Originally Posted by Shiver
I've seen a lot of complaints about the rule changes the NFL and Roger Goodell have made. Here is the thing though, angry or not, whether it will be discussed and compained about on ESPN, the fans aren't going to stop watching Football because of it. There is next to no downside from a business perspective for making the rule changes that they have.
Overall, I like that the NFL (and hopefully the NBA under Silver) are open to looking into ways to improve the experience. I say that even though I don't always agree. One of the main reasons I never became a baseball fan is because of the length of the game, the slower aspects of it, the antiquated rules and "unwritten" rules that don't make any sense but are kept because of "tradition."
Well, I differ, fans may continue to watch but IMO, the games loses something when you change the very picture of the sport. I'm an old goat, 70 now and football was absolutely my favourite sport since I was 5. Nowadays, I find myself watching football less and less and watching Hockey, Basketball and Soccer, more and more. They are all sports that are more consistent in their rules and the game is still what it basically was. Football, on the other hand has just changed way too much for my liking, I happen to like watching great RB's and grew up watching all the great ones from the 50's till today, and now that the NFL has changed to a passing league, I don't find the game as exciting.
I like tradition, your likely young but when you get older and look back on your life, you'll come to respect tradition when you remember all the great things you enjoyed about the different sports and you probably won't like it when they begin to change the very picture of what your favourite sport looked like.
I have no problem changing rules that make a sport dangerous for the players like head shots, but when they change the picture of the sport I have loved for 65 years, I say enough is enough.
Basketball made changes also as did hockey, but a lot of thought went into it before their traditionalists gave in and I really liked the changes, they were well thought out and improved the game. IMO, football has turned the game over to Goodell and given him the power to change whatever he wants, and I for one don't like it one bit. His decisions are all based on TV revenue and making more money, not on the game itself.