Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Will the NFL Find Itself in a Pickle?


Video source: you Tube, courtesy of ESPN
With the NFL season scheduled to start on September 5th and the regular NFL officials being locked out, could the NFL find itself in a pickle? Could it find itself in a tough position? It's looking like it. We know that most fans aren't happy with the replacement officials. Players and coaches aren't either.

Roger Goodell and the NFL are making player safety a big deal. Especially when it comes to concussions. I believe that it's a legitimate concern for players to feel that the replacement officials aren't trained to be able to adequately protect players.

It has become evident that the replacement referees can't even keep up with preseason games. How will they perform when the regular season starts and the game is much, much faster? They will fall flat on their face. These replacements are a terrible.

Roger Goodell is looking like a clown by refusing to address the problem. He might single handedly ruin the reputation of the NFL. He's acting like an immature imbecile. It's time for him to fix this problem before it becomes too late.

If that's not enough, there has been rumors that NFL players might strike. You might be saying to yourselves that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed last year between the NFL and NFLPA, prohibits the players from striking. It does but it looks like NFLPA executive director, DeMaurice Smith has a way out.

Smith was recently interviewed and said that in America, it's up to employers to provide a safe working environment. That is true. I'm not a lawyer but I do believe that courts are pro labor when it comes to the safety of employees. I think a good case can be made by the NFLPA that their players will not be safe with undertrained NFL officials.

That is where the NFL could find itself in a pickle. The NFL will be in a terrible position if the players find a way to strike. The NFL must resolve the labor dispute with the referees. If it doesn't, it looks like they will have a much bigger problem than having replacements taking the field on September 5th.

Roger Goodell has to take the blame for the situation that the NFL finds itself in. By taking a dictator like roll in the NFL's dispute with the referees, he has created a mountain out of a molehill. He might have provided a way for the NFLPA to strike, even when it's against the CBA.

Roger Goodell is already starting to look like a clown. It's time for him to cut his losses and regroup. He needs to resolve the labor dispute with the officials now. If he doesn't, he will have more than just the referees sitting on the sidelines.

If the players do strike and the courts uphold their right to do so, the fans will blame Roger "the dodger" Goodell. There is no reason for this to continue to spiral out of control like it is. It shows poor leadership and poor decision making.



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