Anyone else tired of the NFL being really, really ridiculously greedy?
The NFL is currently contemplating taking its greed to a new level in 2015 and beyond. We’ve heard rumblings of expanded playoffs for a long time, and now there’s talk of adding a fourth day to the draft.
It would be one thing if it were for the betterment of the product. But we all know it’s not. It’s about money.
Everybody likes to have a little more money in their pockets. However, there’s a fine line between having enough money and greed, that the NFL is having a hard time walking.
Roger Goodell heads up and runs a highly successful billion dollar business. That’s a fact. What about that fact is not enough. When is enough, enough?
Would fans really complain about an extra playoff game or two? No. Would an extra day of draft coverage be terrible? Absolutely not. Many would probably get lots of joy out of both. But there’s that point when it becomes overkill. There’s a point when people get tired of having a product shoved down their throats. The NFL is getting ever closer to that point in my estimation.
On top of the possibility of ‘too much product’ the NFL also has an awaiting battle with concussions. Sure, lots of money was already divvied out to former players to keep them quiet. But the NFL’s biggest struggle will be with young men not being allowed to play because of fear of concussions.
The long-term future doesn’t look bright for the NFL. Maybe Goodell and company are just trying to strike while the iron is hot, or milk the cow for all its worth? Use whatever cliche analogy you want, but it appears that they do what many corporations do these days — whore out product and make money at all costs. No matter if it means killing the spirit of workers, taking advantage of people or putting out a thinner product — the almighty dollar is what corporate America is all about.
The NFL is about 60 corporate America and 40 percent football these days.