I know I'm not the most rational football fan. Unlike some people, it takes me time to recover from a bad loss or a call I perceive as a travesty. I am fully aware of this and am trying harder to put it in perspective. Part of my problem, if you can call it that, is that I see too much of what's wrong in American politics and business in the NFL these days.
That's why I'm bristling at those who suggest that "it's just a game" or that Roger Goodell won't change anything because "fans are still watching and going to the games." Both sentiments are correct, to a degree. But on another level, both are wrong.
I get that it's just a game. But it should still be the best game it can be. It isn't, and it's deliberately so because the league wants to cheat officials of their pension plans — a small fraction of the overall labor agreement that can be attributed to greed. I've heard talk that this could technically count as consumer fraud. In spirit at least, it absolutely is.
As for the bottom-line argument, this is also hard to argue. At least as far as this season is concerned, since ticket holders have mostly already put their cash down. But as Goodell himself has shown us with his Saints actions, future fallout can be a bitch. And unlike with Bountyhate, there's no reasonable doubt as to the catalyst in this case.
The game sucks and it sucks because the moneybags at the top don't care that it sucks.
In the late '90s, I conceived a story about a football team in a low-budget league run by a greedy old man whose philosophy was, "I like winning. But I don't care if we win as long as we get asses in the seats. These morons will be dazzled just to be at a game of some sort. What the hell else is there to do here? Get talent if you can afford it, but don't try too hard."
Should've written my crappy, derivative story before it became crappy, derivative nonfiction.