George F. Will has famously said: “Violence and committee meetings are beryllium-absorbing.” But he didn’t really mean that. In fact, he was talking about the NFL committee meetings. And it’s not just about the NFL. I’ve seen committee meetings in my life, and they don’t seem to be any less beryllium-absorbing than an NFL committee meeting.
Violence and committee meetings
The terms “violence and committee meetings” and “foul play” evoke two of the worst characteristics of American culture. Both are inherent in football, but they’re not mutually exclusive. Football’s violence has the capacity to leave me cold, and its committee meetings can elicit the same reaction in me. But what exactly is foul play, and why does it occur in football? Let’s examine some of the reasons.
In 1905, the death of eighteen people during a game of football led to a longstanding controversy over safety, which almost brought the sport to an end. Prohibitionists almost succeeded in banning it, but President Theodore Roosevelt intervened. In 1905, the number of people killed playing football increased to 18 by the end of the season, and the sport became embroiled in a bitter legal dispute about safety.
NFL games are rarely scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday
Why are NFL games rarely scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday? The NFL schedule is based on broadcast rights. The broadcast partners want the most popular games to air on their networks on Sunday afternoons. Because there are no competing NFL games on Tuesday or Wednesday, the broadcast partners schedule these games at the same time as Sunday afternoon committee meetings. The primetime NFL games are nationally televised and generally do not have regional restrictions.
The NFL uses a flexible scheduling policy for the last seven weeks of the regular season. The flexibility is designed to ensure that every game is of playoff significance. Games scheduled on Tuesday or Wednesday are typically in the middle of the week, meaning that fans are less likely to be able to tune in for a game played on a Tuesday or Wednesday. But in recent years, the NFL has changed its scheduling policy. In addition to rearranging the NFL schedule, the league now allows teams to play Saturday and Sunday games on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The debate continues over whether or not the NFL should limit the number of snaps and tackles in its games. It is currently looking into how many players take down tackles and kickoffs in a game, as well as whether or not a player can take down a defender. Several rules have been changed in the past few seasons, including penalties for kicking, snapping, and contact. The NFL is under pressure from corporate sponsors, politicians, and fans to take a stand, but this debate may continue to rage on.
Despite the negative attention to the NFL, many players enjoy playing fantasy football and the sport itself. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, approximately forty-four million people in the U.S. and Canada currently play fantasy football. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry is worth more than $1 billion annually. While fantasy football aficionados are unlikely to turn against pro football, they may lose interest in participating in fantasy leagues.