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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

Injuring the game


The theme song to The Apprentice is in my head - "money, money, money, money, mo-ney" - because that's all this 18-game regular season schedule is about. As an avid football fan, the idea sounds great -- who wouldn't want more football? I fear the reality wouldn't be all that great, though.

Thursday night I watched too many starters get injured during the Colts/Packers preseason game. I could only watch and hope nothing happened to Peyton Manning. Adding games to the regular season would mean just more opportunity for exactly that to happen.

More games would mean more revenue for the owners, but they might be the only group to benefit from the longer schedule. Ultimately, the game would be less exciting for spectators as injured starters were replaced on the field (ie: Curtis Painter goes in for Peyton Manning - just check out the Jets game from last year to see how fun that is to watch). Plus, the players will be more prone to injury and have shorter careers.

Even the owners should be worried. While they might bring in more revenue at first, as fan interest wanes because fewer starters are playing, even revenue may go down. I'm leery about fixing what isn't broken - sometimes the result is that it is.

By Dawn Knight  |  August 31, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  | Category:  Collective Bargaining Agreement , Competition Committee , NFL , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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