We pointed out on Monday that the proliferation of the NFL’s RedZone network in stadiums on game day could cause some Heidi-style frustrations in places like San Fran and Oakland, where the home team’s game could be getting started as games being piped into the venue are reaching their climax. (The Bears reportedly plan to utilize the RedZone feed, too, along with the Ravens and Patriots.)
Our buddy Paul Allen of KFAN raised another point during our weekly visit with him that could affect stadiums throughout the league when the season is winding down.
As the final few games unfold, the various permutations for postseason positioning compel fans to watch the scoreboard. With RedZone, scoreboard-watching takes on a new level of meaning.
So what will the Patriots do if, for example, they need to beat the Bills at home and likewise need the Dolphins to lose in a game that starts at the same time?
There will be no easy answer to the dilemma that teams will face, especially if head coaches bristle at any information regarding the other game from being made available to the players. The best approach will be to make a decision in advance and clearly communicate it to all paying customers as far in advance as possible. Otherwise, the effort to make the in-stadium experience simulate sitting on the couch at home could backfire, badly.