10 Reasons Not Watch the NFL

Inferior Halftime Coverage
5 minutes of halftime highlights and analysis and 10 minutes of Geico, Papa John’s, and Verizon, and if you’re lucky, KFC. While I’m on the subject of inferior halftime coverage, do we need four analysts for CBS and FOX to review the highlights of the other games and provide analysis? Would not two suffice which ideally would eliminate a few Geico lizard commercials?

11 minutes of Actual NFL Action Spanning 200 Minutes
Over the past few years, it appears that the CBS and FOX coverage during NFL football games will advertise between plays. I want fewer ads during play and more analysis. Don’t they advertise enough throughout the game? Just remember, a 3 hour game plus has about 11 minutes of action. To add intrigue, interest and more action these days, NFL TV networks will replay many plays and show highlights from other current games.

Starting this season, every TD in the NFL will be reviewed. Some reviews take longer than others and some review will the TV networks to break for some commercials. Now you have another means of TV networks to break for commercials. Initially when they instituted the challenge, TV networks did not immediately break to commercials — now they’ll automatically break between 60 and 120 seconds. Same thing applies to injuries. It used to be they’d wait to go to commercials, but now, I can just hear the TV producer or director in the announcer’s ear to break for commercials if it appears the injured players is slow in responding.

40 Second Play Clock Fiasco
Does the NFL prohibit all TV networks from showing the 40 second clock throughout the game? Some networks show the play clock at less than 10 seconds and other networks may show it at various times as it counts down from 40 or 25 but no TV network consistency uses the 40 second play clock. If the NFL does not regulate this specifically, would it not be interesting for one of these networks to “buck the trend” and decide to provide more information to fans and show it from start to finish on every play?


Commercials After A Kickoff
When did NFL TV coverage begin to break for commercials after some kick offs? With the ball being kicked off at the 35-yard line as opposed to the 30, there’s a lot less run backs. Which means, you may see a kickoff occur where players sprint down the field and do nothing. If the kickoff occurs after a score, conceivably, you could have these non-eventful plays sandwiched between 4 to 6 minutes of commercials.

Two Minute Warning
Another insufferable rule, the two-minute warning. This rule is in place to inform both coaches there are two minutes remaining in the second and fourth quarters. Can it be possible that coaches don’t have variable methods to make this determination without having to postpone play for up to three minutes? Revolutionize the game and get rid of this.  

Inferior TV Coverage
On CBS a few weeks ago, they mentioned an Ineligible Player Downfield, number 74. Neither Jim Nance (Mr. “Hello Friends”) or Phil Simms explained the rationale for such a rule. Instead, they advertise a future Survivors show. Good for Survivor fans but bad for a curious football fan who wants to hear the explanation from an ex-jock.

No HGH Testing
Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Player’s union are unable to agree on human growth hormone testing. Perhaps because it’s a black and white issue with no middle ground which makes it hard for the NFL or player’s union to give in that much.

Too Much In Your Face
As the trend over the last few years, there’s more and more ‘in your face’ trash talking. After a reception or a running play, you’re more likely to see opposing players face to face trying to get a competitive advantage through verbal intimation. This occurs throughout the game and referees used to flag that type of behavior but now, they appear to let it slide as their focus or obsession (depends on your perspective) is on mitigating the helmet to helmet collisions.

Silly Rules
Like Illegal Formation — too many offensive players on the line of scrimmage. Or, not enough players lined up on the line of scrimmage. Why can’t you have all offensive players line up at the line of scrimmage if they want to? Or only a few?

Illegal Peel Back Block. Why can’t this occur? If there’s a legitimate reason why this rule is in place, perhaps the announcers could frequently educate the viewers.

Taxpayers Funding NFL Stadiums
Is it time to stop the public giveaways to America’s richest sports league (which is considered a non for profit football organization. According to Judith Grant Long, a Harvard University professor, calculates that within the NFL, roughly 70 percent of the capital cost of NFL stadiums is provided by the taxpayers and not by NFL owners. In addition, many cities and states also play the stadiums’ ongoing costs, by providing power, sewer services, other infrastructure, and stadium improvements.

The NFL is one of the most subsidized organizations in American history and it enjoys tax-exempt status. With all these giveaways and subsidies by local taxpayers, is it any surprise that the NFL can afford to pay Roger Goodell in the neighborhood of $30 million? Should any organization that enjoys tax-exempt status pay any of its employees a million or more dollars?