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Today’s Title Is… Fixing the National Football League

Today’s Title Is… Fixing the National Football League

The National Football League needs some “fixing”. There have been way too many controversies, the tv ratings are down, and, quite honestly, the attitudes and image of the league could stand improvement.

In no particular order, here are fixes, some easy and others not so much, that would address these problems.

The owners need to be quiet. They’re all perceived as billionaires that only care about money anyway, and should stay behind the scenes, especially when embroiled in their sport’s controversies and societal problems.

Drop Thursday night games. They’re overkill because football isn’t as special when it’s on more than Sundays and the Monday night game. Players don’t like playing on a short week and that also suggests the owners don’t care about anything except making more money. Encourage people to look forward to football again by limiting games to Sunday and Monday.

Get serious about standards, discipline, and professionalism. Football is a violent game, and is probably made worse by the multiple camera angles and replays. but certain on and off the field behaviors have changed the image of the league for many. On the field, address the more violent actions, such as fights and plays where the body is used as a weapon, such as helmet to helmet hits. Suspensions and substantial fines will work. Enforce rules regarding media obligations, also, because it appears to fans that players are babied. As to serious off the field issues, such as drug use, domestic violence, etc. fair solutions aren’t easy to come by because there is a legal process, in addition to the role played by the NFL. ┬áIf, however, the league decides to take action, the consequences must be substantial. “Small” fines, such as $10,000-$12,000, for players who often make millions of dollars do not act as a deterrent. Likewise, players who receive multiple chances or whose punishment is delayed again and again severely hurt the image of the league.

Emphasize the good things the NFL participates in even more than they do now.

**This is my own “pet peeve”. Please. I’m begging you. Stop forcing, threatening, or bullying cities into building new stadiums. The tax paying citizens in these cities often can’t afford to go to the games and there’s immense frustration when billionaires force situations where those with little money pay higher taxes so those same billionaires can avoid paying for stadiums and make even more money.

I’m probably in the minority when it comes to missing the days when celebrations didn’t occur after every play. I know about the whole “let them have fun” thing. Quite honestly, I’m sick of players not just celebrating with a touchdown dance, but having a choreographed routine with several teammates. This sets a bad example for younger players and suggests a complete lack of sportsmanship and humility from athletes who are perceived as spoiled anyway.

Finally, the topic that’s been getting the most attention concerning the National Football League, protesting racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. There are strong feelings on all sides of this issue, but there is little doubt that it has had a negative effect on the league, with many viewing players as rich, spoiled young men who are showing disrespect for America, the flag, and our military. I don’t believe that was the original intent, nor do I believe it’s the intent now, but this action is still hurting the image of the league and the message about racial injustice is becoming lost.