Roger Goodell the commissioner of the NFL recently said, “American football should be in the Olympics.” I think the doctors the NFL has doing concussion research should take a look at Mr. Goodell. He may have taken a blow to the head.
Not only do the Olympics not need American football, the whole idea is nothing but a publicity grab by Goodell. At a time where all the attention is generally on NFL training camps, the world is watching and enjoying the Olympics.
Gabby Douglass, Michael Phelps, the Dream Team, and so many other athletes from around the world are stealing the spot light from the NFL. Goodell’s mission is to promote and expand the NFL, but this is just headline grabbing. Everybody with any knowledge of professional football knows football in the Olympics, will not work. The Olympics only last 17 days, time for a team to play three games at the maximum. The NFL playoffs last longer featuring only 12 teams.
Does Goodell think the owners of NFL teams would consider for even a second, letting one of their millionaire players be hit by some guy from North Korea? I can see the headline now, Tom Brady’s career is over, but Su Kim Long gets a refrigerator for delivering the hit. Talk about a bounty program, this would make Bounty-Gate look like a fight at a daycare school. Very simply, this is just not going to happen, at least not while Sean Payton is serving his suspension.
The NFL may have already over saturated the football market. During any given week of the NFL season, the casual fan, can watch a game on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and all day Sunday. The NFL even has a network for those who cannot get enough of live football, replaying games, talking about games, and people talking about people talking about games.
Goodell and the owners have enough trouble getting players signed to contracts, practicing, and playing in the games they have scheduled already. The chance of getting the players union to agree to allow players participate in the Olympics for free, that is just not going to happen.
With football on at least four days a week, fantasy football on every sporting website, wagering on the Super Bowl enormous world-wide, Goodell is just talking to hear himself talk. Being from Dallas and hearing Jerry Jones for the last 20 years, I am use to banter like this. Now, it looks like the rest of the sports world has their own version of Jerry Jones to listen too. I wonder, did Goodell got lessons from Jones teach him about counting socks and jocks.
In my opinion, the NFL and Roger Goodell needs to learn a simple lesson. Sometimes, less is more.