Many Packers fans in Wisconsin are probably heading to the polls today to vote in the Scott Walker recall election. In case you are unaware of the recall and why it’s happening because the only thing you read is ALLGBP.com, Walker is being recalled because he took away collective bargaining rights for most public employees in Wisconsin.
In New York, mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of sugary drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. The mayor’s idea has a lot of people up in arms and complaining about America becoming a “nanny state” with a government that invades our personal lives.
On the federal level, unless the Supreme Court says otherwise, all of us likely will be mandated to purchase health insurance thanks to president Obama’s healthcare law. That’s got a lot of people all worked up.
The last thing I want to do in this space is start a debate about the merits of allowing public employees to collectively bargain. I definitely don’t want to pontificate about how our ability to buy a 64-ounce Mountain Dew impacts our freedoms. And I for sure don’t want to ignite a health care debate.
Instead, I want to talk about football.
What if I became NFL commissioner and started coming up with rules and laws like Walker, Bloomberg and Obama? If I had the power to legislate against things I don’t like about the NFL, here’s what I would do.
- Only rich people or super fans attend games these days. I don’t think that’s healthy for the game long-term. It’s important that casual fans who might not be worth six figures are able to attend a game every now and then. Therefore, I would mandate that teams sell 5,000 tickets to each game at $10 apiece. I wouldn’t mandate where these seats should be located. They can be in the nosebleeds. But if a middle-class family of four is able to take in a game for $40 once per season, I think the game’s popularity will be maintained well into the future. The purpose of this is law would not be to try and somehow legislate fairness. I truly believe that the game’s high prices will eventually disenfranchise the casual fan and the $10 seats would be one way to prevent that.
- I cannot stand when there is a commercial after a touchdown, then the ensuing kickoff, then another commercial. I would ban the TD-commercial-kickoff-commercial idea. Then I would fire the person who originally thought this idea ever made sense. Have your commercial either after the touchdown or after the ensuing kickoff. Not both.
- It’s ridiculous that NFL Sunday Ticket is only available on DirecTV. I would mandate that Sunday Ticket be available on all cable/satellite systems.
- The NFL’s replay challenge system is silly. If it’s a close play, it should be reviewed. It’s unfair to have coaches in the booth cross their fingers and hope they can see a replay before the other team snaps the ball, then process what they see and relay it to the head coach so he can decide whether to toss a little red flag onto the field. All close plays should be reviewed by a replay official in the booth. There is no need for an on-field official to trot over to a giant TV on the sideline, do the review, trot back onto the field, and let everyone know the final call.
- Football should be played outside. All indoor stadiums will be banned. Any team that does not convert its indoor stadium to outdoors by 2016 will begin each home game trailing 7-0 until they comply with the new rule. No retractable roofs either. All games must be played outside.
- Football should be played on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. I would get rid of Thursday night games (including the kickoff Thursday game) Sunday night games, and end-of-season Saturday night games. I hate how the NFL continues diluting its Sunday afternoon slate of games so they can put more marquee matchups on Sunday night, Thursday night and Monday night. Football is best when you have an entire week of buildup and a complete onslaught of games to follow and digest on Sunday afternoon. Then you can use Sunday night to recover, go to work on Monday, and come home to cap off the week with Monday Night Football. This is the schedule that got me hooked on the league and the NFL should stick to it.
- Bill Belichick should not be allowed to dress like a homless person on the sideline. I saw Belichick at the Celtics-Heat playoff game last night and he was decked out in a fancy suit and tie. Why does he dress up all fancy for an NBA game, but dresses like this at work?
That should be enough new rules and laws to get started. I wouldn’t want to get recalled right away like Walker. My plan would be to slowly consolidate power and turn into a dictator before people realize that they’ve elected a madman for commissioner.
How about all of you? If you were put in charge of the NFL and decided to go all Walker/Bloomberg/Obama, what would you change?——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .