Power Surge: JCP&L, Property Values, and Huge Power Lines In Monmouth County

The Monmouth County Reliability Project is the given name to a rather controversial proposed plan to build 210 foot high power lines along the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks from Red Bank to Aberdeen, a distance of about 12 miles. The power lines would run through the backyards of residents from several towns in Red Bank, Middletown, Holmdel and Hazlet.

The concern of the residents is the effect that these enormous towers and power lines will have on property values as well as safety, should the lines become dislodged or downed by high winds.

The mayors of certain local towns have come forward in support of the plan in recent days. The local news sources reported that the utility company involved in this project, Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), has reviewed several different areas and pathways for these types of power lines before determining this current path along the NJ Transit rail line.

The project is seen as a necessary system improvement to energy delivery systems in order to curtail the major outages of electric power such as with Hurricane Sandy. The matter is currently before a judge who will rule on whether or not this project will move forward at a hearing in the near future.

The impact of these large scale power lines and towers to the environment is not documented but the educated guess would be that there must be some detrimental effect to having that much electrical current being pushed through a twelve mile span.

Many area residents have joined into a group known as R.A.G.E. which has been rather vocal in their opposition to this proposal from JCP&L with demonstrations, lawn signs, and bumper stickers to unify their message.

The area proposed for these power lines and their gigantic towers is a densely populated residential area filled with families. The general sentiment of the residents is that they pay a significant amount in property taxes and that these lines could be built in an area that is less densely populated.

The impact on the property values of these homes is most certainly going to be decidedly negative. It reminds me of the intense scrutiny given to the high tension power lines in Toms River which created notorious “cancer clusters” and residents here have similar concerns.

The irony here is that the power company and the municipal governments keep referring to this project as a way to safeguard and improve the electrical energy supply during inclement weather or natural disasters. However, a storm of an event in the magnitude of a Hurricane Sandy could damage or destroy one or more of these towers and damage the power lines resulting in service disruptions.

The area is so densely populated that it could be a significant public safety risk if something were to go wrong with the performance of these towers and lines.

The final public meeting on this matter will be held tomorrow night at 7 PM at Middletown North High School and the judge for the upcoming hearing on this important decision will be present. The time for you to voice your opinion is now, the stakes are high and the clock is ticking.

Raiders Relocation: From Oakland to Vegas – Two Cities Two Different Approaches

The Raiders filed paperwork with the NFL on Thursday to relocate to Las Vegas which means that the final step is the formal approval of 24 of 32 owners to clear the path to the desert for this wayward franchise. The team has called Oakland home at two different points in their history from 1960 to 1982 and then again from 1995 to the present.

The Raiders have been seeking a new stadium facility to replace the aging Coliseum, which is basically falling apart at this point. The discussions with Oakland officials have been going nowhere for years regarding a new facility, largely because Oakland is still paying off loans for the expansion of the Coliseum which was done in the mid-1990s.

The Raiders attempted to join the Chargers in a joint bid for a new stadium in the suburbs of Los Angeles, but the final proposal was voted down by the league owners in favor of the Rams proposal for the Inglewood stadium development project.

The Las Vegas option for the Raiders came about shortly after the team saw the Los Angeles pathway dry up. The resort city voted aggressively to approve $750 million in public funds (raised through an increase in the hotel tax) towards the development of a 65,000 seat domed stadium. This measure represents the largest amount of public financing approved for a sports stadium in American history.

The Raiders owner, Mark Davis, has been committed to moving the franchise to Las Vegas once the project was given the green light by the Governor of Nevada. The potential for a new stadium with new revenue streams to help grow the Raiders brand just was too enticing for Davis to pass up.

The way this relocation (if it is made official in the March league meetings) has gone is a tale of two cities with two different approaches to the situation. Oakland has been reluctant to use any public money for a stadium, while Las Vegas allocated the most public financing ever.

Oakland has other issues though with the school system in need of upgrades, public safety spending needed, and other necessary infrastructure projects. The city attempted to “save” the Raiders by entering into an agreement to have former Raiders Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete develop concepts for a new stadium on the Coliseum site.

The issue with that process though has been two-fold: the financing for the construction of the stadium has been unclear, and the Raiders have been left out of the discussions about the potential development of a facility that they are supposed to operate within. It goes without saying that the situation is pretty messy and might have been engineered by officials in Oakland as an effort to play to the public that they at least attempted to keep the team.

Furthermore, there are residents in Oakland that feel strongly that the new stadium should be financed privately and that Davis and his wealthy partners should have moved forward a plan to build a facility on their own. Those same residents feel that the public funds available should be used on other necessary services and improvements to schools and other areas.

There are still others who will blame either Davis for being greedy or the Oakland civic leaders for being too shortsighted if the Raiders end up leaving the city. That is what fascinates me about these situations, the viewpoints are usually so varied about the same fundamental issue.

The Vegas deal looks like a win-win scenario for both the city and the team. The NFL league office is not thrilled about losing a team in a top TV market like the Oakland/Bay Area for a team in Las Vegas which is a much smaller metro area and media market. The factor to offset that is the only other major league team in Las Vegas right now is the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights who begin play as an expansion team next season. The other factor is the national appeal and following that the Raiders have which will follow the franchise wherever it calls home.

The officials in Las Vegas along with the casino hotel owners were very committed to making this proposal work because they saw a unique opportunity to get a franchise through relocation to their city. I have written previously that this proposal was a hit with those same groups because the NFL season runs in the autumn months which are traditionally the slowest point of the tourism cycle for Las Vegas. The relocation of the Raiders would fill hotel rooms when the demand is usually low and create opportunities for fans to travel for long weekends to see their team play the Raiders in Las Vegas.

The relocation papers have been filed and it is difficult to see a scenario where Oakland retains the Raiders at this point. The NFL owners would be setting a potentially bad precedent for their own self-interest if they voted down the proposal for a stadium with the most public financing ever allocated, in a time where many cities are not willing to put forth public funds for stadiums at all.

I always feel badly for the fans in Oakland who will lose the Raiders in this situation, and some of them may remember losing them in the early 1980s when they first relocated to Los Angeles. It could have all been avoided if Oakland had been more flexible in their approach and if greed did not dominate the motivations of the people involved on both sides.
In the end we will never know if a privately funded stadium would have worked in Oakland or not. The Raiders will most likely be playing in a new domed palatial facility off the Vegas Strip in a couple of years, while Oakland will be paying for an empty Coliseum with mountains of unfilled seats and memories of a team that was once their own.

Follow Up: Dow – DuPont Merger Update

The gigantic potential merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont, both with market caps at around $60 billion each, is being fiercely opposed in the European Union by regulatory authorities. The biggest concern is that the combined company would spend less on crop protection which the regulators maintain will lower overall global food supply production.

This comes amid news that the global population is growing and food supply chain issues will become increasingly more important. The financial markets have also responded amid these reports with the indicator known as short interest falling 88% regarding Dow Chemical. That is a hint that Wall Street thinks this deal could be headed for a complete halt.

This deal is also under scrutiny from several directions from a variety of interested parties: the farming and agricultural sector, the environmental activist groups, the GMO food supply activist groups, and from within the chemical industry segment. These groups each have different issues with the proposed consummation of these two industrial titans.

The farming and agricultural sector has concerns with this deal as it pertains to eliminating competition for certain components necessary for crop production. The decrease in competition could likely lead to higher prices for these items which will impact the profits for farms of all types, the majority of which are family owned.

The environmental activist segment has concerns about the increased production of several chemical products if these two conglomerates merge and begin synergizing their product lines. The increased production of products such as weed killing sprays as well as other pesticides or herbicides are at the forefront of their opposition to this deal. They also share the concerns of the E.U. regulatory boards regarding the effects that cost cutting combined with increased amounts of product being manufactured will have on the plants and factories being utilized.

Furthermore, these groups have increasing concerns over the potential for air and water pollution from the manufacturing practices used in the operation of these production factories for these types of chemical items. The emission of carbon is at the center of the climate change debate which is a very serious situation in Europe at this point within their discourse.

The GMO and food supply activism groups have issues with this proposed deal because of the potential for increased amounts of GMO seeds and the increased amounts of pesticides, weed killers, and other agro-chemical products that it will push into the marketplace. These groups also share similar concerns to the European regulators regarding the cost cutting strategies surrounding crop protection and the direct impact that will have on the food supply.

Finally, there are concerns from within the chemical industry segment regarding this deal as well. It should be understood though that most of the issues that this segment has with the proposed formation of Dow-DuPont is regarding the role it could play in decreasing competition. It will become even more difficult for smaller chemical manufacturers to compete in the business environment with a combined Dow-DuPont, the possibility of a combined Bayer-Monsanto, and the Chinese chemical conglomerate with their proposed bid for Syngenta.

The trend toward consolidation is invariably a concern for the other companies within the chemical industry segment as it will also be an area of scrutiny for the regulatory bodies involved in both the E.U. and the United States.

The implications are enormous for the future mergers and consolidations of the companies mentioned earlier: Bayer – Monsanto, and the potential for a Chinese company to obtain a key specialty chemical maker such as Syngenta. Those proposed mergers also impact the Dow-DuPont deal. In the event that the regulatory powers involved determine that either Dow or DuPont, or for that matter both entities, have to sell off pieces of their respective companies to make the merger more palatable; the other major players in the industry will be out of the mix to buy those business units.

Syngenta, Monsanto, and Bayer will be very reluctant to make any purchases at all while their proposed merger deals are also under regulatory scrutiny. This inability to find potential willing buyers for the business units at Dow-DuPont could also cause the merger process to go completely off the tracks.

The process will continue to play out in Europe, and the decision rendered there will have an impact on the manner in which the U.S. federal regulators view this potential acquisition. The stakes are high for farmers, for the environment, for the food supply, and for our natural resources. The stakes are high for us all if this merger moves forward and two giant companies have that much influence over the most important aspects of our global community.

Preserving The Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is on this day that America pauses to reflect on the life and legacy of a great leader and an amazing citizen, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The impact that his example made on generations of people is so profound that it cannot be fully explained in words.

Dr. King worked for the equal rights of all people regardless of skin tone or what they looked like, he also embraced a peaceful and diplomatic approach to change. His words and his actions were guided by Christian ideals and centered on love and hope conquering fear and hate.

The America that we live in today is very different because of the actions of Dr. King, and the civil rights movement that he and some other leaders inspired. It is a country that has such incredible potential and though we have made strides, like any society we have room for improvement and growth.

On a personal level, I have always had an affinity and respect for Dr. King and for his approach to tackling such fierce opposition and his courage in the face of unbelievable personal attacks. His Letter From A Birmingham Jail was a book that impacted my life very significantly. I put myself in his place and could not imagine the emotions he must have dealt with at that stage of his life.

Many of you also know that on Martin Luther King Day four years ago I decided to start this blog, Frank’s Forum, I made the determination to go out on my own and start a new business. I also made the choice to begin to write more pieces for the general public and really put myself out there into the world.

I remember having some fear about it, but then I thought of all that Dr. King faced and had to deal with in his life. I remember that being the inspiration for me to get beyond my own fears, which seemed so insignificant in comparison, and to hit the “publish” button on this blog.

In the years since, I have been blessed to have produced written work that has been published in over 40 countries throughout the world. I have been blessed that this blog has had posts distributed in shared globally as well. I have been invited to write my own blogs for several websites and to contribute news stories on a variety of subjects.

In the years since, I have been fortunate to write about important issues such as: Hurricane Sandy, corporate mergers, the GMO debate, environmental issues, factors impacting our food supply, the Flint water disaster, the refugee crisis, the war in Syria, and to raise awareness of diseases such as Scleroderma.

In the years since, I have been blessed to write about the plight of the honeybee, the Clean Air legislation, and issues facing veterans of foreign wars. In addition, I have been fortunate and humbled to contribute work to major websites and to cover my favorite sports teams and topics facing the sports that I love to watch and write about, which has been very fun to undertake.

In the years since, I have published articles in the Catholic media area which have inspired and encouraged others. I have also shared my creative work in publishing poems to this blog, a major poetry site, and in publishing a collection of poems on Amazon which is entitled The Promise of Tomorrow.

I never thought it could be as successful as it has been, but my leap and my belief in myself has taken me to places I never expected. I only dreamed of having some of this come true, and I am honored and humbled that it has taken me down the roads that it has in the last four years.

I will continue to work to share with you, the audience, stories that inspire and provide you hope. I will continue to work to help others to embrace the Christian ideals of love for one another, and still fervently believe that we all can live together in peace.

I will continue to work to preserve the legacy of Dr. King, so that one day, his dream for America can be realized. Thank you all for your tireless support and I hope this story inspires you to make a difference in your neighborhoods and your communities. May God bless you.

Sears Sells Craftsman to Stanley Black & Decker

In a follow up to a recent story on the overall business structure of Sears, the company was in the headlines again on Thursday. The news of the official announcement of the sale of the Craftsman brand was made today to Stanley Black & Decker for an estimated $900 million.

I had reported weeks ago that this move was certainly possible and that Black & Decker was probably the best suitor for such a transaction. The sale of this iconic American brand of tools provides Sears with an infusion of capital at a time that it desperately needs cash. The company, as I wrote last week, needs about a billion dollars to stay in operation through 2017, some estimates have it as more like $1.5 or $1.6 billion which means that Sears has some more credit line borrowing to secure.

The detractors have been quick to jump into the discussion today and make projections that Sears will be in bankruptcy proceedings before the end of the year. In fact, this question was posed to the Stanley Black & Decker executives during the announcement of the Craftsman deal. They acknowledged that if Sears is in bankruptcy proceedings that will have a detrimental effect on the Craftsman purchase being fully completed.

In related news, Stanley Black & Decker also announced that they were planning to open a new factory at a site yet to be determined to manufacture the Craftsman products in America. The new factory would employ around 3,000 and would return an iconic American brand to being “made in the USA” after being made overseas for many years in the current scenario with Sears.

The potential bankruptcy of Sears is an added issue when consideration is given to the fact that those stores are the primary channel for sales of Craftsman tools and other products. The Stanley Black & Decker side explained that they plan on marketing Craftsman in many new channels and to distribute to new retail partners (Home Depot and Lowes jump to mind) to offset the loss of business from Sears in the short term.

Sears gains the injection of cash it needs but it sacrifices the sales revenue it would receive if they owned the brand, it is a real “catch 22” scenario for companies, who like Sears, also own the rights to other very recognizable brands. The retailer gets to the point in their life cycle where some hard decisions need to be made to save a sinking ship.

The announcement from Sears also came with a side note regarding some of their Kmart branded stores. Sears will be closing 41 of their store locations as well as 109 Kmart store locations will be shuttered. The company did not disclose how many jobs would be impacted by the closings, but most of them are part time positions which the company is still concerned about in their release today. The company acknowledged that the stores were underperforming for a long time but that they essentially kept them open to keep local jobs in those communities intact for as long as possible.

This news comes on the heels of Macy’s announcement yesterday of store closings and layoffs of thousands of employees. It is a sad time for some iconic American brands. The sale of the Craftsman brand was something I wrote about weeks ago as well as the potential sale of Kenmore and Die Hard, but Craftsman was always viewed by industry experts to be the most important of those three Sears brands.

The question then becomes: without Craftsman, is Sears really viable? The answer sadly is no, and the outlook for their survival past 2017 is pretty grim. The Sears stock did jump 5% today but they and many of their competitors are being devoured by Amazon. The terrain has changed and Sears may not be a part of it any longer.

The silver lining in this mess is that Craftsman products will live on and will be made in America in the years to come.

The Year in Review 2016

The calendar has flipped and 2016 is now over, with a New Year ahead I always reflect on the achievements of the past year with a focus on the present and how I can continue to improve in all aspects of my life.

I am incredibly grateful for the support and encouragement provided by my readers and for your continued committed and dedicated time in reading as well as sharing my work with others. I am truly blessed and completely humbled and honored to have reached some new audiences in different parts of the world.

I have been recognized for my work in the area of sports writing, news writing, and for my work in Catholic media. My contributions have been well received and well circulated, for which I am very grateful.

This past year also marked the publication of a collection of my poetry on Amazon. I am still awestruck by the support and the kind feedback that collection of creative work has garnered.

Last year, on Frank’s Forum I put together a Year In Review and it was really successful in connecting with new readers and committed readers of my writing work as well. I have reprised this concept for 2016 but with a format change to highlight the months to make it easier to follow.

The start of 2016 brought with it the first of many (which I am so completely blessed) well received articles for the Catholic media. This piece, on Our Lady Untier of Knots was shared over 2,000 times between Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media sites:

The month of January also brought with it a continuation of my quest to raise awareness on GMOs in food products with this piece about Campbell’s Soup:

Know If It Is GMO: Campbell Soup Label Disclosure

In staying with the theme of environmental issues, this article was very important to me personally – it was produced for Medium about the Flint, Michigan contaminated drinking water tragedy:


It is generally a shorter month and one where I was working on many projects in the creative writing area while producing some news writing less frequently.

This article about Super Bowl 50 made it as a front page featured story for Sportsblog.com which has tens of thousands of writers submitting content to the site, so I was incredibly honored that this was selected and distributed globally via Google News:
This article for Medium continued the environmental awareness work that is important to me – it was a piece on the level of plastic pollution and what that means for our ecosystem:


I know that many of my devoted readers have read in the past that my poetry is the most passionate work that I do, I am very connected to my poetry and it is very important to me. That being stated, this poem was shared over 750 times via social media platforms:

This sports business article on the new stadium process for the Tampa Bay Rays made it into international distribution to multiple countries through Google News and was so well read that I earned an award from the site for the MLB division which was a great honor and achievement:

My push for continued awareness of the GMO issues with our food supply was the topic for this article:

Senate Rejects Anti-GMO Food Labeling Bill


One of the most well received poems I have ever been blessed to write:

An important change to rules regarding cable television and providing choices to the consumer:

Cable Unboxed – President Obama & Consumer Choice


The article below was one that is close to my heart and that I heard from many readers via email how it resonated with them:

A big news story in the GMO debate regarding an industry report and the reaction it caused:

Tainted: Academies of Science GMO Report


I have had success in writing articles about mergers and acquisitions and that continued in 2016:

Mega Makeover: Mondelez / Hershey Merger Proposal

This article for Medium was about the major changes Applebee’s made to their restaurants:

This article on the NHL expansion to Las Vegas was very well regarded which I am grateful and humbled by:


This article for Medium was on the collapse of the honeybee colonies which is a huge issue in our environment and for our society:

This article was very personal to me and it was an honor to produce:


This was a huge news story – the EpiPen price increase:

This piece for my blog was a very important one that I gained some very insightful feedback and was circulated to a variety of veterans groups about the military veteran suicide rate:

Twenty Two Tragedies A Day: The Veteran Suicide Rate Spike In America


Summer turned into Autumn and I was honored to write this piece for Patch on the development of my local Mall and the residents’ concerns:

This piece was also an honor and a blessing for me to produce and it was also distributed globally which was a huge blessing for me:


The month of October came with the news that Sears was rapidly failing. My article on that iconic American retailer was met with some very compelling interactions with readers about the state of the future of retail shopping:

The Inevitable Demise of An American Icon: Sears

I am very fortunate to have readers who are so loyal and they have provided me feedback in the past that they enjoy the “roundup” type sports articles – so I included this NFL article of that format which was well received and for which I am grateful:


This article is on a topic that I feel is going to be integral to our future – water being traded as a commodity:

The Commodification of Water

Over the course of the past few years I have covered the issues facing the San Diego Chargers and their future in that city as well as in the NFL’s race to put a team in Los Angeles. This article was particularly well regarded by others in the sports media:

This article was shared close to 2,000 times across various social media platforms and I am blessed to have my name associated with it:


I was honored to join the website community, Varsity Views, which is owned by USA Today, to produce sports content for their site. This piece did really well and was selected as an editor’s choice:

This piece was especially well regarded and was an inspiring story to produce:

Thank you all for your continued support in 2016 and I look forward to continuing to bring forth content in 2017 that will inspire and uplift those in the audience. Happy New Year!

Monday Night Football Ratings Take A Nosedive

The ratings were released today for ESPN’s Monday Night Football and they were the second lowest ratings for a season and would have been the lowest if not for the huge rating turned in by the Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions contest this past week.

The problem facing the ratings for MNF is part of a broader trend facing all NFL broadcasts this season, as a ratings decline was felt across all their broadcast packages. The ratings slump was seen by some as being connected to the presidential election, but even after that was decided in early November, the ratings have not rebounded to expected levels.

This past week, with the long Christmas/Chanukah holiday weekend the NFL lead the ratings for their main telecasts: Thursday Night Football (Eagles vs. Giants), Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football.

The ESPN Monday night package had been down in recent years because the matchups were generally not as compelling as the games featured in other NFL packages. The other theory being that with the addition of more Thursday night NFL games on network channels with CBS and NBC splitting those telecasts, that the average as well as the hard core NFL fan was becoming disinterested by the time Monday night rolled around.

The broadcast of NFL games, prior to this season, held the sentiment within the media and advertising industries as the “final frontier” for programming which remained immune to drops in ratings or viewership. This season though dispelled that theory as each segment of the NFL broadcasting tiered structure, from the regionalized coverage on Sunday afternoons to the primetime broadcasts, all experienced a downturn in ratings.
The before-mentioned Presidential election had some effect on the NFL ratings because the cable and network news programs on Sunday nights saw a marked increase in ratings. The NFL numbers rebounded somewhat after the election, but still were softer overall than in recent years.

I have written previously about a potential oversaturation point for the NFL with televised games and I think the 2016 season is evidence that the threshold has been reached. The final weeks of the season were also fairly devoid of drama surrounding the field of playoff teams, with the AFC side decided except for seeding a couple of teams, and the NFC side basically set except for the NFC North.

The matchup to decide the NFC North title between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers served as the season finale to Sunday Night Football on NBC and it finished with a 13.7 rating. That served as an increase from the Christmas night game on NBC between Kansas City and Denver which finished with an 11.2 rating.

The NFL, for its part in this situation, has repeatedly stated that they are looking into the ratings downturn and evaluating strategies to increase viewers moving forward. They also remain committed to Thursday and Monday night games despite the decline in ratings this season for both of those programming entities.

The players, notably Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks among others, have been vocal in their disdain for Thursday night games which create short weeks for both teams, especially the visiting team that must also travel to the game site. The discussion is now shifting toward improved scheduling of Thursday night games such as positioning it following a bye week for the teams involved, or scheduling more divisional matchups with shorter travel distances for the visiting team.

I had also written previously about the National Anthem protests by NFL players and whether that had an impact on the ratings slump for the NFL. The issue undoubtedly drew people away from watching certain primetime games (especially those featuring the San Francisco 49ers which were at the center of the issue) and I know people personally who refused to watch certain NFL games because of those protests.

However, the Denver Post conducted a survey about the NFL ratings slump and only 25% of the respondents felt that the National Anthem protests were the core issue as to why they were changing the channel from the NFL production. It should be noted that this survey was unscientific but it had some revealing results which demonstrated that the number of penalties, overall quality of play, and the off-field issues for players (domestic violence, drugs, guns etc.) were the top reasons for the decline in viewers.

First, the number of penalties in these games is bordering on being out of hand. The league office has to get together with the officiating crews during the offseason and discuss some ways to cut down on penalties, especially during primetime games. There were points in this season where my schedule allowed me to watch more Monday night games than anything else, and the number of penalties and stoppages for challenged rulings on catches or some other issue made the games very difficult to watch at points. I am a huge fan of the NFL and watch more out of market games for that sport than any other, so if I am frustrated with that, it has to effect the average viewer.

Second, the overall quality of play is a huge issue here with ratings and they are connected very closely to the decline this season. Many of the Thursday and some of the NBC games on Sunday in primetime as well as the Monday night edition on ESPN had scores that were so lopsided that the viewers bailed well before the end of the game. The retirement of Peyton Manning and some less attractive matchups in some of the primetime packages drove this rationale further in the impact on ratings.
Next, the off-field issues for the players is a definite concern for the league, to which there is no easy way to mitigate because of the way information is transmitted today via social media and the internet. The media coverage of a variety of off-field matters from domestic violence charges, weapons charges, and other infractions such as drug or PED use is a definite setback to the image of the league. The league has talked about transparency, so it is not like they can keep these matters out of the public domain, so it will remain an issue for the NFL moving forward.

Finally, the topic of oversaturation was discussed in multiple media reports (SI.com produced a great piece about the ratings slump) and the before-mentioned Denver Post survey noted that only 29% of viewers watched all three days of NFL football (Thursday, Sunday, and Monday). That translates into a situation where you have oversaturation of product in the airwaves.

The combination of factors driving the decline also translates into a situation where the solution is not easily obtained. It should be interesting to see how the NFL responds to the ratings data from this season and whether they can reverse this trend, stay tuned.

The NFL seems bullish on not eliminating any of these package tiers so they are going to have to work around this reality that, until they address some of these other issues, the ratings are going to remain hovering around the levels they were this season. The NFL is getting a dose of the fact that reality is sometimes a very difficult concept to accept.