Opinion: NFL Business Blunders, When Money Rules the Game
With football swinging into a new season, onlookers question not only the players, but the leaders of the game itself. Recent controversies have led us to wonder: what is going on with the NFL? Sure, football has come to be synonymous with big money over the past decades, but it seems that team owners view it strictly for that monetary value, rather than valuing the sport itself.
A fraternal organization ‘til the end, the Ravens camp recently proved that human life value doesn’t matter all that much — as long as the star running back doesn’t get caught, that is. The Ray Rice elevator scandal taught fans quite a bit about integrity and arrogance. The coaches and team owners cover up for their players no matter what terror they inflict. Pimping out a golden athlete doesn’t smell like team loyalty, but, after all, it is a business.
The Ravens aren’t the only team catching heat for their behavior. The Washington Redskins logo controversy put the team under a microscopic lens because of the leaders’ message to the public. Reacting with insensitivity toward everyone but themselves has created an irreversible rift with the team’s fan base. Merchandise sales have suffered, and cultural groups have replaced feelings of offense with boycotting the champions altogether. If the sport is such a business, maybe the boss should start treating their fans with the respect they deserve. They are the customers buying into the team, after all.
NFL leadership experiences its general blunders, but the organization’s resistance to medical innovation and technology regarding brain trauma has fans worried about the future of the sport itself. Numerous studies have pointed out the inherent violence to the brain that hits cause, yet the NFL sees no reason to change the structure of the game. No one wants to step up and change things. Could this perhaps be because they don’t see anything wrong with the picture? What will it take for the leaders to shape up? If the athletes struggle, then the whole team struggles with them. That’s something every business should take the care to understand.
What do you think it will take for the NFL to shake up the way things are done? How would you change the way athletes are treated? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseyembro