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Eric Wise

Eric Wise is a stay-at-home dad with three children, ages 11, 9 and 3. He was formerly a reporter for the now-defunct Hershey Chronicle newspaper, and he has 10 years of experience in public relations with four different statewide associations. His home improvement column, "Around the House," appeared in daily and weekly newspapers around Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2009. He is a graduate of Hershey Senior High School and Elizabethtown College. He enjoys reading, playing guitar and photography. 

The TV Show of the Year

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Although I generally ignore it, the Super Bowl is coming up. Over the years, I realized that the Super Bowl is simply a popular TV show. The coaches and players (especially one cornerback), realize this. I think most people who attend in person do, too. 

It's set up and packaged for you like a WWE event, and the wrestling folks got it right when they picked "Entertainment" for the sporting organization's name. When it comes to Richard Sherman or any other players posturing before the game, it's clear just how similar WWE personalities and the NFL's participants are.

The TV program of the Super Bowl offers more than going to the game. People enjoy the commercials they avoid any other day. The NFL and its broadcasters are heading toward a point where the Pre Game Show will start on Saturday and run up until kickoff. When you finish watching the game, there are no shortage of analysts available for those who have not heard enough prattling about the game yet. It's a TV show, and it's a marathon of a TV show.

I don't mean calling the Super Bowl a TV show as a complaint. The NFL has succeeded where MLB and the NBA lagged. The Super Bowl outshines college bowl games. The only other sport that comes close is the NCAA's basketball tournament, specifically Division I men's. For the Super Bowl and March Madness, the event transcends the sports normal fans, drawing in casual fans who scarcely watch a game and others who don't follow the game except for the Big Event. But taking the two head-to-head, the Super Bowl has created traditions based around a single day that nothing else has.

Motorsports, hockey, baseball and the Olympics can't compete. Regardless of its appeal everywhere else, soccer never attracted the masses or the money like American football. Considering the popularity and moneymaking growth since the first Super Bowl, it's astounding.

As a matter of fact, the Super Bowl should easily be enough to prove that the NFL is undeserving of its status as a nonprofit and it should start paying more taxes. But that's a separate argument. 

If the Super Bowl is your thing, I hope you enjoy the matchup this year!




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