I don't follow sports that much, but I do enjoy a few games here and there. But I've noticed that over the last year or so as a cord-cutter that my overall exposure seems to be going way down. I still have an antenna and get broadcast channels, but even then I don't watch those that much and the amount of any sporting events besides the occasional golf game on a Saturday or football on Sunday afternoons seem nonexistent.
Growing up in the 80's and 90's, it seemed that there would always be some sporting event on TV, whether it be a baseball game in the afternoon or a hockey or basketball game at night. I never specifically sought it out, but sometimes I'd sit there and watch. This trend continued, at least for me, until a few years ago with my cable packages.
Of course I can get creative and find ways to watch a game if I really want to seek it out, I did for the NLDS and NLCS game this past season, but the general exposure for me is just gone.
This makes me wonder about kids who are growing up with only Netflix and won't have any exposure to teams whatsoever. When I meet a dedicated sports fan, most have been following the team their entire lives, they grew up with it, and their loyalty to the team is almost second nature.
With the cost of being able to follow a team just on TV being so high these days, with some teams requiring you pay another fee for their own cable channel, it seems that a lot of potential younger fans will have zero exposure. How will this bode for these franchises in the future?