I really ponder what qualifications does it take to be a commissioner. It must be a hard job to be consistant with your decisions and try to provide a litle marketing to a league, that has already become the new American Pastime.
What is wrong with Goodell? I would not even waste a readers time about how inconsistant he was in 2008 with the discipline he handed out in regards to the leagues conduct policy. A couple of other issues seem to make me wonder if this Commissioner is up for the job.
So Mr. Goodell i have three suggestions for you to ponder about the shape of the NFL.
1. A three game preseason to me makes sense --less injuries by overagressive special teams players trying to make it in the NFL so they can realize their dream by never playing a down all year anyway.
2. A 17 game season is for the birds, just expand the playoff teams from each division from 6 to 10 and now you will have a lot more interest because the teams that missed are now in. Besides you should be more concerned about getting an NFL team make in the biggest media market in the world-Los Angeles ,and stop trying to promote a game in Toronto or London or Tokyo. The NFL is never going to expand to those markets anyways because of the cost involved.
3. If you want to kill the Pro Bowl than pull the plug already instead of making it a slow painful process.
17 games seasons. STUPID!!!!
What would make more sense at the end of the football season seeing a 17th game from the like of the Lions, Chiefs, Raiders, Bengals etc.. On the other hand who would want to go watch a team like the Titans, Colts, Giants, Steelers, or Panthers play all of their second and third team players as they would overlook this 17th game and be thinking ahead to the playoffs. This year was not as bad as others but we have NFL teams quit in the last two weeks of the season.
Expanded playoffs would make more sense. Especially when you have a division like the NFC East this year when the old cliche of any given sunday really came into play. If it is about revenue, " Everyone watches the playoffs." TV revenue would be increased which means more of a split on advertising dollars and the Networks would be kicking back more because of the interst that marquee names generate and the expanded playoff format would help make this possible.
Think of the teams that just missed the playoffs this year--Cowboys, Patriots, Jets, Bears, hell even the Broncos. Dallas, Boston, New York/New Jersey, Chicago, and Denver. Those are the biggest cities in the USA. They are major markets. Those citites have the money to spend on 100.00 tickets and 10.00 beer and all of that overpriced crap that you can buy at a playoff game when your team is involved.
There also would be more interest to have at least two extra playoff games in each league which means 8 more teams are creating more revenue than the other 30+ could do with a tired 17th game of the season.
The NFL just announced that next years Pro Bowl will be played the week BEFORE the Superbowl in Miami. STUPID!!!!!! The issue about the Pro Bowl as well is becoming almost mute. That event is huge in Hawaii as anyone whom has gone knows.
How is that a better outcome than what is already implimeneted in place. Now for sure there is no chance in hell that we will see any players from the teams playing in the superbowl, "So why are they trying so hard to cram the game in?"
Why not have the ProBowl in the middle of the season as a revolving game like every other all star game in the 3 other major sports and give it a grander stage on a non cable channel where everyone could watch it. If it is about marketing and money than the ratings for the game should be huge because it is just before the ratings sweeps week with the local networks and someone will pay a lot of money to advertise and hold the rights to the game. Just as long as it is not buried on ESPN after sportscenter.
Possibly there should be a clause for players whom have participated in the superbowl can have and exemption if they want to skip the game.
A lot of the veterans players can make a huge part of their seasonal income and gurantee extra years on their contract by making the Pro Bowl squad so they have a tendancy to want to shine in that contest to be taken notice of and will play the game at a normal game speed.
There are some perenial players that seem to take plays off and treat it more like a MTV rock n jock event, but it still has some substance.
Speaking of substance I promised to not berate you Mr. Goodell about how inconsistant you were in 2008 when dealing with the abuse of substance. That would be a long boring road but if it was consistant it has a chance to not be twisted.