Acting Professional for the Good of Football – The NFL Missed Opportunities
The NFL needs to act professionally. Commissioner Goodell and the team owners missed an opportunity to improve the health of the pro football game during the 2011 labor negotiations. Medical benefits for retired players were inadequately addressed last year.
The untimely deaths of Dave Duerson and Junior Seau are two dire consequences.
The Commish’s indifference and unprecedented actions toward the Saints’ bounty-hunting raise further doubts on the professionalism of the NFL.
Sports, such as ice hockey and football have inherent risks. Students of the games should know that hard knocks are can’t always be avoided. Repeated intense physical exertion and bodily contact are undeniable and are to be expected.
Solutions can take many forms before, during, and after the game:
- Better equipment
- Safety devices
- Education and training
- Fairly enforced rules
The NFL does not have any professional field officials. Pro baseball and basketball do. Football referees have other jobs and take on Sunday activities on the side.
Let us appeal to the owners of our favorite NFL teams to make the Commissioner’s office responsible for making progress. Ignoring the wellness of past, current, and future football players is not acting professionally – let alone ethically.
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