NFL’s moral compass steering us into dangerous waters

As more and more stories about the NFL come out to tarnish the shine of the shield, a few reasons have stuck out. Maybe the signs are starting to point to an eventual ratings decline as more and more individuals become aware of things like these.

Money

The NFL is sucking us dry of money. Those stadiums are mostly paid for by us but we never get the money back. I wouldn’t mind helping pay for a stadium with my taxes, but I would like at the very least the current mortgage rate applied to whatever I had to give and that money should come back to me in a specific amount of years. Sure, $1,000 of extra taxes to a new stadium? Current mortgage rate is 3%? I would like my 1,030 back in my tax refund from whatever state I live in. You can spread it out over 15 years, I can wait.

The NFL also took money from breast cancer donations, charged the military for “advertising, and then stole out of the players’ pockets “by accident.” There was very little public outrage for stealing the money from breast cancer research. Good thing breast cancer researchers didn’t kneel at half time to protest.

CTE and Mental Health

With all the talk around CTE, I have hardly heard anyone mention benefits for life for all NFL players and I have never heard a fan mention it. I have also never heard one bit of talk on dedicated mental health for the players. It makes sense though, because it’s supposed to be a tough man’s game, not some whiner who needs a shrink.

The NFL wrapped their image up in the American flag and parades our nation’s soldiers around like dolls. They have our men and women in blue stand in front of the crowd for applause. Last year, for every cop killed in the line of duty, two committed suicide. Veteran suicide is currently around 22 soldiers per day.

No mental health for players and no donations to help the mental health of the ones we “applaud” every Sunday. With 13 billion dollars of annual revenue I think they have some to spare or at the very least, start some initiatives to bring awareness to these issues.

As with a new stadium, even though I don’t watch football, I would be happy to donate my money and time to the mental welfare of the players and certainly for our soldiers, police officers, and other civil servants.

Tribalism

The false sense of pride that comes with one’s team winning is startling. At what point has the game switched from entertainment to a lifestyle? Somewhere enjoyment switched to entitlement and games switched to battles.

It’s not war and the players are not warriors. Not only does this glorify the horrific impact of war it also teeters dangerously close to creating psychosis. Jeffrey Dahmer suffered from psychosis.
It’s fun to get riled up for games, paint your face, and yell and scream your head off. But if the rest of your week, or even day, is ruined when your team loses, you might want to seek therapy.

Commercialism and Commercials

The average NFL game has over one full hour of commercials per televised contest. The length of games has been drawn out over the last several years. It used to take around 3 hours, now it’s around 3 and a half. More commercials means more money, yet they can’t build their own stadiums for some reason.

Speaking of stadiums, Budweiser payed $1.4 billion to be the official beer of the NFL and there’s signs all over every stadium, in every gas station, grocery store, Walmart, and Target. Yet, the players can’t receive any money from beer, wine, or liquor endorsements because it would send a bad message.

The generally accepted argument is that children idolize players and so players shouldn’t endorse booze. If that’s the case, then the employer shouldn’t be endorsed by booze either, at least not publically. The Budweiser symbol becomes anonymous with the NFL shield in a child’s mind the same way; although this way is much more subliminal and seems much more devious.

Eating the Hot Dog

The NFL does an incredible job with public relations. They advertise better than anyone and they have successfully wrapped American society into their brand. No one questions the NFL’s motives, because it is inherently American, and America would never let Americans down.

Everyone is willing to eat the hot dog just as long as no one tells them what’s in it.

Maybe it’s because they just love the product, much like a hot dog. But that isn’t being a fan of the sport, it’s being a fan of the television show on Sunday.
So are diehard football fans actual fans of football or of TV?