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Blockbuster Cedes Sunday to NFL Season Opener

8 Sep, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Rental icon admits more people will watch football today than rent a movie

It was the Sept. 8 opening of the 2013 National Football League season and Blockbuster resigned itself publicly to the reality of the day: More people would probably watch their favorite team on TV than rent a movie.

The NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and considers itself the most popular sports league in the United States.

“We'd suggest a movie to watch today, but since it's the first Sunday of the NFL season, you're [sic] TV is probably already booked,” Blockbuster posted on its Facebook page.

With more than 100 “likes” in support less than an hour after the post, comments ranged from mentioning the grammatical error (“you’re”), concurring with the sentiment or dissing football, to amazement Blockbuster was still in business.

Correen Bergquist posted support for Blockbuster and video stores in general: “Me football — nope! Watch Lucky One — great movie!”

Kyle Alexander Atchley wrote that he was at his “anti-football” cousin’s house: “Therefore we are watching Zombieland!”

Dave Sharp recommended renting movies with a football theme: Last Boy Scout, Any Given Sunday, Jerry Maguire, Invincible and The Blind Side.

“All good alternatives if you're not really a fan of the game,” Sharp wrote.

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