June 22, 2011 2 Comments
I will beat my drum till I am blue in the face shouting my message that Roger Goodell needs removed from his position as the commissioner of the NFL for the future success of the National Football League. It is no secret that this has been my opinion during this lockout process. But since the lockout seems close to ending in the near future I will sound the alarm again and again until the fans hear my message.
Under the watch of Roger Goodell the NFL was dragged into a stalemate that did not have to happen. Yes both sides were far apart at the end of the 2010 season when it came down to crunch time. But the NFL league office and the owners had two years to put proposals on the table for the players to consider. It was the owners who opted to end the old CBA agreement not the NFL Players Association. The owners knew what was going to happen and even got caught trying to stash away 4 billion in revenues without telling the NFLPA while preparing for the lockout.
When the negotiations started to take place in March of 2011 the NFL waited till the last hour on the last day of the deadline to put forth a silly offer they knew the players would not accept. It seemed like the NFL was not taking the NFLPA seriously and were calling their bluff. As far as income goes for this year the NFL owners have the upper hand. They are due to get paid via the TV contracts in place regardless if a season is played in 2011 or not. By continuing the lockout it is the same old tactic used against unions in the past trying to force a deal favored by the owners of the business negotiating the contracts. The thought process is if we can make them lose their salaries and go broke they will be in a dire situation and accept a contract not in their best interest and favoring the business owner.
What the NFL did not expect or they did not care about was the fans reaction to their obvious disillusion to the common football fan. The owners are so rich and out of touch with the average football fans, they have an arrogant presence of entitlement that radiates off their faces when they talk to the media. It’s like they believe the fans are going to swallow the garbage excuses they are spitting out at the microphone. Well I have news for you Mr. Goodell someone has to pay for this mess and the poop rolls up hill on this one.
You Mr Goodell have to take responsibility for the mess you allowed your league office and the owners that make up the NFL to make. The NFL commissioner has to be a visionary not a reactor. You need to be proactive not reactive to problems and crisis that affect the NFL and its fans. You had two full seasons to come up with a plan that would work for the league and its players. What did you do during those two years besides collect a pay check and fine players for illegal hit and problems off the field?
Sir with all due respect its time for you to go! Mr Goodell I am calling for you to resign as the commissioner of the NFL. It does not matter at this point whether you are a hero and orchestrate a deal with the NFLPA and its players. You have already showed you really do not care about the future of this league and its fans by sitting on your hands for two years plus. A true leader does not care what his colleagues or peer’s think about his directions. A true leader is only concerned about what is best for the people and families he or she represents. I would argue Mr Goodell you have tried to only protect your personal and crony owners best interests. You have not given one iota of respect to the fans that create your revenue and the future revenue of the league. By dragging this out for over two years you have set the NFL back at least a decade. No matter what conclusion you and the NFLPA come to the NFL as we have known it in the past will never be the same. And for that Mr Goodell YOU MUST GO!
WE SPEAK OUR MIND!