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2014 NFL Season: 5 Changes That Roger Goodell Should Make

2014 NFL Season: 5 Changes Roger Goodell Should Make

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The NFL is by far the most popular sport in America, so it's not like Roger Goodell has been doing an awful job. Even his biggest naysayers have to give him some credit for the league's success. However, things can always be improved, and here are the five changes he should make ahead of the 2014 NFL season.

5. Lower Ticket Prices

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5. Lower Ticket Prices

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When the Jacksonville Jaguars' average ticket price is over $100, you might have a problem. I get that owners want to max out on their eight regular-season home games, but at a certain point it just gets ridiculous. The NFL made over $9 billion in revenue last season, so I think they can afford a little price cut on tickets.

4. Eliminate the Extra Point

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4. Eliminate the Extra Point

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The extra point seems to be on its last leg. Goodell should finally pull the plug on the most boring play in sports. Everyone has a gimmicky replacement for the extra point, so here's mine: one play from the two-yard line and you get one point if successful.

3. Reform the Disciplinary Rules

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3. Reform the Disciplinary Rules

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One thing I think everyone can agree on is that the Ray Rice incident was an embarrassment for the NFL. There needs to be a clearer penalty for off-field violations. The current system leaves too many people in the dark and lends itself to criticism.

2. Allow Excessive Touchdown Celebrations

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2. Allow Excessive Touchdown Celebrations

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I've yet to hear a good argument against creative touchdown celebrations. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the NFL could learn from soccer in this area. They have the best celebrations, and it doesn't seem to hurt the sport. Johnny Manziel might actually break the internet if the excessive celebration rule got lifted.

1. Don't Pretend Football can be Safe

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1. Don't Pretend Football can be Safe

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Concussions are the biggest blemish on the NFL's otherwise spotless resume. They are terrible, and they are also unavoidable in football. There's no harm in trying to come up with better equipment and to try and educate players, but there comes a point when you have to stop pretending. The NFL is a dangerous game and the players now know the risks, and that might be as good as it gets.