Meriweather: "You've got to end people's careers"

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  1. Henry Burris

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    1) The NFL is a non-profit organization. Yet it was still able to dole out a lot of money in settlements

    2) The NFL has been found to hide the effects of concussions, and the like, since 1992, so, that they've taken such a hard line on injuries after this became an issue should lend one to believe that the NFL is simply covering their own asses.

    2 b) Fans REALLY need to quit badmouthing the game, in that "It's one step away from tag football!" because that's absurd beyond belief. Look how many players have season ending injuries, AROUND THE LEAGUE, and you will see just WHY there needs to be a greater emphasis on safety. Smart defensive players can learn how to adjust, idiots like Meriweather are too stupid to learn from their mistakes.
     
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    The main NFL office (goodell and buddies) is the NPO, the individual teams are for-profit, and subject to taxes and regulations like any other business.
     
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    Good point. The Chicago Bears franchise is valued at ~ $1-billion dollars now. A far cry from the $100 that Papa Bear bought it for 90+ years ago :-)
     
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    Yeah, its a slight bit of semantics, but an important one. Anytime someone says "the NFL..." people assume that it applies to every NFL team. In this case, the NFL Front Office is one entity, and the individual teams are another.
     
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    I realize that, but "While the NFL doesn't explain how much each clubs pays in dues, it averages to about $6 million per team. NFL owners don't have to pay taxes on those dues, as they are considered donations to a nonprofit. Meanwhile, the NFL had $234.6 million in expenses in 2009, but the "nonprofit" paid $53.6 million to eight individuals. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned $9.9 million in 2009 (and will earn $20 million by 2019) but he wasn't even the highest paid individual. NFL Network President Steve Bornstein was paid $12.6 million by the "nonprofit" even though NFL Network is part of NFL Enterprises, LLC. In other words, the only reason the NFL is operating in the red is because of the massive salaries it's paying its key executives.

    Teams pay to be in the league, and football is the ONLY major sport that gets by with this.
     
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    Exactly. Like I said before, it was uncovered that the NFL covered all this info about concussions up. OF COURSE they're covering their asses. They're covering their asses because next time they will pay well over a billion. Maybe $50 billion. Knowing that the NFL has acknowledged the risks, if they don't take steps to mitigate them, they will be sued into oblivion. Literally. The retired players will take everything from the league.

    I disagree with certain things, like changing the kick-off spot, but they obviously had to make some changes. I understand a lot of the "pussification" complaints, but I don't see how anyone can be pissed that guys are no longer allowed to launch themselves at others' heads.
     
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    I agree. What I was pointing our was the NFLs hypocrisy on this issue. People like merriweather are dangerous. Football is a rough sport and the last thing they need is some idiot like merriweather deliberately trying to hurt people. I have no problem with some one delivering a good hit as long as it's done legally. If somebody gets his "bell rung" it's just part of football. I've been knocked out a couple of times. I know what it's like but this guy needs to be thrown out of the league. I am not badmouthing the game, I'm badmouthing the hypocritical administration of the game. Suh is another case. Here is a guy who is loaded with talent. Why is he playing dirty when he doesn't have to. He can dominate most offensive lineman with out being dirty. As far as being a not for profit organization they do that because they get tax exempt status. A lot of hospitals are not for profit for the tax exempt status but they still have to make money to survive. Google not for profit corporation. Pussification is a good description of what is going on. It's going on with our whole society today. Anyway have a good day.
     
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    Yeah, I think the NFL just terminated the contract with Riddell for helmets. So maybe they are looking for some kind of alternative.
     
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    That just means that Riddell will no longer be the "official helmet of the National Football League" and won't be able to put its markings on game helmets. Under the current agreement, Riddell was the only company that was allowed to put its logo on the forehead and neck bumpers. As for their reasoning, I'm guessing it's just more CYA - they don't want to be seen as endorsing a certain brand of helmets, only to have them revealed to be less safe than another brand for liability reasons.

    As for them being hypocritical, in what way, exactly? Are you saying they should crack down harder on Suh and eventually kick him out of the league? If so, sure, I agree with that. I just don't think them making money is hypocritical.
     
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    Hopefully you wouldn't have to kick them out of the league because after a few missed paychecks they might learn. If you have a guy who after being suspended for a few games keeps playing dirty and is deliberately trying to hurt other players then maybe you suspend him for the year. If he keeps it up after that then give him the boot. He's no good for the league. Didn't Charles Martin eventually get kicked out the league?
     

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