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The NFL is the most popular sport in America. Each and every Sunday millions of people take three hours out of their day to watch gladiators run into each other. The sport is high octane, emotional, violent and addicting to say the least. Someday the fall of Rome or in this case the NFL may come.
In yet another black eye on the league, that has endured more than its fair share under the leadership of Roger Goodell Monday’s Second circuit of appeals ruling to reinstate the suspension of the game’s best player was yet another crack in the wall. The NFL is trending towards an implosion. The fall of the sport is coming and the owners have no one to blame but themselves. From the concussion lawsuits to withholding $120 Millon from its players to Deflategate the NFL has gotten greedy. Greedy for money and greedy for power.
As Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explain almost two years ago.
“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”
The game’s best player has now just gotten his hogwash suspension reinstated because the league’s top man Roger Goodell legally can do whatever he wants. Make no mistake Deflategate may have originally been about the air pressure of Footballs, but in the end, it became about the commissioner and not losing his power. It became about Goodell keeping his own balls in regards to power. The NFLPA who signed a bad deal that included article 46 giving Goodell power as judge, jury and executioner, was hoping a court of appeals victory by Brady would help change things. In the end, it didn’t. Goodell and the NFL owners can now continue to get fat and happy. The fans of the game are the ones that are hurt. One of the league’s best players is going to miss a quarter of the season, not because he did anything wrong , but because the powers that be needed to retain power, to keep the money flowing in.