More proof Roger Goodell doesn’t care about NFL fans


One-stop shopping for. 5 minutes and out.

That’s all one ought to know about Roger Goodell’s “It’s all about our fans” declare. Sunday afternoon on CBS, for instance. The individual is relentlessly, shamelessly stuffed with it. Good work — for a reported $63 million per — for many who may get it.

Sunday, in a must-win, can’t-lose, can’t-tie sport between the Steelers and Ravens, the final word minutes of further time had been misplaced to viewers in varied cities, together with the nation’s largest TV market — that’s us! — after audiences had invested 3 hours and 20 minutes in it.

Related incidents have occurred and for just some years, nonetheless this one was fully completely completely different, begging for decreasing viewers a break, as sticking with the similar earlier plan benefitted no individual.

Most everybody might even see this coming, as video video video games together with Jets-Payments and Patriots-Dolphins had been shortly to begin out out. Absolutely, the NFL, this being the final phrase week of the season inside a league acknowledged for last-minute TV schedule flexing, would on these days be versatile.

Or, if not, CBS would defy illogical broadcasting pointers to permit its viewers to witness the final phrase three minutes in a big sport and, as marketed, presumably the final word sport carried out by Ben Roethlisberger.

No matter, I’d have chosen frequent sense over abuse of an viewers that had already invested higher than three hours in watching a sport’s consequence to throw in varied further minutes to finish its mission and tacit promise.

A Payments fan holds up an anti-Roger Goodell signal all by way of a house sport within the course of the Patriots closing month. The groups return to the frigid locale for a playoff rematch Saturday.

What was Goodell going to do, publicly complain that CBS handled its viewers right by greatest serving all audiences? Punish CBS by not cashing its checks?

Right right here, en path to the kickoff of Jets-Payments, viewers who had the Steelers-Ravens yanked from beneath them, subsequent wished to watch three commercials — two of them for NFL-certified participating in operations, further establishing those that’d been watching Steelers-Ravens as Goodell Period suckers.

And simply prior to CBS was compelled to go away that OT sport, Mike Tomlin’s Steelers as quickly as further risked shedding — or not worthwhile — a sport to a participant who had no elevated thought of what was happening other than his bloated sense of self.

With 3:27 left in OT, Pittsburgh receiver Diontae Johnson, after being shoved out of bounds by security Geno Stone, tried to begin out out a sideline battle! The recreation? Didn’t matter to him!

For what it’s price, that sideline carried Goodell’s newest social messaging reminding viewers, for a second straight season, that those that watch NFL video video video games are largely presumed to be uncivilized bigots.

Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell

The day prior to, Goodell’s “It’s All About Our Fans” furthermore was on current. Two video video video games had been carried out, Chiefs at Broncos at 4:30, Cowboys at Eagles at 8:20. Each, logically, on behalf of “Our Fans,” ought to have began varied hours earlier — notably prior to a Saturday, largely at dwelling, winter viewers.

The Eagles, condemned by the NFL and ESPN to play a late-night winter sport as a substitute of a day sport on a wide-open Saturday, are amongst these Goodell “good investments” PSL groups.

This playoff weekend, further “It’s All About Our Fans”:

The greatest eligible native local weather all through which to play an outdoor January night time sport, Tampa, will host Eagles-Buccaneers on Sunday — at 1 p.m. Huh?

The worst native local weather to play an outdoor January night time sport, Buffalo, will host Patriots-Payments on Saturday — at 8:15 p.m., when it’s anticipated to be no hotter than 10 ranges. Good, Roger, good!

At higher than $60 million per 12 months to realize such selections, if Goodell had been any elevated to NFL fans, he’d purchase as soon as extra their “good investments” PSLs at 3 cents on the greenback.

Who’s Rex to Choose anybody?

ESPN’s Rex Ryan this week ripped Joe Choose for a scarcity of sophistication. That’s wealthy.

Ryan’s class included the episode that occurred after he grew to grow to be head coach of the Payments following his seasons with the Jets. After Jets QB Geno Smith’s jaw was damaged by a sucker punch from teammate IK Enemkpali, Ryan’s Payments signed the defensive finish.

Ryan then despatched Enemkpali, a two-seasons NFL sub, to function a coin-toss captain for the Payments prior to a sport within the course of the Jets — a classless, unprofessional, infantile change.

Put up-play preening has become so compulsory that Saturday, after his crew retained the ball on a roughing-the-kicker title, Broncos punter Sam Martin rose to carry out a first-down gesture. Surprise if he’d have carried out the equal whereas being wheeled off on a gurney?

Naturally, this NIL (set up, picture, likeness) ruling — one factor that entails money — has pushed college sports activities actions actions decrease, further seedy. NIL has allegedly already been misapplied by colleges as free-agent swimming swimming swimming pools for highschool recruits. It’s a mannequin new form of payola which will further render college athletics a rip-off.

I ponder what number of NBA broadcasters — TV and radio, native and nationwide — acknowledge that the NBA is sinking beneath the burden of 3-point bombings, that they’ve modified strategic basketball, nonetheless are unable to say so. Put it this manner: How does one classify a sport with 80-90 3s an unbelievable, well-played sport?

CBS continues to be posting color-coded, vertically boxed graphics giving viewers about 12 seconds to check a listing of a QB’s earlier 10 passes and whether or not or not or not they’d been full (and for the way in which during which far) or incomplete. Apparently, saying, “He’s eight-for-his-past-10” might presumably be too simple.

With Dobie gone, it acquired’t be the equal down on the Gillis Grocery Retailer. Assume I’ll go downtown with Maynard and watch ’em tear down the outdated Endicott Constructing.

Too many ineffective analysts, too few good ones

Kirk Herbstreit
Kirk Herbstreit
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Our Man of the Week is Fox’s understated and customary Chris Myers. Throughout Washington-Giants, he risked further employment by eschewing the likelihood to say that Antonio Gibson “is operating downhill” to go together with “straight forward.” Think about!

Myers furthermore took a wished late-game swipe at Giants WR Kenny Golladay for stepping out of bounds after catching a go along with no individual close to him. Myers’ product sales home mate, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, who hadn’t stopped talking all sport — typically noting that the Giants don’t have any offense — had chosen silence after Golladay’s untimely give up.

That brings us to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, a former plain-talker who has transitioned to precise pigskin gibberish. Saturday all by way of Chiefs-Broncos, he substituted 2-yard and 3-yard “beneficial properties” with the long-form imprecise, “made constructive yardage.”

He first outlined Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP: “[Coach] Andy Reid has developed this offense round Patrick Mahomes’ versatility.” Who knew?

After the sport, ESPN analyst Randy Moss well-known the Chiefs’ go-ahead landing was “a game-changer.”

Two nights later, in the course of the Georgia-Alabama CFP championship, Herbstreit chosen to speak your complete sport, rendering one factor that can have been price listening to misplaced to his personal units.

However there are actually further analysts like that than ever prior to. Why? If I knew, you’d be the second to know!

It’s laborious to clarify to these unfamiliar with each, nonetheless prior to the Raiders had Fred Biletnikoff, the Jets had Don Maynard. Each had been lanky, nearly scrawny big-play, deep-end, sure-hands, largely sideline receivers.

And each had the equal vogue — no vogue. They merely caught the ball. And for people who didn’t understand how good they’d been after that, that wasn’t their draw back.

However that was appropriately prior to TV confirmed receivers making 6-yard catches, then rising to make first-down gestures, in slow-mo replays — prior to TV mindlessly determined to goal to destroy the sport.

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