In comment 13728200
Pork Chop said:
| or maybe a Cowboys fan, what's everyone's beef with Goodell? He's presided over a pretty massive expansion of the league in both eyeballs and dollars.
Ray Rice/other bad behavior: he definitely should have acted faster in penalizing Rice, but he's been way on the other side of bringing down the hammer since then. That's a good thing, right? Punishing players that abuse women? If anything, he's followed the letter of the contract pretty consistently in all punishments in the last few years.
Concussions: he can't be held liable for the past 50 years of head-knocking, can he? Under his watch, rules for hitting and dealing the head injuries have expanded significantly. He's attempted to settle with older players--something that he didn't necessarily have to do.
Expansion/dilution of product: this is something that maybe he could/should have prevented. There's almost "too much" NFL access now--no reason to go to a game or even watch if you can get up-to-the-second updates on your phone. But is that controllable by the NFL? Maybe the Thursday/Sunday Night/Monday Night games are too much, but how's he supposed to turn down the TV revenue with 32 greedy owners clamoring for more? International expansion is good for the league and the future fan base.
Union contract: If anything, he's the hero (to the owners anyway) on this one. It's one-sided in favor of the owners, his bosses.
Kneeling controversy: not really anything to do about this, not by Goodell anyway. It's a lose-lose. Come out strongly against the kneelers, and you're intolerant or worse. Come out strongly against forcing standing, and you're soft.
It's pretty easy to sling arrows at the guy, and he's not perfect, but I don't see the argument that he's "dismantling the NFL".
Well, since you asked and vomited all that out, here it is:
Assuming that expansion of the league in dollars and eyes is purely positive. What were the tradeoffs to get it there? Assuming he's good at his job because he lines the owner's pockets is a narrow and short-sighted view of what his role actually is. If not him, who is responsible for the long-term direction and vision of the league? To that end he's failed and the declining numbers are a reflection of this reality. The cash grabs via international expansion have been terrible to existing fans, as have PSLs and allowing teams to move the way they have. Glad you and your stupid city built this stadium for us, but its 5 years old now and I'm going to move to greener pastures with more rubes! There are some in-roads to be made in Mexico but the NFL is just a novelty in the UK and remains so. I don't know if I'd call this whole European experiment a rousing success, to say the least.
The Ray Rice thing only was dealt with after video surfaced - prior to it, the suspension was less than what these guys get for Adderall - If you think the NFL hadn't seen that video I don't know what to tell you. The NFL has had a long history of inconsistent punishment for domestic issues - Greg Hardy, etc. Relative star power seems to matter - what happened to Adrian Peterson after he whipped his son's genitals to hospitalization?
Concussions - he's not new to the league, but he's towing the continued line for the NFL which knows deep down that head injuries will kill their sport - the indefensible reality that EVERYONE who plays suffers brain damage. It's no win from a business perspective, but from a human one they could not actively look to surpress and counterresearch these medical findings. What happened to Jovan Belcher, Junior Seau? Even guys like Tyler Sash? Anyone of them could've been the call for massive change, but instead he goes after deflated footballs. The rule changes are lip service and probably more due to the popularity of fantasy football and offensive output than player safety.
There has been incredible dilution - the scheduling of these international and Thursday games has not been well thought out to not disrupt performance and as a result we've wound up with roundly criticized level of plays in these matches. The games in England are played on unsuitable fields where the idiots in the stands are cheering punts.
There was a savvier solution to the kneeling issue than the one he took, namely using the offseason to nip it in the bud and find a more productive outlet for the same protest to take place without taking the fan-rankling form it took. The whole thing flared up for a few reasons, some out of his control (DJT) and some within, it's largely resultant of the NFL's bedding with the military and the exhortation of it's virtues via color guards and flyovers - when you hold patriotism to be highly linked to the sport, it can't come as a surprise that when your highly paid players antagonize that sentiment you'll have negative feedback.