Mike Mulvihill, a Fox Sports vice president, told SBJ that the problem isn’t that there is too much NFL on TV, but that there is too much football all the way around — including college.
“The rise in football availability is pretty dramatic,” Mulvihill said. “This is what drives fragmentation in every area of television. … You can argue whether there’s greater or lesser interest in the game of football than there was ten years ago. But clearly, whatever that interest is, it’s being spread out over quite a few more windows than it was ten years ago.”
For his part, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, worried that there is football fatigue by every Sunday of the week and noted that the biggest ratings fall is among viewers aged 18 to 34 years.
“Cam didn’t intend to be discourteous toward any specific media member,” the team said, via NFL.com. “In his mind, after answering questions for nine minutes, he had fulfilled his obligations.”
But because it’s Newton and because Newton has a bad history with press conferences, this will almost definitely create noise. After losing Super Bowl 50 to the Broncos, Newton walked out of his press conference after just a couple minutes. And earlier this season, Newton made a sexist comment to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like that,” Newton said after being asked about route running. “It’s funny.”
Newton later apologized. Last week, Cam Newton Jersey skipped his mandatory press conference altogether.
It’s been a turbulent season for the Panthers, who are 4-3 after a loss to the Bears in which they scored three points while the Bears defense scored 14 points off two costly Panthers’ turnovers. Newton hasn’t been at his best after working his back from a shoulder injury this offseason. He’s thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (9) and has generated an 80.9 passer rating. Still, Newton and the Panthers are only half a game back of the Saints in the NFC South.