Is The National Football League A Honest Organization? National Football League (NFL) is an American gridiron football organization, founded in 1920 by Jim Thorpe as American Professional Football Association. Jim Thorpe was the first president of the association, he was a famous American athlete and league player. Later on, in 1922, the association was renamed as National Football League. In the beginning, league comprised of fourteen teams but with few years the number kept increasing. And today NFL comprises of thirty two teams. NFL is the most popular sports league of America and has faced many years of instability and competition from rival leagues to become the strongest American Football League and Organization.. NFL has its headquarters located in New York and has proudly been maintaining the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio since 1963 (National Football League, 2013).
National Football League game format consists of three seasons: preseason, regular season and a knockout round. The winner of the knockout round ends up into the Super Bowl, the league’s championship game. The thirty two teams in NFL are divided into two conferences
National Football Conference and American Football Conference. Each conference has 16 teams that are further divided into four sides, each side with four teams. NFL claims to be an organization that safeguards the game integrity, is ethical in its dealings with fans, clubs and business partners. They claim to create an environment where trust and confidence is appreciated. NFL plans to take the game at a level where it attracts vast share of audience and makes NFL Football, the world’s best sport (Our Values, 2015). NFL is currently managed by Roger Goodell who became its commissioner in 2006 and has a strict policy protecting the repute of NFL. But he has been criticized always on most of his decisions and is blamed for not acting quickly or not being severe, enough. The Ray Rice crisis has put a question mark on NFL that whether it is an honest organization or not? This crisis has tarnished the image of the league. The crisis rose when a video was leaked about Ray Rice who was dragging her unconscious fiancée out of the elevator. And on the basis of that video, NFL suspended Ray for two games. Later on, another footage showing Ray Rice punching his fiancé in the face was leaked. This footage showed that two games suspension was a tolerant punishment. This action was so criticized that NFL had to cover up to save its repute. Goodell, suspended Rice from the league. This delay in taking serious and quick decisions sparked the resignation calls for Goodell as commissioner NFL.
Goodell has always tried to show himself as an honest man whose motto is to, “Protect the shield” and has always tried to raise the moral values. But in the Rice crisis, he has become
lenient. The footage was obvious but still he just suspended Rice for two games. Due to this, NFL and particularly, Goodell have their images struck badly reputes tarnished (Smith, 2014). If NFL wants to restore its image, it needs to be honest and speedy in its matters. There is still a chance to save its repute but that will require a cost and won’t be easy. NFL should begin with a public campaign against domestic abuse. Goodell, being a commissioner of NFL, needs to realize his personal responsibility, he needs t to find out the actual facts and make it public. And NFL needs to establish a taskforce and provide counseling to players to avoid domestic ...
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