By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Don't look now, but it appears that Mark Cuban may have a point regarding the implosion of the NFL in 10 years. If the opinionated owner of the Dallas Mavericks is right, the NFL could have bigger problems than finding a team to play in Los Angeles or whether it should move to 18 games in the regular season.
"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," Cuban said in an interview earlier this week.
The NFL - most notably its commissioner Roger Goodell - has been working to change the league in ways that will profit financially without looking at the real benefits of change. For decades, the league worried more about the team name on the front of the jersey instead of the name on the back. Now, Goodell looks like make dollars - not sense - through exposure of the NFL at any costs.
All of this debate has begun because the league now play regular season games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday night. That is saturation enough. The thought is the league will show more games during the week, leading to more injuries and the product watering down. That is not the NFL I want to see and I am sure it is not the NFL fans want to see on a weekly basis.
As a child in the 1970s and 1980s we lived to see Sunday football. It was a week-long buildup of excitement. Fathers talked about the game at the water cooler and we played those games in our backyards. Now, we play then on Play Station and we use social media to get our football fix. The oversaturation will not only hurt the product, it will hurt the fan base as well.
The NFL is not the NBA where 82 games are played or the Major Leagues where it takes a marathon of a season to decide a champion. The addition of cable television and the Internet have helped to destroy that product. Goodell and the NFL should not allow greed to destroy the most popular sport in America.
And most of all, it should not allow Cuban or any other owner in another sports league to be proven correct about the sport we all love more than any of the four major sports today. Cuban may be right (in fact, it looks like he is right) but we don't need to tell him that right now. This dilemma can be corrected. But the NFL must act fast ... and it must act now.
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