Ever 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).
The study I cite is from a 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.