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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

NFL Giving Fans What They Want

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Of course fewer holding calls are an advantage to the offense. But should anyone be surprised?

The NFL wants scoring. It wants passing. It thinks that's what fans want. And with the average value of an NFL franchise now more than $1 billion, according to the annual estimates by Forbes magazine, are you going to argue that this sport doesn't know what its fans want?

Look, defensive players can whine about it all they want, but it's not going to change anything. The NFL made it very clear when it cracked down on clutching-and-grabbing tactics by defensive backs before the 2004 season that it wanted more offense. That's still what it wants. Defensive players just have to live with it.

By Mark Maske  |  October 9, 2008; 10:49 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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