In the last 12 months, the NFL has made an incredible amount of human resources mistakes that continue to make the sport unwatchable and the league look like a joke, Here are some of the mistakes and how you can avoid them.
1. The Bountygate suspensions. The NFL encourages brutality by allowing people to hit people as hard as possible, yet when players offer money to do so, it’s illegal. (Kind of a double standard.) When the suspensions were handed down, the only appeals process went through the person who handed down the suspension, the commissioner, which signals abuse of power.
2. The constant rule changes to protect only certain players. Quarterbacks, kickers, and “defenseless” receivers get special protection against hits, while others can basically assault one another with reckless abandon.
3. Defending referees who make mistakes by upholding bad calls. The call in the Seahawks game was clearly wrong on every level, yet the league refused to admit their mistakes. Instead, they put out a baloney filled statement that didn’t acknowledge error.
4. Completely drooling over players like Peyton Manning when there are others who deserve more attention. Organizations that overly hype and promote one person over the others tend to alienate others.
5. Playing meaningless preseason games instead of adding more quality to the product, and then trying to force 2 more games on the players without additional compensation.
Making employees work more for the same or less pay will kill morale,
6. Blacking out games in cities when the team doesn’t sell enough tickets. Only 70-100 thousand people can attend a game, yet the NFL punishes millions more if the game doesn’t fill. If you want to develop a fan base, get a team involved in its community and encourage customer loyalty, forcing people to buy tickets is not the way to generate fans.
7. Publishing injury reports so the other team knows where to hit the opposition really hard.
These are just a few of my gripes and why I have given up on watching football altogether. I’d rather watch baseball where at least I know my game will be televised, people aren’t trying to legally beat each other up and there is a greater sense of order.