Sports Illustrated Likes My Football Letter!

8 Feb SI CoverEver been driven to write a strongly worded letter?  Well, two weeks ago I reacted that way when I read the Scorecard section in Sports Illustrated.  John Wertheim asked Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke “What do you see as the biggest issue facing the NFL?”  Kroenke responded “labor stability and our television contracts”.  I reacted to Kroenke’s answer by sending SI a letter (you actually send them an e-mail…ah, technology!).  And in this week’s issue (the cover is on the left), they printed my letter (see below).

My SI Comment

The study I cite is from aBloomberg Poll Graphic December 2014 Bloomberg poll (see results in the graph to the right).  As I have said before, I believe the NFL needs to focus on player safety.  NFL owners may rightly be concerned today with nearer term issues like renegotiating TV contracts and continued labor stability with the players; but if half of the potential player pool disappears, they will have longer term issues to tackle.


Published by Chad Millette

I am a father, a husband, a retired Air Force officer, and a dedicated youth recreational sports advocate.

3 thoughts on “Sports Illustrated Likes My Football Letter!

  1. Chad your right. I believe that football at the High School and Collage level should be discontinued , it only takes away from the real reason that you are there, to get an education. The risk of injury is to high not like other sports.


    1. Uncle Al, thanks for the comment. I would prefer that the NFL lead an effort to make football safer at all levels. There are a lot of lessons and great memories to be made playing high school and college football.


  2. Congratulations on a great article. I think you are right. Although I agree it does create a delema.where will the nfl find new talent? I love watching the nfl games.



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