By Tim Lacy, AFRO Columnist
THE NFL SEEMS TO BE MONOPOLIZING THIS SPACE with news that is unpopular with this scribe. The most recent development centers around the proposal to expand the season from 16 games to 18 games. Throw in the play offs and you’ve got a bunch of guys walking around in a daze praying for it to be over. For my money, we will be watching a watered down product, and reading about players who are now in body casts and reading about the additional $16 billion in revenue the NFL was able to pick up at the cost of injuries to players.
Gazillionaire Mark Cuban said it best, “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.”
Now in an effort to throw a little misdirection at us, they are proposing that players are only allowed to play in 16 games. What do you want to bet that the Patriots will find a way to circumvent that rule after they have extracted their pound of flesh. Don’t frown, we have all watched year after year how the Pats find ways to balance the scales in their favor. These guys have been guilty of everything from spy gate to deflate gate. They may be a little busy now that owner Robert Kraft got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
The one thing we can count on is Roger Goodell doing nothing that is going to tick off the owners. This is the guy who changed the game days of the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. Now the players on the best teams don’t get the opportunity to climb out of the frozen tundra and enjoy a few days in the Hawaiian sunshine. This guy is the one still trying to figure out what to do about Ray Rice lowering the boom on his now wife. It has been a couple of years, but Roger is still scratching his head. The issue I find strange involves Adrian Peterson spanking his kid. AP got slapped around pretty good for that one, and it made me wish the Commish was around when Sam invited me into the parlor for a meeting with him and his belt.
With shaky decision-making at the top, we can’t expect to dodge any decisions concerning an extra buck for the owners. Player health and safety has been moved to the back burner, and the Players Association is willing to cave in if the League is willing to deal on control over player contracts. That ain’t going to happen.