Competition Analysis ----- Porter’s Five Forces
1. Analysis of the NFL’s American Competitors- NBA, MLB, NHL
To many American’s the NFL is seen as the most dominant professional sports league. It’s main competitors here in the states are the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Although football is not considered America’s Pastime as baseball is; football is the most popular sport in the United States (1). In a recent Harris Poll 33% of the people polled stated that football was their favorite sport. The next closest was baseball with only 14 % of the people polled stating that baseball was their favorite sport.
Since it’s inception in 1920 (formerly known as the American Football League) football has worked its way into the America culture. If you walk into a bar on a Sunday afternoon or on a Monday night you will see hundreds of adoring fans wearing their favorite player’s jersey while yelling at the TV screen and slugging down cold beers to wash down those two dozen buffalo wings that they have consumed during the course of the night. Football is America. It is America because it is one of the only sports that was created in America and hasn’t been overtaken by foreign players and foreign leagues. If you want to realize just how big of a strong hold football has on the American television watchers all you have to do is look at the TV ratings the Monday following the Super Bowl. A record 97.5 million viewers tuned into Super Bowl XLII to watch the New York Giants defeat the undefeated New England Patriots. The 97.5 million eclipsed the previous record of 94 million which was set in 1996 (2)
The NFL’s chief competitor is from Major League Baseball according to the most recent Harris Poll the MLB is the second most enjoyed sport in America. The MLB was founded in 1876 and is the oldest organized professional sports league in America today. It is currently composed of 30 team (1...