The NFL will Never Feel the Loss

NFL will Never Feel the LossSo we have this new (old) kafuffle with NFL players and the organization itself. Here’s a quick, short prediction; in a year or ten, nothing will change.

The players are new. The allegations are new. The situation is old. Some player does something he or she simply should not do; something that is outright illegal. They pay big bucks to lawyers and walk out of the police station and right back onto the playing field. Maybe, just maybe, the player does something so distasteful that advertisers drop the individual from their cereal boxes or their shoes. But dropping the NFL or NBA or what-have-you, well, to coin Steve Martin, “Naaa.”

Let’s face it, no matter what the right-wing evangelicals think about this country, the dollar is god almighty here. When organizations find the love-note of the masses and attract piles of cash that could reach to heaven itself, there are few advertisers that would shun the cash cow. And even if one does reject the money brokers in the church, another will step in right behind them to take their place.

Sports has become one of the primary focal points of this nation, perhaps the world, but certainly here. School budgets get cut resulting in fewer art classes, fewer music classes, but the sports go on and even grow. When I was in high school, which would seem like ancient times to most of you reading this, my high school was growing, as so many do. Classrooms were placed in mobile units while the building was expanded. Fair enough.

During two of my four high school years there was a huge concern about the new football stadium. The stadium was so important that the cafeteria, also needing reconstruction, was put on hold until the stadium was completed. So, for two years there was no place to eat or spend one’s lunch time. Students were allowed to mingle in the yards, or huddle under the walkways in bad weather. Old wooden stadium benches were put in one of the yards as a place for us to sit. The cafeteria, a place where young, growing bodies could take nourishment, was considered less important than that almighty football field and stands. The band room was also put on hold. Shop classes were greatly reduced. I think Home-Ec died in those years.

In this country sports are the regal court and football is king. Steroids and drugs, concussions and health issues, cheating and derogatory brand names, abuse and morally questionable stars, no matter how thick the pile of revolting behavior the status quo will not change so long as the fans are willing turn blind eyes so their Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays can be filled with joyous hard hitting action. While the fans throw billions at the organizations, who in turn throw millions at the owners and players, at least at the professional level, unsavory participants can buy their way out of court, and sell their way right back into the game. How long did it take OJ to really fall from grace? And even today some would proclaim that the glove didn’t fit.

The NFL will shuffle through this latest mess, and move on to the next while growing ever fatter on its tax-exempt status. How an organization can make billions and be considered non-profit is beyond me. But it is all thanks to the fans. The NFL will keep their star players playing, and their fans cheering and paying, and Never Feel the Loss.

Sifu Keith Mosher

About Sifu Keith Mosher

My new book, "Astro Boy, Sensei, and Me" is available now, as is my Sci-Fi joy ride, "On a Sphere's Edge". I have a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from USC. I have been an Audio Producer / Engineer, a Law Office Manager, and I am currently an Author and a Martial Arts Instructor.
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2 Responses to The NFL will Never Feel the Loss

  1. arwynn16 says:

    “Sports has become one of the primary focal points of this nation, perhaps the world, but certainly here. School budgets get cut resulting in fewer art classes, fewer music classes, but the sports go on and even grow.”

    Yes, so much yes… sadly. Now I do like sports or should I say athletic activities… but I do not and pretty much have a hard time “subscribing” to big time sports like NFL, NCAA, etc. I just don’t can’t get behind the hype of following teams. I do remember growing up being a Minnesota household and watching my biological father jump up and down on the couch in 1991 when the Twins won the world series. But all of it, the fandom, never really stuck. I participated in some sports in grade school. I tried out for basketball in the 5th grade and I remember the hug let down that despite doing all the requires drills and such I didn’t make the team because I wasn’t part of the popular crowd. I went onto do track and field in middle school but once I reached high school the competition and the need to win was too high for the coaches that I wasn’t having fun. I wasn’t great but there certainly were others better than me so I was usually stuck to discus (no one really wanted to do that event anyway) and the 800m run and the 300m hurdles. I joined cross country because there’s only one event. Running. I was on junior varsity the whole time because I could never run fast enough for the time split requirement but unlike track no one thought less of me. But besides that I was in marching, honor, and pep band (I played the french horn) and I also was involved in several science research activities and loved my art classes. It was kind of sad to see the football team get fancy new jerseys every year but when the science team asked for money for cardboard trifold posters we were told no. Or that my senior class was the last year the school would support a marching band. I worked a part-time job so that I could afford to do a lot of these activities- whether it was to drive up 2 hours to a University to run tests on my irradiated food samples or to pay the deposit for a camping trip to northern part of the state and visit the wolf center. I had many more real world applicable experiences with science and the arts than I ever did with sports…unless we are talking about the social dynamics of whether you won the genetic lottery in muscular ability.

    • Sifu Keith says:

      It is unfortunate that it works the way it does.
      As a writer I am aware that there has to be conflict to get the readers attention. Happy sunshine and rainbows don’t do it. Sports fills that need in the everyday life of most people. That hard hit, that amazing scramble, call for people’s attention and help them to forget their everyday lives. But, if they wanted, that happy sunshine and rainbows could also help set aside their drudgery. Unfortunately, it just isn’t exciting enough to catch the attention of slow witted.

      Thanks for reading and adding.

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