First of all, the NFL was perfect… Unfortunately, the people running the NFL have never heard of or just don’t like practicing “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.” Now that the NFL has been fucked with over recent years, it actually does need fixing because the product is starting to fall apart. Although the ratings are declining, it’s still the most popular sport in the US by a mile.
The NFL CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) isn’t up until 2020, so Roger Goodell has time to think about all this and his approach, but at the end of the day when it comes down to negotiating you can guarantee he won’t have an open mind to anything unless it’ll increase NFL revenue. Here’s what I think needs to happen to the NFL to make it great again and how it will effect the (1) Players, (2) NFL, and (3) the Fans:
- Eliminate Thursday Night Football: Players ↑ / NFL ↓ / Fans ↑
- Note: TNF is such a shitty product that doesn’t help anyone but the NFL and you can even argue that because he’s hurting their reputation… If they care of about the product and ratings, they should consider doing this.
- Players ↑: No player likes the short week. They need all the time they can get to recover from the previous game to be at their best.
- NFL ↓: This isn’t good for the NFL because they’re losing out on potential ad venture and exposure during the week, however there’s other ways to offset losing this component (which I’ll get into in a moment). Although this isn’t ideal for the NFL, I think it would paint them in a much better picture that they (1) care more about their players (which they don’t at all), and (2) want to improve the product (which they don’t care about either – It’s all about the money).
- Fans ↑: You don’t need TNF… It’s a watered down, shitty product because the players can’t be at their best giving the short time frames. This will create more excitement for Sundays and Mondays and the product will be a lot better. The only way I could see fans not liking this is if they’re a degenerate gambler and “need” the entertainment.
- Increase Halftime: Players ↑ / NFL ↑ / Fans ↑
- Note: Let’s be honest… What’s the rush?
- Players ↑: They get more time to rest and strategize
- NFL ↑: More time to serve up advertisements
- Fans ↑: More time to do whatever you want to do and build anticipation
- Shorten Commercial Breaks: Players ↑ / NFL ↓ / Fans ↑
- Players ↑: I think it’s a positive because they can continue the momentum and pace of the game. All the interruptions who be hard to get in a rhythm and stay in that rhythm.
- NFL ↓: This isn’t good for advertising (fucking duh), but you can make up for this if you increase halftime and serve these ads there instead. It’s obviously not as ideal for the advertiser, but if there’s less time than there should be more demand for that air time, which the NFL (or TV Network rather) can increase that price tag on that air time.
- Fans ↑: Holy shit we need this soooooo bad! Because here’s the sequence that we’re all way too used to and growing very annoyed by:
- Team enters RedZone >> Commercial >> Touchdown >> Commercial >> Under Review >> Commercial >> Extra Point >> Commercial >> Kickoff / Touchback >> Commercial >> AND SO ON… I wish I was being sarcastic!
- Add 2-3 Additional Games (BUT ADD 2nd BYE-WEEK): Players ↓ / NFL ↑ / Fans ↑
- Players ↓: If you love a game, you should have no problem playing it more, right? Wrong. This is such a physical, violent sport that players want to minimize the time on the field while increasing their income for their families. Their health is their paycheck since contracts aren’t guaranteed. I think the players would be ok with this if you gave them a 2nd BYE week in the season to break it up more.
- NFL ↑: More games = More money
- Fans ↑: Who doesn’t want more football? We sit through 162 baseball games in a regular season… Why can’t we have a longer football season?
- A Catch Is A Catch: Players ↑ / NFL ↑ / Fans ↑
- Note: When reviews were first introduced to the NFL, I thought it was the greatest thing to happen to pro sports because we started getting the calls right and if you disagreed as a coach you could put it to the test with a simple tossing of a red flag. We’ve taken this way too far though… A review is great, but not to the point where we shut down all eye tests completely and common sense. There’s been plenty of times where the receiver has full control of the ball, the ground moves it slightly, and it turns into a no catch because of all the stupid rules about what really is a catch. Take this section of the NFL rule book and throw it out. Use your eyes and let the refs make a judgement call, not turn this into a science experiment in-between ridiculously long commercial breaks. FYI – This was a catch:
- Reduce NFL Commissioner’s Disciplinary Power: Players ↑ / NFL ↑ / Fans ↑
- Players ↑: Players HATE Roger Goodell with a passion. Anything to bring him down a notch and not be in charge of unfair and unjust disciplinary action would be a huge victory.
- NFL ↑: This would make the NFL look good to the public. Do you the commissioner in MLB, NHL, NBA or any other professional sport? Probably not because you’re not supposed to. This position shouldn’t run a league like Hitler.
- Fans ↑: No matter what team you root for, whether you agree with Deflategate or not, every team has been penalized by Roger Goodell is someway that was unjust. It would be a victory for the people.
7. Let Players Smoke Weed: Players ↑ / NFL ↑ / Fans ↑
- Players ↑: If it makes your body feel better and helps you deal with pain, go for it.
- NFL ↑: Why do you care in the first place? Don’t you want players using substances to heal their bodies (and minds)? Let them smoke if it helps them cope with being hit by a bus every week.
- Fans ↑: No fan sure care about this…
8. Contract Negotiations (Guaranteed Money + Minimums): Players ↑ / NFL ↓ / Fans ↑
- Players ↑: Job security is always a nice thing… There’s something to be said about the motivation to constantly play at your best to earn your money, but the current system is broken and can really put players in a tough spot.
- NFL ↓: Guaranteeing money is always tough as we see with the MLB. Huge contracts over lengthy periods of time that never work out at the end. I don’t think the NFL should entertain guarantees to the extent of the MLB because that’s too much in the players favor, but there’s a good middle ground in there where everyone can be happy and veterans and rookies can have higher minimums.
- Fans ? : We have no say in this… It’s not our money so we shouldn’t really give a shit, but we do love the players more than the big wigs at NFL HQ.
Bonus Idea: If you keep Thursday Night Football, it can only be played by teams coming off a BYE.
Double Bonus: College OT rule introduced to the NFL?
What are your thoughts? What would you change? Do you agree with these 8 ideas?
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