list goes on and on and on it never ends walking into the sunset. Sure you'll have a few John as peyton manning peyton manning. It didn't end well in Indianapolis at all and supposedly wanted to come back in Denver even after winning the Super Bowl so it never ends well. So that's where we are I feel for Philip Rivers. I think he should get better sendoff at least do the the day in the sun that ally got with the giants at least fly out there. Do that with the chargers again. Their fan base is kind of scattered right now. Who who they are. But I just feel that about Philip rivers in my final rant. This week is about baseball in continuing story. The Astros cheating scandal. That's going on there. I just don't get it still. And there's more coming out Wall Street Journal about all the codes that were broken in all the cheating in the deep dark recesses of this thing and now former players are talking about the bangs and it just becomes a mountain of circumstantial evidence that not only was that the GM only was it the coach it was the players and this is the problem I have. I don't know why commissioner Manfred is not displaying the players to me it's like okay you're letting the the the the superiors take the fall but what is going on with the players. Why are we allowing them to Walk Scot Free? And when they talk to the media they all clammed up of course they clam up because if they say anything then they're worried about getting in trouble because they're not in trouble now at least from disciplined point of view. I'd like to hear a reason and I don't think there's at least one. That's plausible given by Major League Baseball. Where there aren't displaying. The players you Houston Astros players. Have some kind of taint on there right now but it's it should be a lot worse. They cheated and they're not getting punished period..