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Years ago the National Football League was amazing to watch as fans, and a field day for the players.
Flags weren’t thrown as often, especially for excessive celebration. Who could forget T.O., Terrell Owens.
In recent years the NFL began to crackdown on not only excessive celebration penalties, but all penalties. Sure, some of these celebrations were crude, but they were completely harmless.
In today’s game, the refs have to much of an impact on games. A flag being thrown on every play? The ridiculous amount of penalties also has an impact on the length of the game. It seems nobody can sit through an entire sporting event, whether they are at the venue or watching on TV.
So how does the league shorten the time of game on a game that’s already timed? Let the men play and keep the clock running.
If you want to keep the clock running, you also have to cut down on plays that are reviewed. The two challenges that allow a team to review the previous play is fine, but every scoring play is reviewed these days. I understand booth reviews on close plays in front of the goal line or along the sidelines. But, why review every single scoring play? Because the league wants high scoring games.
Offense sells. Offense brings the fans to the stadiums. It draws fans into watch the games on TV. Besides, it lines their overflowing pockets.
Even after a long delay from the command center, the call may still be incorrect. Advanced technology and a team of NFL referees watching each game still isn’t enough. Nevertheless, it puts points on the board and it keeps fans locked in. It adds to the suspense.
The NFL is also notorious for having strict uniform policies and handing out fines to players who break code. Players cannot wear anything that isn’t the same color as their uniforms.
In 2015 Pittsburg Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing eye black with the breast cancer awareness symbol along with the phrase “We will find a cure.”
Steelers cornerback William Gay was also fined that October for wearing purple cleats. Purple is associated with campaigns to raise awareness against domestic violence, which his mother was a victim of.
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