NFL is creeping dangerously close to becoming a dictatorship

With each threat, fine and suspension, the NFL further shows they are OK with hurting their own product

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“After my brother Artrell was drafted by the Bengals, in 1998, I watched Chad Johnson energize the entire city from an entertainment standpoint with his personality and self-expression. He made it fun to go to Bengals games; he made it fun to be a Bengals fan; he filled stadiums with anticipation for his antics. I felt like he was the most entertaining football player I’d ever seen, and I became a wide receiver because of Chad Johnson and his persona, flair and, of course, his celebrations. I tuned in every Sunday hoping Chad Johnson (or my other idol, Steve Smith) would score, just so I could see what celebration he did.”

“…if the only means of making a smooth transition from one generation of NFL players to the next is to take fun out of the game, then you risk losing the next generation of fans, fans like my younger self who wanted nothing more than to see the Chad Johnsons of the football world celebrating their time in the sun. Take that away, and you’re probably attracting what you fear most: disinterest.”

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Sports Journalism Graduate, IUPUI. Writing about money, business, electric vehicles, and more.

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