Last summer I posted an article entitled Questioning the NFL and its leadership. This post was about CTE and the rule changes associated with concussions and long term brain trauma.
This post summarized wasn’t aimed to the extreme on the matter one way or another. It was about the rule changes that have changed the actual essence of football. Rule changes that focus on the protection of quarterbacks and receivers.
A quick glance at the players who suffer CTE in their post playing days shows Lineman on both sides of the ball, Linebackers, and Fullbacks as the majority afflicted with this disease. Common sense shows that these are the men that collide head first play in and play out. Practice after practice, game after game.
The rule changes that were made do not address this at all. How could it? If you did address the players who are truly affected it wouldn’t be football anymore.
NFL Owners looking to add 17th game or else
A week ago as I was getting ready for bed, SportsCenter blaring in the background, I stopped and looked up offended. Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner was talking about adding another game to the league schedule. Do the NFL owners really care about the player safety?
Mr. Goodell what happened to your player health concerns? You say it won’t affect players health. That’s a reckless and gratuitous outlook to say the least. If a player plays 15 seasons that would add almost an entire season of hits to his career.
It’s the owners that are really behind this expanded schedule proposal. This is what I find most offensive. If given an extra home game these multi-billionaire owners stand to make a few extra million. I wonder if the extra game were added but the owners couldn’t keep a dime, would they still push for it?
Absolutely egregious behavior but not at all suprising. Don’t you franchise owning a******** have enough money. Willing to put your players at risk for what to you is basically couch change.
If this isn’t enough, it seems if this part of a new CBA isn’t excepted then the owners will strike. I hope this backfires in excess.
A player’s prospective
Many players are rightfully against this. Richard Sherman stated “[I]t’s odd to me, and it’s always odd, when you hear player safety is their biggest concern … but it seems like player safety has a price tag,” Sherman added. “Player safety, up to the point of, ‘Hey, 17 games makes us this much money, so we really don’t care how safe they are, if you’re gonna pay us this much money to play another game.’ And so that’s the part that’s really concerning for us as a union and us as players because they think that players have a price tag on their health and I don’t think we’re in the same ballpark in that regard.”
A new player president
There will be a new NFLPA president in March. Many feel that Russell Okung is the leading canidate. Okung is one of many who will fully oppose this CBA condition set forth by the league owners. If not Okung, most likely the new president will have the same philosophical outlook on this situation. The billionaire NFL owners need to show more compassion for its player safety. That’s what it comes down to in the end. The safety of these billionaires employees needs to take precedence over everything else.
Nfl owners, what’s up? Didn’t you say player safety was a priority? If you go ahead and strike over what can only be boiled down to a lack of conscience for player safety and the long term health of your employees, you can never put the genie back in the bottle and say you care again. It will be obvious what you care about. Couch change is more important to you than the safety of your employees.