Fed up NFL fanbases lash out at teams but will it be enough to induce major change?

Clown in Jacksonville.

Clown in Jacksonville.
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Sports fanatics are a passionate and loyal group of people who tend to defend the honor of their teams to the point of exhaustion.

I mean, some fans have even fought over their home teams, and that’s mostly synonymous with NFL patrons here in the US. So, it goes without saying that it usually takes a lot for a fan’s membersbasis to get to denounce the franchise that many have loved all their lives. Fans of the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently come to this point.

Many fans have decided not to participate in the Giants season finale at Metlife Stadium against Washington, which the home team lost 22-7. Big blue fans have called for work of head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman all Seasons. The former is still leading the team for now, while the latter has fallen on his sword, take a step from his post on Monday morning and towards early “retirement”. If the Giants keep Judges for next year, fans may have to boycott the team’s 2022 home opening to really get their point.

Meanwhile, Jaguars fans have taken a different approach to inform team owner Shahid Khan of their displeasure at how the franchise has been handled. They want CEO Trent Baalke out and about staged a “clown” at the game in protest. This probably should have happened a long time ago in Jacksonville, but this year it was even more of a shit show than usual. The team was not good at all, former manager Urban Meyer acted like he was still in Gainesville and there didn’t seem to be any long-term plans in place. Furthermore, The absolute first choice, Trevor LawrencAnd, it was nothing like the QB prodigy everyone expects.

The Washington Football team experienced a drop in attendance in recent years, and they, like the Giants and the Jaguars, have long been a poorly run franchise. From 1999 to 2012 Washington ranked in the top three appearances each year. This season they finished in 31st place. But Washington is on another level with their dysfunction. With multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and a full one criminal investigation, the football team takes the cake. Aside from the team’s former name, WFT was once a proud franchise competing for championships. Under the leadership of Daniel Snyder, they became nothing more than the disgrace of a franchise and the child poster for organizational dysfunction.

NFL fans have endured a lot of mismanagement from some teams over the years. Detroit Lions fans have as good reason as any fanbasis for completely renouncing that organization. The Ford family just can’t make it in Detroit. Also a fana base like that of the Bengals can tell their team has been to a Super Bowl in the modern era. Cincinnati made two Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s. They both lost, but they got there.

Knowing this makes it even more painful to see the Giants play a home game at probably 60 percent capacity. The G-Men last won a Super Bowl 10 years ago. The last decade hasn’t been great, but you can’t take away the two championships of the Eli Manning era (2007 and 2011). Add the two Super Bowl wins under Bill Parcells, and that’s at least one winning story. For these loyal fans turning their backs, even if only briefly, says a lot about how bad things have gone in such a short time.

If enough fans choose to stay away for an extended period, this could be the wake-up call some of these teams need to put their shows together. Jacksonville fans and their clown outside have been fun and should be embarrassing for Khan, but only time will tell how that could affect Baalke’s status.

These fan bases may need to stay on course to stay away from home games ahead of next season. I know the NFL has huge TV deals, but these owners aren’t in the business of losing money. They still love gate entrances, and if enough fans refuse to show up long enough, it could force these owners’ hand in regards to the product. The best way to get these billionaires to do good is to strike I’m hard in the wallet.


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