Roger Goodell says “SHOW ME THE MONEY!”

Posted: December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with the NFL?  Some say the game is changing, but I say the game has already changed.  Well, I guess change isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case it is.  Words such as violent, aggressive, fast and competitive are words we associate with NFL football and let’s be honest; that’s why we love it.

Why do you think a mother has such a difficult time allowing her adorable son to sign up for flag football?  My mom broke down the day I told her I wanted to play football because she knew that this was only the beginning.  When you sign up for football as a kid you might not know what you’re getting yourself into, but when you sign up for the NFL the expectations are clear:  Win at all costs.

The integrity of the NFL is defined by the rules and players, which have helped transform football into the most popular sport in the United States.  The great thing about football is that the game is played the same way across all levels, with the exception of a few rules specifically intended for college or professional play.  Recently, the NFL has attempted to respond to the increased amount of injuries taking place on the field by modifying league rules.

The last thing football fans want to see is a player getting carted away or lying on the field motionless.  The safety of NFL players is a problem that needs to be addressed in an appropriate manner and I’m not disputing that.  However, the approach that the NFL has taken in responding to player safety is excessive and unjust.  The league has incorporated a new set of rules that completely contradicts what NFL players are being paid to do.

Essentially this new set of rules describes the difference between a legal/illegal hit, which is so minuscule that a hit must be shown in slow motion to define the difference.  The consequences for a hit termed as “illegal” are not forgiving, and depending on the circumstances can cost a player anywhere from $20,000-$100,000.  Doesn’t sound right does it?  College football players are rewarded for this same style of play, which in essence is what got them into the NFL!  NFL Fines

Roger Goodell is changing the way football is played and the players are worried about the future of the game. Photo credit to Jake Swan.

I get what the NFL is trying to achieve here but I think it’s a sneaky move.  The NFL wants to attract people to a sport based on violence; they just don’t want to promote it.  I imagine the management team responsible for the NFL’s image suggested they adopt a strategy that appears to promote player safety.  That way if a player is every seriously injured, the NFL can say “hey, we covered our ass.”  The attempt made by the NFL to protect players was nothing more than an attempt and in reality, more of a publicity stunt.  Where I come from that’s what we call damage control, or as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might put it, good PR.



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