It could be a combination of things..... sports have certainly lost their innocence.....fans are more and more aware by the day how much the sport is business first then sport second, and that's soured people on things like this....add in sponsorships, overhype (for God's sake NFL MEDIA DAY has a goddamn sponsor now) and basic oversaturation of the product as a whole...the fun and the innocence are gone from all these events, and I don't think its coming back.....
I have to disagree that it is the sponsorships that are taking away from the event. As I said, it's the gimmicky events that are killing it for me. The silly breakaway challenge, the stupid trick shot thing, and the absence of some of the game's top players have all combined to turn the thing into a dud.
Also you originally said, "these skills comp events just seemed a LOT more fun a whole bunch of years ago before NBC got involved and they tried to push too hard for "creativity" and stuff like that, that breakaway even was a thing of painful to watch..." That seems to me like your issue is with the dumb events. But than you replied to me that it isn't, so I am left a little confused.
I also think Daniel makes a good point that the event appeals more to younger fans.
That was insane. My favorite skills save is this gem.
these skills comp events just seemed a LOT more fun a whole bunch of years ago before NBC got involved and they tried to push too hard for "creativity" and stuff like that, that breakaway even was a thing of painful to watch....though as a crappy hockey player I feel better seeing NHL guys wipe out during drills
100% agreed. It's become a complete gimmick. I think they were trying to copy the NBA model. The dunk competition gets just as idiotic.