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    Goodell's Fining for Illegal Hits May be Connected to Upcoming CBA Negotiations

    Written by Jeff Levine
    Friday, 05 November 2010 16:55
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    The NFL may have a player mutiny on its hands as it attempts to deal with the rash of violent helmet-to-helmet hits during the 2010 season. The league has taken an aggressive stance by fining players who engage in vicious and potentially concussion-causing hits. Now many of the NFL's defensive players are unsure how to deal with this sudden prohibition on rough hits.

    Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro safety Troy Polamalu on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of defensive players who openly criticized NFL Commissioner's disciplinary measures regarding suspect hits. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Polamalu said that Goodell's excessive policing of hits has led to a "paranoia that is unneeded" amongst defensive players.

    "[Goodell]'s got all the power, and that may be part of the problem. There needs to be some type of separation of power, like our government," Polamalu said. "I don't think it should be based totally on what two or three people may say that are totally away from the game. It should be some of the players that are currently playing."

    Polamalu's teammate, James Harrison, has become a favorite target of Goodell. The former defensive player of the year has been fined $100,000 this year for three separate incidents. Harrison has not only questioned the legitimacy of these fines levied by Goodell, but has also questioned whether he can be an effective defensive player in this new fine-happy NFL.

    While Goodell may not admit as such, his newfound commitment to punishing perpetrators of violent hits may be related to the NFL's upcoming collective bargaining negotiations with the NFLPA. The league's CBA with the players expires at the end of this season and the NFL wants to negotiate into its successor CBA a two game increase of the regular season. However, in order to maintain the quality of play in the latter portion of the season where these two games will be played, enough marquee players must be sufficiently healthy to compete. Thus Goodell could be using these fines to police potentially injurious violent hits out of the game in order to cut down on player injuries.

    If Goodell succeeds and meaningfully decreases the number of season-ending player injuries throughout the year, it could translate into billions of dollars in additional revenue for the NFL. Two more regular season games mean higher gate receipts, larger television contracts and more opportunities for merchandise sales. However, all of these riches can only be gained if the NFL has the talent on the field to keep fans interested. The best way to ensure that its star players will stay healthy is to protect players from injury-causing hits. However, it is unclear whether league defensive players will accept the new rules of the NFL and continue to incur fines. If so, Goodell may have to find a new mechanism to protect players. Substantial revenue increases may depend on Goodell's decision.


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    If they want to decrease injuries then why doesn't that Nut Sack do away with astro turf?

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    If they want to decrease injuries then why doesn't that Nut Sack do away with astro turf?
    Well, I'm not even sure anybody uses astroturf anymore. Most stadiums that are going fake are using that new field turf. Safer than the old astroturf. And of course, the indoor stadiums can't use grass unless they develop some kind of system like Arizona has where they can move the field outdoors to take care of the grass during the week. Personally, I hate any kind of fake turf, but I doubt we'll ever see it completely go away.

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