On Thursday, football analyst John Madden was asked about the latest controversial hit on NFL quarterback Tony Romo. “Well, it’s a moot point now,” said the former Super Bowl champion and broadcaster. “It’s a moot point.”
Madden added that the game was “a close call” and that he didn’t understand why Romo was still playing after suffering two broken ribs. “I don’t know what the coaches were thinking,” said Madden. “It’s a moot point whether or not Romo should’ve been out there in the first place.”
The comments come as NFL officials continue to investigate whether or not to suspend Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer for his hit on Romo during last Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Spencer is appealing his suspension and has until Thursday to file an appeal with the league office.
A source told Werder that Spencer is appealing because he believes he did not commit a foul and that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. The source also said that Spencer had been warned about hitting quarterbacks in their knees, but that he did not want to do anything that would jeopardize his career.
Troy Aikman, the longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback, was a member of the three-man broadcast team for the NFL on Fox from 2001 to 2011. During that time, Aikman had plenty to say about the game of football and some of his fellow players. Yet he’s found a new way to voice his opinions now that he’s retired: by taking a stand against the league itself.
It all began in September 2013, when Aikman was asked on his local sports radio show in Dallas about Thursday Night Football, a relatively new concept at the time. The former MVP said he wasn’t a fan of it because it didn’t give players enough time to recover from injuries sustained during Sunday games. In a follow-up interview with USA Today, he went further: “I think it’s ridiculous that we have Thursday Night Football. I thought last year’s Monday night doubleheader was ridiculous. You go back and look at the injury reports from those two games—it was just ridiculous what happened in those games.”
Aikman has been criticized for this stance by many pundits who argue that Thursday night contests are necessary to promote parity among teams and increase revenue for owners, but if
Two years ago, there was a serious discussion about whether Thursday night football should exist. Many thought it was too much football, that the players were being put at too much risk. Others said that the NFL should be able to have as many games on television as it wanted.
“Thursday Night Football” has continued to exist over the past two years, but this season it has proven almost unwatchable. With the performances of both teams and the quality of the game on the field being so bad each week, one begins to wonder if “Thursday Night Football” is hurting more than helping. Each week, I watch a team play terribly after a short week of practice and preparation, and I am left wondering if we’re risking player safety for an extra paycheck for everyone involved in producing a game.
Each Thursday night, I find myself hoping that no one gets seriously injured just to satisfy the greed of people who are already making so much money off our favorite sport. The NFL needs to put an end to this experiment before it’s too late. If they continue with this product, they might regret it in the future when their players start getting seriously injured.
The first thing that NFL fans want is to be protected from the NFL.
Thursday Night Football is one of the most popular nights for fans to gather at their local sports bar, or with friends and family at home, and watch a game together on television. The NFL knows this and has tried to capitalize on it, offering a package of games exclusively on Thursday nights to a specific cable network.
This year, that network is Twitter, which will stream the games online for free. The move was seen as a big step forward in terms of distribution; there was no need to have a cable subscription or even a television at all to watch the games. Instead, they could be streamed directly on your phone or computer.
The NFL thought it had found the perfect combination: a night that people were already watching football anyway, with an audience that might not otherwise have access to the games. And for the most part it has worked out just fine. The ratings are up, and Twitter has been able to use its place as the exclusive broadcaster of Thursday night football as a way to attract new users who would not otherwise be on the site.
But there is one group that isn’t happy about this arrangement: the players themselves. On Monday, NFLPA president Eric Winston expressed his
The National Football League is a money-making machine. It’s been called the “No Fun League” because of its restrictive policies on touchdown celebrations, but don’t let the nickname fool you. The NFL is nothing but fun, especially for its corporate partners.
The league’s television ratings are sky-high, so much so that every night is “Thursday Night Football” in the minds of some viewers. Thanks to the success of its primetime programming, the NFL recently announced a new Thursday Night Football package to be broadcast on CBS, in addition to the existing Thursday Night Football package on NFL Network.
In announcing this new package, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus acknowledged that playing on Thursday night presents an increased risk of injury for players. “The shorter turnaround time doesn’t give players enough time to recover from injuries suffered during Sunday games, which means that backups often have to fill in for them and play much more than they normally would,” he said. But McManus reasoned that the increase in revenue from broadcasting more games outweighed those concerns.
This isn’t the first time that McManus has acted as if money were more important than player health and safety. Earlier this year,
Joe Scarborough, a former GOP rep turned MSNBC host, is well known for his daily political commentary and analysis. But on Wednesdays, he gets up before the crack of dawn to film segments for “Inside the NFL” on Showtime.
Scarborough said his first few years at the show were a learning experience because he had no idea what he was doing. Football was just not something that was important to him. It wasn’t until he met the show’s host and co-host that he got into it.
“I used to be a lawyer, so I did football in law school at LSU, but it wasn’t really anything that I liked or followed closely,” Scarborough said. “I was always more interested in politics and government and policy than I was in sports. But then when we started doing this show I met Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms as well as (host) James Brown. We hit it off pretty well with Cris and Phil so we started talking about football almost every day on the way to work.
Now they talk football every single weekend during the season no matter where they are — whether it is in New Orleans or New York or somewhere else around the country.
My friend Peter King has been known to do a few things well over the years. He’s a good writer and an outstanding reporter, as evidenced by his 32 years covering the NFL at Sports Illustrated, which have led to his current role at NBC Sports, where he’s the star of Football Night in America.
There is one thing he does not do with any degree of skill. He doesn’t play quarterback for the New York Jets or the Cleveland Browns. It was very nice of him to volunteer for that job this season, but we don’t need him.
What I am trying to say is that he shouldn’t be playing quarterback.
He should be coaching a team instead.
The point of this article is not to make fun of Peter King; it is to point out that it is possible to have fun while making fun of someone else. And I was just saying that because I think it’s funny when people make fun of me too.”