Football is a Brutal Sport and There is a Lot of Money Involved
The National Football League or NFL has some bit of integrity behind it. Surely, it is a business, and football is an action sport, it’s a tough sport, and you can see that even without watching it on high definition TV. But what happens when it becomes a full on war of brutality on the field? Well, it wouldn’t be the only sport which has knockout, drag out action on pay-per-view, or signing big licenses with major TV networks. I’d like to talk to you about this for a moment because something has come to my attention which is somewhat alarming for NFL fans.
There was an interesting article, an Op-Ed, in the Wall Street Journal in March 7, 2012 titled; “Football’s Bounty Hunters Must Be Clipped – Payments for causing injury are unacceptable. Gregg Williams should never be seen in the NFL again,” by Frank Tarkenton – the editorial was quite telling;
“Former New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator established a bounty system that rewarded players-not for tough, clean football plays but for injuring other players for 3-seasons paying bonuses to players for knocking opponents out of the game. The rewards were $1,500 for a knockout, and $1,000 if the player had to be carted off the field. In the การเดิมพันบนมือถือ UFABET playoffs, rewards doubled and tripled. Later, linebacker coach offered a $10,000 bounty to any Saints player who could knock Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game during the Saints Super Bowl run in the 2009 season.”
The reality is, when a boxer knocks out all his opponents, he moves up in the ranks, and then he gets more money from his sponsors and more money on pay-per-view to knockout the next person. If the knocks them out hard enough then they do leave in a stretcher or ambulance, and that’s what people want to see. However with the NFL, these players are paid huge amounts of money, and the amount of money a player might lose, or a team might lose in ticket sales if they can’t sell seats in the stadium for the next game is crucial.
Most of the billionaires who own these companies take great pride in winning. They don’t want their NFL team to lose. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on coaches, players, and their owners to win, often at all costs. After all that’s what it’s about, this is not a pansy-ass sport playing patty cake. Therefore, one has to ask; as bad as this sounds is it really all that surprising?
No matter what type of pads that you put on, what kind of hats you wear, or what type of protections you take – when you have men of pure strength, agility, skill, mass, and running at full speed that are over 250 pounds – crashing into each other obviously there will be injuries.