New Orleans loves football again

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Time heals all wounds, a/k/a foosball’s not for the devil, after all.

In New Orleans, where football became a four-letter word after the NFC title game officiating debacle, fans have rediscovered the sport, apparently. According to the New Orleans Advocate, the 8.3 rating for the three-day draft made New Orleans the No. 2 market, behind only Nashville.

Given that the Saints didn’t have a first-round pick (they traded it to the Packers last year as part of the move up for pass rusher Marcus Davenport), the rating becomes even more impressive.

In 2015, New Orleans earned the title of the top local market in draft viewership. That was the first year the draft left New York City for a tour of other NFL locales. Maybe it’s time to put the draft in New Orleans, given that there’s a local passion for it — even if the guy who takes the podium for every pick made on the first night of the draft would hear the boos louder than in any city except Boston.

Anger regarding the bad call that contributing the Saints’ loss to the Rams resulted in a Super Bowl ratings nose dive in New Orleans, with the Super Bowl LII rating of 52.4 cut by more than half, to 26.1 for Super Bowl LIII.

62 responses to “New Orleans loves football again

  1. The chickens are coming home to roost, New Orleans! You’ll reap the fruit of your selfish ways! You’re gonna lose all your fancy foosball games…..

  2. As awesome as that would be, the draft has traditionally been going up against big local events like Jazzfest and the Zurich Classic. It would definitely be interesting to see it in NOLA though!

  3. Hey as a Saints fan I’d like to chime in and say YES PLEASE ROGER PLEASE HOLD THE DRAFT IN NEW ORLEANS IT WILL BE TOTALLY FINE. SERIOUSLY

  4. Yeah I agree every city including Tampa would be a great city to host the draft also. High viewership locally of both bucs and rays. Top strip clubs in the country. And the lightning will be in the playoffs every year at that time. So let’s bring a draft to channelside in Tampa bay. And you no you can count on nice warm weather. Plus you know the bucs will be picking one of the guys in the green room. And you can actually for the first time in draft history have a kicker in the draft room because you know the bucs will be selecting the Lou Groza award winner that year.

  5. There was actually a story in NO about why the draft would not work in NO. The jist of the article in the New Orleans advocate was that the draft is during Jazz fest weekend and the Zurich classic. Both of these events depend heavily on local attendance and the draft would largely just poach from the other two events. Unless the NFL changes the date of the draft, NO is unlikely to put together a proposal to host.

  6. laronmeanstheron says:
    April 29, 2019 at 8:46 pm
    the draft would do well in pretty much any NFL/party city except Buffalo and Cincinnati

    And how in the world can you prove that ????

  7. Never gonna happen at its’ current date, Jazz Fest first weekend and The Zurich Classic PGA event. But a week earlier or two weeks later… hmmm.

  8. There are reports (opinions) that New Orleans cannot host because there is not enough room. The NFL could fit well over 100,000+ people in the Dome and Champions Square in addition to surrounding areas. Or maybe just shut down the entire quarter making Jackson Square the location of the stage. Plenty of options. Make it happen Loomis!

  9. Good. Now they can all stop crying. Maybe they’ll even find a qb that doesn’t throw backbreaking interceptions in a big game.

  10. it would work in Cincy
    could hold it at Paul Brown
    if they did it outside in Nashville
    they could do it

  11. Nah. Nah. If you stand still silently outside and really listen, you can still here the not-so-subtle whimpering from the sewerdome dwellers…

  12. That “Super Bowl” rating in New Orleans of 26.1 had to be fake. I know of nobody in New Orleans wo watched the game. Zero. I was at a Bar, litening to live jazz, the place was packed. Nobody was watching TV because it was off. Every bar I passed by had the exact same thing going on. ZERO people watching the game because it was not on. I spoke with dozens of people the next day, most did not know who had won the game let alone the score. The only reason I know who had won is because I passed by a major hotel (international chain) that had the post-game on (very late, and I was kind of numb) and I happend to look up and saw the score.

    New Orleans would be a great place for the draft and we would boo way more that Boston.

  13. Outside of New England, the pats aren’t exactly beloved. Their presence could factor into lower viewership.

  14. the draft would do well in pretty much any NFL/party city except Buffalo and Cincinnati

    How about Sturgis like that WCW pay per view back in the day?

  15. The officiating debacle in question was the whole game, not just one play, with bad no-calls that could have dramatically impacted the game going against both sides.

    The real fix has yet to be implemented, and that’s to tell the refs to drop the “Let them play!” attitude during Playoff games and call them the same as regular season games.

    If that results in flags all day, that’s on the teams and at least the result will be fair.

  16. It was not a bad call. It was a non-call. The referee did not see the foul. It happens sometimes. The ref cannot see all of the fouls all of the time, especially on a bang bang play. Sometimes they see a foul when none existed.

  17. What? Buffalo has some of the best (and craziest) fans. They’d be great hosts!

    And Cincinnati is a city that’s full of heart and good people. They’d throw a great draft, too.

  18. I think Abraham Lincoln said, “you can see some of the fouls all of the time, and you can see all of the fouls some of the time, but you cannot see all of the fouls all of the time.”

  19. It would be cool here in NOLA but the city hosts 2 other major events during the draft
    1) The Jazz & Heritage festival
    2.) the PGA is is town
    NOPD would spread pretty thin but it would be doable except generally at that time of the year we usually get hit with Formosan Termite swarms guest getting swarmed by millions of flying swarming termites might not make for good optics

  20. I’m sure Buffalo OR Cincinnati would go above and beyond to make a draft held in either place unforgettable. I can’t speak directly for Cincinnati, and I’m not in the party scene myself, but to say Buffalo “isn’t a party city” is outright ignorance.

  21. Lol, time must also wipe away their memory of winning an NFC championship on a series of terrible calls and a cheating scandal. Not sure if the concept of karma exists in their swampy voodoo hellscape but things come around, stop being little bitches about it.

  22. the draft would do well in pretty much any NFL/party city except Buffalo and Cincinnati

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    I would argue Buffalo would be NUTS for the draft. Bills Mafia would take that place over.

    -Pats Fan

  23. New Orleans never stopped loving football. The boycott of the SuperBowl was about trying to wake up ol’ Roger from his sleep at the switch and saving football from itself.

  24. to the guy above

    Buffalo ranks one of the highest in draft coverage and Superbowl viewership. Buffalo would kill it. #BestFansInTheNFL

  25. What a big disservice to NFL fans being robbed of Belichick vs Payton and Brady vs Brees in the Superbowl…Funny we never did get to hear how big the Casinos/Mob won on the Rams advancing insteada the Saints…

  26. It was weird in town for a while after that game. Nobody wanted to talk football or the Saints unless it was to bad mouth you know who.

    Even during the dark days of Ditka and before, the city was always buzzing for the Saints. Things are getting back to normal now.

  27. 1950giantsfan says:
    April 30, 2019 at 8:54 am
    The draft was up because New Orleans thought they were going to get another shot at replaying the Rams game again…
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    Nothing that happens in the NFL will make Saints fans trust the NFL again.
    The NFL manipulates games at will for marketing purposes, and even the dumber fans see that clearly now.

  28. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    April 30, 2019 at 8:30 am
    What a big disservice to NFL fans being robbed of Belichick vs Payton and Brady vs Brees in the Superbowl…Funny we never did get to hear how big the Casinos/Mob won on the Rams advancing insteada the Saints…
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    We’d all like to know that, somebody made a killing. I’m just curious who the NFL owners get to make their bets for them so they can avoid scandal.

  29. “…Anger regarding the bad call that contributing the Saints’ loss to the Rams resulted in a Super Bowl ratings nose dive in New Orleans, with the Super Bowl LII rating of 52.4 cut by more than half, to 26.1 for Super Bowl LIII.”

    That’s probably because Super Bowl LII was the greatest football game that was ever played #phillyspecial #phillyphilly

  30. wreckdeutschland says:
    April 29, 2019 at 11:22 pm
    Outside of New England, the pats aren’t exactly beloved. Their presence could factor into lower viewership.
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    Yet the most popular player for the ‘not beloved Pats’ ranks in the top 1-5 in jersey sales for like 19 years straight. Obviously people all around the country are buying Patriots gear. Everyone loves a champion.

  31. uglynora says:
    April 30, 2019 at 7:40 am
    New Orleans never stopped loving football. The boycott of the SuperBowl was about trying to wake up ol’ Roger from his sleep at the switch and saving football from itself.
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    The would be believable if you’d had the same self righteous attitude before Sean took his year vacay. But when that happened all you guys said was get over it. Karma!

  32. I used to respect Saint fans because of how much they supported their team. But after last year seeing their team stealing celebrations and their fans acting all trashy to other fan bases on comment boards. They are trash just like the 90’s Raider fans.

  33. Still reading whining Saints fans. The fact is that the Saints had numerous opportunities to win the NFC championship BEFORE and AFTER the blown call. They failed in every opportunity.

    It’s a game played and officiated by humans. Stuff happens. Be mad, be upset, but get over it.

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