The NFL is in shambles. The organization is bleeding money faster than a liberal government agency. In addition to fan disgust for the players, Roger Goodall’s contract extension demands, and Jerry Jones’ nuclear option, the owners are now considering a nuclear option of their own.
According to one source, the group could band together and attempt to trigger the forfeiture of the Dallas franchise.
Apparently, multiple owners have already discussed this option, which is contained under Article VIII of the NFL’s constitution and bylaws. Specifically, section 8.13 allows the commissioner to decide if an owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League of professional football.”
If Goodall determines that a $500,000 fine sanction is “not adequate or sufficient,” he may refer the issue to the NFL’s executive committee. This committee has the power to force cancellation “or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated.” This would mean that the team would have to be sold.
Of course, such a move would spark years of legal contention, but the source explained that the option is available because Jones has taken the family business outside the family. The real issue here is Jones’ stance against the kneeling players and the belief that he urged Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter to criticize the League for harming the revenues of the pizza company.
Actually, what harmed Papa John’s sales and NFL ticket sales was the unpatriotic stance of a few privileged, spoiled players who believe that disrespecting the national anthem is an appropriate form of “protest” against non-existent police racism. Harvard recently determined that absolutely none of the recent white on black shootings were the result of systematic racism.
Jones also came out in support of the national anthem, forbidding his players from kneeling. Such an action is not unlike any other company’s rules regarding employee conduct, but leftists have chosen to interpret such a provision as the return of slavery.
News flash for these idiots, all forms of work have such conduct provisions and they are the trade-off for earning income. It is not a constitutional right if an individual voluntarily signs an employment contract. Almost everyone is familiar with workplace Internet usage and restrictions. It’s the same thing. In the case of these players, it’s the trade-off for making hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Too many of the fans of the Dallas Cowboys perceive this as disrespect for the flag. And so I don’t want our team doing it,” Jones told USA Today last month.
“I feel so strongly that we should not use our workplace to create the controversy regarding the flag,” Jones said. He added, “So I look at that as a workplace issue.”
However, the NFL has no honor or conviction. The league is straddling the fence regarding the player “protests.”
On November 1, NFL Senior V.P. of Sponsorship & Partnership Management Renie Anderson addressed the issue at the 2017 Sports Marketing Symposium. Speaking to SportsBusiness Daily, Anderson summed up the league’s position stating, “To be clear, we want the players to stand. We also respect their right to a peaceful protest.”
That is fine. If the league wants to vacillate in that manner, they have that right. However, ticket buyers and viewers also have the right to turn off a game that disrespects their feelings of patriotism and national pride.
The bottom line is that people are fleeing in hordes from the holier-than-thou behavior of entitled players. Another news flash, Americans don’t care about players’ feelings. Fans are there to see a performance, not a lecture. These high-paid players are our entertainers, not counselors.
Jones has been trying to drive a hard bargain with Goodall’s new contract. If he pulls his nuclear option and forces Goodall out, then the other owners may retaliate and try to force him out.
Bottom line, the NFL is drowning in a sea of its own making. By taking such a weak stand, the bent towards politically correctness is destroying a once excellent sport.