As football-starved as I am now, I’ll watch anything that remotely has anything to do with it. But usually, the pregame is chatter I have on while I’m gathering snacks and a jersey and such for the real game.
Games start at 10am for us west-coasters, so I’m totally happy to mill around, have some tea, read the paper, etc, until about 11, and then start watching the game and FF through the commercials. Can’t remember the last time I watched a pre-game show.
It’s only as good as the content. Some weeks there are interesting stories to report in the world of professional football and I like the coverage. But other weeks, there’s nothing in particular going on and they’ve still got to fill up the same amount of time.
30 years ago we didn’t get to hear about all the news around the NFL because not many people had cable and the internet didn’t exist yet. So fast forward 30 later and since we have cable and the internet, whatever they are talking about on the pregame shows we already heard all week long.
I generally ignore them, but they’re always on at the gym on Sunday morning. In the 80’s and early 90’s there wasn’t 24/7 coverage of every NFL story, so the shows were interesting enough since they covered more than just the local team. Nowadays, they seemed geared towards fantasy and I don’t need their speculation, just tell me who’s playing