That headline right there is what people on the internet like to call a classic example of clickbait…gotcha
So no, a star player did not sustain a career ending hit during last weeks Thursday night football game; but is that what it’s going to take to get rid of these disgraceful games? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, If commissioner Goodell or the NFL had one ounce of respect for their players, they would have removed Thursday night games from the schedule a long time ago.
If you’ve tuned in to any number of Thursday Night Football games this season you already know that the product on the field stinks and the overall entertainment value of the games are at an all time low. So why has Rodger Goodell kept the games around? The answer is simple. Money. More games equals more revenue coming in for the owners and the league, and as long as the league and it’s owners are making money, they will continue to sign his 34 Million dollar/year pay check despite the consequences.
Listen, I’m all for pushing the envelope and trying to make as much as you can for as long as you can, but what I cannot understand is how the NFL and commissioner Goodell can be this hypocritical. They claim to have the players best interest in mind, in addition to making statement after statement on ways they are trying to improve safety in the league. However, this has turned out to be complete nonsense, as the number of concussions in the league rises every year, and the average career of an NFL player is at a mere 3.5 years… an all time low.
In fact, this issue has gotten so bad, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, a highly respected player in the league and aspiring future leader of the NFLPA had these comments after last weeks game. “No one, other than the people who run the NFL and TV networks for fun and profit, seems to like the Thursday night games that much.” Sherman goes on to say, “It’s just an absolute poopfest. It’s terrible. We played Sunday, got home about 1 o’clock in the morning on Monday, and then you’ve got to play again. Congratulations NFL, you did it again. But they have been doing it all season, so I guess we are the last ones to get the middle finger.’’
Clearly Sherman is not alone when it comes to his beef with the league and the Thursday night games, and clearly big things will need to happen in order to bring justice to the NFL and commissioner Goodell. However, it all starts with you, the paying fans of the NFL. If you love watching your team every Sunday, and want to continue watching those same players in the upcoming years, at this current rate due to the Thursday games, commissioner Goodell and the NFL are jeopardizing that for you. If you truly care about your team and the well being of the players, I strongly urge you to boycott the Thursday Night games. Just don’t watch; because at the end of the day all the NFL sees is dollar signs, and until those signs start to diminish, no significant changes will be made.