Re: Is NFL losing integrity of the game?
posted at 11/24/2013 1:01 AM EST
Football may be on it's last legs, as I stated when all those concussion lawsuits were being filed. All the rule changes supposedly made to ensure player safety were done to starve off these lawsuits. As a result, the NFL rule book is beginning to resemble the IRS Tax Code.
The rules are so broad that no one really knows what's a foul and what isn't. Such a system is dangerous in the sense that it gives the refs a much greater opportunity to influence the outcome of games with their calls, with the broad and at times contradicting rules giving them cover to do whatever they like. Such was the case on that final call in Carolina. Clearly, Gronk was interfered with...but then you had the "uncatchable ball" rule, which gave the refs cover to change the call.
Now we're dealing with the Jonathan Martin situation, in which a 300 plus pound offensive lineman is claiming that he was "bullied" by another offensive lineman, creating a "hostile work environment." Just what the sport needs...lawyers, judges, and, eventually, politicians getting involved in legislating how teams should be run, and what constitutes proper conduct in the lockeroom.
More and more articles are being written as to how football can never be made "safe", and that it's a bloodsport, harkening back to the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/11/17/football-game-inherent-conflict/GkAXWtEoJWdjEoqH0dHIAJ/story.html
Since approximately 75%of NFL players are black, can charges of black exploitation and racism be far behind?:
This is not a racial issue. You seem to object to players asserting their rights to protection or suing to get that protection. I agree there are far too many frivolous lawsuits in the USA but the issue the players have is legitmate and it has nothing to do with race. It is simply about their health and asserting the rights that all citizens should enjoy. All citizens that work under dangerous conditions need all the protections they should have. If employers fail to provide those protections they have the right to sue.
there is real truth here NYC. It doesn't matter that current players may be complaining about not allowing players to play given the new protection rules. NFL owners can only hope they continue to complain about such things well after they've retired.
Owners are concerned about those players who reverse their mentality after retirement due to real cognitive and physical limitations.
Most industries have safety codes and practices that employers and employees must follow to ensure safety. The NFL and the Players Uniion were really late in establishing or even ackknowledging dangers to working in the NFL. In fact, we don't even use the word "worker" or "employee" and this is part of the problem. We call them "players and that word carries with it a carefree meaning. Now, we know that the NFL is not very carefree, rather it is quite dangerous.
Thus, any workers code in the NFL should clearly state the dangers and mandate necessary protections as it is now doing with concussions. Furthermore, most industries where people have dangerous jobs offer lifetime protections, health care and testing after people leave the profession. Police officers and military are well known examples of this. The NFL is fortunately starting to implement this slowly and I hope the Players Union does it's part in advocating and encouraging players to seek treatment and education after their careers.