Podcast: Discussing Andrew Brandt’s MMQB Article on an NFL D-League

As a part of my work here at Over The Cap, I want to share with you my thoughts through podcasts. Currently, I am not skilled in the technological know-how to put my podcasts on iTunes and such, but that will be done within the next few weeks.

On Friday, I shared my thoughts on this article by Andrew Brandt: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/08/21/nfl-development-league/

As someone who played with guys who were in the un-drafted free agency pool, trained with these kind of players at DeFranco’s Gym as well as clients that I’ve been involved with, I’ve seen first hand how much the league, and the players, would benefit from a developmental league. So below is a “podcast” on this topic, you can download it through mp3ify.com and listen to it on your iTunes if you want as well.

Ah…whatever, you guys will figure something out, thanks for listening and I hope to make this MUCH more convenient for you in the near future.

  • Dan Kunze

    First off, put your podcasts on Stitcher like Jason does. That app is great.
    As for a D league, it would have to be played during the off season or nobody will care. On top of that, the D league guys would need to be informed that their chances of catching on to a practice squad or team are minimal at best. Plus they are going to get hurt, etc. Lots of variables.
    I think the best bet is for the NFL to do a D league, and advertise it as such so the fans aren’t expecting real pro football. If they make known to the fans that we are watching a true developmental league, then I think it will do OK. It will still be a money loser, but as long as the fans are seeing NFL product in the off season, I think that it works as a giant nice advertising campaign.
    I would also make sure if I were the league that the CBA does NOT work for the D League, or write up a separate one for the D league. I assume that would be baked into the pie, but just sayin’.

    • Dan Kunze

      One other problem – if the league plays in the winter, NOBODY from Chicago will care about teams or players from Vegas, Orlando and Phoenix. So if you can’t do it in, say, April/May, that will discount half of the country that is under snow cover.

      • Well, you’ve got to have it at some point, the weather doesn’t matter in the south. Do you not watch the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football because you’re in Chicago?

        This isn’t something aimed at the casual fan, you have to aim it at the fan who’s most likely going to like it. This league’s target market will be the people who are reading sites like this one all offseason long. The league also needs to do it during a time of year where there is nothing else on the schedule and February through April works.

        • Dan Kunze

          Agreed, but it is a much tougher sell to get me to watch the Phoenix Cacti in a D League game than the Arizona Cardinals in a regular season NFL game and I, like you, am a football nut. If it was on and I had nothing better to do I would watch it, but I am not clearing my schedule like I do every fall. I am not sure that there are enough of us to make it feasible, but hey, that is for people who are getting paid to figure out.

    • I like your point on the advertising you’ll get from it, that’s worth something. That point regarding the CBA not working for the D-League would be a very important legal issue, good stuff.

  • McGeorge

    Injuries are a big problem in football. I see lots and lots of ACL tears and other injuries.
    What about having a minimal contact D-League, the idea being to develop skills, and keep injuries down. This means that winning would not be the main emphasis. That would make it a bad sport to watch, but one that would work well as a feeder for the NFL.

  • I havent had a chance to listen to Zacks podcast yet but there are some good comments here. I think the hard part with a D-League and the NFL is that the NFL tends to aim high when something like this needs to aim low. There would obviously be two paths. One is a feeder system that takes place Monday thru Wednesday during the NFL season or the other is the XFL/USFL path which is a full spring league that people watch.

    I actually think the spring concept can work with the right players. The USFL had stars which helped it a great deal as did playing in certain markets that did not have pro teams. The XFL got of to a tremendous start due to the incredible marketing but they failed to put any effort into the on field product. By the time halftime hit of their first game they were sunk because the level of football was so bad. But it improved by seasons end but by then the damage was done and they lost so much money it was over. But I think it would have been viable if they devoted as much time to the in game as they did hyping it.

    From a marketing standpoint doing the spring time gives it more of a chance if they aim to be a money maker. The NBA is at its lowest point before the playoffs begin. Hockey is much more regional interest, primarily for playoff bound teams. Baseball doesnt carry the same punch on opening day anymore and you could probably beat them to the punch by a week or two. Basicaly your big competition is March Madness if you opt for the March start and the Masters a few weeks later.