Romeo Ardimento 9745 7U Mr. Gern AP English Pd. 4
Dysfunction in the NFL
The NFL (National Football League) is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America and although it has been very successful to this point, in many ways it is the epitome of dysfunction. The league faces a multitude of problems, many of which are very complex. Many argue that since been chosen to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue in 2006 Roger Goodell has worked primarily towards improving the NFL for the sake of the players, coaches, refs, and perhaps most importantly the fans who actually make the organization viable. Sadly, those who hold this idealized view are delusional and should take into account that NFL is an unincorporated nonprofit association and that Goodell’s number-one priority always has to be appeasing the owners who fund each of the 32 teams (bar the Green Bay Packers who own the rare distinction of being the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional team in the entire country). This makes addressing problems very difficult and many have been unsolved or flat-out ignored as a result. Persistent pushes for expansion, the Blackout Rule, and the lack of front-office diversity are issues that the NFL simply has to address.
The NFL may increase the length of the season or even base a franchise in London, England. Player safety is already a major issue and the league’s $765 Million dollar settlement is under review. This year it seemed like more players were injured than ever and last weekend Navarro Bowman (49ers, ILB) suffered from one of the most gruesome injuries to ever occur on a football field. Adding more games will only lead to more injuries and the idea of basing a franchise in London is preposterous and will lead disaster. Goodell must have the foresight to look-past the potential short-term profits and realize what the long-term ramifications may be.
The NFL’s blackout policy states that “a home game...