Ok ok, a lot of people watch football because they genuinely love the game. I may not be one of them, but I absolutely respect that people will choose to spend their time how they will. I do however believe there should be some attention brought to how we use our resources. Hopefully I can do this in a way that seems less preachy and more informative. My goal with this article is not to piss off a bunch of football fans, it's to simply shed light on where our resources are going and where they could be going.
Let's start with simply how many people watch the Super Bowl. Approximately 111.3 Million people watched the Super Bowl last year. That's potentially a third of the entire US population. In fact, 19 of the 20 most watched broadcasts in America have been Super Bowls. I'm really glad that gives that many people fun for a day, truly I am. Yet there's something wrong with this number for me.
Roughly 62.6 Million people volunteered at least once between 2014 and 2015. So nearly twice the amount of people will get together for a single day to watch a football game, than will volunteer in their communities the entire year. That's a pretty staggering number, especially when you consider volunteer rates have been declining steadily each year. So much so, I can't even find reliable data for volunteer rates past 2015.Read More